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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-01-16 06:02
Subject: [links] Link salad tries to make a good impressionism
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Tags:calendula, cancer, funny, haiti, healthcae, help, links, personal, politics, science, stories, twitter
This week, Tor.com ran a pair of collaborative stories by me and kenscholes, with an accompanying article by calendula_witch and an art blog post from Irene Gallo. The stories: "The Starship Mechanic" and "Looking For Truth in a Wild Blue Yonder"

Post a Story for HaitiCrossed Genres hosts a writerly fundraiser for Haiti. My piece is here: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

I nominated @MatchesMalone for a Shorty Award in humor — He's a very funny guy on Twitter. If you Tweet, check him out, as well as other possible Shorty nominees.

Contagious cancer: The evolution of a killer — Some fascinating stuff here, even if you don't share my particular focus on this issue. Among other things, story fodder for you writer types.

The physics of space battles

Voice of the ancients — Hahahahahahahaha. Hippie nonsense. Hahahahahahahaha. This is hilariously snarky.

"Cheating on your wife is a deal breaker for Republican voters -- but only if you're a Democrat." — Ah, yes, the vaunted intellectual and moral consistency of American conservatives.

Making out is its own reward — Roger Ebert on, among other things, the history of college sex. (And though it's not his point, the piece also presents a very clear example of why people like me tend to assume sheer bugfuckery is the default position of conservative thought.) Ebert is a hell of a writer, how did I not know about him all these years?

Into the ClosetA question now is whether the opponents of same-sex marriage can plausibly claim, as their court papers have sought to do, that they face threats to their lives and property comparable to those faced by civil rights workers in the Deep South in the 1950s and 1960s. Ah, the conservative cult of victimization. People working assiduously to victimize others, who then try to claim their own rights are imperiled. Um, no. Sorry, conservative America. Could you at least pretend to stand up for your beliefs, especially while cramming them down the throats of an unwilling nation? And yes, I suppose it's progress when conservatives are self-aware enough to be ashamed of their bigotry instead of proud of it. (Thanks to Scrivener's Error.)

?otD: Manet or Monet?

Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.0
This morning's weigh-in: 226.2
Currently reading: Bangkok 8 by John Burdett

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User: icedrake
Date: 2010-01-16 14:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Favourite comment on the Ebert post (and there are quite a few excellent ones, and Roger takes the time to reply, which is always nice):
My grandma, a flapper in 1920's Chicago, used to offer this saying to her kids before they left on a date: "Be good. If you can't be good, be careful. If you can't be careful, name it after me."
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Kelly Green
User: saycestsay
Date: 2010-01-16 14:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Monet :).
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Lady Jestocost
User: ladyjestocost
Date: 2010-01-16 15:35 (UTC)
Subject: Manet/Monet
'a' comes before 'o' so therefore, Manet before Monet. Then, if you can remember the general trends of 19th century French art, you're cool.

Ebert has long time connections to sf fandom - http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2008/05/fanzines_beget_blogs.html
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Sally Cinnamon: owl
User: elizawrites
Date: 2010-01-16 15:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ebert's on twitter, too, where he's often on fire about politics. He's ebertchicago.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-01-16 16:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wow, that article by Ebert was very good indeed. What a great writer. Thanks for the link.
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russ: quo vadis
User: goulo
Date: 2010-01-16 17:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:quo vadis
> "Cheating on your wife is a deal breaker for Republican voters -- but only if you're a Democrat."
How can it be determined if cheating on your wife has any relevance? Being a Democrat is already a deal breaker for Republican voters!

Edited at 2010-01-16 05:37 pm (UTC)
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User: biomekanic
Date: 2010-01-16 18:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It can be used as a qualifier to make them sound more open minded than they are: "I'd have voted for him but..."
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shelly_rae: Dogwood
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2010-01-17 02:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Manet, most of the time. But Toulouse all the time.
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paulcarp: pic#67230600
User: paulcarp
Date: 2010-01-17 18:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Liked the Ebert link. I've been reading him since the 1980's.
Just give me Monet. That's what I want.
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User: mastadge
Date: 2010-01-17 19:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I can only assume you saw Ebert's attack on Ben Stein's Expelled during that particular kerfuffle.
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