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Sleep: The Other White Meat

Thanks to the new (very expensive) medications, my insomnia is vastly better than it's been for years. But last night, I was awake until sometime after four, and then only got to sleep because I'd taken Ambien (which I dislike doing). Then I woke from a nightmare at eight, to construction noise from next door. And that was it. No getting back to sleep for me. I got up so the tossing and turning wouldn't wake Kathryn. So...now I have to manage to stay awake until tonight.

Yesterday, I did as little work as possible. But I did do a small bit of last minute editing on "The Maltese Unicorn" and sent it away to the anthology's editor. But mostly it was a "day off," after the insanity of Sunday and the big push to finish editing the short story.

I read Chapter Four of Gaining Ground by Jenny Clack ("Setting the Stage: The Devonian World"). I read the first part of Tales of the Slayers (Dark Horse), and especially liked "Righteous" by Joss Whedon and Tim Sale. Spooky made chili for dinner. Afterwards, we watched two short films by Nacho Cerdà, who directed The Abandoned (2006)— Genesis (1998) and Aftermath (1994). Both were very well done, though I was far more impressed by Genesis. Then we played WoW, leveling Gnomnclature and Klausgnomi to 30, before switching back to our main toons, Shaharrazad and Suraa, who we left stranded in Icecrown a couple of months back. That was yesterday. Oh, and the toilet broke. No, wait. That was day before. Night before last. Whichever.

Spooky got the new Rasputina CD yesterday, Sister Kinderhook, though I've yet to listen to it.

I know it's the future, and the world sucks extra hard now and all, but...my life would be at least 3% less annoying if the internet were not plagued by idiotic emoticons. Right now, I think the worst offender is— XD —though, I have to admit— o.0 —is a close fucking second. Oh, and— <.<, >.>, and >.< —are also nigh unto unbearable. These emoticons pretty much brand the user a total moron, even if the user is, say, Stephen Hawking. I actually sort of miss the days of ;-P and :-) and :-(. Things were so much simpler back then.

There are people on Earth, right now, who honestly believe all sentences should end with "lol."

Please have a look at the current eBay auctions, which end this afternoon. Thanks.

Er...and I have a few photographs from the Museum of Comparative Zoology, before the day went to crap:





Spooky spent some time with the collection of glass flowers created between 1886 and 1936 by Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolph.



More glass flowers.



There was a special exhibit devoted to the evolution of horns and antlers. Here is a member of the cervid Family Muntiacinae.



Many sorts of deer.



MCZ 1365, the holotype of the pelycosaur Dimetrodon milleri (Romer 1937) from the Permian of Texas.



MCZ 1036, boomerang-shaped skull of the Permian-aged leponspondyl amphibian Diplocaulus, also from the Texas red beds.



Here I sit, before a beautiful display of fish from the Eocene-aged Green River Formation. The display is in Roemer Hall, named for the Harvard paleontologist Alfred Sherwood Roemer. And I am holding my copy of Roemer's Vertebrate Paleontology (1933-1966), long the standard text on the subject. I got my copy at the annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Philadelphia in 1986.



Spooky, trying to sketch a bustard.



These creepy deer were watching her.



We seemed to be followed by deer— ominous deer —everywhere we went.

Photographs Copyright © 2010 by Caitlín R. Kiernan and Kathryn A. Pollnac

Tags: days off, futureshock, gaming, idiot humans, insomnia, massachusetts, museums, paleo, pills, rasputina
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