December 18th, 2009



Happy birthday to rosif3r and perldiver!

Happy early birthday to qemorio, ioianthe, tbclone47, talix18, wolfieboy, vash137, mycroft, sbisson, ahf, lordrexfear, lightgatherer, ineffabelle, alankria, and vodou_chile, who advance a year while I'm in Florida!


Link Soup
* Look! A wirewalking story!
* Precious - made for survivors, by survivors. I still need to see this.
* Diagram of geek culture.

Daily Science
In 1996, when scientists examined a meteorite from Mars previously uncovered in Antarctica, they were intrigued by what looked like microscopic fossils of ancient Martian life forms. Now, using new technology that wasn't available 13 years ago, NASA scientists have found further evidence that the materials and structures in the meteorite are likely signs of ancient life, rather than the results of inorganic processes.

Friday Memeage
Wearing: Jeans, black long-sleeved shirt, dark blue cowlneck sweater, blue feathered headband.
Reading: Between books at the moment. About to stat Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys, edited by David Sterry, and Hand of Isis by Jo Graham.
Writing: I'd like to see if I can work this week's following of Jessa's story threads into actually completing the story on this trip, or at least getting close to it. I can has netbook for plane writing, yay!
Knitting: Forgive me, knitters, for I have been crazybusy; it has been over a week since I last picked up the needles. So. Same scarf, same shawl. In carryon bag, so will get stuff done on the plane.
Planning: Work, then flying to Florida. I'll be in Ft. Lauderdale tonight through the 23rd, when I'll be going to DeLand; I'll fly back to Boston on the 27th.


Details - Boston family in need

Copying and pasting from my friend on Facebook:

Some of you may know already that Wesline and her family have recently endured a major tragedy. On Sunday 11/28 there was a dreadful fire in her home. Thank goodness, Wesline and her family are all safe! Unfortunately, due to the extensive fire/smoke damage, most all their personal belongings were lost. Having to take time off work to seek new housing, etc., Wesline finally reached out and shared her burden- Needless to say, this is a very tough time for them! The holidays (and cold season!) will be grim for this family of 6 without your compassion. So, if any of you would like to help, please bring in an age appropriate gift or donation to help Wesline & her kids have a nice Christmas :)
Clothing has been coming in- Thank you all so much! I'm still waiting on sizing/etc for the older children & mother (not the typical work conversation- So, what size are you?) :P
In response to your generous offers of gift card donations, etc, the most helpful stores are the following:
Kids R Us
Toys R Us
'Tis the holiday season, & these little troopers not only lost all their beloved toys& games, but are looking at a fairly bleak Xmas :(
Wesline’s Children:
Unique, girl- 9 years

Darren, boy- 4 years

Pepe’, boy-2 years

Lanelle, girl-18 months

Joyce Karen, girl- 5 months

Donations can be brought to Somerville, MA (I will be collecting things for the Josephs this evening &over the weekend) or the coming Mon-Wed in Watertown, MA during usual office hours (8am-6pm) at my office- about a mile from the Arsenal mall!

I'm in the airport, on my way to FL, so I can't coordinate - please e-mail Caroline at for dropoff address info, mailing address, etc. Tell her Shira sent you.

Thank you so much!