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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-05-28 04:16
Subject: [links] Link salad discovers Thursday under the carpet
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JayCon is next week! Mark your calendars: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Dept of Things Man Was Meant To Wot Not Of: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — What I look like in a corset. Luckily, you can also see calendula_witch in the photo, which takes away some of the pain.

A reader reacts to METAtropolis — Well, ok, a listener.

Crime fiction to science fiction

Maps of an alien EarthCentauri Dreams with some cool exoplanetary science.

Green-glowing monkeys have green-glowing babies — (Thanks to lillypond.)

Aircraft factories! — (Snurched from Dark Roasted Blend.)

How gliders are like nuclear deterrenceFreakonomics with a squib on risk analysis.

It Sticks in My CrawThe National Review on pronouncing Sotomayor's name. Always a class act, those conservatives.

Sotomayor and 2010. And 2012.The Edge of the American West with an interesting piece on the Sotomayor pick. I think he's right — the GOP just can't stop themselves.

?otD: Arugula? WTF is arugula?

Body movement: 60 minute staionary bike ride
This morning's weigh-in: 219.2
Currently reading: The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold; A Long Line of Cells by Lewis Thomas

Originally published at jlake.com.

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User: hal_obrien
Date: 2009-05-28 20:18 (UTC)
Subject: Carping-a-go-go
What I just sent to that unintentionally hilarious at guy The National Review:

"This may seem like carping, but it's not."

Wanna bet? If it comforts you to think so, fine. That's probably not true to your readers, though.

First off, you keep making a "natural"/"unnatural" distinction. There is no such thing in language. There is only trading off one set of unnatural rules against another.

Secondly, you appear to be saying that notwithstanding the implicitly assumed conservative commitment to freedom, citizens should only exercise that freedom in a way, "the rest of us can just ignore." If that's really your view, you should stop publishing your thoughts, so those of us who are genuinely conservative can just ignore you. I'm willing to give you the benefit of the doubt and think that's not what you meant.

Then there's the mildly faith-related argument. "(A)ll things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them..." I wish others to pronounce my own name correctly. How then can I begrudge the desire of others for the same? (Don't get me started on lazy programmers and having an apostrophe in one's name.)

As for other, previous waves of immigrants not being willing to stick up for the things they believed in, so all subsequent waves should make the same craven concessions... "If Johnny were to jump off the Empire State Building, would you jump off the Empire State Building?"

Yours in freedom,

-- Hal O'Brien
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2009-05-28 22:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
But her name is so -- elegant, pronounced the way they do it on the news (which I desperately hope is correctly).
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User: ahmedakhan
Date: 2009-05-29 03:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And how does one pronounce Krikorian? Cry Korean? Crick Orion?

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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2009-05-29 03:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Because, of course, we totally pander to Samuel Alito's Italian heritage by routinely pronouncing it ah-LEE-toh and not the Americanized AH-lə-toh.

(Well, I do. Dunno about y'all.)
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