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4th-Mar-2011 07:28 am
Happy early birthday to maltor, who advances a year over the weekend!

State of the 'Song
Norovirus recovery is steady. But. Pain level shot up to a 7 yesterday. I'm hoping it's the weather shift that did it, that that's not the New Normal off Celebrex. I did have to take an emergency Celebrex (I have five), because I was not going to be able to cope without it. It helped somewhat. Today I'm at about a 4, I think. We'll see how this goes.

Birthday Party
Lots of people are sad about no Twelfth Night! Okay, guys - we can *try* Twelfth Night. Thing is just that I don't know if we have enough people. We'll see. Bring your copy (we'll have spares if you don't have a copy), and this could maybe happen.

Again, if you are sick, PLEASE DO NOT COME. If you're not sick, I'd love to see you! If you are sick, I would love to see you another time.

Link Soup
* Excellent post about a new study.
* I thought The Decemberists just sucked because they just sucked. Did not know how rapey their stuff is.
* Hipster Superheroines.
* Charlie Sheen Quotes Presented By Superheroes. Because when you have quotes like "I'm tired of pretending I'm not bitchin', a total frickin' rock star from Mars", of course you have to put that in the mouth of Martian Manhunter. Of course you do.

Daily Science
A surgeon specializing in regenerative medicine on Thursday "printed" a real kidney using a machine that eliminates the need for donors when it comes to organ transplants. "It's like baking a cake," Anthony Atala of the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine said as he cooked up a fresh kidney on stage at a TED Conference in the California city of Long Beach..

FOR REALS. Also, "College student Luke Massella was among the first people to receive a printed kidney during experimental research a decade ago when he was just 10 years old."

We are not just talking about 3D-printing organs, we are actually doing it, and we have been doing it. We live in the future.

Friday Memeage
Wearing: Heathery green sweater and jeans. Grey knee-highs with sparrows on 'em.
Reading: Through the Drowsy Dark by Rachel Swirsky.
Writing: Shayara.
Knitting: A Rivolo scarf for my grandma's birthday (and the capillary action Nerd Wars challenge), and still the Hemlock Ring blanket.
Today: Work/writing/cleaning.
Tomorrow and Sunday: party.

4th-Mar-2011 01:09 pm (UTC)
Wearing: Black turtleneck sweater and jeans. plain old black socks.
Reading: Zahara by Nnedi Okorafor
Writing: Introduction to my PSY 242 paper.
Knitting: Baby blanket in Cascade DK Cherub in a salmon pinkish color.
Today: Work/school stuff
Tomorrow and Sunday: Pics & brunch with dskasak, ThinkGalacticConCom meeting, School work, crock pot cooking

4th-Mar-2011 01:16 pm (UTC)
That kidney machine is amazing!
4th-Mar-2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
Right now I'm wearing a Chicago Bears t-shirt and purple cardigan that I slept in. (Yes, I slept in a cardi. Is cold.)

Reading: Academically Adrift for a read-a-long and lots of magazines to make the pile go away.

Writing a recommendation for a student, so I can send it out on Monday, so I won't have to think about it anymore. And a presentation.

Knitting a basic blue blanket, because I need mindless knitting, because complex crafting of any sort is not working with my brain right now.

Planning work and bra shopping and Dinosaur barbecue today, and then working on my talk. And then Parade Day and more work tomorrow. And then more work on Sunday and a haircut. And then -- THEN... next week, week of destiny.
4th-Mar-2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
Wearing: Pac-Math tshirt (which is very fitted and shows off curves like woah) under giant, shapeless gray sweater that belonged to last ex. I find the contradiction hilarious. Also jeans, sneaks, pixel skull socks, legwarmers, and Wyrding Studios choker.
Reading: Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, by Barry Deutsch. There is a very strong chance I will be telling you and Elayna and Adam to read this, if you guys haven't already.
Writing: publicity flyers for work, IAF blog post on yarnbombing as interstitial art.
Knitting: Today= socks for grandma. 1 down, starting the second at lunch.
Planning: gym and concert tonight, errands this weekend (still pretty snotty and now lynx seems to be coming down with something, so we are definitely out from the party), and moving.
4th-Mar-2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
Wearing: Flannel shirt and flannel-lined khakis (winter will end eventually, right?). New socks (stocked up last time I was at Costco).
Reading: Designated Targets (John Birmingham) as my current ebook-on-phone, Infinite Dreams (Joe Haldeman) as my current falling-asleep book, The Book of Xen (Chris Takemura/Luke Crawford) as my thing I need to read for work.
Today: work
Tonight: gaming
Weekend: at least one part of your party, hopefully both. (Yes, even though your save-the-date has snagged the day before my birthday; still debating whether I'm going to do a Readercon party again this year....)
4th-Mar-2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
The first Link Soup link: excellent post, indeed! "Having concluded that the classic CHSP scenario was not particularly attractive to anyone and was especially repulsive to women"...not exactly a shocking result to me there, since the original study description set off all sorts of sketchiness bells for me the first time I heard about it. (The use of Carrot Top as part of a scenario is also amusing as hell.)

