January 31st, 2005

Up the Down Rabbit Hole

Sunday January 30, 2005. "The topological Hawaiian earring group does not embed in the inverse limit of free groups."

From a math article abstract on arxiv.org. I'm clear on the meanings of "the," "topological," and "does not" in this context.
"Mozart's devotion to his career on the Vienna police force was legendary."
'I need editors now more than before because now I *know* what every sentence I write is for. "This is a sentence that inclues some emotional distress, and advances the plot in this way. This is a sentence that generates tension, and tells the reader what the cause of the emotional distress is."

'And when I go back and look at it, I think, "That second sentence is superfluous, because the reader who is reading for the emotional level of the book is not a careless reader. He does not skim, the way the reader who is reading for the action plot may skim, and he does not care to be led by the nose. These readers will prefer it to be left implicit why he's upset."

'And I cut the second sentence.

'And I send the chapter off to my wise readers, and they say, "Is he upset because he thinks so and so has a crush on him?" And I say, "No, he's upset because the war is going badly."

'And I find another way to try to clue the reader in to why he's upset, while still leaving a certain amount of ambiguity and openness to interpretation and letting the reader feel like he's observing what's going on rather than being told (which is a trick in itself, because in life, people observe wrong all the damned time, and in literature, readers can't be permitted to observe wrong too often, or they throw the book across the room), because readers really don't like to be led by the nose.

'Or, at least, large parts of my target audience don't.'

I haven't reached the point of knowing what each sentence is for. I do know what each paragraph is for (at least, in revision). If done right, each will do at least three things; one of which is conveying how the viewpoint character sees the world. (Yes, third person omniescent has a viewpoint character: the invisible narrator, who I think of as being in the invisible frame story.)

One more thing to learn: knowing what each sentence is for.
Writing: "Dreams Do Kill Themselves" -- Figured out what the narrator does for a living, and added that information. Added a twisty bit of other information. Fleshed out a major character.

A Choice of Ruins --
Self-help information:

Decluttering: Some trash picked up, some things put away.

Mindwork/Bodywork: Relearning my body.
From http://resourceshelf.com

Source: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station
Atlas of climate change effects in 150 bird species of the Eastern United States (PDF; 1.94 MB) http://treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/viewpub.jsp?index=7514
"This atlas documents the current and potential future distribution of 150 common bird species in the Eastern United States in relation to climate and vegetation distributions.... The model for each bird species is described. These models were then projected onto two scenarios of global climate change for which future distributions of the climate variables and tree species had previously been calculated.... Depending on the global climate model used, as many as 78 bird species are projected to decrease by at least 25 percent, while as many as 33 species are projected to increase in abundance by at least 25 percent."

Science press releases

Public Release: 31-Jan-2005
The Journal of Sexual Medicine
Problems in the bedroom can indicate heart problems
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is often the first and earliest sign of a more significant cardiovascular condition, according to a study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. The study presents results from the Minority Health Institute (MHI) Expert Advisory Panel.

Public Release: 31-Jan-2005
Pain Medicine
Minorities who experience pain don't receive the same care as Caucasians
The first issue of Pain Medicine in 2005 will focus on the inequalities and differences in how pain is assessed and treated amongst various racial and ethnic minority groups. Data from the articles in this themed edition provide evidence that African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians and other racial and ethnic minorities do not receive optimal care in treatment for pain.

Public Release: 31-Jan-2005
Epilepsy Currents
From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Controversial Atkins Diet may be beneficial for people with epilepsy
The first comprehensive review of possible dietary treatments of epilepsy has recently been published. Among those dietary regimens is the low-carbohydrate Atkins Diet which has proven successful in suppressing epileptic seizures in a small series of patients. The review, published in Epilepsy Currents, explores the benefits of low-carb, high protein, and other restricted dietary therapies for patients with epilepsy.

Public Release: 31-Jan-2005
New Journal of Physics
Scientists close in on 'superbrakes' for cars
A theoretical study of friction between solids that looks at the process just one molecule at a time could soon lead to a more effective way to stop cars in an emergency than simply slamming on the brakes or using ABS. This research is reported today in a special Einstein Year issue of the New Journal of Physics (www.njp.org) published jointly by the Institute of Physics and the German Physical Society (Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft).

Public Release: 31-Jan-2005
Accident Analysis & Prevention
Background 'DWI' checks effective
General aviation pilots with a previous conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI) are 43 percent more likely to crash their plane than pilots with no history of DWI, according to a new study of more than 300,000 pilot records by researchers at Johns Hopkins.

