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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-02-02 04:22
Subject: [links] Link salad wonders if it would like to be a DJ
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Clarkesworld 41 is up — With stories by me and Lavie Tidhar. My piece "Torquing Vacuum" is in the Sunspin continuity.

I have made four slots on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2009Green, Madness of Flowers, Other Earths and "On the Human Plan".

Blue whales are singing in a lower keyScientists don't know why, but some think the baritone voices reflect the security of their greater numbers.

Detailed updates on the shift in space priorities — Per Tobias Buckell, who has politely and correctly chided me for my simplistic approach to yesterday's report about the changes in the NASA budget.

Is The US Afraid To Admit That China Declared War On It? — Not sure I agree with the premise of this article, but it's interesting. (Via lillypond, a/k/a my sister.)

In Portland, Growing Vertical — A project to literally green a Federal building here in Portland. Ok, this is cool for a bunch of reasons. Naturally, Republican senators are opposed. (Thanks to my Dad.)

Trees grow at fastest rate for 200 years — The actual headline on this story is misleading, but the story is still interesting. Another one of those liberally biased facts too embarassing for the GOP. Confidential to the Republican party: consider aligning your policies with reality instead of wishing away reality to align with your policies.

Paul Cornell on Christians and civil rights — I wish more prominent Christians would speak up as he does. He's opposing Christianism, and that special, privileged bigotry in the name of Jesus that is so prevalent here in the US, and apparently in the UK as well.

The Golden Girls: How One TV Show Turned A Generation Of American Boys Into Homosexuals — And people wonder why I think conservatives are basically nuts. (Via Eschaton)

The Illuminati — Speaking of conservative idiocy, Slacktivist on Christianist worldviews, specifically with respect to the Satanist panics of the past decades. I can understand enduring the strain and the dissonance it requires to pretend to believe a comforting lie, one that offered some illusory solace that might seem worth the price of self-deception. But what on earth motivates millions of people to prefer a horrifying lie that makes the world out to be even worse that it is? Why do millions of people respond to such tales of satanic conspiracies and bloody rituals as though they were reassuring?

tongodeon with Prop 8 Lawyers Have No Idea How Same-Sex Marriage Could Harm Anything — Uh, yeah. Hard to demonstrate that bigotry is a compelling state interest, isn't it? Nice try, conservative America. You might yet win this one on points, but you're still irredeemably and immorally wrong.

?otD: What are the politics of dancing?



2/2/2010
Writing time yesterday: 75 minutes
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 6.5
This morning's weigh-in: 228.0
Currently reading: [between books]

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Nathan
User: mastadge
Date: 2010-02-02 13:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The whale story reminded me of Peter Watts' store "Bulk Food," even though it really has nothing to do with it besides whales.
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jimvanpelt
User: jimvanpelt
Date: 2010-02-02 13:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The Golden Girls article made for some repelent reading. What a load of hateful, bizarre bilge.
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renesears
User: renesears
Date: 2010-02-02 14:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes. I kept expecting it to be a joke, but it wasn't.
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2010-02-02 15:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Back in the 1970s Steve Martin and Andy Kaufman explored a "new kind of comedy." Martin famously developed a comedy routine in which he would include all the signals that comedians regularly used to indicate the run-up to a punch-line, but never actually deliver. The idea was to keep the audience on edge for the entire routine; Martin's hope was to see what would happen if he frustrated the audience's expectation. Kaufman, in a similar experiment, played with the realization that most comedy was, in fact, right on the edge of annoying or outraging the audience, and he experimented in his stand-up routine with skits that shied toward that annoyance and outrage, again without delivering the outward symbols of a punch-line.

Christwire is a Poe's law site that works on the same principle.
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Sargent: scifi
User: sargent
Date: 2010-02-02 16:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:scifi
Yes, this. Christwire is at this point well established as a parody site. See, for example, their current meta keywords ("business,economy,national debt,obama,taxes,clothing,dirty shirty,girls") and what their 404 page looked like last year.
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2010-02-02 18:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah, the 404 page is one of those that goes over the top, unfortunately, and reveals the man behind the curtain.

