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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-06-12 08:08
Subject: [links] Link salad wakes and wonders
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Tags:culture, gay, links, personal, politics, religion, science, tech, twitter
Tweet! Tweet! Tweet! — The eminently readable Roger Ebert on Twitter.

The Mother of All InventionHow the Xerox 914 gave rise to the Information age. Ah, the march of progress. Fascinating if brief squib on a significant piece of technological history.

Deeper impact: Did mega-meteors rattle our planet? — This is both frightening and cool. We have some analogous spooky geology here in the Pacific Northwest. (Via io9.com.)

Senate narrowly votes down antiscience greenhouse gas Resolution — Your Republican Party: still doing their besto combat the inconvenient liberal bias in reality. Who you gonna believe, their electoral strategies or that lying realworld data?

Homosexuality, Porn, and the Classroom — Coz, you know, you can catch teh gay, even from someone else's kids by proxy. Good thing the Catholic community is on the ball!

BP spill response plans severely flawedOmissions, errors riddle firm's regional plan for the Gulf, analysis shows. See! Industry self-regulation works fine! Who needs the government?

Oklahoma State Senator Aims To Stop 'Liberal Judges' From Imposing Sharia Law — Sometimes the fruit loops don't all fit in the box, I guess. Duncan is also known for being among a group of lawmakers who returned their gift copies of the Quran to a state diversity panel, because they said the book endorses "the idea of killing innocent women and children in the name of ideology." I think that's called the Bible, sir. See Old Testament.

Congrats to Rush Limbaugh on his fourth traditional marriage — Family values win again!

?otD: What question of the day would you ask?

Writing time yesterday: n/a (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.0 (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: 226.4
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 5/10
Currently (re)reading: Pyramids by Terry Pratchett

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User: djelibeybi
Date: 2010-06-12 17:59 (UTC)
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I've been following your journal entries and am intrigued by your reading material. What is it about Terry's works that comforts / distracts you?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-12 23:57 (UTC)
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This from a woman whose handle is from Pyramids, which I am currently rereading. Heh.

To answer the question, I'm not sure I can pin down what pterry does that delights me so thoroughly. Some of the books work poorly for me (Eric, Moving Pictures), others seem so profound as to be nearly scriptual (Small Gods, Hogfather; "man is where the falling angel meets the rising ape"), many are simply sheer, raw, amazing entertainment (Wee Free Men, Going Postal).

Maybe it's that last. Entertainment with a strong dash of both humor and humanism. The people (in all their shapes and forms) feel real to me, as do the places. Now, sick to the point that I can't sign my name some days, Discworld gives me a place to go that's familiar and comfortable yet still challenges me in good ways.

Edited at 2010-06-12 11:57 pm (UTC)
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