September 6th, 2007


[lj] Open question time

Another open question thread. This time I'll leave the comments unmoderated, just for variety's sake. Ask me whatever you want — writing, politics, life, Akkadian pottery. Accuracy of the answers is not guaranteed.

[photos|contests] LOLJay Contest

Ok, based on the following four entries, I am officially declaring a LOLJay contest. Using any photo of me you like, including but not limited to the Japanese snack food image employed by the four entrants below, make a LOLJay image and post it in comments here. (If you're not sure how to do that, post a link to the image hosted somewhere else.)

I'll leave this thread open until after the weekend. Monday or Tuesday of next week, I'll make a voting poll so we can determine a winner. As usual, fabulous prizes will be awarded at my discretion, to be announced when the poll is posted. You may assume books are in order, but I'll see if I can come up with something else just to make it more interesting.

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[links] Link Salad, lunch break edition

Pew Internet & American Life Project — I'm an "omnivore". I suspect many of you reading here are as well. Do share if you take the quiz.

For the first time in 10,000 years, farming is not the dominating industry — (Thanks to danjite.)

Japan introduces a urine-powered battery

Team USA of the World Beard and Moustach Championships — Rules here if you find yourself with a keen interest. (Thanks to lillypond.)

The "Fiction Gap" — Do women really read more than men?

Democrats and the Iron Law of Insitutions — I've been aware of this concept for many years, but I've never before seen it explained so cogently.

semiotic_pirate with a fascinating essay on self-righteousness and sexuality — Ganked from elsewhere on my f-list, but I lost track. My apologies.

Never engage in finance with the poor — Lessons from the sub-prime collapse.

lasirenadolce with detailed writeups on our excellent Japan adventure, specifically WorldCon day one, our arrival, WorldCon day two (pre-Hugo), WorldCon day two (Hugos) and WorldCon day day three, our departure. With photos!

(And as a reminder, my Con/Hugo reports on Jeff VanderMeer's blog and at the Amazon book blog.)