Happy birthday to alphafenris!
Hello to new readers deakat, desyana, and drawn_n_qrtered!
Friday's issue seems to have been resolved. Fingers crossed.
Strictly as a matter of record: spindizzy spells off and on since Tuesday at last; also allergic reaction last night. Who knew Roasted Garlic Triscuits were comprised mainly of soybeans? Not me, apparently.
Take Back the Sci-Fi
karnythia and I are writing up the rules of engagement and expect to have the community in full debate mode this week. *thumbs up* Join takebackscifi!
Rest in Peace, Dr. Tiller
As you probably all know by now, Dr. George Tiller was murdered in cold blood by a "pro-life" terrorist. And make no mistake, this is terrorism.
Please read this article about him.
"The nightmare of our decision and the aftermath was only made bearable by the warmth and compassion of Dr. Tiller and his remarkable staff. Dr. Tiller understood that this decision was the most difficult thing that a woman could ever decide and he took the time to educate us and guide us along with the other two couples who at the time were being forced to make the same decision after discovering that they too were carrying children impacted by horrible fetal anomalies."
Because when we're talking late-term abortion, we're not talking anything that could even vaguely be confused with birth control. We are talking about nonviable fetuses, or fetuses that are already dead.
We're talking about the kind of situation my birthmom was in when she had to deliver a stillborn baby, years after she had me. The sheer hell of going through all of that knowing that your baby is not to be.
I'm pro-choice. I chose to have my daughter; I'm glad I had a choice.
I have friends who are anti-choice, and we just do not talk about this stuff. But I want to say this. However you feel about abortion, if you think that this is the way - gunning a man down in his church, a doctor who saves lives - please just get off my friendslist, because we are not going to have a meeting of the minds.
On a Lighter Note
Elayna's off to Washington, DC! School trip! Things she's most looking forward to? Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian, and the Holocaust Museum. Most especially the Holocaust Museum.
So she's been packed off with all of her stuff and her very own digital camera (a birthday gift from her grandparents, only just now opened). And me? I am at loose ends. I really just do not know what to do with myself when she's gone; my schedule is so fixed on her getting home at 3. I anticipate fussy housecleaning.
* asim has a great post on race and reinventing our cultural past.
* Meep. Air France flight missing.
* How to lie about books. *giggle*
* New issue of Lone Star Stories!
A rich seam of technological and science-fictional ideas seem ready to be mined with the development of the first light trap that can simultaneously store different numbers of photons:
“These superposition states are a fundamental concept in quantum mechanics, but this is the first time they have been controllably created with light,” Cleland said. Martinis added, “This experiment can be thought of as a quantum digital-to-analog converter.” As digital-to-analog converters are key components in classical communication devices (for example, producing the sound waveforms in cell phones), this experiment might enable more advanced communication protocols for the transmission of quantum information.
Lunch and knitty help with emilytheslayer today; lunch with mgrasso tomorrow; BARCC Book Club Wednesday night, hanging with s00j and omnisti Thursday... and Friday?
Other than that? Setting up takebackscifi, writing, reading, the usual.