Monthly Archive: November 2008

Nov 18 2008

Beware, Writer

I manipulate you, you know. I lay out a path of words to take you where I want you to go. And you go, fitting your steps to the rhythm of my words. I wave a hand over here to keep you from looking over there. If you see what I want you to ignore, …

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Nov 17 2008

Response the First

A big thanks to Simon Haynes for being the first person to jump up and throw in his opinions on the relationship between science and science fiction. Simon is the author of the Hal Spacejock series, which is currently available only as imports in the U.S. (grrr). However, you can download his first book to …

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Nov 16 2008

About the Name

In case you’ve ever wondered where the blog name comes from, here’s a video from one of my favorite artists. I bet you’ll never guess what the song is called. Don’t read too much into the lyrics, though. There’s a lot more to this not being a place of diamonds, including the fact that I …

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Nov 15 2008

Out and About

The blog you are trying to reach is currently unavailable. Please try again later. Me? I’m off hanging out where I can wear shirts like these and not feel like a complete slob or, you know, twelve. Of course, it helps that they now make these things in women’s cuts. Nobody’s going to mistake me …

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Nov 14 2008

Science and Fiction–An Open Call

ScienceOnline09 is an annual science communication conference that brings together scientists, bloggers, educators, and students to discuss promoting public understanding of science. Peggy Kolm and I will be moderating a session on science fiction as a tool for science communication. We’re looking for input on the topic and to start an online conversation between science …

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Nov 13 2008

Proposition 8

It’s been more than a week, and I still can’t talk about it. The growl in the back of my throat isn’t going to come across well on a blog. Luckily, some people still have use of their voices. Monica has the Olbermann video. Watch it if you haven’t. This should be on 24-hour continuous …

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Nov 12 2008


I woke up this morning to discover that Glendon (of the amazing Flying Trilobite) had tagged me with a meme. In thanks for his not tagging me with all three of them, here is my prompt response. The 5 Things Meme5 things I was doing 10 years ago:1. Starting to think that writing was something …

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Nov 11 2008

Red Touches Yellow

When I was little, my doctor worked in a clinic that had the coolest entryway. I didn’t much notice the entryway when they reopened the clinic in the middle of the night to deal with my pneumonia-induced 104 degree fever and delirium, but that’s another story. Usually, I loved the place. We entered through a …

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Nov 10 2008

The Personal and the Political

I lost a few friends this election season. First time it’s happened, and I’m not altogether sure how I feel about it. One of them I cut loose. She was someone I’d hung around with in junior high and hadn’t heard from between then and me joining Facebook. I didn’t feel it was much of …

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Nov 09 2008

Coming Out

In case the new addition to the sidebar doesn’t say it loudly enough, I’m an atheist. This won’t surprise anyone who knows me well, but this blog is here in part because few people know me well. It may not surprise regular readers of the blog. I do, after all, use rationality as a label …

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