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Note that I will make a post just after midnight (CaST), probably just a few words, and then this journal will "go black" as a protest against SOPA/PIPA. The blackout will end at midnight (CaST) on the 19th. No, I don't think it will change a thing. The whole internet going black won't change a thing. That's not the point. Sometimes we tilt at windmills because it's the right thing to do. We have also been assured that President Obama will block the legislation, and there's word Congress is already preparing to shelve it. By the way, my book sales are being seriously harmed by internet piracy, and I still oppose SOPA/PIPA. You do not burn down a fucking house to kill a termite.

And, more good news. Believed lost for some 165 years, hundreds of paleobotanical thin sections, once owned by Charles Darwin, have been rediscovered in the archives of the British Geological Survey.

If I do not leave the house today, it will have been eleven days since last I left the house. This is becoming serious. Again. And I have to face it and get out of here.

When we went to bed about 3:30 a.m., there was a very light dusting of snow on the ground, already beginning to melt.

I had a dream, this morning, that one of my molars fell out. This isn't unusual. I frequently have dreams of breaking and shattering teeth. I have bad teeth, and, moreover, many psychoanalysts believe this a sign that someone – whichever dreamer in question - feels they have lost, or are losing control of...well, whatever. In this case, I point to Alabaster #4. As I near the end of the next to last issue of the first series, I am terrified I am making missteps, that I was never cut out to write comics. And I cannot fail in this. Every single word matters, and, in many ways, this is a far, far more difficult undertaking than writing a novel. Yesterday, I wrote three more pages, 16-18 (manuscript pages 27-29, 951 words), which is probably more than I should have written yesterday. Likely, I will finish the three remaining pages today.

Please be reminded of the auction of ARC of the The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. By the way, if you haven't seen Publishers Weekly's STARRED review of the novel, you ought. Sure, too much time is wasted on synopsis, but too many reviewers these days don't know the difference between a review and book report.

Oh, and here's a photograph Spooky took day before yesterday, when I was washing my hair. All my life, I've known I had a birthmark on the back of my neck, just at and under the hairline. This is the first time I've ever seen it (behind the cut).







After the writing, I curled up on the chaise in the middle parlor, in front of the fire place (it only sounds a tenth as cozy as it actually is), with the iPad and finished watching the National Geographic pterosaur documentary. It only got worse. Aside from Kevin Padian and David Unwin, actual experts on pterosaur paleontology were generally ignored (where was Peter Wellnhofer, for example, or Chris Bennett, or Dave Martill?). The science went from slipshod to fanciful. In short, whoever wrote this thing just started making shit up. Assemblages of animals were shown coexisting in the same environment, even though we know they belonged to different faunas separated by tens of millions of years. At least a third (and maybe half) of the documentary was wasted on an attempt to build a mechanical scale model of a pterosaur that would fly as a pterosaur flew. But it didn't work, even though the designers cheated right and left on the design (adding an elaborate "rudder" to an anhanguerine, for example, a group that all but lacked a tail, and certainly didn't use them for stabilization during flight). No, no, no. Bad science. This is National Geographic? My advice, stay away from this one.

Later, before sleep, I read Bruce Sterling's "Maneki Neko" (1998), a somewhat dull bit of cyberpunk. Near as I could tell, it was hellbent on showing that just as there's truth to the "ugly American" stereotype, there's also the "ugly Japanese." No shock there. The story's most interesting aspect is it's view of what the internet would become, but, in the ensuing fourteen years, has failed to do so.

And it's getting late. And I should scoot.

Scooting,
Aunt Beast

Date: 2012-01-17 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jamesovei.livejournal.com
The National Geographic Channel is owned by Murdoch's NewsCorp which instills in me suspicion in their documentaries. I live in hope that the contract will expire and NewsCorp will have to either change the name or give it back to the Society.

Date: 2012-01-17 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

The National Geographic Channel is owned by Murdoch's NewsCorp which instills in me suspicion in their documentaries.

That would explain.

Date: 2012-01-17 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whiskeychick.livejournal.com
When I read "bad science," my brain went to "Bad Wolf."

Weird.

Date: 2012-01-17 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whiskeychick.livejournal.com
By the way, thinking that a "No Tubes" day would be a great way to show support as Obama bucks the pressure and says no to SOPA.

Date: 2012-01-17 07:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

By the way, thinking that a "No Tubes" day

No tubes?

