Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong (shadesong) wrote,
Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong

Tew's Day!

Happy birthday to kebechet and phenom_woman!

Less slow, stuffy, and miserable. A little. Improvement is not dramatic, mind you.

Book Release Day!
Go buy Deader Still by antonstrout and Palimpsest by catvalente! And hey, new s00j music for Palimpsest!

NYC Tomorrow!
If I feel sufficiently better (staying home from Diesel tonight in the hopes that taking it easy helps), I will be in NYC tomorrow for the Palimpsest book release party. Riding down to emilytheslayer, lynxreign, and ioianthe. If you're in the NYC area, you should definitely come to this.

Wind Tunnel Dreams
I need 20 more orders to have sufficient capital to send WTD to the printer, so please order today!

Blogging Elsewhere
Some of you may have noticed (*koff*Emily*koff*) that I have a more official blog out there in the ether now. Bonus blog! This is where I'll be discussing process... the long stories behind each piece I sell. It is also a good place to stash reviews. *nod* So feel free to pop that in your RSS aggregator of choice.

Daily Science
They’re called “vaults”. They‘re in our cells, and in those of every plant, animal, and fungus. Like ribosomes, they’re atomically precise self-assembled structures made of protein and RNA, but they’re big and hollow, large enough to pack many ribosomes inside. They’re relatively simple and symmetric: A vault consists of two identical halves, each consisting almost entirely of 39 identical copies of a single, large protein (see figure). The vault structure was recently determined to near-atomic resolution, revealing enough detail to show how the proteins fold and fit together. Looking forward, this information could help protein engineers develop methodologies for designing large self-assembling structures.

Vaults are unusual in many ways, but what I find most surprising about them is this:

To this day, no one knows what they do.

Same as yesterday, with some new tasks sprinkled in.
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