Hello to new readers juniperthewise, pezzonovante, and tonysalieri!
My voice is gone. Well, I was on five panels, did an hour-long reading, attended two wild parties, and played in a four-hour LARP, in addition to general hanging out and talking with friends for four days straight. :)
Otherwise... slept til nearly ten. Tired and achy, but not incapacitated. Am in the danger zone - where I look around at the messy house and say to myself "Well, I'm not hurting *too* much. I can totally do this." Must remind myself that if I do anything today, I'll be laid out for another week. Must remind myself that I have Vericon next weekend. *nod*
Random Arisia Notes
* The oft-admired necklaces I was wearing were by Wyrding Studios; check them out!
* The gorgeous tall male belly dancer I had in tow was asim. Shiny. :)
* I learned a new word, from perldiver - "spathic". Geological term referring to cleavage. :)
* Many thanks to those of you who made a point of complimenting me on my newly-reacquired curves! I spent years as an unintentional size zero, and I'm not quite used to my new shape yet. It's good to get reminders that I was not just too skinny, but I was bony enough to terrify not just friends, but acquaintances. That this is healthier. The relief in faces and voices was heartening.
* The fragrances I was wearing were by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. (I got a lot of "You smell wonderful!")
You can't teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.
Yeah. I need to not continue to try to make points in post-Arisia discussion. Will give myself the day off, then write up What Went Wrong and How We Can Change It tomorrow, with a clearer head. Also need to finally write the Raising Fandom: The Next Generation post I keep threatening.
She and feste_sylvain-and-tamidon's older daughter whipped this up out f two lengths of fabric and a handful of safety pins during the Kamikaze Kids Masquerade session. She did not know who she was; I told her to tell the Masquerade staff that she was Inara from Firefly. It was that kind of dress.
She had a great Con. :)
Thoughts on Enceladus as a home to life have kept astrobiological debate lively, an unexpected but welcome development from the Cassini mission. The interest is understandable: Cassini has shown us plumes that seem to be the result of some kind of geothermal venting, with liquid water and geothermal energy sources all possible drivers for the formation of life. We don’t exactly know what’s going on here, but the possibility of a hydrological cycle — liquid, solid, gas — has kept theorists active, as witness a research note by Christopher Parkinson (Caltech) and team.
The early Earth serves as a possible model for life elsewhere. With photosynthesis not available, life would depend on abiotic sources of chemical energy. It’s believed this would have come in the form of oxidation-reduction processes driven by factors like hydrothermal activity, impacts, electrical discharges, or solar ultraviolet radiation. Organics may have been synthesized from inorganic molecules near submarine hydrothermal vents. In similar ways, the authors believe, Enceladus may offer energy-generating reactions that create conditions favorable for life.
* Hanging out with asim, then getting him to the airport. Anyone available around 4 to give us a ride?
* Diesel tonight with my sweetie. :)