It was years (and attending a lecture by Laurie Anderson, who used to tour with Kaufmann) before I appreciated his "Mighty Mouse" routine. The whole point is to make the audience say, "Why is this funny? I know this is funny. All the outward signals of a good standup comedian are there. This is supposed to be funny. Why don't I end up laughing?" Some in the audience did laugh, just to release the pressure building up, but it was a nervous kind of laughter.

Brilliant stuff, but kinda cruel to spring on an audience that was expecting the physical comedy of his Latka Gravas character.
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A large duck
User: burger_eater
Date: 2010-02-02 14:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm looking forward to my gay jetpacks, though.

And I followed a link at the bottom of the article so I can find out "the dark underside of America's obsession with cats."

Apparently, Jesus is a dog person.
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Sean P. Fodera
User: delkytlar
Date: 2010-02-02 14:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The web filter at my office wouldn't let me read this. They have filed it in the category "Tasteless". I'm not kidding. I've seen sites blocked from categories like "Games" or "Streaming Media", but this is the first time "Tasteless" has appeared.
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russ: quo vadis
User: goulo
Date: 2010-02-03 15:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:quo vadis
Jay's source has updated to say it is satire.
http://www.eschatonblog.com/2010/02/golden-girls-turned-entire-generation.html

Also see my comment below in this post.
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ulfhirtha
User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2010-02-02 13:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
?otD: Part of the politics of mmmmmmmm...feelin' good.
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MG Ellington
User: xjenavivex
Date: 2010-02-02 16:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jay, thanks for the link to Paul's blog. I couldn't agree with him more. I am a Christian and many of the noisy ones make it really hard to say that based on the association.
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David D. Levine
User: davidlevine
Date: 2010-02-02 18:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Are you certain that christwire.org isn't a parody site? Check out the author bio at the bottom of that Golden Girls article.

I've tried looking deeper but the site is so slow to load that I haven't gotten anywhere.
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David D. Levine
User: davidlevine
Date: 2010-02-02 18:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Serve me right for commenting without reading the other comments first...
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russ: quo vadis
User: goulo
Date: 2010-02-03 09:18 (UTC)
Subject: christwire is satire/parody.
Keyword:quo vadis
I think it's parody/satire.

See this argument, for instance:
http://www.patrolmag.com/harris/1691/is-christ-wire-fake-or-not-funny

There's no way a real Christian site has this article:
http://christwire.org/2009/04/mexican-zombie-flu-raises-black-rapper-tupac-from-the-dead/
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-02-02 18:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
the thing about blue whales was really interesting
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Fluttering Things: bellydance
User: moxie_raqs
Date: 2010-02-03 12:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:bellydance
There can be lots of politics in dancing, unfortunately. In my experience with the Chicago bellydance and burlesque scenes, most women really want to be a community and support each other. However you do still run into cliques, and the occasional grudge. I've seen many bellydancers outraged when someone edges too close to burlesque, because they believe it furthers the misconception that bellydancers are strippers. (Yes, some people still think so. I experienced this in an awkward and hilarious moment the first time I met my now-husband's extended family). There's also some debate about when fusion isn't bellydance anymore, and whether or not gothic and Tribal bellydance are "real" bellydance. Fortunately it's not that difficult to find a drama-free zone, especially if one avoids particular message-boards.



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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-02-03 14:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wow...
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Fluttering Things
User: moxie_raqs
Date: 2010-02-03 16:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
LOL. Not the response you expected?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-02-03 16:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No, but I learned lots of great stuff about a subculture I don't usually have any awareness of.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-02-03 16:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
So, erm, thanks!
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Fluttering Things
User: moxie_raqs
Date: 2010-02-03 16:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I highly recommend hitting YouTube for Zoe Jakes and Ariellah to see some of the best...
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