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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-06-05 04:52
Subject: [links] Link salad prepares to head north
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JayCon is tomorrow! Mark your calendars: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

SF Signal on Green Powell's | Amazon ] — The book is out next Tuesday, for those of you playing along at home.

Grandpa Johnson - the inventor of fat-free bacon — This post from my friend chriswjohnson is funny and touching.

Language Log with far more than you ever wanted to know about the "language gene" in mice

The Display That Watches YouResearchers in Germany have created a display that doubles as a camera. Paging Winston Smith.

Why are kiwis so cheap? — Hahahah.

More Thoughts On Being PC — Ta-Nehisi Coates on himself, race, conservatives and the Sotomayor nomination.

Russia accuses Poland of starting Second World WarRussia has accused Poland of provoking the outbreak of the Second World War by refusing to accede to the "very modest" demands of Nazi Germany. Apparently Putin has Karl Rove and the rest of the GOP team advising him now. This is rank revisionism worthy of any neocon nutter. (Thanks to goulo.)

?otD: What do we cook on Fryday?

Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk (Twin Peaks), 10 minutes of stretching and meditation
This morning's weigh-in: 217.4
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: mevennen
Date: 2009-06-05 12:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Have a great day, Jay!
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calendula_witch: SF
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2009-06-05 15:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
How could you have possibly weighed 217.4? My scale only does .0 and .5.

:: is now mightily suspicious of all these weigh-ins ::
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Elizabeth Coleman
User: criada
Date: 2009-06-05 21:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Digital, baby! We're particularly fond of using ours to weigh the kitten.
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calendula_witch: SF
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2009-06-08 05:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes but see...that was *my* scale he was weighing himself upon. 217.4: not possible.
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Elizabeth Coleman
User: criada
Date: 2009-06-08 05:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well then...I can't explain it.
Glad you made it home all right!
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User: the_ogre
Date: 2009-06-05 15:37 (UTC)
Subject: Have fun @ JayCon!
I'd be there, but I could not figure out a way to affordably get myself up there and back.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-06-05 17:52 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Have fun @ JayCon!
Thank you! Maybe next year...?
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User: e_bourne
Date: 2009-06-05 16:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Have a great birthday! You are an inspiration!
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Twilight: Daria
User: twilight2000
Date: 2009-06-05 17:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Russia has accused Poland of provoking the outbreak of the Second World War by refusing to accede to the "very modest" demands of Nazi Germany.

if by "very modest" you mean Land Grab at Gun Point - nutbag.
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Doctor Pipe
User: dr_pipe
Date: 2009-06-05 19:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Regarding being PC...

I fully get and sympathize with efforts to recognize and reduce offensive language, and terms that systematically belittle or oppress people or groups. That said, I don't fully understand the point being made in the article about the guy who said that if he'd said the same thing as Sotomayor, for instance if he'd said that his personal experience as a white man would make him a better judge than some other race or gender, that he would be finished. I think he's right. I don't think it's racist or ignorant, as the article's author claims, to point this out. It's a double standard.

I don't mean to say that Sotomayor should be "finished" because of what she said. My view is that anyone should be able to freely express how they feel their individual background has helped inform their positions, their politics, their skill at doing whatever they do.

It seems that a minority bringing up race as an issue enflames the Right, because they're all, "Hey, we're not allowed to do that!" And bringing up race as a white person, or gender as a male, enflames the Left, because it sounds racist or sexist. Neither is ideal, in my view.

The author brings up the thing about white people whining that they don't get a white history month... Clearly, every month is white history month and efforts to make a month specifically for a minority are efforts to correct the imbalance. But standards about what kinds of things are acceptable speech seem different; a person of any race should be able to discuss how their background has influenced and shaped them, for the better or for the worse, as long as they are doing so without putting down other races or cultures or ethnicities.
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User: imzadidragonfly
Date: 2009-06-05 22:55 (UTC)
Subject: Green
I went to Borders today for one book and much to my surprise I left with two. Okay, it's not that much of a stretch for me to leave a bookstore with more than what was on my list. However, I hadn't expected to find Green on the shelf today. Now it's just sitting here waiting for me to finish the book I'm currently reading.
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Jay Lake: writing-Green
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-06-08 01:31 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Green
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misofuhni: wink
User: misofuhni
Date: 2009-06-06 12:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Happy Birthday! I like birthdays, I tend to go overboard for birthdays. Everyone deserves to have a day all for themselves, even if they are sharing it with a few thousand people around the world. It's your day....

No, I haven't had my tea yet. Why do you ask?

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