Happy early birthday to mouseferatu and excursively, who'll advance a year over the weekend!
Hello to new reader hugh_mannity!
Slightly less meh than I've been. *is cautiously optimistic*
You can has content! New front page. Follow that link - it'll take you to the first Shayara puzzle (by slipjig), which will open up a new area. Also, there are new bios, Tyka's has new art courtesy of Grey, the Dramatis Personae is updated and on the main page now, et cetera. I have had a busy morning. EDIT: And posted Tyka's and Halloran's Purges stories. Whee.
australian_joe has some very good posts here and here.
People participating or not participating in tomorrow's content strike: anyone willing to be interviewed for an article?
This seems perfectly reasonable to me.
Shade and Sweet Internet
ElfQuest is being released for free online. All of it. Ayooah!
* The Niapele Project: Safeguarding refugee rights in Ghana. Read that. It's some of the news American news outlets aren't giving you.
* Wyrding Studios "easter egg" hunt tomorrow! Pick up some shinies for me, guys!
* Jay Carlson of The Plug tied a disposable camera to a bench with a sign asking people to take photos. When he came back later that evening, the entire roll of film had been shot.
* Daily Kos on Obama's speech: "It is possible that we will have a President who not only will speak in full, complete sentences, but who will do so in a manner that is eloquent, and who will also be articulate and eloquent in delivering words he is intelligent enough to know, understand, and use in a speech he is capable of writing himself."
* compfight: a flickr search tool. Find Creative-Commons-licensed pictures!
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has made the first detection ever of an organic molecule in the atmosphere of a Jupiter-sized planet orbiting another star. This breakthrough is an important step in eventually identifying signs of life on a planet outside our solar system. The molecule found by Hubble is methane, which under the right circumstances can play a key role in prebiotic chemistry — the chemical reactions considered necessary to form life as we know it.
Friday memage, since I won't be posting tomorrow:
Wearing: Dia de los Muertos skull nightgown.
Reading: In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan; Whitechapel Gods, by S.M. Peters; The Secret History of Moscow, by Ekaterina Sedia.
Writing: Shayara. Also, want to make progress today on Places You Haunt and/or The Things We Value, and I still need to get off my ass about editing "Flying Lessons".
Planning: Totally unplugging from the 'net tomorrow to Get Shit Done. Watching Velvet Goldmine with eustaciavye tomorrow night - anyone else want to come over? The weekend is mercifully unplanned; I may go see "Twelfth Night" at MIT with Adam, Elayna, and feste_sylvain Saturday night. But otherwise...this is pretty much my first free weekend of the year. Oy.