Two brief updates for anybody interested:
-- My story "Patent Infringement" is featured on EscapePod this month: http://r-spec.org/node/143
-- I have two stories nominated for LOCUS awards, "The Kindness of Strangers" and "The Erdmann Nexus." The awards are held in Seattle on June 27; stay tuned.
Now for the summer silliness. Seattle has a famous, large, open-air market called Pike Market. Part of this is the equally famous tradition that the fishmongers in the market flip whole fish at each other and at customers, accompanied by good-natured insults. Everyone enjoys this performance, so much so that the fishmongers were asked to perform at an annual meeting of the American Veterinary Society. Now for the silly part: PETA has filed an official protest against this, saying that it is "not respectful to animals." Even though the animals in question are dead, and are (or were) fish.
Ah, summer, and the gripin' is easy.