Some Weather Forecasts


  • Cooler and overcast with flurries in the evening leading to arguments on I-195 about why everybody is there exactly.
  • Clear skies but brisk and extremely windy. Wear extra layers and have an anchor ready in case of more extreme gusts than are good for you.
  • Wintry mix giving way to showers of tiny hard pretzels and the unpopular ones of an assorted peanuts jar. This might be less the weather and more you tripping into the office party’s snack bowl.
  • Though it’s enough above freezing you think it’s all right to run to the car without your gloves on, there’s just enough freezing rain to destroy the structural integrity of your skin if you try. Note: you can’t get your keys into the car door if you have your gloves on.
  • Sharp drop in the temperature reminds you that somehow you only ever look at http://dogeweather.com when it’s really lousy out.
  • It’s going to be 65 degrees at noon and drop to 22 by sunset? Did somebody forget to pay the sanity bill again?

Another Blog, Meanwhile Index

The index rose a whopping big eleven points today as bearish traders got to arguing about whether this one web comic has gone totally nuts or whether it’s just laying out a bunch of neat stuff to freshen it up. It would surely have risen more except that the bullish traders didn’t realize until like an hour into the debate that if they snuck out they could go about buying at ever-higher prices without interference. I think the comic’s gone nuts, but it recovered the last like three times it did this so maybe that’s just part of its plan? I dunno. I’ll be happy if it doesn’t publish three strips in a week and then vanish for eight months.

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My NaNoWriMo Indulgence Post


I know, I usually put up a picture with a funny caption on a Monday post like this, and I don’t have a good one. So instead, I want to celebrate the start of National Novel Writing Month with the closest I’ve come to novel-writing since that Next Generation fanfic you have no idea how fortunate you are you will never ever read you are very welcome. Last year I did a sequence of my weekly major essays as a novel-writing walkthrough. It didn’t get much love, except from me, and that’s enough. So let me link to it. Here was the first piece, setting out the premise. Then I confounded my few readers by following up on it and making I think a good crack about being a career genre writer. In part three I get into what name-dropping gets you. And then the last part gets into me being cranky over books where they don’t name characters.

Also my mathematics blog did comics again yesterday. Don’t worry; I don’t figure on having another comics post there tomorrow. I’ve got other things to worry about, but haven’t we all?

And to talk about something that is not myself. Thomas K Dye, a friend who’s been in web comics since back in the days web comics were transmitted by Morse Code over telegraph wires, has a Patreon going. He’s hoping to bring his Newshounds project to an “ultimate-edition” completion. I can’t promise that his comic will be your thing, but you know, it might be. Try the comic strip out, if you’ve not before, and see what you think.

Another Blog, Meanwhile Index

No, really, we sent someone in to check that the index wasn’t stuck, right? They tapped the dial and everything? Huh. All right. So it’s unchanged. This happens sometimes. I mean, why wouldn’t the underlying fundamentals just happen not to change despite everything that’s gone on in the world the past day, right? That makes sense?

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