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Monday, July 26, 2004

Monday July 26, 2004. Late last night, I decided to set aside my current main story.

A bit after I woke up, I found myself re-outlining it in my head. Which means I'm not going to set it aside.

***To HealthPartners Uptown Clinic, to pick up a prescription.

Down to the first floor of Calhoun Square, to Borders. And saw that the August Scientific American had this:

"Electrodynamic Tethers in Space. By exploiting fundamental physical laws, tethers may provide low-cost electrical power, thrust, drag, and artificial gravity for spaceflight."

Shopped at the Walgreens on Hennepin near 25th St., Steeple People thrift store, and the Wedge Co-op.

***Along the way, I started thinking about Algis Budrys's short story "The End of Summer."
Big background thing: Something has happened so that people don't change -- or rather, any change is soon rectified. If you were pregnant when the change came, for example, you're stuck in that stage of pregnancy forever. Artificial memory makes life a good deal easier.

It suddenly occurred to me that this phenomenon would make agriculture very difficult. Even if it only affected mammals, and left plant life alone.

***Slightly revised the alt.recovery.clutter FAQ and posted it. Added: Several LiveJournal communities.

***Yesterday, I mentioned possibly reviewing an Elvish fantasy anthology about us. Today I set down a few "facts" about it. I now know the names of the city and country in which it was published.

Now I need to work out what cliches and stereotypes the stories will include.

Working title: The Horns of Midgard. Working theme: Stories about music and midgarders, both in Midgard and in the real world. Both are likely to change.
Writing: Daily Exercise -- done -- see above.

"Well Met, Well Met, My Own True Love" -- Zero draft portion at end drastically changed.

"They Might Be Windmills" --- Added a note that about 20 percent of the population is "experimentals." Most are gene-engineered to fit one concept or another of what superior humans would be; or are descended from such. Some are gene-engineered to be servants to superiors.

The superiors aren't running the world. The "natural pacifists" are as likely to become violent as anyone else. The "natural artists" produce as much crap as anyone else.

(Some of you might be wondering if I'm reacting to S. M. Stirling's Draka series. Yes; but also to some of Frank Herbert's work -- including Hellstrom's Hive and Santaroga Barrier.)

"History Line" --

"Port Useless" --
From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 26-Jul-2004
Society for Conservation Biology Annual Meeting 2004
American Journal of Botany
Springtime blooms seen earlier now than in the past, say Boston University biologists
Taking something of a back-to-the-future approach, biologists from Boston University have looked into the past to find that flowering plants growing today blossom more than a week earlier than a century ago. Their findings show that among the plants studied in Boston's Arnold Arboretum, flowering times have moved forward over the decades, with the plants flowering eight days earlier on average from 1980 to 2002 than they did from 1900 to 1920.
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