Today, we go to Boskone; immediately following that, Arizona. For a week. So happy early birthday to everyone who advances a year while we're gone: warren_ellis, parrish_relics, littlebuhnee, holme, rikibeth, aaronace, and nihilistic_kid!
Back to cautiously optimistic. Still feeling the effects of overdoing yesterday, but it's payday, so I get to fill my new, doubled Robaxin prescription, so I get to take Robaxin during the day now, which should hopefully help.
Yesterday was just a crappy day. I'd ask for a do-over, but I've been antsy waiting for Boskone all week, so no, I'll take today, thanks.
Features of yesterday: Lost the pouch ragingamazon gaze me, which had my T-pass, business cards, and sdn's business card in it. I'd just topped off that T-pass, too, so think of it as a $20 bill. Was unable to reach my doctor's office and get a refill of the Celebrex called in - will do this today and hope for the best. Was blocked on Shayara. Trouble with BPAL sale. Et cetera.
I hereby declare today to be Rex Manning Day!
New York City
* Bus advice: What's better, Peter Pan or Greyhound? Amtrak? I just know I'm not taking the Fung Wah.
* If people in NYC want to see me, there could be a pre-birthday, pre-concert dinner. The show's at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza. I have no idea where that is, and if we should plan around that location; I've been in NYC a total of once in the past 20 years. So if someone wants to spearhead this, that would be awesome. :) (Yes, I'll be there one night only - I have a site to launch, a bacchanalia to plan, my wife to kill and Guilder to frame for it - I'm swamped!)
* Also - who else is going to the concert? Is it really just me and brokensiren?
* Anyone going to New York Comic Con in April? Looks like I can get in free, if I register today, but I don't want to go alone.
I have too much on my plate, and having too much on my plate is making it difficult for me to work on anything. Basically, I can prioritize, but I'm still seeing everything at once. Need to figure out how to deal with that.
* The Bush administration has decided to try to shoot down a failing 5,000-pound spy satellite, fearing its rocket fuel could turn into a deadly toxic gas if the spacecraft crashed in a populated area, officials said Thursday.
* Unusual uses of salt.
Daily Science, fibro edition
* One of the great unanswered questions in physiology is why muscles get tired. The experience is universal, common to creatures that have muscles, but the answer has been elusive until now.
* People with unrelenting pain don't only suffer from the non-stop sensation of throbbing pain. They also have trouble sleeping, are often depressed, anxious and even have difficulty making simple decisions. In a new study, investigators at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine have identified a clue that may explain how suffering long-term pain could trigger these other pain-related symptoms.
Researchers found that in a healthy brain all the regions exist in a state of equilibrium. When one region is active, the others quiet down. But in people with chronic pain, a front region of the cortex mostly associated with emotion "never shuts up," said Dante Chialvo, lead author and associate research professor of physiology at the Feinberg School. "The areas that are affected fail to deactivate when they should." They are stuck on full throttle, wearing out neurons and altering their connections to each other.
Daily Science, non-fibro edition
* Astronomers have glimpsed what may be the farthest galaxy we've ever seen, providing a picture of a baby galaxy born soon after the beginning of the universe.
* A beautifully preserved fossil of a tiny pterosaur suggests that the giant pterodactyls that roamed the skies during the late Cretaceous period may have come from much smaller, tree-dwelling ancestors.
* Although the search for extraterrestrial life in our solar system has focused on Mars for many years (and it still might be found there), increasing attention is now being paid to Jupiter’s moon Europa. That’s because the scientific consensus now is that Europa almost certainly boasts an ocean, hidden beneath a shell of ice. Life on Earth originated in the ocean. Could life have similarly arisen in Europa’s ocean?
Wearing: Dia de los Muertos skulls nightgown. Penguin socks. Yes, I am the very height of fashion.
Reading: An AnthologyBuilder anthology with stories by (in alphabetical order) eugie, samhenderson, jimhines, and a few others; also At the Bottom of the Garden: A Dark History of Fairies, Hobgoblins, and Other Troublesome Things, by Diane Purkiss.
Writing: Will be writing Shayara short-shorts in response to your prompts. Some very good ones there! Should I
a) post them next week, one or two a day, or
b) post them all in one post, editing them in as I write them?
Either way, the Napalm bits get their own post. With cut-tag. Because they are very spoilery.
Today is all trip prep; tonight and the rest of the weekend, Boskone. Yay!