Update: Joe sez, "Having attended the International Space University (Space Camp for adults!), we got a number of technical briefings on space shuttle equipment. Not only does the Shuttle suck shit, but as the waste is being sucked into the holding tank, a device was needed as it won't stay there in zero gravity. The solution? The shit literally hits a fan which spatters it all over the sides of the holding tank, where it stays put (shit is sticky). So, boo for no 'shit hits the fan' jokes too!"
I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.