July 23rd, 2009


[links] Link salad for a California Thursday

I am reading and signing at University Books in Seattle — Friday, July 24 at 7 pm. For those of you who are fans of the_child, she will be there. I'll also be attending the Clarion West party later that evening.

Anticipation's writing workshop is still looking for a few good writers — The deadline is nigh. Very nigh. If you're going to Worldcon, check it out.

26to50 — A new Japanese-English science fiction site. Worth checking out.

Gay Johnny Texas Vegetables — What a great name for a rock band!

The truth will set you free — Atheist doorknockers? (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Human Spear Likely Cause Of Death Of Neandertal — Fascinating. (Snurched from the Twitter feed of mattstaggs.)(

Reprogramming Satellites during Flight — Cool beans.

?otD: Who reads these stupid questions anyway?

Body movement: 60 minute urban walk (Twin Peaks!), 10 minutes of stretching and meditation
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (forgot)
Currently reading: The State of the Art by Iain M. Banks; Stupid Quest by C.S. Inman

Originally published at jlake.com.


[politics] Everything you need to know about conservatism

Those rugged individualists in the GOP have spent the last decade trying to build an interventionist Daddy state to monitor and control all aspects of our lives, in the name of fighting terrorism and family values, (and, allegedly, original intent). Looking back on the unmitigated cultural and political disaster that is contemporary conservatism, for my money one of the most revealing comments was Republican Senator John Cornyn, who said:
None of your civil liberties matter much after you're dead.

As conservative icon Patrick Henry, one of the original intenders, said:
Give me liberty or give me death.

Whom do you believe?

Originally published at jlake.com.