Happy birthday to sleigh!
Happy early birthday to fmh and ivymcallister, who advance a year over the weekend!
Hello to new readers alumiere, caudelac, custardfairy, cyberthorn, roozle, the_jackalope, and vixyish!
Ugh. High-stress days man that pain levels go *way* up, so yesterday was unfun on many levels. I seem to have evened out overnight, though, and my breathing is showing actual improvement. I hope to have banished the ick by my birthday.
Ravens in the Library
Since there's an influx of new readers, I shall pimp this again! Ravens in the Library is an amazing all-star (including me! *twinkles*) anthology that benefits the amazing all-star SJ Tucker (s00j). Go read both links. Order Ravens today; it's currently at press, and when it gets out, that price goes up. So if you got paid today, you want to go get that now. And then swing by and buy some s00j CDs.
Wind Tunnel Dreams
Also, pre-order your copy of Wind Tunnel Dreams! ultra_lilac is working on the cover art, and should be done by this time next week, at which point we go to press. (I love the art, and you will, too.)
We Counter Hate With Love, Around Here
Oh, hey, Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church is coming to Cambridge. You know him. The "God Hates Fags" guy. He and his band of likeminded crazies will be screaming at the kids of Cambridge Rindge Latin School, because they have a Gay-Straight Alliance.
But. Driving Equality is countering. With what? A Phelps-a-Thon.
For every minute Phelps and his goons are out there protesting, Driving Equality will be collecting donations for Project 10 East and Welcoming Schools Cambridge (the school's resource center for LGBT families). You can pledge any amount for every minute the Phelps folks are protesting, or a flat amount.
The best part? Driving Equality will be displaying a sign right in front of Phelps telling him how much he's raising for LGBT equality.
Click here to find out more and pledge online!
* haikujaguar wants to know your favorite archetypes.
* I love these shirts. Especially "Particle physicists do it with charm."
* A sneak peek at season two of Leverage. ;)
* Kitty town!
A team of Vanderbilt scientists have invented the world's smallest version of the periscope and are using it to look at cells and other micro-organisms from several sides at once.
"With an off-the-shelf laboratory microscope you only see cells from one side, the top," says team member Chris Janetopoulos, assistant professor of biological sciences. "Not only can we see the tops of cells, we can view their sides as well - something biologists almost never see." The researchers have dubbed their devices "mirrored pyramidal wells." As the name implies, they consist of pyramidal-shaped cavities molded into silicon whose interior surfaces are coated with a reflective layer of gold or platinum. They are microscopic in dimension - about the width of a human hair - and can be made in a range of sizes to view different-sized objects. When a cell is placed in such a well and viewed with a regular optical microscope, the researcher can see several sides simultaneously.
Wearing: Sock monkey pajamas, love monkey socks.
Reading: Stories of Your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang; The January Dancer, by Michael Flynn
Writing: Dear reader, I dreamed in Shayara last night. ...yep, story's ready.
Planning: Elayna has no school today, and has a Girl Scout event that may = tubing at Nashoba Valley if there's still sufficient sow up there, or may = hanging out in Boston Common and the Public Gardens. When she's out, I get writing time. I have few plans for the rest of the weekend; previous plans fell through. I am doing the Q & A about "The Angel of Fremont Street" at Grub Street on Sunday. Yay for rescheduling.