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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-04-03 04:51
Subject: [links] Link salad windsurfs off the IsleTs of Langerhans
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Creative Workspaces and Home OfficesDrawn! on artists' workspaces. By comparison, here's a photo of my nominal workspace. Mostly I commit day jobbery there. As calendula_witch can attest, I write literally anywhere. What's your workspace look like?

This conversation can serve no purpose anymore.The Edge of the American West on Michael Bérubé on the political subtext of 2001. Some fascinating stuff on the click-throughs.

Centauri Dreams on direct imaging of nearby planets — For some given value of "nearby".

Medicines for sale in 1957 — Interesting photo.

USS Franklin: 1916Shorpy brings a whole new meaning to the term "naval architecture". This photo really is a 'WTF!?' for me.

Fast-track budget tool would kill bipartisanship, GOP saysA congressional tactic described as a "freight train" to run over the minority party could derail any hopes of bipartisanship with the Obama administration, some Republicans warn. O, Permanent Majority, where is thy sting? Do Republicans think we are stupid? Or just have absolutely no short term memory? The GOP is damned lucky the Democrats aren't making them play by their own rules.

?otD: Why did you liver behind?

Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
This morning's weigh-in: 219.8
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville; Making Money by Terry Pratchett

Originally published at jlake.com.

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S. Boyd Taylor
User: sboydtaylor
Date: 2009-04-03 14:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That picture of medicines in 1957 looks almost EXACTLY like the medicine shelf you see in a Chinese Supermarket today -- full of Tieh da Jiao, Zheng Gu Shr, etc.

Edited at 2009-04-03 02:56 pm (UTC)
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User: ext_137244
Date: 2009-04-03 15:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I want to live on that ship!

Writing space is one of the reasons I bought my MacBook. I tend to do a lot of writing with a book between my lap and the computer with my feet propped up on the coffee table. However, I tend to move around a lot when I'm working on something. The longer I write the more nervous energy I seem to produce until I eventually have to go walk around and think for a bit. The dog is more than willing to help out with this. She doesn't mind a quick walk around the block and seems to listen to most of my new story ideas with committed interest.

Additionally, I'm following your example and have dropped all PC games (World of Warcraft was my biggest addiction and time sync) and the majority of the TV shows I was watching (I committed to watching Six Feet Under with a friend and we're on the last season). I never even realized how much time I was devoting to these pursuits. Fun as they were, they just weren't helping me reach my goals.

I've been averaging 1.5k a day in new words since last weekend. That's a 600% increase in productivity, comrades!

Looking back over your progress, it's a real eye-opener to see how your hard work and diligence has rewarded you with what I see as the start to a long and successful career.

You're an inspiration, sir. Thank you!
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2009-04-03 16:07 (UTC)
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I found the 2001 link interesting.
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User: kellymccullough
Date: 2009-04-03 16:50 (UTC)
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My optimal writing space is a comfy chair and a decent view. Failing that, anyplace I can find to sit with my MacBook for more than fifteen minutes.
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A large duck
User: burger_eater
Date: 2009-04-03 19:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What bipartisanship are they talking about? Pfft!

And my workspace is one of the tiny tables at Starbucks, or the quiet room at the library.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2009-04-04 02:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Anywhere I can take my ancient Alphasmart (which, unlike a laptop, only allows me to write -- I am incredibly easily distracted). Most of my favorite places to take it are outdoors if the weather's good. Camping trips, the park...

But I can make do with the wing chair in my living room if I have to [g].
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2009-04-04 04:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

My Office.
Hosted on Flickr!. Click to enlarge.
For the past eight years, my writing has been done during the commute. An hour each way, right there on the bus. I was pretty reliable, too, putting out about a 1000 words a day, more or less, although much of it was trash and I ended up throwing it away. Oh, I could write other places; I frequented cafe's and even went outdoors for the peace and quiet, reliable laptop and battery in hand. But 99% of the work happened right there, rear seat of the bus, which side depending on where the sun was for most of the ride.

As of today however this is no longer my office. I was laid off from $DAYJOB. I have no reason to ride the bus anymore.

(Sorry about the double; I originally clicked on the last "reply." I blame the day's crisis. I'm still recovering from the shock of being in that statistic: 663,000 lost their jobs last month. Actually, I'll be in April's figures, won't I? *Sigh*)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-04-04 05:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Man, I am very sorry to hear that. That sucks, a lot. Good luck.
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User: farmgirl1146
Date: 2009-04-04 05:23 (UTC)
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I am very sorry to learn of your lay off. Good luck in everything else going forward.
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User: farmgirl1146
Date: 2009-04-04 05:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
All interesting. And, YES, they think we all are very very stupid.
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