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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 14, 2003
A new IE error page, via Boing Boing.
~ Thursday, February 13, 2003
Words for our troubled times, and damned funny, to boot.
~ Wednesday, February 12, 2003
What is it with people and whales? Here's the story of Luna, an Orca that seems to have adopted the people of a town on Vancouver Island, and a bit about some of the idiots hanging around (although I'll be the first to admit that "patting" and " pouring beer down the throat" are crimes of differing severity).

Granted, we've mostly evolved past the time when we would treat whales like Farley Mowat recorded in A Whale for the Killing, but it's obvious that not everyone respects the wild nature - even the right to live - of these animals. Peter Watts and Laurie Channer have written about a potential answer to problems of this sort in their short story "Bulk Food", published a few years back in On Spec., but they may not go far enough. Perhaps trading isn't the answer, and rather we should just toss the idiots overboard.
~ Monday, February 10, 2003
The new issue of Outside magazine has a phenomenal cover story on the ongoing war between Pakistan and India in the Siachen region. On their site they have extra photos and commentary by the photographer, and I have to say that this is the closest that real life has come to science fiction for me in my reading in a good long time. By all means go to the site, but the story must be read to capture the flavour of just how insane this battle is, the effort being made and the effects it has on soldiers from both sides, as well as the devastation of what was a pristine environment.
Adoption comes to the web in Canada. It will be interesting to see if this increases the number of kids finally finding permanent homes.

Although this is the local site for Suitcases for Kids, it is now an international organization, and one that does good work. Plenty of foster kids get shuttled around all the time, and in many places they end up carrying all of their worldly goods in a plastic garbage bag. The little girl who founded this group seeks suitcases for those kids, something to help add a modicum of dignity to their lives.

We had a foster child in the home when I was a kid, a teen. My Dad was a social worker, and we took her in for most of a school year. And you know, I haven't a single damn memory of the girl. I would have been 4 or 5, I suppose. I hope she's all right, wherever she is, and that she's found constructive ways to make an impact on the people in her life.
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