August 8th, 2012

Warp Speed!

You Say You Want a Revolution...

It took a little while, but Readercon finally got it right. The Readercon con committee has overruled its board of directors (which is a small subset of the committee) and upheld the con's stated harassment policy in the Rene Walling situation. Walling is now permanently banned from the conference. The board is resigning and a new board will be elected.

The con committee's statement is excellent, and should be good news for the con and for fans in general. The fact that a con that had previously been considered to be doing things the right way got itself into so much trouble, and that the news of that trouble spread so far beyond the Readercon community*, should help push other cons into taking a firmer stance against harassment. At least, that's the theory. I hope it comes to pass. If nothing else, at least one injustice has been rectified.

* Even Jezebel took note of it.

Also worth reading is Genevieve Valentine's response to the news, especially the reaction of Kate Kligman, who also came forward and was totally ignored by the board of directors. Kligman had been harassed by Walling to where she had stopped attending conventions out of fear of seeing him.

Over the weekend, late at night, a message to me from Kate popped up.

"So if this works out, wanna go to Readercon?"

Makes the whole thing worth while, don't ya think.

We all want to change the world...
Bike 03

Slowly Returning to Form...

Am slowly but surely recovering from my injuries. I still have some pain in my obliques, mostly in one spot. My thigh is still various shades of black and blue, but is now fading to reds and yellows, much like a sunset after a storm, and the giant lump at the point of impact is shrinking.

I started riding the bike again on Sunday, albeit much mess vigorously than usual. I started to ride the Fuji, but had to call it off when I noticed that the wheel was out of true. I rode the 3-speed instead.

I don't think the wheel was jolted out of true by the accident. One of the spokes was broken, and I don't see how it could have been simply be me falling off the bike. It takes a much harder jolt to the wheel to do that. Rather I think I probably broke it earlier, hitting a sinkhole or something on the path, and that the wheel starting to go out of true is what actually caused the accident.

I noticed that the wheel was out of true because it had started hitting one of the brake pads on every revolution. The accident occurred because the brakes caught much faster than expected when I started to slow down for the intersection. If the wheel was hitting the brake pad, or getting near to it as it began to warp, that could explain what happened.

I took the wheel up to Providence Cycle in Warwick, where my bike mechanic now works, and had it back the same day. I do tend to break spokes on the rear wheel, a combination of my weight and my preferred tire pressure that makes the rear wheel, especially, unforgiving of sudden jolts. I need to remember to check the wheel before a ride to make sure I'm not starting off with a broken spoke or two.