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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-06-01 05:48
Subject: [links] Link salad mistakes a '73 Pinto for a starship
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The entire text of my Sunspin story "Permanent Fatal Errors" is now up in four parts — If you like, check out the anthology it comes from, Fermi paradox-themed Is Anybody Out There? from DAW.

Wolfram Alpha Finds iPad Niche — The iPad 3G is settling nicely into my home. I need to write another review soon. It is a hell of a fine e-reader.

Archive Gallery: 138 Years of Quirky Inventions from the Pages of PopSci — Weird and whacky. (Via Dark Roasted Blend.)

USS Wasp (CV-7) — Is that really "Doc" Savage on the flight line?

Squash and Stretch — A golf ball in extremis, courtesy of art physics guru James Gurney.

Flotillas and the Wars of Public Opinion — A relatively dispassionate analysis of the Israeli mess over the weekend. It would be nice to see our government respond to an ally's military murder of unarmed civilians.

?otD: Have you ever seen a UFO?

Writing time yesterday: none (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 10.0 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 230.4
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 8/10 (fatigue, GI distress)
Currently (re)reading: The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

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Twilight: Bradbury; ray; books; burn
User: twilight2000
Date: 2010-06-01 14:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Bradbury; ray; books; burn
It is a hell of a fine e-reader.

Ok - off topic from your post, but I Just Don't Get It. Why does anyone buy an e-book when the seller can *take it back*? If I can be "de-kindelized" of my book, how can you say I "bought it"? At best I leased it with a pretty crappy plan, as they can take it back the minute they decide it was the "wrong version" or whatever else they decide. If I can't lend it out (with an electronic "block" that I can un-block when it's returned - like any paperback), then how is it "mine"? If I can only read it on the device I d/l'd it on, but not my computer (I liken this to reading a paperback in my home, on the train, in another country should I go visit), then how is it really *mine*? (I'm prepared to be argued down on this last one, but it still irks me)...

I want to like e-reading - hell, I grew up counting backwards before I knew how to count forwards (yea, you can tell what tv *I* watched as a kid :>) and Star Trek - but I want to *own* the bloody thing when I "buy" it - not have it able to be "taken back" - which suggests some VERY disturbing things about how much and what kind of access these guys have to my e-reader I might add - what's to say they aren't "changing" content to fit the current political mold? At least with a paperback, the edition I have is the edition I have.

I Just Don't Get It.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2010-06-02 00:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
As a former librarian, I don't get it, either. So the only ebooks I buy don't come in any other format because are from small publishers, directly from those publishers in formats that allow me to put them on more than one device. Then I immediately copy/back them up on to my netbook. Which only goes onto the Internet when I'm away from home.
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User: tillyjane
Date: 2010-06-01 15:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Indeed it would be nice to see our government stop commiting military murder of unarmed civilians in our name.
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