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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-02-23 05:42
Subject: [links] Link salad, jeffvandermeer edition
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Location:Hilton Columbia Center, Columbia, SC
Music:hotel noises
Tags:books, culture, escapement, language, links, personal, podcasts, sex
jeffvandermeer on challenging blogs — Including this one. Who knew?

jeffvandermeer (again) on the South Carolina Book Festival

Omnivoracious on the Nebula finalists — With a comment on Escapement Amazon ]. The book's first semireview!

A compendium of writing-related podcast activities — Including kind remarks about my own efforts.

The real Cyrano de Bergerac — "Cyrano as a gay anti-Catholic sci-fi writer with the pox..." (Thanks to AH.)

Shortlist announced for the year's oddest book titles — For example: If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs. (Thanks to AH.)

Electronic tattoo display runs on blood — Johnny and the Golden Needle Gun? I knew there was a reason to be glad we live in the twenty-first century. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

City of Vice — Be a Bow Street runner in this historical re-creation. (Thanks to danjite.)

The orgasm machine — Good news! Good news! (Thanks to GS.)

File sharing or stealing? — Semantics, the law and you.

Time in saddle: 20 minutes
Last night's weigh-out: n/a
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image, by Leonard Shlain Powell's | Amazon ]
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russ: venus im pelz
User: goulo
Date: 2008-02-23 14:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:venus im pelz
The Orgasm Machine sounds fun if real, but rather odd and not entirely convincing (having to drink a sports drink 20 minutes before using it?!), but for me the funniest weirdest part is the out-of-left-field ending (not surprising since Whitley Strieber wrote the article):
How did they do this in the past? First, Shirley Andrews makes a convincing case that there WERE civilizations on earth before history, that were destroyed about 10,000 years ago. THEN she goes further: she tells us the haunting message they have for us today.
I'm imagining an ancient civilization whose haunting message for us today is that for $139.95 you can have your own Orgasm Machine.
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