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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-07-04 06:24
Subject: [links] Link salad looks for the fireworks and tequila
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Tags:books, funny, healthcare, links, personal, politics, process, religion, reviews, science, sky, writing
Publishers Weekly reviews my forthcoming collection from Subterranean Press, The Sky That Wraps — They liked it.

Elizabeth Bear with an amazing meditation on SF

Officer K Kong — This post from James Gurney is funny in a very clever way. I do so love creative people.

The Twittering Classes

Homeopathy Made SimpleHomeopathy is dangerous, mostly because it lures people away from real medicine. But it’s also dangerous because it promotes magical thinking, which eats away at all of reality.

Ship Tracks in the North Pacific — I had no idea marine traffic generated cloud building.

Australia's new Prime Minister on religion and politics“I am not going to pretend a faith I don't feel. And for people of faith the greatest compliment I could pay to them is to respect their genuinely held beliefs and not to engage in some pretence about mine. I think it's not the right thing.”

?otD: How do you celebrate your nation's birthday?



7/4/2010
Writing time yesterday: n/a
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.5 (decent but interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: 229.0
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 2/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Ringworld by Larry Niven

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Angel
User: valarltd
Date: 2010-07-04 14:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I disagree somewhat. I live in a reality where magic works. Magic is applied will. Call it prayer, meditation, visualization or psyching yourself up, it does work, and it is really the only thing that changes anything. Because it changes the person doing it.

That said, homoepathy is purest bunk.

The Elizabeth Bear article is interesting. I cut my SF teeth on Burroughs and Heinlein, so adventure novels and romance in SF drag are what I love, and what I write.
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Avram Grumer
User: agrumer
Date: 2010-07-04 17:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I disagree somewhat. I live in a reality where magic works. Magic is applied will. Call it prayer, meditation, visualization or psyching yourself up, it does work, and it is really the only thing that changes anything. Because it changes the person doing it.

That's not the sort of magic that the phrase "magical thinking" refers to, unless you think that saying or thinking something directly causes a change in the world, without having to cause a change in you.
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fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2010-07-04 20:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
?otD: That would depend on which nation you mean, Jay. I identify with more than one. You want to see me suffer an existential crisis, let there be a European Cup match between Arsenal and Depor.
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catsparx
User: catsparx
Date: 2010-07-04 23:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Personally I am very thrilled with my new female, unmarried, child-free atheist prime minister.
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bemused_leftist
User: bemused_leftist
Date: 2010-07-05 02:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Suppose you were taking something for pain and it was helping you so you didn't have to take so many of the regular pain pills. Then someone said what you were taking had only a placebo effect -- and made all placebos illegal.
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ulfhirtha
User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2010-07-05 03:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
A reason I distinguish between homeopathy per se and alternative medicine in general
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