Friday, December 29, 2006

An Empirical Study

It was three o clock, and Aviva was in Room Time (her obligatory hour of meditation, study, and making bead necklaces). Noah was in Room Time too.

Aviva came out and asked for candy. "I'm so sleepy," she said. "I can't concentrate. Can I have some candy to wake up?"

"Aviva," I said, "you haven't eaten anything since lunch. You realize that if you eat sugar, it only actually raises your blood sugar for a few minutes. After that, your pancreas releases all this insulin, and that makes your body suck all the blood sugar out of your blood. So you'll end up more tired than you were before."

Aviva looked skeptical.

"Do you want to try it?" I asked.


So we did....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Young Radical

It's close to the end of the year. At the end of the year, for the first time, we will cut open the tinfoil-wrapped tzedakah box which sits on the windowsill next to a line of piggy banks.

Aviva got her piggy bank when she started to get an allowance. She has happily divvied up the money each week between the piggy bank and the tzedakah box, which is a box of justice, a box for "making things fair".

(There's a line of piggy banks because the first thing Aviva saved up her money for was to buy her brother a piggy bank. The second thing, or thereabouts, she saved her money for was to buy her mother a piggy bank. And the third thing, or thereabouts, she saved up her money for was, you guessed it, to buy me a piggy bank. So we all have piggy banks. They are the same model, but different colors.)

So I asked her yesterday what she wanted to give the tzedakah money to; we'd talked about various forms of social justice and other good works in the past.

"I want to get the people out of prison who are in prison," she said.

"Great," I thought, thinking of the ACLU or the CCR or the SPLC. "So you want to give the money to make things easier for the people who are in prison?"

"No," she said, "I want to get them out."

"Right," I said, "like the money will pay for lawyers who will help show the judge if the person didn't do anything bad, so the judge will let them out."

"No," said Aviva. "I don't want to pay for lawyers. I don't care if they did anything bad. I want to use the money to break open the prisons and let everyone out."

Apparently Aviva feels about imprisonment the way I feel about the dealth penalty.

So... can anyone recommend any organizations accepting contributions for busting open prisons and freeing all the inmates?

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Signs of the Times

So, I have heard nothing officially, but I read in the blogosphere that Ramin aka David Ackert and I may have sold another story from the corpse of the dead novel to Realms. Yay!

"Hearing random things about yourself via a Bloglines view into an RSS Google Alert" is the new email...

Also, Ethan Ham and I are doing art! Because I am lazy I will crib his announcement:

Benjamin Rosenbaum and I are collaborating and a project that will be the first work issued by The Present Group.

I'm excited both to be working with Benjamin, who is an extremely talented writer. His works have appeared in Asimov's, F&SF, Harper's, McSweeney's, Strange Horizons, Infinite Matrix, and other fine venues. Ben's stories have been nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula awards and has been included in numerous "Best Of" lists and anthologies. One of my favorite of his stories is Bellur, which can be read online.

The Present Group is a quarterly art subscription service. Every year TPG subscribers receive four limited edition works from four different contemporary artists. Each work is accompanied by information to help them gain insight into the piece, its creator, and recurring themes in the contemporary art world.

For those of you who are on my mailing list for some reason (please email me if you'd like to be removed from it), but don't know/remember who I am:

Ethan Ham is an artist living in New York. His work often uses new media (computers and/or the internet) as well as mechanical and sculptural elements. He is particularly interested in generative and emergent art. His recent projects include commissions from (the New Museum of Contemporary Art) and Ethan is Assistant Professor of New Media at City College, CUNY.

(I want Ethan to put back up a links to his old stuff, like the globe-made-of-toy-soldiers and the public art fountain modelling landmine shrapnel distribution...)

Oh, and it appears The Present Group is also soliciting contributions from art historians...

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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Starta Klockan

The good folks at Mitriana have been good enough to let me post Lilian Wiberg's Swedish translation of "Start the Clock", which they published last summer.

(Pär, I'm looking at you for the thumb's up/thumb's down.... :-) )

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