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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-05-19 05:21
Subject: [links] Link salad is doomed to repeat history on the playground
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Tags:books, cool, culture, links, mainspring, personal, photos, politics, publishing, religion, reviews, science, writing
A reader reacts to Mainspring — Mixed review, generally positive.

Book Habits: A Meme — Andrew Wheeler with a hilarious (and interesting) interview with ETA: meme snurched from book blogger Robb. Chemo brain strikes again!

Posthuman Blues — Awesome looking new-to-me blog. Going on my daily blogroll. ETA: I'm told the blog's author passed away last year. Sigh. Chemo brain didn't look at the post dates.

They S.H.O.O.T. atheists, don't they? — In which (among other things) the Bad Astronomer complains about worldbuilding in fantasy and science fiction. With some accuracy, I might add.

Can an Enemy Be a Child's Friend? — Interesting. Having grown up in the era when the standard response to bullying was to blame the victim — "What did you do to antagonize him?" — and having been the class goat pretty much through seventh grade, thanks in part to the 1970's gym teacher technique of picking on one pansy (me) to motivate the rest of the kids, I have a lot of sympathy for kids on the wrong end of the social stick. In some my ways, my entire life today is a revenge of the nerds.

Milky Way Over Ancient Ghost Panel — Another lovely APOD image.

Russia reportedly used nukes to seal runaway oil wells — Really?

Family Values GOP Rep To Resign Over Affair — Abstinence and family values FTW! And yes, the congressman and his girlfriend even made an abstinence video together. Principled consistency: your Republican hallmark.

Governor, I knew Susan B. Anthony. Susan B. Anthony was a subject of my scholarship, and Governor...Ann Gordon and Lynn Sherr want you to know that no matter how often Sarah Palin says so, Susan B. Anthony was not an anti-abortion activist. Those who do not study history are doomed to be conservatives.

Angry Tea Partiers are not the Moral Equivalent of Compassionate Democrats — Juan Cole on Your Liberal Media's continued false equivalency of political narratives. When is the last time you saw leftwing Democrats taunting disabled people, or weeping, or shouting that "their" country had been stolen by "those people"? What did the Democratic left want? Universal health care with a public option. That is angry? Isn't it just common decency?

Tea party: Dark side of conservatismWhen the tea partiers say they are true conservatives, there is no reason to doubt them. They stand in the conservative tradition of the radical right — a movement of the haves and the well-protected who, since the time of FDR, have feared that their freedom will be lost if the government extends a hand to the have-nots and the unprotected.

PA-12 and The Single Greatest Pushback in American History — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on the special election to fill the late John Murtha's seat, and the abject failure of the Republican narrative about their forthcoming political gains.

?otD: Were you ever the class goat as a kid?



5/19/2010
Writing time yesterday: none (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 (fitful)
This morning's weigh-in: 233.2
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 9/10 (fatigue)
Currently (re)reading: The Borders of Infinity by Lois McMaster Bujold

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his wholiness the rev drjon: snark dark
User: drjon
Date: 2010-05-19 12:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:snark dark
Oh dude. Mac Tonnies died last year. I'm afraid there'll be no PostHumanBlues updates.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-05-19 12:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wow, did I miss that.
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his wholiness the rev drjon: snark dark
User: drjon
Date: 2010-05-19 19:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:snark dark
Yeah. It was sudden, and a terrible shock to everyone. Mac was well-loved, and is sorely missed.
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User: cypherindigo
Date: 2010-05-19 12:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"Were you ever the class goat as a kid?"

Yes
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fjm
User: fjm
Date: 2010-05-19 12:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I thought being the class goat was pretty much a definition of a science fiction fan. Reading was not really done in my school. Being a bright girl wasn't done. Add to that red hair, glasses, a tendency to be terribly, terribly confident even when actually quaking inside and "mehhh".
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Nathan
User: mastadge
Date: 2010-05-19 13:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Just to clarify, that isn't an interview with Rob B, it's an internet meme he snurched from Rob's blog.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-05-19 13:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And fixed. Thanks.
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Matthew S. Rotundo: Radioactive
User: matthewsrotundo
Date: 2010-05-19 13:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Radioactive
I don't know if I was the class goat, but I was certainly one of them.
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sheelangig
User: sheelangig
Date: 2010-05-19 16:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

What he said. For about 6 years.
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User: the_ogre
Date: 2010-05-19 15:14 (UTC)
Subject: "Were you ever the class goat as a kid?"
Yah, I was.

But I had a severe temper - eventually, if I got pushed hard enough, that would manifest, which often resulted in suspension from school, conversations between my parents and other kids' parents, etc.

I did get over it, but yeah - wasn't easy.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-05-19 16:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
PA-12 was the canary in the coal mine for sure. RepubliKans have to be nervous. The RNC dumped a million bucks into that race and it wasn't a squeaker, they got shellacked.
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seventorches
User: seventorches
Date: 2010-05-19 17:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
They S.H.O.O.T. atheists, don't they?

I've been wondering why I never see young atheist societies doing carwashes.
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seventorches: funny animal comic
User: seventorches
Date: 2010-05-19 19:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:funny animal comic
Did they control for people who never ever get bullied, (or the ones who don't "engage", as the article says) to show that those individuals turn out worse later on? (I think the whole way they talk about "engaging" is bogus, because what we are told OVER AND OVER is "it takes two to tango, don't engage", ie don't defend yourself, it's okay for that kid to kill you.) In other words, if you never had any enemies as a child, does that cripple you in later life? The article doesn't say.
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bemused_leftist
User: bemused_leftist
Date: 2010-05-20 16:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
?otD: Were you ever the class goat as a kid?


That's why I defend people who are being treated as goats now.
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