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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-04-03 07:26
Subject: [links] Link salad, Vegas buffet
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Location:Las Vegas, NV
Music:hotel noises
Tags:books, cool, culture, funny, links, mainspring, photos, politics, religion, reviews, stories, videos, weird, writing
gvdub reviews Mainspring Powell's | Amazon | Audible ] — By Jove, I think he liked it.

Fantasy Book Critic reviews Paper Cities Senses Five Press | Amazon ] — He appreciated my story "Promises: A Tale of the City Imperishable".

Telling stories on maps — This is pretty darned cool. (Thanks to Jerry Oltion.)

Fantasy and Reality: Substitutes or Complements? — Fascinating, Captain.

If You Demand Magic, Magic Won't Help — More from the same source.

Ideas and their meritGeech on good ideas and bad. (Thanks to lt260.)

Measuring jugs — Some very cool kitchen art. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Porn for the blind — An, erm, novel concept. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Flying penguins found by BBC programme

If they were Klingons — My favorite is the Klingon Ernie muppet.

Faking the Rapture — A video...heh. (Courtesy of nomissnewo.)

Testing a bullet-proof vestShorpy proves people were idiots in the past, too.

Road to Nicholson Hollow. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.Shorpy with another striking blast from the past.

Infant planet, still in formation — Would that not be fetal planet? In any case, very cool stuff.

Mach Band — This was a new term to me. Interesting. See The Straight Dope on moths for an explanation of why it matters.

(Not so) Hidden Costs of the Longevity Boom — Hmm. I want to live forever, but who can afford it?

Doomsday cult members emerge from Russian cave — Technically, isn't any Christian who believes in the Rapture a doomsday cultist?

The Obama Doctrine — An analysis of Obama and foreign policy.
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Jonathan Wood
User: thexmedic
Date: 2008-04-03 14:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
A flying penguin story from April 1st? Hmmm...
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-04-03 14:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If the Internet in this fracking hotel worked decently, I'd have posted that link in a more timely manner.

Never stay at the Hilton Grand Vacation on the Strip, if you value connectivity.
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S. Boyd Taylor
User: sboydtaylor
Date: 2008-04-03 14:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"But if you don't have the capacity to enjoy hang-gliding even though it is merely real, then as soon as dragons turn real, you're not going to be any more excited by dragons than you are by hang-gliding."

This is the central flaw in his argument. It's kind of all-or-nothing. If you're not interested in science, why would you become a sorcerer. If you don't enjoy hang-gliding, why would you want to ride a dragon.

Excuse me, but these arguments are non-sense. I practice guitar, but have no desire to play trumpet. And I didn't even practice guitar until a 35 days ago. I didn't do Tai Chi until three years ago, and until then I had no desire to learn it. Sometimes (often, actually), you stumble into something that you love and just pick it up. I know that I do. All the time.
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S. Boyd Taylor: Destroyer Wyrm
User: sboydtaylor
Date: 2008-04-03 16:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Destroyer Wyrm
I could see that :)
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User: maryrobinette
Date: 2008-04-03 14:57 (UTC)
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The Faking the Rapture thing is so unbelievably cruel. I gotta say that I found it horrifying that someone would put a person through that sort of emotional wringer for the sake of comedy.
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