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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-05-30 05:48
Subject: [links] Link salad wonders how it will be judged today
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The quest for frisson — Roger Ebert on the psychology of the Internet.

Creative minds 'mimic schizophrenia' — Raise your hand if you're the least bit surprised by this.

Unusual Postage Stamps — Worldbuilding in tiny increments, courtesy Dark Roasted Blend.

Rainbow Bridge National Monument — As seen from orbit.

Climate denial activists’ parallel to anti-relativity movement of 1920s — A weird but vaguely encouraging article. (Thanks to markbourne.)

The noble and ancient tradition of moron-baiting — Flat earth, homeopathy, Creationism, Intelligent Design, the Republican Party. Worthless ideas sure can get hold of smart people. I simply don't believe that many of my fellow human beings are that stupid. But they sure can act like it.

"This Scares Everybody" says BP: Top Kill Fails, Imperils Gulf — Juan Cole on BPs Gulf of Mexico disaster. I continue to think this will be much bigger than anyone admits, and continue to be very frustrated at the administrations deference to BP on the whole matter thus far. There's a lot of reasons we voted the GOP out of office. One of them was to banish the idiotic conservative chimera of industry self-regulation.

Former 'Family Values' CA Legislator Ashburn Comes Out In Favor Of Gay Rights — Not quite sure what to think here, given Ashburn's lifelong history of using antigay issues for political gain, but kudos to him for doing the right thing.

Showdown at the GOP Corral: Western conservatives and Southern conservatives battle for the soul of the Republican PartyBut cowboy-style constitutional fundamentalism is unlikely to prove a winning philosophy for Republicans beyond 2010. For that, they need a conservatism that hasn't been in evidence lately—a version that's not Western or Southern, but instead tolerant, moderate, and mainstream. Conservatism hasn't been tolerant, moderate or mainstream in my adult lifetime. Hell, it hasn't even been sane in my adult lifetime.

?otD: Would you send in the clowns?



5/30/2010
Writing time yesterday: none (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.25 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 234.2
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 8/10 (fatigue)
Currently (re)reading: The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

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Susan
User: lil_shepherd
Date: 2010-05-30 14:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
But the Nigeria oil leak is even bigger...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/30/oil-spills-nigeria-niger-delta-shell
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-05-30 14:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ai! And I used to live there, you'd think I'd have picked this up from the news flow. Thank you.
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Susan
User: lil_shepherd
Date: 2010-05-30 14:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Only heard about it myself when the BBC world service featured it. Thought you might like to know... Oil companies - who loves 'em?
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melissajm
User: melissajm
Date: 2010-05-30 15:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I thought the MMPI showed the creativity/loosening of associations connection long ago...?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-05-30 15:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It sort of struck me as "sky is blue" stuff.

What would interest the heck out of me is a brain study of the active speech centers in a writer talking vs a writer laying down first draft wordage. Especially if it's done on writers who are style heavy and don't write anything like they talk.
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melissajm
User: melissajm
Date: 2010-05-30 16:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've always known I was a little out there. ;)

Yeah. I'd also like to compare brain scans of a writer doing a first draft vs doing revisions. It certainly "feels" different.
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cathshaffer
User: cathshaffer
Date: 2010-05-30 18:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The schizophrenia article is very interesting. I have long understood that there is a link between both high creativity/intelligence and schizophrenia. My extended family on both sides is full of extremely creative and extremely intelligent individuals, and also serious mental illness.

I do feel frustrated, though, that this is yet another glamorization of mental illness. I wish the writer had bothered to include more information about the *other* things that are wrong with the brain of schizophrenics. The D2 receptors are most certainly interesting and enlightening in understanding creativity, but schizophrenic brains fail in many other ways. I think it's entirely possible that the D2 connection is not even causative, but may simply be incidentally linked to the traits that really cause the disease. Misunderstandings like this cause people with schizophrenia to refuse medication--a problem that is already too prevalent. People need to understand that treatment of their mental illness will not destroy their creativity. In fact, I think it helps a lot. You can't really be creatively productive when you are living with severe, disabling paranoia on a daily basis. My mother, who is schizophrenic, enjoys activities like writing poetry and needlework, and her best times are when her mental illness symptoms are quiet and she is adequately medicated.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2010-05-30 20:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
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My late father the honorable petroleum engineer would be spinning in his grave right now, if he hadn't been cremated.
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Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.
User: slithytove
Date: 2010-05-31 08:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Creative minds 'mimic schizophrenia

"Creativeness is the ability to see relationships where none exist." (Often attributed to Tom Disch, actually spoken by one of his characters, the dull but extremely determined Birdie Ludd.)
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