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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-04-15 06:43
Subject: [links] Link salad for a taxing day
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Tags:books, cool, links, personal, politics, review, science, stories, tech, writing
Happy Tax Day!

Me, on numbers — From last night. And yes, I am very mildly synesthetic. I wonder how many writers are?

A review of my recent Clarkesworld story, "The Sky That Wraps the World Round, Past the Blue and Into the Black" — Some folks have liked this story a lot. You can read it here at Clarkesworld.

Bethesda Start-Up Makes Writing a Little Less Lonely — Crowd-sourcing fiction? Hmm... (Thanks to danjite.)

Toward a Quantum Internet — Entangled photons over distant fiber. I always thought "Spooky Action at a Distance" was a great name for a rock band.

What is the value of space exploration?

The ice man sitteth — More historical goodness from Shorpy. That's a hell of a photo.

A Renegade Against Greenpeace — One of the co-founders of Greenpeace talks about why he is pro-nuke. (Thanks to danjite.)

Craigslist and eBay: Terrorist arms bazaars of DEATHThe Register takes on the GAO's fear-mongering over online arms sales. Certainly it's much more efficient to have the national security folks handle it directly. Anyone remember Oliver North? Anyone?

Obama would ask his AG to "immediately review" potential of crimes in Bush White House — Say, promoting torture? Nah, that's unpatriotic of me to suggest that behaving in profoundly unAmerican ways is unpatriotic. Remember kids, it's ok if you're a Republican.

Cheney, Torture and the Chance to Restore the Rule of Law — I'm sympathetic to this argument, but as I recall, our courts have been pretty consistent in holding that Constitutional rights do not automatically apply to non-citizens. Hence, torturing non-Americans is certainly illegal, but I'm not sure there's a case to be made for it violating the 8th Amendment. But I'm neither an attorney nor a constitutional scholar. Nor a Republican. (Thanks to my Aunt M.)

Dick Cheney was never a "grown-up" — A fascinating look at the history of one of modern America's greatest villains. (Thanks to my Aunt M.)




4/15/08
Time in saddle: 18 minutes
Last night's weigh-out: n/a
This morning's weigh-in: 272.0
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S. Boyd Taylor
User: sboydtaylor
Date: 2008-04-15 13:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hey Jay, heads up! The Shorpy Link is the same as the space exploration link.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-04-15 14:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oops! Fixed.

Thank you.
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S. Boyd Taylor
User: sboydtaylor
Date: 2008-04-15 14:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Very cool picture. Thanks for sharing! :)

BTW, is that a typewriter, a teletype, or a cash register on the right? Or do you not have any idea as well?
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biomekanic
User: biomekanic
Date: 2008-04-15 14:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The comments on the photo reference it as a cash register.
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S. Boyd Taylor
User: sboydtaylor
Date: 2008-04-15 15:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks!
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biomekanic
User: biomekanic
Date: 2008-04-15 14:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It might be my browser, but I'm getting the same story for the Ice man sitteth and the Value of Space Exploration.

ETA: and fixed while I was posting.

Edited at 2008-04-15 02:20 pm (UTC)
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User: dirkcjelli
Date: 2008-04-15 14:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The constitution requires that we honor treaties. We've signed treaties which state we won't torture. Therefore, torturing non-citizens is unconstitutional.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-04-15 14:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Agreed regarding treaties. But narrowly, on the 8th Amendment grounds cited in the beginning of the linked piece, I'm not sure it holds up. Like I said, not really my field.
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desperance
User: desperance
Date: 2008-04-15 16:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And yes, I am very mildly synesthetic. I wonder how many writers are?

All of us, I suspect; I'm not sure quite where metaphors would come from, else. We make a practice, nay, a profession out of describing one thing in terms of another: which must set us firmly somewhere on that spectrum.

And personally, I've always found even numbers a little creepy. Smooth, like Jacob: sitting at the front of the class and sucking up to teacher...
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User: dsgood
Date: 2008-04-15 20:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
There's a large difference between describing something in certain terms, and seeing/feeling/hearing/tasting in those terms.

Remember, psychopaths can talk about morality as fluently as anyone else.
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desperance
User: desperance
Date: 2008-04-15 21:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes, but not with conviction: they're apeing humanity where writers describe it, they seek to disguise what we seek to expose.

And I was perhaps not being entirely serious, but good metaphors work because you feel them. You don't approach them from the outside, looking for description from a distance; you come at them from underneath, from within. Things have layers and textures of meaning that are increasingly personal, and not so far at all from synaesthesia.
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Hyacinths
User: wordswoman
Date: 2008-04-15 18:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My eldest daughter, who avidly writes and draws, is synesthetic. She can tell me the colors of each number and letter, and also describe for me the colored "path" she sees when she thinks about a week's or month's worth of days.

Also, her favorite color is Mexico. :)
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Karen, aka Ana Lake, ska Aine inghean Cathal
User: summers_place
Date: 2008-04-15 19:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yep. I perceive numbers and letters in color and in spatial layouts as well. A similar thing happens with days and dates. Some individual words have colors too.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2008-04-15 19:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
>>Anyone remember Oliver North? Anyone?<<

As Jimmy Carter goes to speak with various leaders in the Middle East, I keep hearing a lot of conservatives on my FL talk about how the situation with Iran is all Carter's fault. Never mind that it was a Republican president who allowed the CIA to support the 1953 coup. Never mind that the U.S.-backed Shah tortured and murdered countless Iranians. Never mind that it was Reagan (and North) who supplied weapons to Iran and backed Saddam Hussein as an ally in the 1980's. Nope, all Carter's fault.

Edited at 2008-04-15 07:51 pm (UTC)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-04-15 19:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ah, yes. The October Surprise, that gift which keeps on giving even with the Gipper long in his grave.
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User: dsgood
Date: 2008-04-15 20:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"And yes, I am very mildly synesthetic. I wonder how many writers are?"

Too few of the ones who use synesthetic characters.

I suspect about the same percentage as among the general population.
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