October 28th, 2008

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a savage attack on my tongue, as ordered by me

I've had a "fibroma" on the tip of my tongue for a couple years. It's nothing major, and doesn't hurt, but it is a bit unsightly and its mere existence has been a minor concern. My dentist recommended having it taken off, and C said it should be removed and biopsied. So, I finally had it done yesterday.

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Read A Story A Day: recent summary

Well, I haven't been keeping good track of what I read and I know I'm not keeping up with the "a story a day" specifics. But I have been reading! Here's recent things I've read:

Shimmer Zine, Issue Nine. Beth Wodzinski, editor, gave me a copy in exchange for a ride to the airport from the Lincoln City Workshop. She described Shimmer as "contemporary fantasy". At the time I thought she meant a kind of urban fantasy but now I realize that I was wrong.

Shimmer is about the fantasy present in everyday life, about people in lives and places that any of us would recognize. These are people who experience something different, or odd, or magical. Since this "everyday life with non-everyday settings or experiences" is one of my big interests, I really enjoyed Shimmer and will be checking out future issues. Who knows? Maybe one day I can even have the honor of being published in Shimmer.

My favorite story was "The Hand of the Devil on a String" by M.K. Hobson.
I also enjoyed:
- "The Hummingbird Heart" by Angela Slatter
- "Maybe Blue" by Jenny Maloney
- "The Shape of Her Sorrow" by Joy Marchand
- "20th Anniversary Caveman" by Gra Linnaea
- "Distractions" by Chad Brian Henry

Weird Tales, July/August 2008

Everyone knows Weird Tales, so there's no need to describe it. As they say, "the Unique, Fantastic, & Bizarre" and that's it exactly. Overall, I thought this was a solid issue with some good stories and a fun interview with Mike Mignola!

My favorite story was "How I Got Here" by Ramsey Shehadeh. I also enjoyed "All In" by Peter Atwood along with the sense of setting and description in "Belair Plaza" by Adam Corbin Fusco and "Right You Are If You Say You Are" by Norman Spinrad.
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random links for the evening

- Japanese team finds 'yeti footprints' in Nepal. There are pictures, but they're mostly of the climbers. Forget the footprints, where's the yeti scat?

- Foreign Affairs, "America's most influential publication on international affairs and foreign policy" (their description) (via lilithsaintcrow). As Lili says, watch for the hidden agenda, but it does look chock full of things I normally don't hear about in US news.

- The hypocrisy of the 'One-Party Rule' Gambit (at juancole.com, via jaylake). The Republicans are now warning of the danger of a potential "one-party rule" if the Democrats win the Presidency and control of both houses of Congress. No really, they are. And, of course, the Republicans were for it before they were against it.

- A Better Network for Outer Space (MIT Technology Review, via jaylake). Vint Cerf, one of the designers of the core Internet protocols, talks about communications protocols for use in outer space. I've been hearing about the Interplanetary Internet for a while, and this looks to be a nicely informative overview article.

- The Republican shipwreck (at Salon.com). Gary Kamiya talks about the state of the Republican party and how it got here. A very interesting point is his comparison of the "mythical Reagan" to the "real Reagan" and how desire to emulate the "mythical Reagan" is part of what created so much trouble for the GOP and the USA.
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tweets for the day

(Posted here for reference. At twitter, I'm also "jeffsoesbe")

  • 07:01 awake again, after strange dreams that I can not recall... #
  • 10:09 working, after some good weightlifting (chest/shoulders/triceps) #
  • 13:06 lunchtime meeting is done, and it's time for ... a break! #
  • 15:11 it's sleepy time again, so I might take a real break (earlier break didn't happen) and run some errands. #
  • 18:02 The bag of Caramel Candy Corn arrived at 5:23 PM. It departed at 6:01 PM. Its life was brief, yet fulfilling. #
  • 19:59 every episode of South Park online? good god, there goes my life. #
  • 22:35 @CoyoteWild Especially when the ice is wrapped in whiskey #
  • 22:46 well, that's enough South Park for tonight. MIster Hankey, Big Gay Al, xmas songs, Satan. In other words, typical South Park episodes. #
  • 22:48 bought some Halloween decorations earlier - ghosts, skeletons, candy dish with moving hand, spiders. Good stuff! #
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