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To quote the ever quotable Malcolm Reynolds, "So here is us, on the raggedy edge." That seems to have a different meaning to me every day. Today it means we're bracing for Hurricane Earl. Right now, we have a Tropical Storm Warning, just upgraded from a Tropical Storm Watch. Right now, the Weather Channel has us in the red zone, at a "high" threat level. Fortunately, we're on a hill outside the evacuation zone, so at least we probably don't have to worry about flooding. We'll be going out this evening to get supplies, just in case. Meanwhile, it's still hot as hell.

And neither of us slept much last night.

All day yesterday was spent on Sirenia Digest #57. But last night our PDFer began having technical difficulties, which is why, if you're a subscriber, you don't yet have the issue. We're trying to sort this out as quickly as we can. But with the storm on its way, it's not impossible that it may be Sunday evening before the issue goes out. Never in its four-year history has an issue of the digest been so late (which is sort of amazing, really), and I hope everyone will bear with us. We'll get it to you as soon as is feasible, promise.

I'm reading Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age: A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer, and liking it so far. It's more than a little on the techno-fetish end of SF, but I'm fascinated by his future Victorians and the idea of the primer. I'm also doing something I pretty much never do. I'm reading one of my own published books, The Ammonite Violin & Others. I'm reading the stories out of order, just as they catch my eye. Right now I'm reading through "In the Dreamtime of Lady Resurrection." I think these stories have held up very well, and I usually can't stand reading my own stuff in print.

Also, some good rp in Insilico last night.

And now, I must go sweat some more. And answer email. While I sweat.

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scarletboi
Sep. 2nd, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
While I adore The Diamond Age it took me multiple attempts to actually read it. I was deep in the throes of Gibson, Sterling, Rucker, et al, and I had read and loved Snow Crash, so I had certain expectations going into DA that were frustrated by the first chapter of the book ridiculing and indicting the whole of cyberpunk. It took me years to pick it up again, and I'm really happy that I did. I wasn't in the right mindset to enjoy what he was doing back then.

poesillchild
Sep. 2nd, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
Earl is on the way to the coast of NC and I feel fortunate to live in the center of the state. People are evacuating. We are expecting no rain this far inland, and somehow, I can't seem to get rid of the image of Jason Lee at the center of this hurricane.

I wish you good weather as Earl heads your way.
kurtmulgrew
Sep. 2nd, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)

hopefully it will swerve toward new york city and destroy it like the one in 1938 did

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gargirl
Sep. 2nd, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
It is horribly hot here as well, I am hoping that Earl will bring some lower temperatures. If we have to have a hurricane, it would be neat if it wasn't all bad.

I'm very much looking forward to the Sirenia Digest #57 but I'm sure we all understand that sometimes things get delayed for one reason or another. I can't imagine being upset about it.

I'll be thinking of you and Spooky and our friends in P-town during the storm. Best of luck to you in coming through it all unscathed.
sovay
Sep. 3rd, 2010 06:35 am (UTC)
We'll be going out this evening to get supplies, just in case. Meanwhile, it's still hot as hell.

Well, if there's a hurricane, at least the heat should break . . .
chocol8fiend
Sep. 3rd, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
pdf not working
I am guessing your pdf writer is not working. I think you are a mac only user so i dont know if there is a free writer for that. Otherwise for pc world you can use
http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp

If you are using microsoft offce 2007 or later you can download a free converter
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=4d951911-3e7e-4ae6-b059-a2e79ed87041&displaylang=en

Hope that helps
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