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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-11-27 07:14
Subject: [links] Link salad really doesn’t mind if you sit this one out
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Heroines in an ancient film called the flame of the west — How it all looks lately from the point of view of Lisa Costello.

How I Thank God[info]theferrett on illness, faith and science.

The Strength of Wild Horses — A Kickstarter by Sandra Tayler. Check it out.

25 Everyday Things You Never Knew Had Names — I knew about half of these. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Bend's First Fire Engine Will Be Home For Christmas — A little bit of Oregon history.

Moving Stars: The Shkadov Thruster

What scared H. P. Lovecraft — Charlie Stross is (as usual) clever and cool.

2D or Not 2D — Facial art. Wow. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

The Front of This House Is Sliding Onto the Street — I love public art. (Thanks to Lezli Robyn.)

Winners of the Dance Your PhD Competition Revealed — Hahah. (Via David Goldman.)

Solving the neural code conundrum: digital or analogue?Physicists have developed a technique that can tell which parts of the brain rely on analogue signals and which rely in digital signals.

Tracking Fecal TransplantsA long-term study confirms transplants of stool microbes from healthy donors can successfully clear recurrent Clostridium difficile infections.

Modern life 'turning people off sex' — Hmm.

Restaurants may seat guests according to looks. Surprise, surprise

Google Earth spies unreported fish traps, study reveals — Satellite surveillance from your armchair.

US Working Overtime Behind The Scenes To Kill UN Plan To Protect Online Privacy From Snooping — Because security, you commie. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

48% of U.S. Schoolchildren Live in Poverty — A rising tide lifts only yachts.

Pope Denounces Trickle-Down Economics 'Which Has Never Been Confirmed By The Facts' — Wow. That’s a big old ‘fuck you’ to the GOP-Church axis in America. A great smackdown to the smug Republican Jesus who dominates the public face of religion in America.

Slacktivist Fred Clark on (among other things) Senate politicsDistrict court nominations by white presidents filibustered in U.S. Senate in all of American history: 3. District court nominations by black presidents filibustered in U.S. Senate: 20. Senate filibusters of executive nominees by white presidents since World War II: 20. Senate filibusters of executive nominees by black presidents since World War II: 54 From the department of painfully true things you will never, ever hear any conservative admit. Tell me again about that unprecedented Democratic power grab in the Senate?

?otD: Do my words make you whisper?




11/27/2013
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ulfhirtha
User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2013-11-27 17:01 (UTC)
Subject: HPL & fear
A good look at the enormous changes in perspectives going on at the time, and of which HPL as an avid astronomer would been keenly aware. It was good to see that a commentor noted the other revolution going on in physics between Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. The true(er) state of the universe was incredibly mind-bending and everything you thought you knew was wrong and it was pretty shattering for many in the classical physics world. Just when they thought it was all figured out - boom. ("Night Thoughts of a Classical Phyicist" explores this aspect of things). Toss in WWI, electricity & cars and yes a high influx of immigrants and the old world and way of things was being completely washed away and made utterly new in a space of about 30 years.

The opening paragraph of "Call of Cthulhu" seems an accurate summary of the situation. We delved a bit too far and found the world of Einstein under that of Newton and now our old security and peace of mind with a world we thought we knew vanished like morning dew.

I usually think of HPL as making scifi for the age of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics, and the horror stems naturally from that. A universe stranger and larger than you imagine? Where there are no priviledged references, especially the human POV? The abyss breathes hard and freezing on the soul there alright.

It also may beg a question: if we now seem so complacent with such concepts and writings inspired by them have we made an accomodation with the new reality or are we all just functionally insane now? ;-D
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User: dsgood
Date: 2013-11-28 01:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I knew four of those 25 names.

And one I knew by a different name, as "Greek foot."
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Shannon Leight
User: sleightly
Date: 2013-11-28 17:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'd heard mondegreen before but it always makes me laugh, partly because I'm hard of hearing and so my life is full of mondegreens. Usually much more interesting than what someone actually said.
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