log (2005/11/11 to 2005/11/17)

Currently: 24,110 (still)
Tonight's goal: 27,250

Nothing written yet today, but I'm determined, now that I have an Idea that I like.

I've been reading a few "weblogs" again, so here are some "links":

From amptoons, a Volokh guest series, The Traditionalist Case for Gay Marriage. Nice to be reminded that some people who call themselves traditionalists are benevolent and open-minded.

"Put simply, I believe in gay marriage because I believe in marriage."

Relatedly, from Medley (indirectly) Maine OKs gay rights law. Actually it's "Maine fundies finally fail to citizen-repeal gay rights law, after two prior successes". I'm hoping that this is part of a trend, where as voters get to know more and more real live gay couples, this kind of grass-roots bigotry will have less and less chance of success. Because if that's what's going on, the good guys can't help but win.

Unrelatedly, today's Widely Blogged Research Paper: "On the Effectiveness of Aluminium Foil Helmets: An Empirical Study". See also the rebuttal.

Someone wondered at lunch today if there was any Halo fanfiction (given that, more or less, most people play the storyless multi-player mode and even the single-player mode's story is just a thin shell around shooting everything that moves). Turns out that there's hardly any; fanfiction dot net has a mere 1039 stories ("Halo 2 and 3 story, starts before the Scared Icon level. Chapter 3 is a flashback which explains why the Elite Commander in Halo 2 only has half a jaw").

Which is nothing at all compared to the 12,387 for Pokémon, the 14,043 for Star Wars, the 37,014 for Yu-Gi-Oh, or the 216,258 for "Harry Potter" (some British kid's series).

(Yeah, nearly three times as many Yu-Gi-Oh as Star Wars sounds wrong to me also; I've perhaps overlooked some vast category of Star Wars stuff somewhere else on the site.)

Bunch more links about the Sony copy-protection rootkit that I mentioned some time in the past: It infects Macs also, there are at least two Trojan horses that piggyback on it, Microsoft's anti-malware stuff will remove it, and Sony is going to stop doing it. At least for awhile.

No doubt soon to be widely linked: Texas bans marriage. Not just gay marriage. All marriage. Sort of by accident. You may draw your own conclusions.

Seen on both fark and Medley now:

Bush Borrowed More Than All Previous Presidents Combined, Group Says
According to the Treasury Department, from 1776-2000, the first 224 years of U.S. history, 42 U.S. presidents borrowed a combined $1.01 trillion from foreign governments and financial institutions, but in the past four years alone, the Bush administration borrowed $1.05 trillion.

But at least they kept taxes down.

Okay, must go off and buckle down and write novel now; be good!

End of Day Ten: 20,056
End of Day Eleven: 21,617
End of Day Twelve: 24,110
Currently: 24,110

So we've had our ups and downs, rate-wise, on the novel. Mediocre day on Friday, made up for it yesterday, and haven't written a word today (oops again!).

I have good excuses: the little boy is sick, and the little daughter really really wanted me to finally beat Golden Sun (The Lost Age) which I've been nearly finished with for months and months and not touching, so that I could read a (really lovely) piece of fanfiction that she wrote but that had a spoiler in it for anyone who hadn't finished the game. The little boy is in bed and hopefully asleep (sore throat, fever under control, general blah feeling), and I beat the final boss on the third try (I would have had it on the second try but it got lucky and used Guard Aura on the turn that I unleashed my biggest and nastiest summons).

On the other hand, I think I've had a mental breakthrough (that's break through, mind) on the plot, and I may even be able to see through to the end (although of course the farthest away parts are small and dim in the mist). I had one possible ending in mind, but it was both short and sort of depressing; I think I can now both make it long enough and more sort of oddly triumphant. Or something.

(Unless I change my mind entirely again.)

So many spam subject lines saved up! Here's a renormous dump of them, just to get them off my hands, for your scrolling and chortling pleasure:

(I should really style the little scrolly box there, to look interestingly different in the various skins, but I'm too sleeping and sheesh it's after eleven already.)

Some of those, even most of them, are wonderful and lyrical, but there just isn't time to admire each one individually. Such an embarassment of riches!

Hello, Blackberry, whose shrubbery? Veracious Forex Signal!

Three that I will say a little more about: Alannis Rustin says to Aure Helper: "Marvin: You should need this info"; which is nice because "Aure" (great name) is apparently nicknamed "Marvin", and "You should need this info" is so delicately balanced on the line between sense and nonsense. And Coilean Lynam says "Re: Arnolds to you", which seems mysteriously related to the Governor of California. And finally Luisa Sweet says "Re: Luisa gunsling", which is ticklingly related to my novel.

And on the same subject, a fellow novelist writes:

Because I know how much you love these....

I got one today from Lucas Roberts reading: Re: her start so readable

He was, of course, referring to my NaNoWriMo novel, I'm sure. Although I didn't open it to be sure.

How encouraging indeed!

I've not managed to (nor tried very hard to) entirely give up the Sims for novel-writing. Here's Another Busy Day at the Danverses, and Hermes Zoom's very successful first day at college (he had a girlfriend, and a finished term paper, before he'd even met his housemates, much less gone to class), and some more funny congratulations. (Haven't made my usual local versions of those last two yet; really should.)

It gives me great comfort to know that there is FAQ about gunwales. Really, it does.

Okay, I'm fading fast here. One probably-last note: a reader wrote "Westchester attacks the Open Wireless Community!", and more or less at the same time I noticed the same thing: Unsecured Wi-Fi would be outlawed by N.Y. county.

This seems such a mixture of clue (realizing that Something Needs To Be Done about the huge number of unsecured boxes out there that are being 0wnx0red and used as zombie armies etc etc) and cluelessness (unsecured wireless isn't the security problem that leads to the vast majority of those zombies, as far as I know), that I have a hard time knowing just how to react. My guess is it won't pass anyway and no one actually expects it to, but country government isn't my specialty.

- 4 for "mia"
- 1 for "hack yahoo webcam"
- 1 for "leia nude"
- 1 for "naked helen pictures"
- 1 for "olgo kern"

Olgo kern?