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December 2021



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they keep building all these big buildings and they build them all in one-- --spot.

Memo to me: sleeping in until 7 or 7:30 is counterproductive. Get up at 6. If I get up at 6, I can run at sunrise, and when it's 42 degrees, my body is incredibly more effective than it is two hours later, when it's 60 degrees.

There's just no way around it: I am a cold-adapted life form. This morning, I did three miles on cruise control (around a fifteen-sixteen minute mile) without even pausing, and felt like I was good for another three (I walked in the door eight minutes ago and my pulse is already back under 90), but I decided to quit while I was ahead--because three miles was my goal, and it seems like I should celebrate that with some sort of reward--and because I am climbing tonight, and it seemed silly to kick my ass that totally beforehand.

Instead, I feel good. Really good. Thank you, approaching autumnal equinox. Thank you, cooler weather. Thank you, thank you, thank you, angle of insolation.

God, I hate summer. But this--this is perfect. It could be like this always.

Tomorrow morning, I guess we try for those four miles. Which means levering ourselves out of bed at 6 am again, but hey. That's what the detonator is for... (Also: must keep running at VP. No matter how hungover I am when pnh, tnh, and Jim Macdonald are done with me.... also. Bear. No sunburn this year, you silly twit.)

In other news, Bette Midler? Still awesome. (via oursin)

And John Scalzi, also awesome from the archives. (And I'm not just saying that because I'm sleeping with him next week. Okay, okay, in the non-euphemistic sense: we're roomies at Viable Paradise. And now I get to say I slept with Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi. Now if we can just get China Mieville to teach at VP, I could have the shaven-headed SFF writer roomie hat-trick....)

376 miles to Rauros, and the Breaking of the Fellowship. I am taking my last sight of the light of Lórien.


Wah. Fall weather. WANT.

Last year was the only one since 1990 when I got to live in a cool climate and I enjoyed every degree of it. Didn't even mind getting rained on all the time. It had cooled off a tiny bit, but now we seem to be having aboriginal summer here or whatever you'd call it in Taiwan, and temps are getting all the way up to 34 or so.
I'm like you, though I think I start at a slightly higher temperature. Still, cool mornings allow me to function more as I think human beings are supposed to functions, instead of as a half-melted slug.
Another fan of Fall! Fantastic. I like summer only when I can go to the beach, take a dip in a pool, or otherwise find a great way to cool off. Fall, however: the crisp colored leaves, the slight bitey chill in the air in the morning and evening, the smell of woodsmoke and baked goods... I could rapturize all day about it.

I have a paradoxical relationship with mornings. I'm not a morning person, and yet I'm a lot more productive if I'm up at least at 7. Mornings are also rather pretty and have such a pregnant feeling, so if I'm up at that time, I can appreciate it. I always wake up feeling like an irritable badger, though, and left utterly to my own devices wouldn't normally wake up until noon (at the earliest) and wouldn't go to bed until 2 or 3 AM (at the earliest).

I would like mornings a lot better if they didn't happen in the morning.

I really ...

prefer the autumn, green is great but there's something far more exciting about reds, yellows and oranges. I even probably prefer the winter, although we get pretty mild ones these days. I always find it easier to get warm and stay warm, than getting cool and staying cool.
Heh, what's with that cold-adapted thing? I'm the same way, and people think I'm NUTS! Of course I live in (sort of) Southern CA, so they're mostly sun bunnies. But I think you're right - there is a portion of the population that's meant to function in cooler climates... average highs under 70!!! (For me)

Do we get updates from VP? Or will you go all silent on us :( (would be forgiveable)
That was an awesome Bette Midler article. She IS still awesome!
I've always been a cold weather person too. Israel's not much fun in the summer (summer being April through October). Winter in Jerusalem is nice though, and the summers aren't quite as bad as they could be. Tel Aviv, now... it's so hot and muggy that walking around there in the summer is like swimming through hot, sticky tea.

Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi? You really get around. :D
I like weather that's just a smidge on the cool side. The past couple of days have been pretty near perfect.

I'd somehow missed that Scalzi post the first time around. It's still awesome. (I'd say "he nails it", but somehow that phrasing in conjunction with the topic doesn't seem quite appropriate....)
I have a Y chromosome, and I approve Scalzi’s message.
I have got to get back to a more seasonal climate. I feel-- I would say like I'm just starting to wake up, except that I can never sleep in the summers down here. But I'm finally starting to sleep through the nights again, for the first time since Daylight Savings Time started.
I just want to say how encouraging it is to know Pat Wrede and I aren't the only slow runners out there. My natural mile pace seems to be 12 or 13 minutes/mile, and by assiduous training (okay, 3 miles x 3 times/week) I was able to get it down to 10 minutes/mile on a good day.

I've heard a 7-minute mile should be perfectly achievable for someone my age, in theory, but I've never even come near that, except if I do one lap all-out, which I can't keep up.

Also, really liked "Boojum." Thanks for making it available!
*g* Are you calling me slow?
I refuse to answer on the grounds that I'll get in trouble no matter what I say.

Wanna go running at the next convention we're both at?
I'm not much for running partners, actually, nor do I usually have time at conventions to do more than hit the pool--but thank you. And maybe?
::is not shaven-headed::
::is not SFF writer::


::abandons plans for future shameless flirting with EBear on SU boards::


don't forget charlie stross.
Depends on when you catch Charlie.