Cold Ground
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Places to Go:
Derryl's Fotolog
Fictionwise (reprints of some of Derryl's fiction)
Alyx Dellamonica
Boing Boing
Charlie Stross
Jena Snyder
Making Light
Randy Reichardt

~ Friday, February 07, 2003
Not all athletes are self-aggrandizing morons. Good for Steve.
~ Thursday, February 06, 2003
~ Tuesday, February 04, 2003
Randy sent me a link to NPR's story about Terry Gilliam's lost film and the making of Lost in La Mancha. All very cool, and I look forward to the day I can actually see the film, on my TV, since the theatres in this town (and I know I'm repeating myself here) suck.

But I also found a bunch of Nike commercials directed by Gilliam. When you go there, click on "Panna KO" and watch the quarterfinals, semifinals, and (obviously) final. Also dig around and watch a 14-year-old named Romario. This looks like a phenomenal game, and a Google search doesn't yield much, not even in other languages. It's street soccer played in Amsterdam, kind of like one-on-one basketball, and according to the site the games go three minutes, unless you score a goal through your opponent's legs, in which case the utter shame of it all stops the game right there. I find myself considering building a Panna pitch and holding a tournament, five bucks and entry, and after making sure I have enough to pay for running the thing, let the winner and a couple of runners-up take the money. This town is soccer-mad, and while no one here would be able to hold their own against the guys in the ads, there are still some excellent players. Me, I'd be lucky to make it to the quarter-finals, unless we do it by age group. Once upon a time, maybe.
The Council on Foreign Relations has identified a number of hot spots around the globe, and CNN has produced an excellent interactive map based on their report.
"It could be aliens or someone's septic backing up," added a man in coveralls between bites of his waffle. Courtesy of Slacktivist comes this intriguing story about a piece of lake in Minnesota that isn't freezing when it should.
Construction has begun on a highway to the South Pole. I'm always of two minds in moments like this: on the one hand, the SF geek loves the fact that technology can attempt to get a leg up; on the other, the place is wild and relatively unspoiled, so why can't it stay that way? But then I think about the good, smart science they're doing down there (50,000 pound sleds!), and how much easier it will make at least a part of their year. And while we would have to be on constant guard to keep certain types of technology within the realm of science, to continue to protect what is there, I think the job of the sensible scientists would be well-served by this road.
Astronaut Laurel Clark's last email to family and friends from orbit.
There were many odd and endearing things we noticed about Utah while living there: the phrase "Oh my heck!" comes to mind, and so do Dutch Ovens. I am not surprised to see that the headquarters for the International Dutch Over Society is in Logan, where we used to live. Their world championships happen next month. And who knew that buying and caring for one could be such an event?
~ Monday, February 03, 2003
Via Making Light, an amazing blooper from CNN. No wonder the shuttle blew up.
Looking for a job? Want exercise? Why not try carpet walking? Matt Livingston has been at it so long that by the time he hits his six-year anniversary of being on the job, he will have walked the equivalent of around the world.

Of course, when you start to delve into this fabu and deeply-weird area of human endeavor, you begin to learn the technical terms, such as 20,000 foot-traffics. What I haven't been able to find out, though, is how much they make and how it compares to other jobs.
~ Sunday, February 02, 2003
The loss of the Columbia is indeed horrible, but is being blogged and newsed (is that a word? I don't think so) to death out there. On the other side of the coin, news that 25 to 50 people were killed in an explosion in Nigeria is harder to find, even when I vist a site like All Africa; perhaps the news-gathering capabilities in Africa are a little less-intensely developed than in the West. The shuttle's destruction is even sidelining Canadian news about seven more deaths via avalanche in BC, surprising considering that all seven were Grade 10 students from Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School in Alberta.

That said, the events over Texas are what have hit me the hardest. I don't think it's a racist thing with me, being more interested in the news about Columbia rather than Lagos. For a large part of my life I wanted to be an astronaut, and would still go up given the chance. I would love to visit the nations of Africa, including Nigeria, but my connection there is not based on a childhood dream, nor on my sometime-career as a science fiction writer. The space program's waters run deep within my heart and soul, and I am cut to the core every time a tragedy like this occurs.
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