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Friday, February 27, 2004

Friday February 27, 2004. Hoax: Yesterday, I got a couple of old Scientific Americans from Steeple People's free-magazine box. The April 2001 issue had a good non-fact article; a profile of an artist whose medium is bacterial DNA. (In live bacteria, of course.) The article was realistic till it reached the listing of the artist's previous work. The part about broadcasting vaginal contractions to the stars was a bit much for my ability to suspend disbelief.

***Cookery: Black beans, turkey wing, carrots, onion, a bit of cabbage. Tasted good. The beans colored everything, though. If you're bothered by eating black turkey and gray-orange carrots, I suggest using some other kind of beans.

Later, I reheated what was left in the pot and added spaghetti.

The spaghetti package, which I hadn't looked closely at before, included a couple of oddities. Item: "Since 1999." Most businesses which give their founding dates are at least a bit older than that. Item: a recipe for Spaghetti Hotdish -- which would sound odd in "casserole" territory. (The spaghetti was made in Minnesota.)

***Writing: I trimmed several minor characters and some plot complications from "Well Met...". And I made the romance element less romantic. I also added some stuff. It ended up about 300 words shorter than yesterday.

It will remain short only if I can leave the implied background unexplained. To make up an example: If I can get by with just mentioning elephants in the woodwork as a fact of life, I can keep things short. Explaining the future course of elephant evolution greatly increase the word count, without contributing to the story. And if it turns out that most readers will need to be told what elephants and wood are....
From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php
Public Release: 27-Feb-2004
GSA Bulletin
Ice sheets caused massive sea level change during late Cretaceous
Scientists using cores drilled from the New Jersey coastal plain have found that ice sheets likely caused massive sea level change during the Late Cretaceous Period -an interval previously thought to be ice-free. The scientists, who will publish their results in the March-April issue of the Geological Society of America (GSA) Bulletin, assert that either ice sheets grew and decayed in that greenhouse world or our understanding of sea level mechanisms is fundamentally flawed.
National Science Foundation

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