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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-01-22 04:23
Subject: [links] Link salad, Jeff VanderMeer edition
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Living in a palimpsest — Me talking about the process implications of my new collaborative effort with Jeff VanderMeer.

Aaron DaMommio comments on my Dark Towns stories

In which I get a tangential but cool mention

War of All Against All: Writers vs Editors vs Publicists vs Reviewers vs Readers vs Evil Monkey — Bored of the easy life, Jeff VanderMeer launches a pre-emptive strike on everybody.

A dungless dung beetle — Now that's a headline what am.

Lizards Evolve Rapidly to Survive Deadly Fire Ants — Man, that Intelligent Designer sure is clever, spoofing Evil-ution like this. Right up there with God burying them dinosaur bones to fool us all. (Thanks to chriswjohnson.)

Detecting alien vegetation — Yo, sf writers. Pay attention to this Centauri Dreams article. It's fascinating on several levels.

Earliest weapons-grade plutonium found in US dump — Cool stuff. As it were. (Thanks to chriswjohnson.)

Language Appropriation: As the GOP rebuilds, some would-be party leaders are borrowing phrases from Barack Obama. — Interesting stuff from Newsweek.

Obama retakes oath to err on side of law — Well, now we know what Rush Limbaugh will be ranting about for the next eight years. Also, this morning in reading my blog roll I have discovered that we on the left have behaved "abominably" over the past 8 years. (Apparently the Right doesn't have the mental acuity to contrast Daily Kos with, say, anyone conservative during the Clinton years. Either that or opposition to torture, wholesale Constitutional violations and unjust war is "abominable".) I've also learned that conservatives are suddenly very concerned with the problems of concentrating too much power in the presidency. Ah, intellectual consistency, that eternal hallmark of Republican thought.

?otD: Who was that masked man?

Body movement: 40 minute ride on stationary bike
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

Originally published at jlake.com.

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Lawrence M. Schoen
User: klingonguy
Date: 2009-01-22 12:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hmm... I'd love to see you and Mieville co-author a book. It's a scary notion, but I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

Better still, I'd love to publish it!
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User: lordofallfools
Date: 2009-01-22 13:41 (UTC)
Subject: Lizards and Ants
That's a brilliant article.

I know I always tend to think of evolution as a process that is proven through thousands and thousands of years. To see quantifiable physiological changes over the space of roughly 80 years, in response to a specific threat, is fascinating.

Thanks for the link!
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User: biomekanic
Date: 2009-01-22 18:48 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Lizards and Ants
I'm not sure which geological era this occured in, but there was an explosion of marine snail species.
They don't know what triggered the change, but in roughly 40,000 years the shells went from a fairly standard cone shape to a wild proliferation of spines, corkscrews, etc.
It was discussed on one of the Discovery shows about dinosaurs. It's the 1st direct mention of evolution occuring quickly ( outside of single celled organisms ) that I remember.
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User: lordofallfools
Date: 2009-01-22 13:47 (UTC)
Subject: Detecting vegetation
I have to say...as soon as I finished the article, my first thought was, "Yeah, but even if we do detect it, by the time we get there, the indigenous populace will have killed off all the vegetation, paved everything over with asphalt, and will be in the middle of the Third Great Bake."


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User: biomekanic
Date: 2009-01-22 18:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
On a political note, the Kos article about how the DNC is ditching Dean's 50 state strategy bummed me out.
God forbid we stick with something that actually worked.
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