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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-01-14 07:04
Subject: [links] Link salad for a Monday
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Tags:funny, links, mainspring, politics, religion, rocket, tech
The decline of Classical languages — Linguistics, proofreading and snark: they're not just for breakfast anymore.

tbclone47 reports on a new review of Rocket Science Powell's | Amazon ]

Mainspring av Jay Lake — A review of Mainspring Powell's | Amazon | Audible ], possibly in Danish. Or Icelandic. in Swedish.

A reader reacts to Mainspring — In English.

Body heat could charge your cellphone — Aren't there much more profound implications to a technology like this?

ARJ — An "online technical journal" for "the publication of interdisciplinary scientific and other relevant research from the perspective of the recent Creation and the global Flood within a biblical framework." Must. Not Point. Howitzer. At. Fish-filled barrel.

Is Religion a Threat to Democracy? — An interesting article, not a snarkfest.

scalzi on Fascism and the leading intellectual lights of American conservatism — Specifically Jonah Goldberg, whose basic meme is that liberals are actually fascists (which is sort of like saying that atheists are actually Pentecostals), telling the Heritage Foundation that Mussolini was not a Fascist, he was just misunderstood.
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User: swan_tower
Date: 2008-01-14 15:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I don't know if it's Danish, but it isn't Icelandic, because I can't read a word of it.

No doubt someone on your friends list can get you closer to a helpful answer.
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User: renatus
Date: 2008-01-14 15:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm pretty sure that review is in Swedish, myself. I don't know a word of it but I see it pretty frequently (since labels and things here in Finland are required to be in Swedish also), I recognize some of the words, and the word construction and particular vowels are those found in Swedish. The a with the little circle over the top is particularly Swedish.
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User: renatus
Date: 2008-01-14 15:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
... Heh. The 'Fandom.se' link confirms my guess; .se is the country code for Sweden. X)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-01-14 15:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ah, I missed that! Thanks.
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Brian Dolton
User: tchernabyelo
Date: 2008-01-14 15:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yep, it's Swedish.

Regarding the "body heat could power your cellphone" link - so, another step closer to the matrix!
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User: ext_77992
Date: 2008-01-14 17:25 (UTC)
Subject: Thanks for the link!
Thanks for the link. Mainspring is a great book and hope to get a copy for the library soon! Can't wait for more.
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Jay Lake: writing-Escapement
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-01-14 17:33 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Thanks for the link!
Keyword:writing-Escapement
You are most welcome.

FYI, the mass market paperback of Mainspring will be out in May.

Escapement, the second book, which will be out in June.
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blakehutchins
User: blakehutchins
Date: 2008-01-14 19:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Definitely Swedish. If I have time this week, I'll shoot you a translation. It's a good one. Guy starts out by saying he normally doesn't pick up books he doesn't know anything about, but the cover sucked him in and the back-cover blurbs sold him. Point for your publisher's art director.
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User: tsheehan
Date: 2008-01-14 22:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Interesting article on the decline of classical languages. My two cents follow.

I took Latin, voluntarily, during the last two years of my degree. I maintain that taking Latin was the best thing I could have done for my understanding of English; I learned all the parts of speech, learned how to decline and conjugate (which I hadn't ever really learned in German 9, 10, and Spanish 11) and why Latinate words in English are spelled the way they are. I really think anyone who had a standard public school education in North America (can't speak for the Brits) should take a semester of Latin. When I'm primus inter pares, that'll be part of my mandate.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-01-14 22:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, absolutely. Your perspective assumes, of course, that you subscribe to the classical theory of English grammar and not the conspiracy theory of English grammar.

Here's the shibboleth: How many verb tenses does English have?

:: ducks and runs ::
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-01-15 02:53 (UTC)
Subject: Swedish reviewer
Danish -- could have been. Icelandic? More different, actually. Summary of my post: I liked your book and there were some things that I found particularly cool or interesting. You did not answer all my questions about the world of the book (that's as it should be).

I'll look up your short fiction next.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-01-15 03:41 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Swedish reviewer
Why thank you. Also, Escapement will be out this June, with more of the world and the people in it.
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