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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
28th-Jan-2011 07:44 am
Happy birthday to bikergeek, rubrchick, and stakebait!

State of the 'Song
Dreading the commute, hitting the albuterol too much, otherwise okay.

Thanks for liking the new Shayara page! I have a general author-y fan page, too, if that is of interest to you. Plus you can friend me on there anytime; unlike LJ, I friend everyone back on Facebook. Caveat: of course that means I don't actually keep up with everyone's status updates and stuff.

Link Soup
* Mother Jones on what's going on in Egypt.
* We measure our snow in Shaqs. We're not quite at a full Shaq yet, but we are already over one Shadesong.
* The Four Icon Challenge - a cool idea, well-executed.
* Right on, Holly Pervocracy.
* Why Kirby Bits is not speaking at PAX East 2011. Lots of overlap here with why I'm not going to PAX East, period.

Daily Science
For years researchers have been debating whether Enceladus, a tiny moon floating just outside Saturn's rings, is home to a vast underground ocean. Is it wet--or not? Now, new evidence is tipping the scales. Not only does Enceladus likely have an ocean, that ocean is probably fizzy like a soft drink and could be friendly to microbial life.

FIZZY OCEAN, you guys. Imagine the implications for the space ponies!

Friday Memeage
Wearing: Purple wandering-cable sweater and jeans. Bird-on-a-wire socks.
Reading: The Book Nobody Read: Chasing the Revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus, by Owen Gingerich.
Writing: This week has been all behind-the-scenes structural stuff.
Knitting: I did two cowls for Elayna this week. Otherwise, I am very close to done with my Sekrit Project.
Planning: Going to a gaming night tonight (hoping for a ride, because this weather's been sucking for my lungs). Tomorrow is a house-stuff day, and hopefully more writing infrastructure. Sunday Elayna has her Girl Scout conference, and everything else depends on whether she has a ride to-from that, which she has thus far failed to determine.

28th-Jan-2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I've only been up for half an hour, but it's been happy so far. :)
28th-Jan-2011 01:14 pm (UTC)
I have now stolen the Fizzy Oceans and Space Ponies for Twitter. But I credited you. :)

Fizzy Oceans is my 80s new wave cover band.
28th-Jan-2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the links this morning - I haven't been following the news much over the last couple of weeks, and I was completely ignorant of the situation in Egypt. That article was perfect for getting me up to speed.
28th-Jan-2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
We've received three Shaqs so far, with one more due for the season average. Of course, that's only counting til early April, and the spring storms in May are pretty hefty.
28th-Jan-2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
Naturally, in a city where we measure a bridge in Smoots, a Shaq is a perfect measurement of height.
28th-Jan-2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
Those of you who were here in the 90s may remember the year when the Globe measured total snowfall against Robert Parish.
28th-Jan-2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
Apparently, the dickwolf t-shirt has been removed from the PA Store. Kirby Bits posts about that in an update. Of course, the update is followed by a bunch of gamerbros making asinine comments.

I'm reading more on the subject now. Will share updates as I find them.
28th-Jan-2011 07:17 pm (UTC)
Of course, the shirt was up for months, and there's no question that it was put up there to poke fun at the folks who were upset about the fact that Gabe and Tycho were assholes. Pulling it down now is just another tactic in their little game (and the fact that they're treating it like a game says it all); they can now claim that they removed it before Pax East, and that people still decided not to show up.
28th-Jan-2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
Of course some people are going to decide not to show. Just because they pulled it down doesn't mean they weren't being assholes about it in the first place. Anyone who chooses not to go to PAX because of it is well within reason not to.

I am hoping that the removal is the first sign of a Moore-like moment where they apologize for being assholes. I'm willing to be proven wrong, however.

So far, the Sunken Library has one of the best things I've read about it. It was written back in September, but it's all about the importance of creating a safe space for all gamers and geeks. theFremenBlog also has some good stuff about the issue.
29th-Jan-2011 05:36 am (UTC)
I disagree, Biebers are still my snow-measurement units of choice. :)
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