The comments are also worth noting. I found the thread discussing an alternative question particularly interesting in both scientific-theoretical and personal-practical dimensions. ;-)
4th-Mar-2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
Wearing: Today is all about ribbed knits... light grey ribbed sweater over my basic black ribbed sweaterdress, finished off with black ribbed wool tights and patent leather penny loafers.
Reading: Got a box of ARCs from Harper Collins yesterday, so am starting with THE MAP OF TRUE PLACES by Brunonia Barry [local author from Salem who also wrote THE LACE READER].
Writing: Press releases for our booksigning on the 19th... we're having graphic novelist Bret M. Herholz sign his SHERLOCK HOLMES and his DIARY OF THE BLACK WIDOW titles, as well as copies of MISS WILDTHYME AND FRIENDS INVESTIGATE, for which he did the cover art.
Knitting: Just started an "inverted rainbow" baby blanket, which will show up quite eeriely under blacklights, for alexjay and bttybp.
Today: Just trying to survive the workday until 8pm; I got no sleep because of Michael's coughing.
Tomorrow: Storytime at the bookstore at 11AM... I get to wear harlequin boots and my swoopy purple hat.
Sunday: Hopefully paperwork and sleep.

Edited at 2011-03-04 03:58 pm (UTC)
4th-Mar-2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
Overall, I like the Decemberists...I like their use of mythological and literary imagery, I like their lyrics, I like their dark subject matter...I LOATHE "A Cautionary Song" or "We Both go Down Together" for the same reasons that the article cited. I also find Colin Meloy's behaviour in concert to be quite gross.

However, "Leslie Anne Levine" is a beautiful, tragic ghost story set to music (and I've heard "We Both Go Down Together" is supposed to be its prequel), and the entire narrative of the album "The Crane Wife" is about the mistreatment of women (it's based on a Japanese folk tale about a man who marries a shape-changing crane and who takes vicious advantage of her, eventually driving her away). And while I agree that the female characters often are little more than carboard cutouts, there's one small exception...in the album "The Hazards of Love", the heroine, Margaret, discovers that she's pregnant by the shapechanging man she met in the wilderness. Rather than sitting around bemoaning her fate, Margaret packs herself up and, pregnant, heads back into the taiga to the tune of the powerful song "Won't Want for Love". She's pretty damned useless for the rest of the album, but that song is brilliant.
4th-Mar-2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
You know, I could SWEAR that the Clark-Hatfield study had already been widely debunked. Clearly I just imagined it since the flaws were so evident, but when this new study made the news I had the weirdest deja vu of "We already went through all this."

It's good to see a full run through of it, though. I always appreciate that on science reporting.
4th-Mar-2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, wearing:
Pinstripe dress pants, black sweater with orange highlights

Reading: My sister's first chapters for her book proposal.

Writing: Something on Therapeutic Radionuclides.

Planning: Possibly seeing my colleague perform, learning how to edit IMDB, and entertaining my gothic houseguest.
4th-Mar-2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
*stares at hipster superheroines*

I had no idea that glasses were hip now. That would explain why my wife describes seeing so many college students in glasses. Wow. For the first time, I was ahead of my time!

(This reminds me that I saw a very conventionally-mundane young woman on the subway the other day, reading a book that she was holding about four inches from her eyes, and all I could think was, "Oh, honey, Dorothy Parker really wasn't right. You're allowed to wear glasses.")

(I find myself more and more qualifying people as "young people" and "older people", being now firmly middle-aged. I do not like this mental trend sometimes.)
4th-Mar-2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
I think it's only certain types of glasses. Unfortunately, they're the ones I swore I'd never wear again because oh my god are you kidding me.

Wednesday: consistently late for contemporary fashion since 1975.
4th-Mar-2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
I wish I could go to your party, but I'm not sure if my current sinus ick is purely allergies in action or if there's a transmissible disease component. :(
4th-Mar-2011 09:10 pm (UTC) - Friday.
Wearing: pink sweater (but not obnoxiously pink), dark blue jeans (nice boot cut but a smidge too tight in the seat and waist), warm not-bulky socks, black Merrells
Reading: I have with me City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare, that I started to read a while back, and have picked back up. Changes by Jim Butcher is out in paperback as of now, and I really am itching to go pick it up and devour it.
Creative Outlet(s): I'm sorely lacking in this department. I wonder if this could have any part in my feeling of underlying malaise. There's a lot of fun gaming going on, but nothing generative.
- Friday night: Game night, Star Wars miniatures on the agenda.
- Saturday: Possible moving of furniture around in the study and putting up art and stuff on the walls. Food shopping and prep after shabbat.
- Sunday: teaching in the morning, booking flight to FL for Pesach in the afternoon. Maybe going to bookstore. Something else was discussed but I forget what.
5th-Mar-2011 05:02 am (UTC)
I remember when the "3-D organs via printer" bit was first announced. Fuckin' brilliant. I remember a mouse with a human ear growing out of its back.

We /are/ living in the future. Which is somewhat mitigated by growing up on sci-fi, which only made me wonder "why don't we have this shit yet?"
9th-Mar-2011 04:53 am (UTC)
I don't know if you did Twelfth Night or not, but you should read Jo Walton's essay on cross-gendering it: http://papersky.livejournal.com/509522.html
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