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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-12-29 09:12
Subject: [links] Link salad for a sick day
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My Christmas day fiction, "Lux Fiat": [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ].

Don't miss the caption contest here: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]. Usual rules apply.

Dinotopia Map — James Gurney on maps and worldbuilding.

Bargain Hunting for Books, and Feeling Sheepish About It — How the used book market has upset book retailing. (Thanks to my Dad.)

Job Recruiters Instructed To Avoid WoW Players — Long time readers know my opinions on the relationship between MMORPGs and writing. This is rather ironic. (Thanks to danjite.)

World Design Party: #d09 Detroit 2009 — An odd blog entry in an interesting blog, talking about urban repurposing. (Snurched from Enter the Octopus via Twitter.)

Diluting homeopathyBad Astronomy makes fun of bad medicine.

Parallel Universe — Parallel processing makes a comeback.

As if Things Weren't Bad Enough, Russian Professor Predicts End of U.S. — Most of this article is quite silly (for example, that the U.S. has ethnic lines which correspond to a potential geographical split), but some of it is thought provoking. (Snurched from Enter the Octopus via Twitter.)

101 Atheist Quotes — (Thanks to lt260.)

Study: Teenage 'virginity pledges' are ineffective"Taking a pledge doesn't seem to make any difference at all in any sexual behavior," said Janet E. Rosenbaum of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, whose report appears in the January issue of the journal Pediatrics. "But it does seem to make a difference in condom use and other forms of birth control that is quite striking." Mmm, family values. Darn that anti-conservative reality bias. Clearly, what we need is more abstinence education.

?otD: Who watches the watchmakers?

Body movement: n/a (sick)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (sick)
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

Originally published at jlake.com.

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robin catesby
User: deedop
Date: 2008-12-29 17:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I know one of the guys involved in the World Design Party: Detroit 09 project. He's local & we (along with a few others) have been talking about putting together a "camp" (ala BarCamp/FooCamp/WikiCamp, etc) on sustainability, urban repurposing (he's big into vertical gardening), & bridging the technical divide.
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Karen, aka Ana Lake, ska Aine inghean Cathal: Can't Brain Today
User: summers_place
Date: 2008-12-29 19:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Can't Brain Today
I must need new glasses or something. I totally read the Bad Astronomy link as "Digital Homeopathy" on the first pass, and thought, "Whaa-aa?"

Edited at 2008-12-29 07:31 pm (UTC)
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2008-12-29 23:29 (UTC)
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This is the second time that book bargain-hunting article has popped up on my FL, and it's made me just as furious as it did the first time.

1) Used book stores (or as my romance reading lists refer to them, UBSs) have been around forever. Yes, they're easier to access these days, and have been for some time (I've been buying from abebooks.com for at least six years now). What isn't?

2) Most of what people buy this way is stuff that's out of print, so they're not biting into new sales, anyway.

3) For a lot of us, it's always been buy used or go to the library or don't buy at all. Purely economics. Nothing moral about it.

I resent, with all my heart, the concept that not spending money I don't have is in any way shady or immoral or something to be ashamed of.

Yes, I support authors when I can. But I'm not going without my reading material in the meantime just because I can't afford to pay full price. And there's nothing to be ashamed of in that.

It's not a choice between paying full price or paying the used price/getting it from the library. More and more it's a choice between paying the used price/getting it from the library or not having it at all, blast it.

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