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Miscellany!

Y'know, checking my posting frequency really reveals how much time grading and teaching-related work consumes a teacher's life from mid-terms through the end of the semester. Sorry! Dropping in for a quick update before, yes, getting back to grading.

But first, I'm going to VOTE EARLY at the Burge Union at the University of Kansas! If you live in Douglas County, KS, I urge you to make a write-in vote Matt Maksimowicz for Sheriff. Why choose the lesser evil?

You can probably vote early where you live, too. But whether you do or you wait for the Big Day, VOTE.

Over the last week, I've:

* Tinkered with the Chevelle. Wanted to do a lot more, but... life.

*Finally bought myself a proper solar telescope, which I've been coveting since the Venus transit observing event in the spring. I got a super deal for it barely used on eBay; it's a double-stacked Coronado SolarMax 40mm Hydrogen-alpha with the SM40 and T-Max tuner. Here it is:



As soon as it arrives (just got it from eBay - half price!), you KNOW I'll drop it onto my antique German equatorial mount with slow-motion handles to track the Sun across the sky, take some photos, and post 'em here.

* Reorganized the sheds to make room to move the (wrecked, soon-to-be Land Speed Record) Aprilia RS50 and put the BMW R100S away for winter. This means the covered front-porch parking spot is available for my winter transportation: My Vespa S150! (With windshield, of course.)

* Wrote another 2500 words on the novel, which means I finally broke the 20k barrier! So while the wordcount finally breached this milestone, the notes document has also just surpassed 17,000 words. That's only the .doc file, not counting dozens of pages of hand-written notes. Taken together, Jack and Stella technically comprises nearly a novel's worth of writing so far. Huh. I'll be using the NaNoWriMo excuse to work lots more on it this coming month.

The Galactic Adventures of Jack & Stella progress:


In case you haven't seen it yet, John Scalzi wrote a
smart (and disturbing) response to some politicians about rape and politics. Check it out, but be warned it's just plain creepy. Some of the responses are disturbing in other ways. But it's an important thing to read right now as we head into politics season, as The Handmaid's Tale becomes less SFnal and more mimetic.

Speaking of politics,
xkcd does it again with a fascinating infographic on changing political demographics in the US.

To those who live out East, please be safe as the big storm blasts your way.

Best,
Chris

Comments

( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
nottygypsy
Oct. 31st, 2012 04:31 am (UTC)
I voted, early.
mckitterick
Nov. 2nd, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
*team vote-early*
beneluxboy
Nov. 2nd, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
not as random as a blaster
The double-stacked Coronado SolarMax thingie — doesn't that look like your father's lightsaber?
mckitterick
Nov. 2nd, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
Re: not as random as a blaster
Hahahaha! Now that you mention it....
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