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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-11-04 05:01
Subject: [links] Link salad sports a metaphor or two
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Yokimo the Goat gets around — World Fantasy Convention from the caprine perspective.

Two Lumps takes on NaNoWriMo — With a sideswipe at Stephenie Meyer.

Bullet train patent design — Mmmm.

The Adventures of Lil' CthulhuWant a child-friendly way to introduce your little one to the traditions of the Old Cult? Meet little Cthulhu, who lives in the magic city of R'lyeh with all his friends, as you and your child embark on a fun and educational journey through the world of the Great Old Ones (Thanks to willyumtx.)

RearGear — The ultimate in repressed Americana. Weird. (Thanks to ginastonge.)

Glacier Man — This is very cool.

Why does driving bring out the worst in people? — I've asked this exact question a number of times. The same person who will hold the door for you at the bank will viciously run you to the shoulder in traffic.

CNBC's Darren Rovell: NYC marathon winner not a real American since he's originally from Africa — Best smackdown of Nativism EVAR. And what did you do, Darren, to become an American? You were born here to American parents - that must have been real hard work fighting your way through your mother's birth canal. I'm sure childbirth taught you a lot more about liberty and freedom than a guy who escaped a civil war to come to a land where he could be free.

Making Light with a lot more on the Meb Keflezighi story referenced above — I was struck by Abi Sutherland's comments that "Leaving the US is apparently very unpatriotic; learning about other cultures is suspect, and moving abroad all but treason". I have that problem, too, to a smaller degree. Because of where I was born and how I was raised I don't have a "home town", I'm not "from" anywhere in the usual sense of that phrase. A (former) friend back in Texas used to insist I couldn't possibly be Texan, despite six generations of ancestors there, because I wasn't born in Texas, like she was. To her logic, I'm not even American. Um, no.

?otD: Why is a strike good in bowling but bad in baseball?

Body movement: 15 minutes of meditation and stretching, 30 minute stationary bicycle ride
Hours slept: 6.5
This morning's weigh-in: 233.0
Currently reading: The Jade Man's Skin by Daniel Fox

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User: the_blue_fenix
Date: 2009-11-04 14:09 (UTC)
Subject: The other, er, end of the scale...
From RearGear would have to be here.


Iz trufax. The first time I saw a 'set' of these on the highway I thought I was hallucinating.

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thecrimsony: GirDance
User: thecrimsony
Date: 2009-11-04 14:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Why is it called a strike at all in baseball when it's the act of missing?
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User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2009-11-04 14:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Awww...luv dat Lil Cthulhu...must spread the Mad-er-cutness with all my freinds' kids :-D

(re: Marathon Man, it seems that the angle of "how one becomes an American" is really a tangential one, so don't spend too much effort and snark on it)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-11-04 15:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The citizen thing is a bit of a hot button for me, because I'm an American citizen by birth (American parents), but born overseas. I found out a few years ago that according to at least one department of the US Government, I am not a citizen. Among other things, I do not have any document which is labelled "birth certificate." And we know from our conservative friends that only a "birth certificate" counts, not even a "certification of birth." (Which I don't have either.)

Add to that the fact that my daughter is an immigrant, adopted in infancy, and you can see my interest in the topic. (Ironically, though born in China to Chinese parents, she does have a US birth certificate, issue retroactively due to the processes of Texas adoption law.)
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2009-11-04 15:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You quoted Abi Sutherland as saying, "... learning about other cultures is suspect, and moving abroad all but treason." I can't help but wonder if some of that isn't going on in Rovell's mind, only in reverse: "How can we trust a guy who left his homeland and became a citizen somewhere else? He's shown a lack of fidelity to his born citizenship, his jus soli. How can we trust him with another?"

These people seem unaware that America's whole heritage is fidelity to the idea of America, not soil or blood. This reversion to soli over fideles is disheartening: it means Rovell has forgotten what America is about.
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A large duck
User: burger_eater
Date: 2009-11-04 19:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sad thing about the "Rear Gear": it sold out in six days.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2009-11-04 23:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've found that a lot of Texans believe Texas is still a separate country.

(Insert you're favorite Gov. Perry joke here.)

Suzan H.
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