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[links] Link salad yawns on a Sunday

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Publishers Weekly with a starred review for the print edition of METAtropolis

Roy Orbison in cling wrap — Classic bizarro Internet pr0n, subject of much discussion at last night’s JayCon afterparty.

Brainstormer: sketch topic generator — This would work beautifully for writing exercises as well.

Home taping isn’t killing musicBad Science on downloading and piracy and the reality behind the alleged economic losses.

Streamliner: 1938Shorpy with a cool street car photo, from back in the day.

SETA: Finding a ‘Graveyard Civilization’Search for Extraterrestrial Artifacts. Cool stuff from Centauri Dreams.

?otD: Where did the sun day go?

Body movement: n/a (saw off at the airport instead)
This morning’s weigh-in: 220.2
Currently reading: The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold; A Long Line of Cells by Lewis Thomas

[photos] Trains and the Child

and I shot some derelict railway equipment during our father-daughter day on Saturday. This is rolling stock and equipment associated with the Portland Traction Railway, a very small spur line in this area which runs active freight and passenger excursion operations.

Some photos:





Note the yellow jackets nesting inside the engine.




The sign on the building reads “O. W. P. & Ry. Co. Substation 1905”


I believe this is one of the Great Northern Pullmans I photographed in NE Portland several years ago.


As usual, more at the Flickr set.

[personal] Yesterday and today

Nice father-daughter day with yesterday. Took some photos of derelict railroad equipment. Watch for a post later. She also spent a couple of hours swimming in the pool at her grandparents’ condo. Later, a nice picnic with K— and her housemate, followed by an evening at a Vaudeville revue and some hanging out.

Today: lunch with parents & K—, ‘s extreme theatre performance, then some extended (virtual) hang time with , whom I will see in person in a couple of days. Yay!

[links] Link salad wakes up and yawns

Subterranean Press with a nice Booklist review of METAtropolis

Spiderwick Meets Dinotopia — Hahahah.

Watchmen, sort of — Heh. Weird in a very fun way. (Thanks to .)

Ski Hindi — A charming story from Language Log.

Ways of Going: 1865Shorpy with multimodal transportation, Civil War style.

Put down the duckie — And speaking of ducks… Sex with Ducks.

Space Torso Reveals Cancer Risk for Astronauts

?otD: Where did I leave my dogma?

Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
This morning’s weigh-in: 214.6
Currently reading: The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold; A Long Line of Cells by Lewis Thomas

[links] Link salad heads for New York City

Sally Forth on the dangers of exposition

Cheese of the Season — Great article on sheep and goat milk cheeses. (Thanks to .)

Dark Roasted Blend with early monorails — Some serious cool here.

Military R.R.: 1865Shorpy with a Civil War era railroading photo. Note the very weird depth of field in this image.

Business secrets of the Trappists

Global Warming Predictions — More liberal propaganda from those pinkos at NASA.

Did Pentagon create orbital space plane? — Some cool black project stuff here. (Snurched from Dark Roasted Blend.)

?otD: Did anyone get the number of that jet?

Body movement: n/a (travel day)
This morning’s weigh-in: 219.2
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

[travel] Beijing day 3 is about to get rolling

Getting a (deliberately) slower start today. We are leaving in about an hour to go to a children’s art exhibit, visit a hutong, attend an acrobatics show, and I’m not sure what else, frankly, before we board the night train for Xi’an. With luck our hotel in Xi’an will have a more solid connection to Flickr. I’ve already taken over 1,000 photos, and I need to inflict them on you people at some point.

Due to being on a train tonight, and unknown Internet status in Xi’an, updates may be irregular for a while.

(And yes, and , I’ll get train photos as much as possible. Already got some yesterday, of a high speed excursion train approaching Badaling.)

[links] Link salad hangs in Beijing

Lone Star Stories Reader is now available for a free download — Check it out, and pass the word.

A map of the land of book

Ghost Coach: 1930Shorpy with railroad pr0n. More here and here.

More on the Alcubierre warp drive

The commercial future of spaceflight

Life’s constituents around M dwarfs — More coolness from Centauri Dreams.

?otD: Did you fall all the way to China?

Body movement: urban walking all day
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (traveling)
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville; The Solitudes by John Crowley

[photos] Grapevine Vintage Railroad

Took advantage of some free time today to shoot some photos of classic rolling stock in Grapevine, Texas. This equipment belongs to the Grapevine Vintage Railroad [ Web site | wikipedia ], except for the Santa Fe doodlebug and the 1930’s Pullman, which belong to a museum in Dallas. (And Thomas the Tank engine, not sure who he belongs to.) Lorne McCasin, general manager of the GVR, very generously spoke to me and Tim (from work) for a while, told us about some of the history of the rolling stock and physical plant, told us to wander around freely but please not mess about in the roundhouse. So we did!

Some photos…

Lorne McCasin

Tim from work

Santa Fe “doodlebug”

Depression era Pullman

Thomas the Tank Engine with turntable and roundhouse

Old UPRR caboose

SPRR 2-4-2 steam locomotive

As usual, much more at the Flickr set.

[links] Link salad sings Aïda

A Doctor, a Mutation and a Potential Cure for AIDS — (I lost track of who sent me this, I’m sorry.)

A brief encounter and life erupts — Not valid for Young Earth Creationists or ID proponents. (Thanks to lt260.)

Fly Stick Van De Graff Levitation Wand from ThinkGeek — :: wants :: (Thanks to willyumtx.)

European tram makers stand to gain from U.S. streetcar push — Including my own fair community here.

Loot! — Chicago, the Iraq War and archaeology. (Thanks to Scrivener’s Error.)

Obama Positioned to Quickly Reverse Bush Actions — And so the nation begins to be governed again, instead of simply be politicked from the White House. (Thanks to lt260.)

The Importance of Being Careful“Bush never gets sloppy when he is speaking publicly. He chooses his words with care and precision, which is why his style sometimes seems halting. In the eight years he has been President, it is remarkable how few gaffes or verbal blunders he has committed. If Obama doesn’t raise his standards, he will exceed Bush’s total before he is inaugurated.” Um. Wow. Talk about a bad case of the conservative stupid virus. On the other hand, this is the same guy who said a few years ago, “It must be very strange to be President Bush. A man of extraordinary vision and brilliance approaching to genius, he can’t get anyone to notice. He is like a great painter or musician who is ahead of his time, and who unveils one masterpiece after another to a reception that, when not bored, is hostile.” Cult of personality, anyone? (Hat tip to Talking Points Memo.)

Question of the day: How tall was Charles the First when he ascended the throne? How tall was he when he left it?

Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 223.0
Currently reading: A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett