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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-03-26 05:14
Subject: [links] Link salad gets tooled up for chemo
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the_child asks for an SF/F reading list [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — The response in comments has been fantastic. Worth perusing.

A reader reacts to Trial of Flowers — Objects (accurately) to the lack of female characters.

Don’t Ask Me Where I Get My Ideas — Howard Tayler explains it all for you as cogently as I've ever seen it done. Plus he's the Schlock Mercenary guy, which makes him doubly cool. Some of the best long-form SF out there. Buy the books, or hit the Web archives from strip number one. Absolutely worth your time.

I want to see you fly your airship — A challenge from Steampunk Flugtag Flying Olympics.

Watch Man-Controlled Bacteria Build a Nanoscale Pyramid — They buried the lede: [I]n the future, they'll use that same technique to create a bacterial propulsion system for larger nanobots. Booyah!

Conservatives reject Frum-ismWhat you're seeing here is the tension between being a conservative and being a Republican. It's not that you can't be both at the same time, but that you have to know which wins when ideological push comes to electoral shove

Is There A Majority for Health Care Repeal? Not Really — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on the wishful thinking of Republic rhetoric about HCR repeal. Also, could we just put a bullet in the "America is a center-right nation" meme, please? It's grown damned silly, not to mention as deeply counterfactual as most cherished Republican memes.

An Open Letter to Conservatives — Oh, yeah. (Thanks to madwriter.)

Big Fucking Deal — Hahahah. And because you know, dropping the F-bomb on live mic is every bit as bad as death threats, which aren't the GOP's fault anyway. (Thanks to markbourne.)

?otD: Do you know how the needle feels sliding into your chest?

Writing time yesterday: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 7.0 (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 2/10
Currently reading: [between books]

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User: shsilver
Date: 2010-03-26 12:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I would like to think that my vice presidents had a large enough vocabulary to not have to resort to dropping the F-bomb. That said, saying it in private to a person seems a lesser transgression than shouting it on the Senate floor.
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User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2010-03-26 13:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Agreed...and yet, it reinforces that sense of Joe Biden as a regular, genuine and working-class kind of guy. An excellent tempermental balance to Obama's usual "Mr. Cool" demeanor.
I know plenty of guys who'd say that if a major life's ambition were about to be realized.

As for telling it to senior members of our country's leadership on the Senate floor for insult and dismissal, "not so much".

I think it was Reich who disposed of the "America is a center-right nation" meme with a work much like the current polls analysis - people say they hate X...but if you actually ask them about what is IN the policy, they do like it.
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User: mcjulie
Date: 2010-03-26 15:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Not only that, but using it as an intensifier seems far less inherently nasty than using it in an insult directed at a particular individual.

The former can seem Teddy Roosevelt-ish. The latter, not so much.
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User: rovanda
Date: 2010-03-26 14:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The "Open Letter to Conservatives" direct link seems to be overloaded, but you can also read it by going to: http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/talk/blogs/a/m/americandad/

You just might have to scroll down to it, if there are newer posts.
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User: keikaimalu
Date: 2010-03-26 14:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh oh -- Clifford Simak. City's okay, but a bit grim. I adored Way Station as a young girl. There's a gentleness to the writing that I found soothing. Not sure if it's too old-fashioned now.

And regarding your ?otD: Into parts of my chest, yes, though not into the chest wall. Also know how the needle feels sliding into some other delicate parts, courtesy of a post-appendectomy procedure. No anesthetic either, that I recall, nor happy juice in the IV.

I thought having a port meant you didn't feel the needles? Isn't that the point of the port?
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User: mcjulie
Date: 2010-03-26 15:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The Howard Taylor piece is hilarious and SO TRUE. I once talked to an aspiring novelist who balked when I advised she join a writing group, and expressed worry about how you could be sure people wouldn't steal your ideas.
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User: spinflight
Date: 2010-03-26 16:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
But what do conservatives think about John Frum? ;)
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Jay Lake: funny-buddahomer
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-03-26 17:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
ZOMG, you just made my morning! Hahahahahahah...
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User: fledgist
Date: 2010-03-26 17:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And do they worship cargo pants?
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-03-26 17:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm tired of hearing how America is a center-right nation as well.

Republicans have lost three of the last five presidential elections. And in 2000 they lost the majority vote and had to have the Supreme Court weigh in. In 2004 Bush won by only the slimmest of margins, historically. Of course, in usual Rovian fashion they claimed that was a "mandate."

Facts are anathema to the GOP but people with functioning brain-stems can't deny them. The GOP is in full meltdown mode and demographics and national ideology is turning against them. That's just reality.

We're not a center-right nation, if we ever were.

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Andrew Trembley
User: bovil
Date: 2010-03-26 18:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
But it is...

The problem for the Republicans is the Democrats (excepting Kucinich and Feingold) are the center-right party.
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