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Monday, October 20, 2003

Monday October 20, 2003. Writing mistake: I've put too much conscious worldbuilding into "The Caterpillar on the Leaf".

Grump -- earlier today, I'd been in an online discussion of worldbuilding. And I'd explained that some writers do best at worldbuilding when they don't do it consciously.
(The example I used was Ursula K. Le Guin.) I'd even said that this seems to be true of me.

Time to follow Raymond Chandler's advice, and bring in a man with a gun. More specifically, bring him in where my protagonist now has a peaceful walk homeward.

Public Release: 20-Oct-2003
Journal of American Chemical Society
Self-assembled nanocells function as non-volatile memory
Chemists under the direction of Rice University's Jim Tour have demonstrated that disordered assemblies of gold nanowires and conductive organic molecules can function as non-volatile memory. A prototype device, dubbed a NanoCell, is believed to be the first working microelectronic device to use self-assembled organic molecules. In contrast with present-day DRAM, which has to be refreshed every thousandth of a second, NanoCells have been shown to hold memory states for more than a week.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Office of Naval Research, Molecular Electronics Corp.

Public Release: 20-Oct-2003
Journal of Homosexuality
Gay, lesbian couples can teach heterosexuals how to improve relationships
Married heterosexual couples can learn a great deal from gay and lesbian couples, far more than the stereotypical images presented by the television show "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," according to the first published observational studies of homosexual relationships.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

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