February 7th, 2009


[links] Link salad wakes up to a busy Saturday

Don't forget to put an entry into the new Green Amazon ]ARC contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — And yes, there will be goodies for the person whose nominee wins.

kenscholes with some very sad news

The true sekrit history of feminism — Courtesy of The Non Sequitur.

Great Acheivements in American Socialism — Conservatives are busy rewriting the history of the New Deal to help justify their "principled" opposition to the current stimulus efforts (for a value of "principled" which means "whatever it takes to get us back into power no matter the damage to the nation"). Salon has a nice pictorial overview of what the New Deal gave to the country.

Mr. Cheney's Blind Spot — Pssst. Hey, WaPo. I'm glad you've finally discovered you're part of the "liberal media" and all that, but a little bit of this perspective might have gone a long way six or seven years ago, when you were blindly partisan in support of Bush and Cheney and their policies. Because, you know, it might have mattered then. Just sayin'...

?otD: Wilma or Betty?

Body movement: 40 minute ride on the stationary bike
This morning's weigh-in: 219.6
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

Originally published at jlake.com.


[child] Wit and wisdom of the Child

Recently in the Genre car, the_child delivered an unprompted discourse on man's relationship with the environment. These are not precisely verbatim (I was driving at the time and didn't make notes til later), but here's a couple of things she said which struck me.

"Humans should take a day away. Sleep outside, no electronics, only use our hands. Then we'd remember the Earth."


"Once the Earth had a language that only it spoke, until we stole it and made all our languages. Now we speak for the Earth. When we're gone, the animals will talk, and someday when they're gone, the Earth will speak again."

That led to a discussion of Deep Time, and how people look at time spans.

Yep, that's my kid.

Originally published at jlake.com.


[personal|publishing] Dreaming of Tor

Woke up about 4:20, which is a bit late for me by the clock, but just right given that I went to bed late, around 10:20. I had been having a rather vivid dream that started out in a restaurant or convention center, with casacorona, 2muchexposition and a number of other Tor editors and staff. We were having a dinner, but somehow it was my job to fix Tom's white Lamborghini. The problem with the Lambo was that plasma jets kept coming out of the road contact patch of the tires, and Tom didn't really want it to fly.

Finally I had to give up and at casacorona's urging, board a bus to go see a traditional opera. Turns out we were in some post-Communist central or eastern European country, and were heading off to a grand opera house which had been built in a cave to protect it from the Turks or the Russians or the Germans. The streets were very Second World, except for all the old American cars (as if this were Cuba).

On the bus, 2muchexposition was handing out plastic grocery bags and condoms. It was our job, editors and writers and suchlike, to knot the condoms to the middle of the bag so they could be filled with bat guano, and thus used as props in the opera we were about to see. Much chattering speculation ensued as to the nature of these props and what they would mean, but I woke up before we were able to find out.

And people wonder where I get my ideas.

Originally published at jlake.com.