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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-02-04 05:13
Subject: [links] Link salad is your Shangri-La beneath the summer moon
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Tags:art, cancer, cool, links, personal, politics, process, science, stories, writing
My story "Golden Pepper" is live at Flash Fiction Online

James Gurney, art writing guru, is at it again — Quoting Arnold Böcklin: Nothing in art is created without effort, and the painter writer's ideas don't come to him on wings while he dreams, either. The one may be more talented than the other, of course; but without untiring diligence, single-mindedness and a combative spirit, there can't be any good result. All this talk about 'inspiration' is nonsense. I could argue with some of this, but the underlying point is critical. It's what I mean when I say psychotic persistence is the key to success in this writing business.

Robot Art and Ray Guns — :: wants ::

Turn Handwriting into a Font with YourFont

New Angles on the Drake EquationCentauri Dreams channels Ted Chiang. Sort of.

Name your cowsCattle that are named and treated with a "more personal touch" can increase milk yields by up to 500 pints a year. I find this both strange and unsurprising.

Giant killers: macropredation in lions — Fascinating article, not in the least for giving my vocabulary the term "macropredator". That's right up there with "charismatic megafauna".

A Comeback for Lamarckian Evolution?Two studies show that a mother's early environment can be passed on to the next generation. Whoa! (And have I ever told my short-becked giraffe story here on the blog?)

Cancer Protection Secret Revealed — Your friend the p53 gene. Which makes me wonder again about my colon cancer. (Thanks to lt260.)

Freakonomics talks about the tax issue I was just kvetching about [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — As I said in comments about this post, I'm just feeling very frustrated by the high visible, highly avoidable unforced errors which undermine credibility and pointlessly siphon off political capital. These are supposed to be the good guys, but they're coming off as business as usual. I *expect* this kind of behavior from Republicans, I'd like to see better under Obama.

?otD: Have you sat with elders of the gentle race?




2/4/2009
Body movement: 40 minute ride on the stationary bike
This morning's weigh-in: 220.0
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

Originally published at jlake.com.

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David Reagan: gray_blister_beetle
User: coolmajaka
Date: 2009-02-04 14:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:gray_blister_beetle
And a link for you: A cool drawing from and upcoming graphic novel featuring a pretty snazzy lighter-than-air-ship
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Jay Lake: tech-dirigible
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-02-04 14:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:tech-dirigible
Ooooh
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ozarque
User: ozarque
Date: 2009-02-04 14:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you for the link to "Golden Pepper." I just have one wish: that you'd added a word or two to tell us that the wife would be both immortal and reasonably young. Eternal old age is a horrifying idea.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-02-04 14:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am glad you liked the piece. I did mean to imply eternal youth, but did not put that in strongly enough, it seems.
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ozarque
User: ozarque
Date: 2009-02-04 14:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm very glad to know that that was the implication. Maybe if I were younger, I'd have been able to see that it was there.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-02-04 14:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Who better than you to see what is or isn't there about this? A reader, a writer, a woman, someone in the midst of eldering.

I firmly believe that the story belongs to the reader. *My* intentions for the words are irrelevant once the manuscript leaves my possession.
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Edward Greaves
User: temporus
Date: 2009-02-04 14:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My Uncle was a dairy farmer. He named every cow he had. I have no idea how he could keep them all straight, but he did.

Kinda weird to have a cow named after you, though, when you are a boy. Not the bull, mind, but a cow.
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threeoutside
User: threeoutside
Date: 2009-02-04 14:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Um, about the handwriting font thingy? If I want a handwriting-ous document, I use a pen and and piece of paper. See? Easy. Nothing to plug in, no cartridges (except maybe the pen's) to replace...

I guess I don't get the point. Maybe after another cuppa coffee.
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Dawno, aka da Ebil Librarian: dawno in glenns hat
User: ohdawno
Date: 2009-02-04 17:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:dawno in glenns hat
Thanks for the link to the free font site!
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