August 13th, 2008

Tam Lin - They Fight Crime!

Odin's Day

Headache like whoa. St00pid weather. (I wore flannel pajamas last night! In August!)

Melty 'songbrain
Lots of crap contributed to yesterday's difficulties, and I'm not at liberty to disclose most of it. Just - yesterday was a difficult day in the areas of Other People's Stuff.

Not that anyone asked
In the post-Worldcon talks, I've seen a bit back and forth about editors and small presses, and FWIW - the smaller publishers whose books I'm always willing to take a chance on are Pyr and Night Shade. I've seen things that are not my taste come out from them (rarely), but I've never seen anything bad, and I've seen a lot of really good and innovative stuff.

There are others, but I'm not caffeinated yet. Those two are the ones I mentioned to Adam last night.

Wind Tunnel Dreams
$80 so far. Thanks, guys! Story will continue through Friday.

One of the interesting things about writing seven years ago is that the soundtrack is different. Sara's music is Counting Crows, s00j, little Concrete Blonde, Peter Gabriel, et cetera. Doodle intersects with her on a lot of things (His Song is Counting Crows' "Anna Begins"). Axis and Griffin are totally different, though. And the pace is different. I'm used to more of a meditative flow from PYH.

Link Soup
* Mark Spitz is a bad sport.
* I don't usually link to lolcats, but many of you will love this one.
* Skeksis Chamberlain action figure!
* Sachiko Kodama is a physics geek turned artist whose intimacy with the laws of magnetism has led her to create art out of magnets and oils filled with magnetic particles. As the magnets interact with the magnetized water, she's able to create amazingly weird, oily shapes that mutate and flow seemingly without reference to gravity. This is in an art show at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Trey, you must go to this.
* Iron Man: The End.
* Yam pony!

Link Soup, Daily Science Edition
* Disrupting the brain's retrieval of drug-associated memories may prevent relapse in drug addiction, according to new research in the August 13 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers reduced drug-seeking behaviors in rats by blocking specific receptors in the brain during the recall of drug-associated memories. The NMDA-type glutamate receptor blocked in the study is important in learning and memory. The findings suggest potential new strategies to treat drug addiction in people.

* Devastating declines of amphibian species around the world are a sign of a biodiversity disaster larger than just frogs, salamanders and their ilk, according to researchers from the University of California, Berkeley. In an article published online this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers argue that substantial die-offs of amphibians and other plant and animal species add up to a new mass extinction facing the planet.

* Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have for the first time engineered 3-D materials that can reverse the natural direction of visible and near-infrared light, a development that could help form the basis for higher resolution optical imaging, nanocircuits for high-powered computers, and, to the delight of science-fiction and fantasy buffs, cloaking devices that could render objects invisible to the human eye.

Help a musician!

Via s00j: Our fiddler and friend Alec and his wife Kore are about to lose their beloved and inspiring 30 acre farm. They are facing the F-word: Foreclosure. They have this month (August) to cough up enough money to keep the land and to protect it.

Alec and Kore's Farm, Fae Hollow, is one of the most amazing places we as a band have ever been. I can't imagine it belonging to anyone other than these two very special friends and colleagues of ours. Tricky Pixie is committed to keeping Fae Hollow in the family.

Their home and land are not the only things on the line, here. We're also talking about emu (emus?), horses, cats, chickies, llamas, and a peacock, not to mention the finest, noblest, best Jack Russell Terrier ever (that precious puppy on the cover of Alec's new album, A Familiar Promise, is Taiko, Chief Executive Pup).

That being the case, this is a really good time to buy any of Alec's or Heather Alexander's merchandise - in addition to the CDs, there's now a songbook of Heather's stuff. Tricky Pixie can certainly vouch for the top quality of the body of work that Alec and Heather share.
Additionally, Alec is working on other projects to bring in funds - threatening an "Adopt a Faery" program, among other things. Check the below websites for information, and please pass the word on to those you think might want to know, and buy Heather or Alec CDs, and look for a new album, as well as other clever fundraising ideas.

