And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Linkee-poo, who ya gonna call

CamelCase. Figured there was a word for that. After all, there's words for everything even if they mean, "I don't know." (Pointed to by Dan)

Cat Rambo pontificating on how fiction is the mirror of reality. Or, that through fiction we can explore what it means to be human, even if it's fiction about non-humans.

If you run into anybody who tells you that funding NASA and space travel is just a waste, point them here. That's the WTF NASA? website with all the cool things we live with because NASA was here. (Grokked from

The mourner bill of rights. So very this. Talking to someone who is in mourning is difficult only if you're not listening to them or are dealing with your own grief in an abstracted way. Recently a friend had a difficult experience happen in the family. When I asked about it after they came back they told me, "oh, (family member) is dealing with it and is really okay." I looked at them and said, "If it were me, I'd be a total mess inside." While that may sound confrontational, in this case I think that brought us closer together as people who have experienced mourning. We saw in each other the mark of sameness. The cultural admonishment of "never speak evil of the dead" and "they're in a better place" and "we must go on" is a bunch of bull. And as an attendee of many a funeral, funerals are about the living, not the dead. The dead just lay there.

While this post is titled "Looking for Lovecraft in All the Wrong Places" I think it really should be, "Waiting for Cthulhu." And in his fourth paragraph, Jonathan Wood lays out the exact plot I've tried to avoid with my own C-Stories. (Grokked from

Some stats regarding maternal health in the country with "the greatest heath care system EVAR!" I'm sure if we just taught more abstinence classes in school it would clear that all up. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

You know, it's not like he did't have a choice in which farmer he visited. Too bad his people had to pick one that owns 54 farms, is a real estate mogul, and event producer. Doesn't anybody at the Romney Campaign do the homework? Well, I guess since this guy is "just a millionaire", that's much closer to "real people" than Romney normally gets. So maybe a begrudging point or two? Not. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Oh look, there's talk of creating another Gault's Gulch. Zzzz, zzzz, zzzz. In this case it's kinda round about being a Nerd's Oasis, but mostly for the libertarian members of Reddit. No, really, go ahead. Let us know what happens on your Lord of the Flies Island.

Paul Krugman with a more realistic reason why Romney chose Ryan. Given the right's insistence that the news media is "in love with Obama", I doubt this will make much of an impression. And then there was the Iowa Fair brouhaha. "'We’re used to this in Wisconsin,' Ryan claimed." Really? Well, I'm glad he's so blase about it. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Alligator Quotient: They seem to be stuck in a revision/endless loop cycle. Might have to hard restart them all.


Random Michelle K said...

Yeah, for the grief thing.

My (other) cousin and I both wrote about our experiences with grief after my cousin (his brother) died.

He noted that his grief is different even from his siblings grief, because each relationship is unique, and his relationship with their brother was not the same as their relationships.

That doesn't even take into account how each of us as individuals deal with emotions.

Mostly though, it can be summed up as, this REALLY SUCKS.

Steve Buchheit said...

Hey Michelle, like you said, everybody's grief is different. What confuses people is when they try to force you into a roll they've conceived for you.