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[links] Link salad stares down the barrel of a weekend

Don’t forget to enter the new caption contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

The Open Question Thread [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Brent Kellmer interviews me in the current issue of IROSF

Weird, NSFW money video — Very cool. (Thanks to .)

40 stunning and creative graffiti artworks — (Thanks to .)

Hunting the mysterious monopole — “Spin ice”?

A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages — As (who sent this to me) says, Comment 2 FTW.

The Universe is expanding at 74.2 km/sec/Mpc — Some very cool astronomy.

Why Does the Vaccine/Autism Controversy Live On? — Well, for one thing thirty years of cynical antiscience plumping by the GOP in the name of short term electoral gains has raised a generation of Americans who believe their personal opinions trump hard data. Thanks, Atwater, Ailes and Rove, for all those sick and dying kids. You guys certainly knew better, but it was worth the votes, right? (Thanks to .)

?otD: Who will stop the rain?


5/8/2009
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
This morning’s weigh-in: 215.0
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville, Engine Summer by John Crowley

[links] Link salad takes a day off to recover, sleeps in

A reader reacts to Escapement Powell’s | Amazon ] — Not so much with the liking, unfortunately.

Video of me and writing at Borderlands

This won’t hurt a bit: 1937Shorpy documents my day yesterday.

Language Log with extensive linguist geekery on sentence style

The real story behind Van Gogh’s ear — I wonder if they had a hearing? (Thanks to .)

R. Crumb meets The Muppets — Made of 100% USDA Grade-A pure, crispy delicious WRONG.

Nanosatellite Carries Drugs into Space — No, really. I also don’t think this is a correct use of “nano-“.

John Steinbeck on the economic crisis

?otD: How much did your cat scan?


5/6/2009
Body movement: n/a (sick)
This morning’s weigh-in: 215.4
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville, Engine Summer by John Crowley

[links] Link salad prepares to head north

On the Gentle Art of Selecting First Readers [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

on writing dialog

on writing with depression — Frank and thoughtful.

A YouTube video of the recent Borderlands Write-In — Like watching paint dry, with occasional music. I find this very funny. (Thanks to for pointing this out.)

Dan Dos Santos: Artist Hugo nominee spotlight — And look at one of the reference images on the article. Green, rocking the house.

Whose Father Was He? — A Civil War detective story. (Snurched from The Edge of the American West.)

Strange Maps on the Dutch coastline

Happy Monolith Day

?otD: Who killed rock cobbin?


4/1/2009
Body movement: 60 minute urban walk (hills!)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (traveling)
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville; Corpse by Jessica Snyder Sachs

[links] Link salad drives a hot rod Lincoln

The Ken Scholes Book Trailer — Starring Trailer Boy (oddly enough) and Yours Truly.

Sci-Fi Songs Podcast #3 — Including a rough cut demo of “The God Clown Is Near”, inspired by my own story of the same title. Fascinating to listen to.

Amazon’s Long Play — (Thanks to .)

Evil Clowns: 1925 — Mmm…clown sauce.

The replacement tongue — This has an out-of-this-world squick factor, but some cool biology. (Thanks to .)

Finding weird life on EarthCentauri Dreams talks about a ‘shadow biosphere’.

on Young Earth Creationism — To me, it’s just anti-intellectual idiocy, pure and simple. He analyzes YEC within a religious framework.

?otD: Have you heard the story of the hot rod race?


2/19/2009
Body movement: 45 minute stationary bike ride
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville; Passion Play by Beth Bernobich

[photos] The Ken Scholes interview

drove me and downtown today through the killer weather. We met up with and for an impromptu breakfast date, then and I headed off for his video interview. Not sure when/how this will be released — it’s a Tor publicity thing — but we had a lot of fun.

A bit of photographic evidence…

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Prepping the great man himself.

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Us kids on the set.

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Me with makeup.

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Ken, explaining to me what he wants for Christmas.

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A photo which begs for a caption contest.

As usual, more at the Flickr set.