August 17th, 2011


[links] Link salad leaves home once more

Cancer’s Secrets Come Into Sharper Focus

Study: Oxygen appeared earlier on Earth

Rethinking The Riots; How Do We Really See Class?

Amid Rise of Multiculturalism, Dutch Confront Their Questions of Identity

What Obama Can Learn From Harry Truman

Who’s Really Responsible For U.S. Debt Downgrade — The GOP is now pretending that they never said default was no big deal. As usual, Your Liberal Media is dutifully reporting the latest GOP talking points as if they were true. Here’s a bunch of Republican pols on the record.

Is Rick Perry a ’sucker,’ or was he just lying?It seems far likelier, in other words, that Rick Perry didn’t get suckered by this urban legend, but was retelling it to his audience in order to sucker them — to sucker them into supporting his candidacy, to sucker them into thinking that government is always their enemy, and to sucker them into thinking that unfettered, unregulated giant corporations are their friends.

?otD: Reno?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (2,600 words on Sunspin)
Body movement: n/a (airport walking to come)
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Weight: 226.8
Currently reading: The Magician King by Lev Grossman

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[help] Looking for info on genre-friendly college English programs

This is signal boost for a friend, who will pick up feedback here in comments.

Amongst the manifold experiences of my trusty readers, can you all recommend a list of which college English departments are SFF friendly? A student who is applying for college wants to be a creative writing and/or English major, and is also a budding fantasy novelist — and definitely wants to be writing genre fantasy, not “literary” fantasy. While my friend is aware of some of the few graduate programs that are genre-friendly, can the mighty blogospheric brain offer some comments on undergraduate programs?

Many thanks.

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[travel|awards] Heading for the Hugos

I’m off to Reno shortly. Won’t be around the con much today, as I figure I’ll spend most of it in my room, recovering my energy from travel stress. Look for me starting tomorrow. I’ll be there…

In other news, yesterday I had my head Hugo’d.

Looking like a low-rent superhero

The rocket is painted on

The final product

We’ll see how it holds up with my minimal head fuzz.

Photos © 2011, Joseph E. Lake, Jr. and JD.

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