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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-12-23 04:23
Subject: [links] Link salad observes antepenNoel
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Tags:art, books, cool, culture, links, personal, photos, pinion, politics, religion, science, writing
The Pinion cover is made public — It's lovely. I am terribly pleased.

matociquala commits glory — Go read. It's only a few sentences long.

Why handwriting is history — The handwritten scoring on the SATs would have sunk me as a kid. I routinely placed in 99.9th percentile, but my handwriting is so atrocious...

Santa awing — A funny classic photo from x-planes.

The capitol subway, 1915 — Speaking of funny, classic photos. This one from Shorpy.

A solstice sunriseAPOD with one of those images that just suckers me in. The solstice sun, rising behind the Temple of Poseidon.

Titan's Lakes, An Exoplanet's Seas — More from Centauri Dreams. Money shot: If mapping the continents on planets around other stars doesn't rouse your interest, you may not be paying attention

The Oral Tradition — Phil Nugent with a fascinating take on Oral Roberts, televangelism and the American Right. (Snurched from The Edge of the American West.)

?otD: Is it beginning to look a lot like Festivus?

Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 7.0
This morning's weigh-in: 226.2
Currently reading: Finch by Jeff VanderMeer

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Lawrence M. Schoen
User: klingonguy
Date: 2009-12-23 12:57 (UTC)
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Awesome cover. My favorite of the three.
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Jay Faulkner
User: jayphoenix
Date: 2009-12-23 12:58 (UTC)
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Oh my but that cover really is beautiful - there is a lot of emotion on that clockwork man.
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User: lonfiction
Date: 2009-12-23 14:32 (UTC)
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Yes! Love the cover, can't wait to read it.
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scarlettina: Writing
User: scarlettina
Date: 2009-12-23 17:40 (UTC)
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The Pinion cover is gorgeous. Congratulations!

As for the death of handwriting, I find it interesting to see this blog entry now. Over e_bourne's birthday dinner last month, we were discussing this very subject and the whys and wherefores behind it. Handwriting had its adherents (moi among them) and its detractors. It appears I'm going to end up on the losing side on this one. I understand all the reasons longhand is being tossed on history's scrapheap, and yet I keep thinking that history, in many ways, is handwriting--we lose our ancient voices without their words placed on something more permanent than ourselves. As was pointed out to me over dinner, this argument itself is a challenge to handwriting because it looks backward, not forward. And if the future is technology, then the future of writing is electronic media. To me, electronic media is the ultimate ephemera: one good power surge and all is lost; one evolution of technology and all is lost (see beta-->VHS, then video-->DVD; see the introduction of calculators into schools-->the loss of the ability to do sums in one's head). Of course, one dropped cigarette can burn a library. It's all dust in the end, I guess.

::sigh:: How's that for cheerful thinking? ::grin:: I'm going to go listen to some music and pet a cat now. I need a mood enhancer.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2009-12-24 00:03 (UTC)
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Keyword:Wright Park orchids
As long as they don't stop making ballpoint pens before I die, I'll be happy.
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