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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-02-11 06:53
Subject: [links] Link salad, jumbo shrimp edition
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Location:Nuevo Rancho Lake
Music:not much
Tags:culture, funny, links, personal, politics, writing

jeffvandermeer has a contest — Tell your weirdest real life story and win books. Lots of books.

John Klima talks about his Hugo preliminary ballot

stu_segal talks about his Hugo preliminary ballot

scalzi with some very sound business advice for writers

tbclone47 with a reminder about the upcoming Rainforest Writers Village — Where I will be both pro'ing and cooking. Possibly with cheese. If you find that sort of thing interesting, there's a few slots still open. Last year I walked on water!

NASA with a name-that-satellite contest — Someone from Fandom or Prodom has to be able to nail this.


Pronouns verb forms and the law — Helpful tips (!) from Language Log if you are ever interviewed by the Feds.

With Power Comes a Selfish Point of View — File this as a man bites dog story. How many times have you sent a decent co-worker get promoted, then turn into a classic manic-depressive-asshole-in-charge? Still, an interesting analysis.

The flying French whale — Zut alors! Le zeppelin blanc!

Get Fuzzy goes Swedish

Abnormal Photography — Here's a time killer...funny stuff.


'Flesh-eating' amphibians filmed — The aliens among us. (Thanks to GS.)

Lemurs r us — Short video of a lemur doing the lower primate equivalent of a spit take. Paging frankwu. (Thanks to lt260.)


Obama wins a Grammy — Beats out (Bill) Clinton and Jimmy Carter. He's the new Reagan!

mdf356 with an RNC fund raising letter — More evidence for the GOP's "Hillary strategy" that I keep talking about. (Thanks to goulo.)

Bush orders clampdown on flights to US — It won't do much about terrorism, but it will certainly cut down on business travel and tourism from Europe to the US. Which given how conservatives feel about Europe may in fact be the point. But I don't want to be a part of the New Isolationaism. (Thanks to my aunt M.)

Glenn Greenwald on Bush's recent Fox News interview with Chris Wallace — "Both Wallace and Gannon -- with the opportunity to question the U.S. President -- basically asked: "Mr. President, how do you handle so well the fact that your political opponents are so crazy, malicious and anti-American"?" (Thanks to my aunt M.)

GOP funny business in Washington state — The state GOP chair stopped the vote count and declared Washington for McCain while the uncounted votes outstanding far exceeded the margin of error in the decision. Mmm, I love that good government scent the Republican party brings to everything. Ethics r them!

Time in saddle: 15 minutes at varying speeds (working my may back to 30 minutes due to knees being NSF Friday and Saturday)
Last night's weigh-out: 274.8
This morning's weigh-in: 271.8
Currently reading: The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image, by Leonard Shlain Powell's | Amazon ]
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International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
User: nick_kaufmann
Date: 2008-02-11 15:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Chris Matthews did not interview the president on Fox News, but Chris Wallace did.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-02-11 15:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Le oops. The management of this blog regrets this posting error, which has been corrected. Those responsible have been sacked.

Thank you.
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2008-02-11 17:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Obviously, the chairman of the Washington GOP was trying to avoid embarrassment for the GOP by getting in behind the presumptive nominee. We can all see how well that worked.

And that zepplin is just rockin', indeed. The "Manned Cloud" indeed. Although with only 20 rooms, those had better be well-heeled clients willing to spend three days crossing the Atlantic.
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User: akirlu
Date: 2008-02-11 22:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wow, a Get Fuzzy just for moi.

Though, to be punctilious about it, the Wasa wasn't 'ruined' 15 minutes later -- it was rather remarkably intact, even 300 years later -- it just sank. I'd say when it was ruined was even as it was built: too tall a cross-section relative to its keel, with gun decks too low relative to the properly balasted draft. Thus it blew over sideways in the first stiff cross-breeze, and began shipping water through the gun ports. Sank like a stone.

But the dog swearing in Swedish is still funny.
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