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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-10-08 05:23
Subject: [links] Link salad gets ready to head to San Francisco
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Join me for an open dinner in Torrance, CA, next Monday, 10/12 [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Crystal Rain in Japan — Fans of my work may notice an interesting crossover with tobias_buckell's work here...

Invasion of the pod car — Huh. Future transportation are us? (Via a mailing list I'm on.)

Restoring Paul Allen's Me-262 — Huh. Cool. (Via x-planes.)

Scientists discover massive ring around Saturn

Planetary Habitability QuantifiedCentauri Dreams with some interesting planetary science.

?otD: Which way to the egress?

Body movement: n/a (up late)
Hours slept: 6.0
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (forgot, see above)
Currently reading: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard P. Feynman

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User: icedrake
Date: 2009-10-08 15:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re: Crystal rain: Licensing the same piece of art in different jurisdictions, I take it?
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Sean P. Fodera
User: delkytlar
Date: 2009-10-08 16:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Such repurposing of cover art is pretty common overseas. When I was selling foreign rights, I sold a trilogy to a Swedish publisher. That publisher split the trilogy into seven parts. They were able to rework the cover art from our three volumes to cover six of theirs. To cover the final volume, they they licensed the cover from a different books of ours.

Shortly after that, they licensed the trilogy from which that seventh cover had come. Once again, they had to license a different piece of cover art for one of the books in that second series. Those two trilogies were actually one fantasy and one sf, so they were much farther apart than are yours and Buckell's.

Foreign cover selection has always been an interesting process, in my experience. As long as it sells books in their market, you do just have to chuckle at the inconsistencies.
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User: lordofallfools
Date: 2009-10-08 17:42 (UTC)
Subject: Not Quite Podcars
Here in Northern VA, I participate in a citizen-initiated program called Slugging.

Other cities might call it casual carpooling. The gist is that there's a place (usually a commuter parking lot) where riders go to meet drivers who want to take advantage of high occupancy lanes. The driver pulls up to the riders' line, says where he's going, and the first people in line get to decide if they want to go there. The request travels down the line until the driver has the number of riders that qualify him for travel on the HOV lanes.

There is little government involvement in this program. (One of the pickup/dropoff points is the Pentagon; the Pentagon ground crew has put up signs directing slugs to congregate in certain spots depending on their destination)

I LOVE IT. There's no other way I could afford (psychologically speaking) to work in DC. I did the solo commute for six years and it wore me to nubbins. With slugging, I get to read or work on my novel, or do generally whatever I want while someone else handles the stress of navigating traffic. Also, I save about $100/week on gas, and $100/month on parking.

It's a total win. While some folks may be a little disturbed at the idea of getting into a car with perfect strangers, I'll note that there's never been a incident of carjacking/kidnapping with slugging since its inception back in the 70s.
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User: fledgist
Date: 2009-10-08 18:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jay, I had no idea you were Grenadian.
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