Date: 2012-01-18 04:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whiskeychick.livejournal.com
The internet. Stems from a phrase in my family's vernacular. So when there's an internet interruption, you may find adolescent bipeds in my house trucking down the hall saying, "The tubes are down; the tubes are down."

Date: 2012-01-23 12:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opalblack.livejournal.com
Comes from an ill-advised remark by Ted Stevens, some years back.

the Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it's going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material

I can't believe there's a wiki entry about it.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Series_of_tubes

Date: 2012-01-17 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

When I read "bad science," my brain went to "Bad Wolf."

Yep. Weird. But I can see why you made the association.

Date: 2012-01-18 03:57 am (UTC)
sovay: (Rotwang)
From: [personal profile] sovay
When I read "bad science," my brain went to "Bad Wolf."

There must inevitably be somewhere on the internet a Lady Gaga parody on this theme (science, not wolf), even if it wouldn't quite scan.

Date: 2012-01-17 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lois2037.livejournal.com
Seems like all the "scientific/academic" TV channels showcase bad science, bad archeology, bad history. I rely on the History Channel to give me sensationalist claptrap about 2012, Nostradamus, etc., and I guess National Geographic is doing the same thing. Someone had to step up and fill in the gap that the Weekly World News has left.

Date: 2012-01-17 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Yes. This is the way of it. I remember a time when it wasn't. But TV execs grow ever more cowardly.

Date: 2012-01-17 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lois2037.livejournal.com
Gotta appeal to "the masses," who would like the stuff just as well if it were scientifically accurate. Still, as light entertainment, it's pretty hilarious.

Date: 2012-01-17 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Still, as light entertainment, it's pretty hilarious.

Sadly, it's a waste of money that could go into real science and science education.

Date: 2012-01-18 04:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whiskeychick.livejournal.com
Is there a BBC version of History Channel or National Geographic?

Date: 2012-01-18 07:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lois2037.livejournal.com
I have no idea, but it would certainly be better than what we get here.

Date: 2012-01-17 09:02 pm (UTC)
mithriltabby: Rotating images of wacky theories (Teach More Controversy)
From: [personal profile] mithriltabby
Future documentaries will depict the Barnum and Bailey baluchitherium rodeos.

Date: 2012-01-17 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Future documentaries will depict the Barnum and Bailey baluchitherium rodeos.

Fuck. I can actually imagine that.
Edited Date: 2012-01-17 11:30 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-01-17 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
At least the rediscovered Darwin fossils are worth celebrating.

Date: 2012-01-17 11:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

At least the rediscovered Darwin fossils are worth celebrating.

YES!

Date: 2012-01-18 12:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eluneth.livejournal.com
it only sounds a tenth as cozy as it actually is
This made me smile. Happy to hear it, though I'm hackling at the sound of that Nat Geo program. Nat Geo, the History Channel, et al. all seem to have gone wild and sensationalistic.

The band the Antlers have an eerie little song called "Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out" - a friend sent it to me because I also have frequent dreams of crumbling teeth.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfQ_qPFI1Ro

Date: 2012-01-18 02:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

This made me smile. Happy to hear it, though I'm hackling at the sound of that Nat Geo program. Nat Geo, the History Channel, et al. all seem to have gone wild and sensationalistic.

Yerp.

The band the Antlers have an eerie little song called "Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out" - a friend sent it to me because I also have frequent dreams of crumbling teeth.

I will NEVER click that link.

Date: 2012-01-18 12:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ulffriend.livejournal.com
I thought of you immediately when I read about the rediscovered Darwin samples. Gives a whole new meaning to "Cabinet of Curiousities"...or at least one can hope.

Let that be a balm against the failed National Geographic special. And really, what can you expect from a network that now bills itself as "NatGeo"?

Date: 2012-01-18 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

And really, what can you expect from a network that now bills itself as "NatGeo"?

Like I sat, I'm waiting for the Discovery Channel to become Disco!

Date: 2012-01-18 03:55 am (UTC)
sovay: (Cho Hakkai: intelligence)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Believed lost for some 165 years, hundreds of paleobotanical thin sections, once owned by Charles Darwin, have been rediscovered in the archives of the British Geological Survey.

That is absolutely amazing. Thank you!

I dream sometimes of my teeth breaking, but more often I dream my hair is falling out.

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