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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-03-24 02:38
Subject: [links] Link salad's dime dancing is through
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Tags:art, cool, culture, language, links, personal, process, reviews, science, writing
SF Signal's 10 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Author Blogs — This is cool: I'm on the list!

For Whom Do We Write? — Aidan Moher with some fascinating reflections.

Blue Tyson reviews my story "Last Plane to Heaven" — Funniest review I've ever gotten. For the win!

Andrew Wheeler talks about Other Earths

Print Goes Out of Style — The MLA is changing reference standards for Internet citations. (Snurched from Scrivener's Error.)

A new preposition is born

Portraits of musicians done in cassette tape

1930s Art Deco ad for Blaupunkt radios — Seriously cool.

Brain Images Reveal the Secret to Higher IQThe integrity of neural wiring is a big factor in determining intelligence. It's also inheritable.

Lifes Left-Handed SecretTwenty different amino acids go into making up the vast variety of proteins so essential to life. But why does life on Earth use only left-handed versions of amino acids to build them? Some more cool stuff about amino acids in space. (Facts do not apply if you are a Creationist.)

?otD: Where is that Chinese music?




3/24/2009
Body movement: 45 minute suburban walk
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (travel day)
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville; Push of the Sky by Camille Alexa


Originally published at jlake.com.

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threeoutside
User: threeoutside
Date: 2009-03-24 12:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm unimpressed with "post" as a preposition. If you say "After the revolution" wouldn't "after" be an adverb? Regardless (or as my carpooler likes to say, "Disirregardless"), we've already GOT "after" - what do we need "post" for as a preposition?
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scarlettina: Book love
User: scarlettina
Date: 2009-03-24 17:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Book love
Random online dictionaries don't seem to agree about "after"'s classification. I've seen it listed as an adverb, a preposition and an adjective. haven't opened up my paper dictionaries yet; if this issue begins to really tweak at me, I may just do it.

(Be careful! I've got a Webster's and I'm not afraid to use it!)
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User: tillyjane
Date: 2009-03-24 21:04 (UTC)
Subject: after
its all three of course, and sometimes a noun. Those words, they just dont stand still. S
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dionysus1999
User: dionysus1999
Date: 2009-03-24 13:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You're my favorite blogger, you consistently post interesting links from all over.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-03-24 18:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you! And, erm, you're welcome!
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scarlettina: English lurks in an alley
User: scarlettina
Date: 2009-03-24 15:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:English lurks in an alley
SF Signal's 10 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Author Blogs: Nine men, one woman. Is that actually a proportional representation of who's doing what on the Web? I wonder. Not that any such list should be proportionally representative, but this seems remarkably skewed.

For me, the jury's out on "post" as a preposition. The examples all look like incorrect usage to me. There's no reason that those usages couldn't be replaced with the word "after" and make perfect sense. I don't perceive any subtle difference, which is often the value of synonyms. Hm.

Edited at 2009-03-24 03:15 pm (UTC)
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kzmiller
User: kzmiller
Date: 2009-03-24 17:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm really glad I wasn't the only one who noticed there was only one woman on the list! I was starting to feel like ... I dunno. Hysterical, all full of womanly irrational emotions, ya know?
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scarlettina
User: scarlettina
Date: 2009-03-25 16:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jay asked me and I replied with three ideas, so I'll ask you: Which female SF authors' blogs would you recommend for this list?

Edited at 2009-03-25 04:16 pm (UTC)
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kzmiller
User: kzmiller
Date: 2009-03-25 18:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I haven't done much research so I can't really put forward a list of folks I think should absolutely be on the list, but I know who I read obsessively:

http://www.annemini.com/
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/
http://queryshark.blogspot.com/

That last, she doesn't post often but when she does, I'm all over it. I know I'm missing someone really important but I'm spacing it right now. She probably doesn't post often if I'm not seeing a ping in my email from her blog to jog my memory.
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kzmiller
User: kzmiller
Date: 2009-03-26 05:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hmm. When I added a comment it seemed to disappear. I realized that the last wasn't an author but an agent, so I mentioned that the blog of a fledgling but wonderful author, http://marianperera.blogspot.com/
never fails me. I look forward to all her posts.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-03-24 18:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Who would you nominate among female bloggers for that list?
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scarlettina: Writing
User: scarlettina
Date: 2009-03-25 07:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Writing
I'll just be honest and tell you that I haven't read widely enough to answer this question effectively. Wish I could. I like kenyonsf's LJ and bjcooper's. All the stuff that charliegrrl posts at io9 is pretty terrific. I haven't been following her LJ so I can't speak authoritatively on her stuff here. It's a beginning, though.
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e_bourne
User: e_bourne
Date: 2009-03-25 00:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
When (as I'm sure you know) you work 9-12 hours a day before the commute, travel enough to be gold,you know you're crazy to write. But the story somehow insists on being told.

At least it does for me. Other wise why would I give up reading, watching TV, seeing my friends, spending time with my best beloved, knitting, painting and I'm sure there were other things, to curve my spine into a perpetual comma to write a book wihtout knowing if anyone would ever care.

There has to be passion, I think, at least at first. Without that driving force, why do it? After that, perhaps comes the luxury of writing for higher reasons. Like someday having real readers who paid to read it. That would be awesome!

But for now, I concentrate on the passion. And maybe making Mark and my agent happy, and hope someday, like the Field of Dreams, that if I build it, they will come.

'Cause sure as shit, I'm not doing anything else.
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