Public Release: 31-Jan-2005
Nature Reviews Neuroscience
Scientists propose sweeping changes to naming of bird neurosystems
Duke University neurobiologist Erich Jarvis and a team of 28 other neuroscientists have proposed sweeping changes to the terminology associated with the brain structures of birds--a century-old nomenclature the researchers consider outdated and irrelevant to birds' true brainpower.

From the full press release:
The revision of the nomenclature for avian brains would replace a system developed in the 19th century by Ludwig Edinger, considered the father of comparative neuroanatomy. Edinger's system was based on a then-common practice of combining Darwin's recent theory of evolution and Aristotle's old concept that there exists a natural "scale" of creatures from lowest to highest. The prevailing views became that evolution was progressive from organisms with "lower" intelligence to those with "higher" intelligence and that evolution had a purpose--the generation of humans.

Law and Politics News

From http://bna.com newsletter:
A Congressional committee has said that a 3 percent telecommunications tax could be revised to cover "all data communications services to end users," including broadband, dial-up, fiber, cable modems, cellular and DSL (digital subscriber line) links. The Joint Committee on Taxation identified several options, including one that would extend the levy, which currently applies to traditional phone service, to new technologies. Report at
Coverage at http://news.com.com/2100-1028_3-5555385.html

The Canadian government plans to revamp the wording of future federal contracts with the aim of countering U.S. powers, granted under anti-terrorism laws, to tap into personal information about Canadians. The government has also asked all agencies and departments to conduct a "comprehensive assessment of risks" to Canadian information they release to U.S. companies carrying out work under contract.

From http://stateline.org
Colorado: Empowered by vote, state Dems chased by lobbyists
Ask lobbyists at the state Capitol how the new Democratic majority has affected their work, and they're likely to play down the effect of the takeover. By Jim Hughes, Denver Post

Colorado: Prof's essay spurs board session
Regents at the University of Colorado have called a special meeting Thursday over concerns about a professor who likened victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to a manager of the Nazi plan to exterminate Jews. By George Merritt and Howard Pankratz, Denver Post

Florida: GOP disgruntled with privatization
Rocked by scandals and shoddy results, Gov. Jeb Bush's drive to turn over many state services and millions of taxpayer dollars to private companies appears certain to be slowed by the state's newly minted Republican leaders. By John Kennedy, The Orlando Sentinel (registration)

Iowa: Access to records gets another look
Iowa's public safety commissioner said he will consider better ways of releasing information to the public about arrests and incidents involving state police, following The Des Moines Register's inquiry into a policy that has kept almost all of the agency's reports confidential. By Bert Dalmer, The Des Moines Register

Iowa: Border cities may get new tax powers
DES MOINES - Border cities in Iowa would be able to scrap the state income tax in favor of higher taxes in other areas under a plan being pushed by a key Republican lawmaker. By The Associated Press, Omaha World-Herald

Idaho: Idaho Senate will vote on gay marriage resolution
The Senate will vote on a proposed amendment to ban gay marriage in the Idaho Constitution, but 12 senators told The Idaho Statesman they plan to vote no — that's enough to kill it. By Gregory Hahn and Wayne Hoffman, The Idaho Statesman (Boise)

Ohio: As demand for meat grows, more farmers raising goats
CLEVELAND - The growing number of immigrants from the Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Asia is driving demand for goat meat in Ohio. By The Associated Press, The Beacon Journal (Akron) (registration)

US: States go to bat for tobacco growers
CINCINNATI - Tobacco growers are being squeezed between the government's plan to phase out a 1930s-vintage price support system and cigarette makers' refusal to pay millions under an agreement tied to a master settlement of anti-smoking lawsuits with 46 states. By Terry Kinney, The Associated Press, The Beacon Journal (Akron) (registration)

Another day, another world.

Monday January 31, 2005. I read this in the UK edition of Google News:

Marat Safin, the new Australian Open men's champion, admitted today he is unlikely ever to win at Wimbledon. Safin hit the headlines last year when he revealed how much he dislikes playing on grass.

And found myself wondering if he'd tried not inhaling.

***Shopping today. First to Steeple People thrift store. Then to the Aldi supermarket on Franklin Avenue.

I bought some of the foods I've found to be comparable in quality to those at Rainbow or Cub -- at noticeably lower prices. Bought a couple things I hadn't tried yet.
Writing: "Dreams Do Kill Themselves" -- Designed another piece of the puzzle, and added it where it fits in. Did some rewording.

A Choice of Ruins --

Other -- Began setting down what I know about a background. And I now have the name for a viewpoint character. I don't yet have a story.

Self-help information:

Decluttering: Trash picked up. Trash taken out.