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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-06-21 05:18
Subject: [links] Link salad watches a basketball game or two
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2013 Hugo picks: novellas — Interesting and highly negative review of my novella "The Stars Do Not Lie." Among other things, the reader's interpretation of the racial angle in the story is almost diametrically opposed to my intention. (To me, that's the interesting bit: analysis of that sort of failure on my part to effectively communicate can be highly instructive.) Which is fine, because as I always says, the story belongs to the reader.

Oregonian To Drop Daily Newspaper Delivery — A sign of the times.

Do You Really Want to Know Your Future? A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast — About genetic testing for health risks.

Summer solstice 2013: Google celebrates the longest day of the year

Found at Auction: The Unseen Photographs of a Legend that Never Was — I've posted links to this story before, but the narrative has progressed. This is so cool. (Via Lisa Costello.)

3-D Map of Human Brain Gives Unprecedented Detail — The photo with this article is more than a little strange.

The Science of Why We Don’t Believe ScienceHow our brains fool us on climate, creationism, and the vaccine-autism link. Willful ignorance is a pretty simple explanation, too.

Undoing Shoulder and Knee Obsession in Mormon Kids — This post is another example of why I am fascinated by the blog Feminist Mormon Housewives. What it documents is the intellectual train wreck of an otherwise sensible, intelligent person trying to reconcile their firm grasp of objective reality with some of the bizarre and pointless strictures of faith. One of the biggest reasons I'm an atheist is I'm not willing to compromise my intellectual honesty like this.

The lies of Exodus were a bearing wall for evangelicalismEvangelicals’ treatment of LGBT people could only be defended by the false claim that such people were making a “lifestyle choice” — that they were willful sinners choosing sin who therefore deserved to be shunned, deserved to be denied full participation in the church, deserved to be denied full legal equality and civil rights. Without that lie, all that remains is transparent malice, a naked refusal to love our neighbors, and an unseemly eagerness to puff ourselves up by stomping down on those we can outnumber and overpower.

Are Socially Responsible Businesses Bad for Society? — I am not buying this. Sounds like conservative apologia wrapped in a college degree. I mean, look how well "industry self-regulation" has ever worked out. And for-profit companies don't take a view any longer than the current quarterly results, not if they're publicly traded. If nothing else, the history of climate change denialism, which is essentially the result of a phenomenally effective corporate lobbying campaign, gives the big lie to this thesis.

Rep. Diaz-Balart (R-FL) speaks Spanish at Tea Party rally and is heckled “learn English!” — What else do you expect from a party whose entire political philosophy is based on generating more angry white men?

Bush-Era NSA Whistleblower Makes Most Explosive Allegations Yet About True Extent of Gov’t Surveillance — (Thanks to David Goldman.)

QotD?: Did you shoot? Did you score?




6/21/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (once again my day got eaten by logistics)
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 250.8 (!)
Number of FEMA troops on my block installing Islamic footwashing sinks: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

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joycemocha
User: joycemocha
Date: 2013-06-21 15:51 (UTC)
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The Feminist Mormon Housewife essay does have some good points about culture and costume, however, and the comments are rather edifying about the change within that culture to be more strict in response to their perception of the outside culture. I particularly liked the one comment about how sexualized the clothing is these days for young girls--this is a dialogue happening outside religious circles, and it's a very real concern amongst feminists. I'm still processing from this last year of teaching, and one of the things that is really bothering me is the amount of outright sexist behavior I'm seeing at the middle school level. I haven't seen it like this in the past, and it's worrisome.
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threeoutside
User: threeoutside
Date: 2013-06-21 17:11 (UTC)
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In re: the brain slices: I've used a microtome on all kinds of tissues as a research tech, and I have also been a quality control tech at a dry sausage factory...where they slice sausages onto a conveyor belt...and yes, there IS some...um...visual overlap, I guess you'd call it. LOL
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Jay Lake: food-peking_duck
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-06-21 17:28 (UTC)
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Keyword:food-peking_duck
Mmm, head cheese.
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threeoutside
User: threeoutside
Date: 2013-06-21 17:31 (UTC)
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I'm hoping this is unrelated, but...what the HELL is that in your avatar????
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Jay Lake: food-peking_duck
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-06-21 17:36 (UTC)
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Keyword:food-peking_duck
Peking duck with a metal spoon up its ass for ease of handling. :p
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threeoutside
User: threeoutside
Date: 2013-06-21 17:57 (UTC)
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Uh. Oh. I was afraid it was something like that. *gulp*
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Teal: mansplaining
User: teal_cuttlefish
Date: 2013-06-22 06:23 (UTC)
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Keyword:mansplaining
This article has been making the rounds of the LJ Chronic Pain and Illness community. If you haven't read it, you might find it useful. I think I might put both the ill person and their partner in the center ring together, but the rest of it makes a lot of sense to me.
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stormsewer
User: stormsewer
Date: 2013-06-23 19:23 (UTC)
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Hi Jay, thanks for being a good sport. My blog feels like a ghost town to me, so sometimes when writing negative opinions it doesn't occur to me that the subject might actually read it or care.

I wasn't necessarily sure that you had prejudicial motives in mind when writing the story, but I think someone who did wouldn't have trouble convincing themselves that your story was sympathetic to their attitudes. I guess my thinking has been colored by reading about some of the controversies going on in SFWA lately. Those sorts of things were definitely on my mind as I read your piece.

I've heard some tell of your health issues, as well. I wish you the best.
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Jay Lake: writing-stained_glass_book
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-06-23 21:07 (UTC)
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Keyword:writing-stained_glass_book
Well, like I said, it's interesting to me to think about how I failed to communicate my intentions. I enjoy reviews, even negative ones (which makes me weird if not almost unique among writers insofar as I can tell), in part because if a reader cares enough to speak up at all, even negatively, then I got their attention.

And thank you for the good wishes.
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