In which astronomy is the coolest science

This is the dwarf planet Ceres.  It’s the largest object in the asteroid belt.  We’ve got a probe headed toward it right now, that ought to be in orbit around it on March 6th.   This picture was taken on February 19th.

What in the hell are those?

PIA19185_ipFurther detail here.


STILL crunch time, and a minor announcement

By “crunch time,” I mean “so tired I want to die,” just so you know.

I made arrangements for my first in-person author signing today.  It’s not happening until after Sanctum comes out, so probably the first Saturday in May (which, my calendar informs me, is the 2nd) and as such I will have more details on it later for the few of you who live near me and may want to come out.

Current mental state:

Oh shit oh shit oh shit oh shit ohshitohshitohshitohshit.

Crunch time.

Got a story to finish and a deadline coming up, so I’m going to be more or less going dark for a bit until I get everything done.  Unless something interesting happens.  🙂

Feel free to talk amongst yourselves.  In fact, tell me if you’ve read anything interesting recently.

I’ve got my eye on you, Friday…

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Tomorrow morning looks ugly, Friday morning looks ugly, and Saturday morning looks ugly.  I will, I swear, eventually make it to work five days in a row in 2015.  There’s some sort of weather warning thing for tomorrow, too; not a lot of snow, but nasty blowy crazy shit that’s going to blind everyone.  I don’t think it’s likely that we’ll be home, but it’s far from impossible.

Today was exhausting, guys.  I spent some time teaching today, because reasons, and holy hell am I out of practice– not for the instruction itself, but the physical act of projecting my voice to fill a room.  My wife noticed I was hoarse right away when I got home, and my throat still hurts.  And I was not raising my voice– just speaking to be heard, something I really haven’t had to worry about much this year.  Most of the time when I’ve had to fill a room, it’s been of the “speaking quietly so that you understand your life is in danger” variety, which doesn’t hurt my throat but is the wrong tone for instruction.

Also, They Might be Giants released a free live show of the entirety of Flood today, which I am listening to as I’m typing this and all of you should have.  It is the best thing that happened today.  It’s in reverse order from the album, which I find hilarious.

That’s all I’ve got.  I have to watch The Walking Dead with my wife before I go to bed and honestly I may not make it.  G’night.

Amazon marketing services: an update

You may recall the post from a couple of days ago where I posted this image:

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That 1414 number– which, remember, was over 2100 at one point– has jumped around repeatedly over the last few days, and was down to 27o this morning.  Apparently I should have screenshotted it then, because now it looks like this:

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Note that the click is gone and that they’re no longer pretending even to charge me the $0.25 they were charging earlier.  That click has appeared and disappeared at least three or four times.

At this point I’m going to strongly recommend that authors avoid this service until it’s ready for prime time; this is ridiculous.

(7:45 PM check-in: the number is now 1122.)