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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-03-11 04:28
Subject: [links] Link salad looks into the eyes of the sun
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Tags:books, culture, escapement, links, personal, politics, process, publishing, religion, reviews, writing
lonfiction with a lengthy review of Escapement Powell's | Amazon ]

The Ten Most Influential Science Fiction & Fantasy Anthologies/Anthology Series — Huh. I co-edited one of those, and have been in two others.

Jeff VanderMeer has sex so you don't have to — On writing and sex scenes.

The Price of Disability Law

Sandstorm in Riyadh — Some amazing photos. As danjite said, "At least snow melts."

Sea levels rising faster than expected - scientists — There goes that liberal bias in the data again.

A coming Evangelical collapse?

?otD: But mama, where is the fun?

Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride, 10 minutes of isometrics and stretching
This morning's weigh-in: 219.2
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville; Watchmen by Alan Moore etc.

Originally published at jlake.com.

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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-03-11 13:45 (UTC)
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Actually, it was deliberately without comment. Looking at it as an economic question, I can argue that one out of both sides of my mouth. My social and moral instincts are strongly on the side of supporting the rights of the disabled. (Which I think is the tenor of the post - talking about the unintended consequence of the high cost of compliance being that providers may seek to avoid engaging with disabled patients at all.)
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User: melissajm
Date: 2009-03-11 21:58 (UTC)
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As a disabled person, I strongly believe that everyone should be able to get the same standard of care without feeling guilty about it. I wonder, though, why the patient didn't transfer to another doctor from the start if the note system wasn't adequate.
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User: the_blue_fenix
Date: 2009-03-11 13:43 (UTC)
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Writing Sex scenes - good advice, I think. My example is JD Robb. Initially when both members of her couple had Serious Issues, detailed descriptions of their sex life actually helped with characterization. It was a crucial part of how they worked out details of their relationship. Lately they've gotten much saner and I find myself skimming the sex scenes. "Yes, they're hot and sweet and cuddly, get on with the story."

Evangelical decline -- my first reaction would normally be cackling with glee, but the article you cited was moving and thoughtful. I'm more used to dealing with the ones who think "no gays, no abortions, no evil-ution, no Democrats" are the core principles of their faith. But even that article and the Catholic blog he linked to had their whiny moments. The 'anti-Christian' future he describes seems to mean that Christians won't be able to take it for granted that they're the One True Faith and that anyone who doesn't belong should shut up or at least be apologetic. Losing a special privilege is not the same as losing a right, even when you're used to it.

(Hey, maybe some of those guys will read their own New Testament. Since it was written by and for people who were NOT the only dominant religion in their neighborhood, did NOT have taken-for-granted secular approval, and had to actually put in the work of dealing with non-Christian friends and neighbors. What a concept.)

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brent_kellmer: viva
User: brent_kellmer
Date: 2009-03-11 16:21 (UTC)
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?otD: But mama, where is the fun?

I thought the last link a very good answer to that.

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User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2009-03-11 23:53 (UTC)
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> Sea levels rising faster than expected - scientists — There
> goes that liberal bias in the data again.

One might expect an article headlined "Sea levels rising faster than expected" to contain data about how fast sea levels were expected to rise, and how fast they are actually rising. Instead, all we're told are differing predictions of how much the sea will have risen by the year 2100. There is not a single reference to data on how fast sea levels are rising now.

Does that data exist? Yes, it does: http://sealevel.colorado.edu/

If anything, it looks like sea levels have been rising fairly steadily since 1992 at an average rate of 3.3 mm per year -- although the trend seems a bit flat over the past three years.

So the actual data, as opposed to reporting about some scientists' projections 91 years into the future, seems to be biased toward the conservative side.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-03-12 02:56 (UTC)
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Oh, liberal snark fail! Do not pass Go, do not collect $200 in welfare money!

:: retreats ::
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Ruthanne Reid
User: ruthannereid
Date: 2009-03-11 23:57 (UTC)
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What a great article on collapsing Evanglism. It's exactly what my husband and I have been saying for a couple of years now, and part of the reason why we pulled away from most of the religious folks we knew.
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User: ebonypearl
Date: 2009-03-12 01:45 (UTC)
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Wow. As a hearing impaired person, I am happy to communicate in whatever way possible. I am very good at lip-reading, and with my hearing ear dog (you may have seen us at FenCon 2008, we sat in on at least 1 of your panels) can manage quite well. Signing isn't all that medically precise in my experience - you have to do a lot of fingerspelling. Besides, I'm not good at signing.
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