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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-01-09 11:31
Subject: [links] Link salad drifts through day two of chemo session one
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Jay Lake Receives John W Dalmas Award — This brought tears to my eyes when I received the email this morning. RadCon is one of my 'home' conventions, and I have been attending for many years, often serving as Toastmaster and chief troublemaker. Unfortunately I won't be there to accept the Dalmas Award this year due to my chemotherapy for metastatic colon cancer, but Shannon Page, my life partner, will be accepting for me.

martyn44 with the most snarkalicious review evar of Avatar yet

How to Photograph the EarthPhotos from near space for less than $150. I believe I posted something else about this before, but I'd love to do this, maybe this summer when I'm over chemo. I think the Pacific Northwest sf/f writer and fan community needs a space program.

Calvin and Hobbes on tails — And perhaps the last word on neckties. Furries take note.

90 Percent Of Languages Will Be Extinct Next Century - And That's Good — Hmm...

Top Ten Anti-Christian Attacks in 2009 — An interesting view from the Christian right. I read this as a combination of paranoia, and resentment at having their own rights to commit hate speech curbed. This is a nation which heavily privileges Christian belief and Christian speech. (Very simple example: How many avowed atheists hold elective political office? How many avowed Christians do?) To pretend otherwise is disingenous fearmongering.

?otD: How much is that dogie in the window?



1/9/2009
Body movement: Suburban walk of unknown length forthcoming
Hours slept: 9.0
This morning's weigh-in: 227.4
Currently reading: Bangkok 8 by John Burdett

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Matthew S. Rotundo: Me with bird
User: matthewsrotundo
Date: 2010-01-09 19:39 (UTC)
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Awesome news on the award! The bird sends his regards, too.
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Hal
User: hal_obrien
Date: 2010-01-09 19:54 (UTC)
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"Many such languages are extraordinarily difficult for non-native speakers to learn, which can hugely complicate the task of professional linguists who try to teach these languages."

Not only that, the lesser known languages can provide embarrassing evidence to the paucity of one's theories, like the way the Pirahã language has provided a counterexample to Noam Chomsky's too-simple-to-confront-real-data ideas.

Can't have that, can we? Much better to kill off languages until the dataset is small enough to conform to the approved academic theories.
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mcjulie
User: mcjulie
Date: 2010-01-10 16:59 (UTC)
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Thanks for the link to the New Yorker article, that was really interesting.
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Nathan
User: mastadge
Date: 2010-01-09 19:56 (UTC)
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Karen, aka Ana Lake, ska Aine inghean Cathal
User: summers_place
Date: 2010-01-09 20:06 (UTC)
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Perfect. And they can cry me a river, too.
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irismoonlight
User: irismoonlight
Date: 2010-01-09 20:19 (UTC)
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SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

Can I use? Can I have the attribution for whoever created it so I can use? That. Is. Lovely.

I assume this is based on U.S. population figures. Yes/no?
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Nathan
User: mastadge
Date: 2010-01-09 20:42 (UTC)
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I got it from a friend who sent it sans attribution, unfortunately.

And yes, it is based on U.S. population figures, apparently, though I have no idea how accurate it is.
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irismoonlight
User: irismoonlight
Date: 2010-01-09 22:47 (UTC)
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Thank you!
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Michael Curry: alton
User: mcurry
Date: 2010-01-09 19:59 (UTC)
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Congratulations on the award!
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Karen, aka Ana Lake, ska Aine inghean Cathal
User: summers_place
Date: 2010-01-09 20:06 (UTC)
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Congratulations on the award, Jay!
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irismoonlight
User: irismoonlight
Date: 2010-01-09 20:22 (UTC)
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Congratulations!

I'm appalled by the language story, but my English isn't sufficient this morning to articulate it. *wry grimace*

The Top Ten crimes thing... *blink* He values life so little that the death of a minister, the murder of a minister in a church, is nowhere near the top of his list. And it's the only physical crime there. I'm... speechless. Shouldn't be shocked, and yet I am.
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irismoonlight
User: irismoonlight
Date: 2010-01-09 22:46 (UTC)
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This is why one should go back and re-read something before commenting on it. Thank you, you are right, TWO crimes.

I remember thinking as I read that one, "but that's not why he was murdered..." as the story I saw indicated some altercation between the two involving something other than his protest; I don't remember right now what it was.

Most everything on that list is disingenuous; if I remember correctly (and I might not) even the minister who was killed at the pulpet was shot by a young man he counseled; a private grudge, not an anti-Christian killing over what he preached and believed and was. The way every gay-bashing is.

anyway. Thank you.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2010-01-09 22:33 (UTC)
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many congratulations on the award.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2010-01-09 22:44 (UTC)
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Since when did Christianity become all about abortion, homeschooling, and homosexuality?

Um, dudes, I think they forgot about the Gospels, forgiveness, social justice, and loving your neighbor.
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fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2010-01-09 23:24 (UTC)
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Jesus of Nazareth said some stuff about forgiveness, social justice, and loving your neighbour. He also said some unkind things about a fig tree, compared non-Jews to dogs, and seemed to think that violence was acceptable in some circumstances. Christianity, however, has always been about control.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2010-01-09 22:45 (UTC)
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Also, congrats on the Dalmas award!

And yes, the PNW SF writer and fan community definitely needs a space program.
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fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2010-01-09 23:24 (UTC)
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Congratulations on the award.
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Christopher Kastensmidt
User: ckastens
Date: 2010-01-10 01:21 (UTC)
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Huge congrats on the award, Jay!
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mcjulie
User: mcjulie
Date: 2010-01-10 16:56 (UTC)
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Congrats on the award!

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