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August 24, 2010

Your Tuesday moment of zen.

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Central square, Lockhart, TX. From the "Wizard of Oz" school of architecture. © 2006, 2010, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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Published on August 24, 2010 12:11 • 8 views

August 23, 2010

So, who among you is going to be at Au Contraire (Wellington, NZ, next weekend) and/or AussieCon 4 (Melbourne, Australia, the following weekend)? I'd love to know who we're going to bump into, new friends and old.

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Published on August 23, 2010 12:02 • 14 views
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I have now closed the steampunk caption contest voting poll, which has celebrated the release of my steampunk minim opus, The Baby Killers . The contest was for a caption to best fit the following photo:

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Pipe, Lime, OR. © 2002, 2010, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

First prize is an inscribed copy of The Baby Killers, going to [info:] madrobins for:

"I admit to its utility," said Miss Penderghast. "But the steam-powered corset-laundry will not catch on until it can be rendered small enough for the ordinary...
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Published on August 23, 2010 11:50 • 9 views
Your Monday moment of zen.

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Ornate detail on very old semitrailer, Mustang Ridge, TX. © 2006, 2010, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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Published on August 23, 2010 11:42 • 10 views
Predicting the Death of PrintTwo years ago print was going to soldier on another 10 years. Now it's five--or fewer. Uh huh.

The Language of Leaks — (Thanks to my Dad.)

Ten Infamous Islands of ExileEstablished to banish dissidents and criminals, these islands are known for their one-time prisoners, from Napoleon to Nelson Mandela. (Thanks to [info:] lt260 .)

Alien hunters 'should look for artificial intelligence' — Everybody sing: ♫ "'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth." ♫

A Milky Way...
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Published on August 23, 2010 11:40 • 5 views
Oi. Such a day. Nothing cancer-related, for a change. I took [info:] the_child to the AT&T store at the mall just up the road a mile or two. We were adding a phone to an existing plan. This should have taken 10, 15 minutes. It took an hour and forty-minutes, involved at least five store employees, multiple phone calls to various inside help lines, and four (or possibly more) attempted number assignments. Something was seriously wrong with AT&T's retail management software. Meanwhile, I, who cannot st...
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Published on August 23, 2010 01:21 • 1 view

August 22, 2010

Useless in a Crack


"Useless in a Crack" by [info:] the_child . Medium: iPad 3G, Brushes app.

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Published on August 22, 2010 17:13
Here is my programming schedule for AussieCon, for those interested.

Fri 1200 Rm 211: Keeping pace: maintaining momentum in fiction
Fri 1600 Rm 207: Reading
Sat 1000 Rm 213: The steampunk playground
Sat 1200 Rm 201: Signing
Sun 1100 Rm 219: Anachronistic fiction: successors to steampunk

I will also be attending the Hugo ceremony both as Stephan Martiniere's designated acceptor, and as keeper of the Campbell tiara.

I do not yet have a schedule for Au Contraire, but I believe I'll be on programming th...
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Published on August 22, 2010 16:49
Swimming in mud lately. Had the expected Versed hangover through yesterday. On the other hand, I managed to finish Endurance.

I'm actually kind of amazed I've gotten anything done. Between preparing for the New Zealand-Australia trip, finishing revisions to Endurance, managing cancer issues (second opinion, surgery planning, etc.) and the colonoscopy, I've been extremely busy. Way behind on correspondence and other obligations, and won't likely catch up for a long time. I hate that.

I have some...
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Published on August 22, 2010 13:45

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