Faerie Tale Minstrel
The Heatherlands
  • Current Music
    Tricky Pixie - Come to the Labyrinth
Sister Mystic - X'Ana/Shrijani

Attention wonderful people!

haikujaguar's one-card draw is open! Go get a card. I'll post mine when she draws it.

"Suggested Use
1. As a theme for meditation or exploration.

2. As a reflection of your past month.

3. As a reflection of your coming month.

4. As a way for the Universe to tell you what it needs from you."

My card!

You and Orchards, shadesong. You got one of those the very first time we did this, didn't you?

In this case, your Orchard is huge... and fruiting. Well, most of it. It's a wild kind of place, with all sorts of different trees in every state of growth, but a lot of them are ready for harvest right now. Frankly I have no idea how you keep track of it all. In fact, I suspect you can't. And there's no one one lone storyteller-you is going to be able to go through them all and pluck the ripe things.

Some of these trees I think you'll have to get other people to handle. And if they don't show up and help, well... there are other trees in the Orchard. Other trees you're just not going to be able to get to on your own, not fast enough. You'll have to let those go, too. Think of it as compost for next year.

Choose the best trees. You only have so much energy and time before they're past your touch. Be okay with the fact that some of the bounty isn't going to wind up in your basket. You are blessed in how much you've got growin'-on. What you can comfortably pick is all that you should be concerned with... all the rest, let it go.
  • Current Music
    S.J. Tucker - Lady Vagabond
We're good. Yes we are.

Excellent answer to a FAQ...

...namely, "What do I do if you have a seizure in my presence?" The text below is from an e-mail from the Epilepsy Advocate. The only thing I'd add is that I am exhausted and disoriented after a seizure, and the best thing to do to get me back to normal is to get me somewhere I can sleep it off. I've never had a seizure with convulsions, but that doesn't mean it'll never happen. So. *nod*

Idea stolen from ReaderCon, to be used at every con hereafter: a note about my epilepsy and my emergency contact info are written on the back of my badge, just in case. I am approaching six months seizure-free, but it never hurts to be prepared.

In case of a seizure with convulsions
If you’re nearby when I have a seizure with convulsions, here’s how you can help:

1. Roll me onto my side—this will prevent choking in case I vomit, or have something in my mouth.
2. Cushion my head.
3. Loosen any tight clothing around my neck.
4. Keep my airway open so I can breathe. If necessary, you can grip my jaw gently and tilt my head back.
5. Don’t restrict my movement unless I’m in danger.
6. Don’t put anything into my mouth—not even medicine or liquid! These can cause choking or damage my jaw, tongue, and teeth. The widespread belief that people can swallow their tongues during a seizure is a myth.
7. Remove any sharp or solid objects that I might hit during the seizure.
8. Take note of how long the seizure lasts and what symptoms occur so you can tell a doctor or emergency personnel if necessary.
9. Stay with me until the seizure ends.

In case of a seizure without convulsions
Non-convulsive seizures may cause people to behave in ways that seem unusual. For example, they may wander aimlessly or make unusual gestures—but it’s not on purpose! If you’re around when I have a non-convulsive seizure, here’s how you can help:

1. Remove any dangerous objects from the area around me or in my path.
2. Don’t try to stop me from wandering unless I’m in danger.
3. Don’t shake me or shout.
4. Stay with me until I’m completely alert.

When to call 911
When a person has epilepsy, a routine seizure may not be a medical emergency. But, it’s important to call 911 in the following cases:

• The person having the seizure is pregnant or has diabetes.
• The seizure occurs in water.
• The seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes.
• The person does not begin breathing again or does not return to consciousness after the seizure stops.
• Another seizure starts before the person regains consciousness.
• The person is injured during the seizure.
  • Current Music
    S.J. Tucker - Lady Vagabond