Rob and I have been in NYC for the past two years on a house swap. That ends on the last day of August. After thinking about it, we’ve decided to move back to Portland, OR. The houseswap was intended to be a way to try NYC out without committing to it. While I’ve enjoyed a lot of my time here, the experiment has not been entirely successful.
People who’ve already heard the news ask me if this is a good thing or a bad thing. In truth it is almost entirely neutral. There are many things I’ll miss about the City, but I truly loved living in Portland. I have friends in both places that I will miss while I’m in the other.
Based on the way my theater life was before moving out here, I expect I’ll still come back on a fairly regular basis for work. Which, of course, adds to the neutrality of the move. It will be hard to miss a place where I plan on coming so often.
* The most obvious thing to do is stay informed. Keep an eye on reliable sources on Twitter, refresh blogs and news sites that are covering the stories.
* If you are on twitter, retweet information from reliable twitters, but REMOVE THE USERNAME if they are in Iran. People have died because of the lack of responsibility by fellow tweeters and the media in this front. They can be tracked down by the government of Iran.
* Spread the information elsewhere. Repost this article or write your own on Facebook, Myspace, Tumblr, or anywhere else you can think of. If you write your own, make sure you are concise and accurate. Link to your sources for people to learn more.
* Discretely change your location on Twitter to Tehran or Iran, and your time zone to GMT +3:30. Don’t post to brag about how you did it, otherwise it was useless.
* DO NOT auto-refresh and take down websites, even if you are asked. It slows down the internet for the rest of the people in Iran.
* If you make a proxy DO NOT post it publicly, otherwise it is useless. Send it in a direct message to a trusted source.
* DO NOT spam the hash tag #IranElection with useless things to “confuse the government”. This does not help at all.
I watched the elections last night and am still in a state of happy disbelief.Â I remember when a friend of mine, way back in the primaries, said that she was interested in Barack Obama. I’d never heard of him at that point, but I remember saying, “Are you crazy? The U.S. will never elect someone named Obama.”Â I’m so happy to have been utterly wrong.
I just ran across this interview with Colin Powell where he asks people to support Obama.Â He talks about how he cried when an anchor said “It’s over. He’s won it.”Â And then General Colin Powell cries again.
We don’t normally take the paper because neither of us are home often enough to really read it, but with the folks here we picked up a copy of the Sunday New York Times. I found this piece on the Op-Ed page and was startled by the opening paragraphs.
John McCain isnâ€™t boasting about a new endorsement, one of the very, very few he has received from overseas. It came a few days ago:
â€œAl Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming election,â€ read a commentary on a password-protected Islamist Web site that is closely linked to Al Qaeda and often disseminates the groupâ€™s propaganda.
So I went looking for more information and found more of the text at the Daily Telegraph. The gist — heavily paraphrased — is that a prolonged war exhausts the U.S. and provides recruitment incentives to would-be terrorists.
According to Wired Science SpaceX successfully put their Falcon 1 rocket into space.
SpaceX has made history. Its privately developed rocket has made it into space.
After three failed launches, the company founded by Elon Musk worked all of the bugs out of their Falcon 1 launch vehicles.
The entire spectacle was broadcast live from Kwajalein Atoll in the South Pacific. Cameras mounted on the spacecraft showed our planet shrinking in the distance and the empty first stage engine falling back to Earth.
I just watched the footage and I’ll tell you it’s a pretty inspiring thing.
(Tor Books — August 21, 2018) Continuing the grand sweep of alternate history laid out in The Calculating Stars, The Fated Sky looks forward to 1961, when mankind is well-established on the moon and looking forward to its next step: journeying to, and eventually colonizing, Mars. Of course, the noted Lady Astronaut Elma York would like to go, […]