October 8th, 2008


Howard Hughes and the Happy Mesonychoteuthis

Turns out, today is the 2nd Annual (Unofficial) International Cephalopod Appreciation and Awareness Day (UICAAD). Booya! So, everyone wrap your tentacles around something slimy and boneless. And some kind soul please buy this for me and Spooky, because all good sex toys are not penis-shaped.

A good writing day yesterday. 1,545 words on Chapter Seven of The Red Tree, which brings the typescript to 74,315 words, or 290 pages. I'm thinking it will go to 90,000 words.

Not much else to yesterday. I did not leave the house. I read, from the September 2008 Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, "A new sauropod: Tastavinsaurus sanzi gen. et sp. nov. from the Early Cretaceous (Aptian) of Spain." These days, I can't seem to keep up with the new dinosaur taxa, they come in so fast. By the way, the genus name, Tastavinsaurus, is derived from the Catalan word "Tastavin," meaning "wine taster," and the Greek "sauros," means "lizard" (though, of course, we know that sauropod dinosaurs were not lizards, it's still tradition). So, "Wine-taster lizard." There, now. Don't go saying I never learned you nothing.

Speaking of dinosaurs, my thanks to Cliff Miller for sending me news of the Nova episode, "Arctic Dinosaurs." I can even watch it online, starting tonight. I expect Sarah Flintstone...I mean Palin...has banned access to the webcast in Alaska....