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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-02-08 05:24
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Westward Weird came out yesterday — I have a story therein, "The Temptation of Eustace Prudence McAllen", first in the doc, which is a nice position. Various of my co-authors have commented on the anthology and their stories, including Seanan McGuire, Dean Wesley Smith, and Steven Saus.

Próba Kwiatów - Jay Lake — A mixed review, in Polish, of the Polish edition of my novel Trial of Flowers.

SF in SF — Just a reminder that this coming Saturday, 2/11, I will be at SF in SF with K.W. Jeter and Rudy Rucker. If you're in the Bay Area, come on down.

10 Tips on Writing from David Ogilvy — He's talking about ad copy, not fiction, but this is still interesting and worthwhile stuff. (Via Curiosity Counts.)

Kill the Local News — Writer Jeremy Tolbert on sensationalism.

Mindful Eating as Food for Thought

Scale of the Universe — Another fun take on the "powers of 10" meme. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

What did people do: in a Medieval City? — (Via [info]danjite.)

Self-Cloning Seagrass May Be World's Oldest Living Thing

Mars-bound NASA rover carries coin for camera checkup — This is cool and kind of poetic.

Mapping the Road Ahead for Autonomous Cars

Turing's Enduring ImportanceThe path computing has taken wasn't inevitable. Even today's machines rely on a seminal insight from the scientist who cracked Nazi Germany's codes. An interesting article, although I wish in mentioning his suicide it had acknowledged the disgusting way Turing was treated by his own people.

The State of Gay Marriage — Being a handy map to show you where bigotry has triumphed, and where respect for basic human rights is gaining ground.

The Single Most Powerful Quote From California's Prop 8 Ruling"Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples." Like opposition to interracial marriage forty years ago, Prop 8 is bigotry, pure and simple, a combination of narrow-minded religious privilege and typically unfounded conservative alarmism. Like opposition to interracial marriage today, forty years from now people will be ashamed to admit in public what they once voted and for and believed.

The Business Case Against Karen Handel — John Scalzi with a very sensible take on the (surprising to me) resignation of Karen Handel from the Susan G. Komen foundation. For my own part, I'll observe that as usual when the Right tries strong-arm tactics, they only see unfairness when they get caught out.

Planned Parenthood's Deep Bench — Ta-Nehisi Coates with some interesting thoughts on the fight that Komen picked when they decided to show their true conservative colors.

Why the Energy-Industrial Elite Has It In for the Planet — Social and political commentary on the funding impetus behind the intellectual fraud of climate change denial.

Jesus versus the GOPThe man from Nazareth would have been appalled by the “Christian” Republican candidates. The only thing I have to say to political Christianists is "Matthew 6:6".

‘We the People’ Loses Appeal With People Around the World — The declining influence of the US Constitution overseas.

Republicans Finally Realize They're Helping ObamaLike their counterparts from 16 years before, Republicans took control of the House of Representatives last year filled with revolutionary zeal, assuming that they could leverage their hold over one branch of Congress into sweeping changes in the national agenda. And like their predecessors, they blundered into high-profile confrontations with a Democratic president and suffered prolonged and deep damage in their public standing, with each new defeat slowly leeching the fanatical determination out of them.

Santorum Upsets G.O.P. Race With Three Victories — I really can't decide who would be the bigger disaster for this country, Senator Frothy Mix or Governor 1%. Our last Republican president set an extremely low bar for destructive incompetence, something the GOP electorate seems to have very conveniently forgotten.

?otd: How was your Tuesday?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (Sunspin revisions)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.25 (solid)
Weight: 230.8
Currently reading: n/a (between books)

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User: aiela
Date: 2012-02-08 13:54 (UTC)
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davehogg had a wisdom tooth pulled yesterday, so I left work early to go take care of him, which was mostly puttering around the house while he slept, and then making him some mushy mac and cheese to eat when he woke up. I had mine out a couple years ago and he took good care of me, so it was nice to be able to be there for him, too.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-02-08 13:55 (UTC)
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That sounds like an admirable way to spend your day! Good health to him.
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User: shsilver
Date: 2012-02-08 14:15 (UTC)
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The British House of Lords just denied a pardon to Turing on the grounds that since his actions were illegal at the time he lived, he knew of their illegality and shouldn't be pardoned.

Hell, even the Roman Catholic Church eventually pardoned Galileo for Crimes Against Stupidity.

And my favorite quote coming out of last night's primaries was from Ron Paul who claimed a partial victory in Minnesota and noted that it was all about the delegates, where he was doing quite well. Except, of course, that he is trailing in delegate count (R: 112, G: 41, S: 33, P: 25). But his 25 delegates really love him.
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