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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-07-30 04:36
Subject: [links] Link salad stumbles into Thursday, apologizes
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First Contact: A Talk with Ursula K. Le GuinThe New Yorker interviews Le Guin. (Snurched from Scrivener's Error.)

Another Word on Word Count — Agent Caren Johnson on genres, structure and word count, including this little gem comparing SF to mystery: There is a set formula for science fiction, westerns and horror as well. I can't speak for westerns and horror, but a comment like that leads me to conclude that Caren hasn't read much science fiction published in the last forty years, at least. (Via the Twitterfeed of @colleenlindsay.)

The toilet mystery remains unresolved thus far: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — calendula_witch swears she is innocent.

Downgrade: 1943Shorpy, with a photo from the much harsher days of railroading.

Boko HaramLanguage Log on Nigerian Islamic radicals and framing. I was struck by this phrase in the article, a quote from the faction's leader: "[Western] education 'spoils the belief in one God'." That's an attitude these Islamic extremists share with a wide swathe of American Christians, unfortunately for everyone involved.

Scott Adams claims that "First, 80% of healthcare costs go toward chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease." — I have no idea if this is true (and he provides no supporting cites), but anecdotally, since the first onset of my cancer in April, 2008, more healthcare dollars have been spent on me than the previous 43 years of my life combined.

?otD: I'll shout it out, who killed the Kennedys?

Body movement: 10 minutes of stretching and meditation; 30 minutes on stationary bike
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (forgot)
Currently reading: Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold

Originally published at jlake.com.

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Hugh Casey: Ninja Manatee
User: hughcasey
Date: 2009-07-30 12:38 (UTC)
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Keyword:Ninja Manatee
?otD: I'll shout it out, who killed the Kennedys?

When after all, it was you and me?
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Jim C. Hines
User: jimhines
Date: 2009-07-30 12:45 (UTC)
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Data point - I'd estimate my diabetes runs between $500 and $1000 a month.
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User: spencimusprime
Date: 2009-07-30 16:07 (UTC)
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"[Western] education 'spoils the belief in one God'."

One racist, misogynist, homophobic, exclusionist male God, yes.
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User: auriaephiala
Date: 2009-07-30 17:21 (UTC)
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Re Boko Harem:

The recent book Chasing a mirage : the tragic illusion of an Islamic state by Tarek Fatah has some interesting things to say about how misogyny and anti-intellectualism were grafted on to Islam well after Mohammed's death. He also thoroughly demolishes the idea that an Islamic state is either possible or practical or to be wished for.
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User: lordofallfools
Date: 2009-07-30 18:21 (UTC)
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I found this remark from Caren Estesen more difficult to swallow:

I would say with the exception of science fiction (it blurs into fantasy so quickly and that sprawls out into giant books that are usually part of a series or trilogy

Science fiction blurs into fantasy?

Someone tell Analog. I have some unicorn hunter stories to sell them.
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