December 5th, 2008

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While I am trying to get my brain organized enough to wake up and go for a run, I notice that the lj permanent account userpic upgrade has kicked in, and I now have almost 200 userpics.


...that might be enough to keep even me off the streets for a while.
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when the things that make me weak and strange get engineered away.

Charlie Jane Anders links a South Korean planned city that's exceptionally green.

No, really. I think I want to live there.

And so we return to the moundbuilding technologies of our ancestors, and METAtropolis scores a few more points in the predicting-the-future lottery.

269.2 miles to Rauros. After a thoroughly crappy run on Wednesday (My get up and go had got up and went) and a merely lousy one yesterday, today I managed mediocrity! Go me!

Of course, medioccrity now is better than my best was six months ago. So we get points for that.
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Forrest J. Ackerman dies.

from snurri, the AP reports that paleofan Forrie Ackerman has died, aged 92.

I never met the man myself, but he makes a Tuckerized appearance in my favorite Man From UNCLE novelization, which also contains a shout-out to The Unstrung Harp. A coincidence which I have no doubt pleased him enormously.

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once was a woman, a child i am told

Poll #1310178 What's for dinner?

Bear is ordering takeout, to complete her laziness. She should order:

Chinese food.
Hot wings.
Thai, even though she'd have to go get it.
West Indian, even though she'd have to go get it.
East Indian, even though she'd have to go get it.


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'tis the season

I'm doing charity for the holidays this year. A couple of gifts for my godson and my mother, cookies for close friends, and for you lot, I've bought some nice people a llama. Happy holidays: don't spend it all in one place.

There will also be small donations to the Nature Conservancy,  Doctors Without Borders, the ASPCA, Connecticut Public Radio, and a local food bank.

But there are more than a couple of other worthy charities out there, including one I will be supporting this year for the first time.

If you have not seen the episode of Nova entitled "A Walk To Beautiful," I highly recommend it. This is one of the most amazing documentaries I've ever seen, and it's available in its entirety online.

Health care providers estimate that one hundred thousand Ethiopian women suffer obstetric fistulas due to injuries sustained in childbirth. Women become pregnant very young, recieve insufficient nutrition, and as a result they endure protracted labor resulting in stillborn babies--and injuries that result in eventual incontinence, social ostracism, and heartbreak. In a country of 77 million, there are less than a 150 gynaecologists and obstetricians.

But there's a charitable hospital in Addis Ababa that can help.  (Donations tax deductible within the US.)

In charity closer to home, SFF stalwart Vera Nazarian is in danger of losing her house. Backstory and a way to help here.

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