July 6th, 2008

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[links] Link salad for a Sunday

One of my favorite Calvin and Hobbes ever — Though I do love the one about being in the right place at the right time.

And on the subject of comics, Get Fuzzy takes on the Eugene, Oregon phone book — Hahahahahahah.

APOD with a stereo image of the Apollo 17 landing site — Sometimes I think about the fact that long after our species and all its works have turned to dust, the moon landing sites will still show evidence of our time here on Earth. Imagine future explorers from among the stars interpreting that — Neal Armstrong’s footprints should last longer than the fossils in the Olduvai Gorge have. I suppose this has already been used time and and again in SF, but it’s a haunting image.

Cool swing tricks — I am so not showing this link to the_child. (Thanks to Interrupting Gelastic Jew.)

The Lost Book Clubio9 on the self-referentialism of televsion. Still, I applaud. Now, how to get them reading Mainspring and Escapement….

sartorias with an amazing bit of video

“…the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves”Language Log on Jefferson, Bush and the elision of ellipses.


7/6/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (still recovering from surgery)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 252.0
Currently reading: n/a

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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[help] Clarion West is back on beam

Per kate_schaefer’s post at clarionites:

Due to the swift and generous response of the SF community, Clarion West has now received nearly enough money to replace the four student laptops stolen July 4 from rooms at the workshop residence. Clarion West staff, volunteers, and students all express their thanks for your very timely help. They especially want to thank BoingBoing, Cory Doctorow, Jay Lake, and many more for their generosity and for alerting others to the need for money and laptops. Donations began coming in from around the world just hours after the theft.

“If we collect funds that are much in excess of the cost of replacing the stolen computers, we will return them proportionally to the donors,” said workshop administrator Leslie Howle. “The use of PayPal makes this relatively easy to do.” She added, “We are all overwhelmed, and the students are immensely grateful. They were devastated by this theft, and it’s been amazing to see the community rally to support them.”

I am very pleased to see them on course, and the losses made whole. While I appreciate the shout-out, all I really did was pass along a message from albionidaho. A perfect example of our field’s networking and mutuality at its finest, and my congratulations to all concerned.

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.