Hello to new reader varakesh516!
Mildly achy. I think that swimming has been helping.
Hey! Weather.com has something new - an Aches and Pains index.
Hair appointment, where we see what my hairstylist will let me get away with in re color. She has known me since I was twelve, and has been known to refuse me - "That won't look right on you." "I know you - you won't maintain chunky highlights, and they'll look bad when they're growing out. I'm doing something more subtle." So yes. I'm confident that whatever I end up with will look good and 'song-appropriate, which is why I waited to have in done here instead of picking a random stylist in Boston. The idea I'm bringing in to her is the phoenix one, not the nereid one - shades of gold and bronze and red. Not an allover change, just highlights.
catvalente's beautiful story Urchins, While Swimming is up for an award! She's currently in third place, and That's Just Wrong. Click here and vote for Urchins, While Swimming!
Thanks to your donations, mslaynie's son is now at his diabetes camp! Here. Have some pictures.
Late July. One-act plays. One starring mangosteen. I am so there. Click here for details. Who else is coming with me? :)
(There will be a zombie.)
Kingdom of Loathing
There is an Issue. Specifically, Mr. Skullhead making a crack at autistics during an interview and then acting like a shit to people who called him on it, some of whom are leaving the game in protest. Anyone have any insider info on what's going on behind the scenes at KoL?
* I would totally wear the quartz knuckles.
* Adam and I have conversations like this all the time.
* Oh, great. Guess what airline I'm flying on later today? Yep, Delta.
Penguins bigger than me!
Human-sized, muscular penguins with enormous beaks thrived in sunny Peru 36 million years ago, according to a paper published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Standing at 5 feet tall, Icadyptes salasi was preceded in Peru by yet another newly identified penguin species, Perudyptes devriesi, which lived there 42 million years ago and was about the same size (3 feet tall) as modern king penguins.
* Mars will be transformed into a shirt-sleeve, habitable world for humanity before century's end, made livable by thawing out the coldish climes of the red planet and altering its now carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere. How best to carry out a fast-paced, decade by decade planetary facelift of Mars - a technique called "terraforming" - has been outlined by Lowell Wood, a noted physicist and recent retiree of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a long-time Visiting Fellow of the Hoover Institution. Lowell presented his eye-opening Mars manifesto at Flight School, held here June 20-22 at the Aspen Institute, laying out a scientific plan to "experiment on a planet we're not living on."
* This week, Britain's Academy of Medical Sciences reported (PDF) that scientists have created "thousands of examples of transgenic animals" carrying human DNA. According to the report, "the introduction of human gene sequences into mouse cells in vitro is a technique now practiced in virtually every biomedical research institution across the world."
* Scientists have identified a possible crater left by the biggest space impact in modern times - the Tunguska event. The blast levelled more than 2,000 sq km of forest near the Tunguska River in Siberia on 30 June 1908. A comet or asteroid is thought to have exploded in the Earth's atmosphere with a force equal to 1,000 Hiroshima bombs. Now, a University of Bologna team says a lake near the epicentre of the blast may be occupying a crater hollowed out by a chunk of rock that hit the ground.