Convolution 2013

This past weekend, I attended Convolution 2013 in Burlingame. Despite being only in its second year, the con was well-organized and well-attended; the staff obviously put a lot of thought and loving work into making the three-day event a success.

I had a blast dressing in costume, attending the entertaining panel discussions, and soaking up the fen energy. Kinda hard to return to mundane life this morning . . . .

Me in my western steampunk costume.

Me in my western steampunk costume.

New deadlift PR

I deadlifted 235 pounds today. That’s a new personal record. Yippee!

Action video games improve brains

Chocolate-covered-brocolli video games that improve brains!

Inventing Old Women

Reading Ursula K. Le Guin: “I am not sure that anybody has invented old women yet; but it might be worth trying.”

(The quote is the last line from her essay “Introducing Myself” in The Wave in the Mind, from Shambala Press, 2004.)

The World of Steam

I’m helping fund The World of Steam‘s Kickstarter project.  Their proposed series of steampunk episodes intrigues me.

Science Fiction Short Story Contest for UC Students

Here’s an announcement that might interest those of you who write science fiction and are students at the University of California.  (I’ve copied the text from an email that the contest sent.)


The Fourth Student Science Fiction Short Story Contest

Chaired by Nalo Hopkinson

First prize: $750
Second prize: $500

Open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students in the University of California system

Deadline: Submissions must be sent no later than December 7, 2012.


  • Subject: Stories must be recognizable as Speculative Fiction, which can include science fiction, fantasy, horror or utopian/dystopian literature.
  • Length:  Stories must not exceed 6000 words.


For further information, see

Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome

Gonna watch this on YouTube.