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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-07-14 05:47
Subject: [links] Link salad thinks this song is about you
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A mixed but ultimately positive review of Mainspring

How to soar when you’re already in flight… — A.M. Dellamonica asks a really interesting question about how writers talk to one another. My facile answer to her is that aspiring writers outnumber established writers by a ratio of thousands:one, so the audience is distinctly different. But that's a lousy answer. I need to think on this.

Pot, Meet KettleScrivener's Error deconstructs agent Rachel Gardner's recent post on rejection. (As well as covering some other issues in publishing.)

Asterisks Justin's dad says — A funny piece from Language Log on tabu words and US-UK translations.

Vintage ads: Holeproof Hosiery, 1920s — I love this art.

On the History Channel's unrealistic plots — Hahahaha. Yeah, as calendula_witch says, who wrote this novel? (Via goulo.)

Easter Island Eclipse — Aww, man. One of the most intense experiences of my life was witnessing the totality of the 1991 eclipse in southwestern Mexico. But Easter Island? From APOD, of course.

Arctic genes kill bacteria — Ooh, cool. Temperatures-sensitive genetic self-termination.

The Coming Birth Control BattleHealth-care reform raised the possibility that birth control could soon be free for most women. But not if conservative activists have their way. Yeah, because birth control wouldn't bring down abortion rates or anything. No, wait. There's a reason I refer to the anti-choice movement as "forced pregnancy enthusiasts". I understand principled opposition to abortion, though I am not in agreement. But where's the principle in opposing birth control?

?otD: Ever seen a total eclipse of the sun?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (4,000 new words)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 5.0 (lousy)
This morning's weigh-in: 232.2
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert

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User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2010-07-14 14:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
But where's the principle in opposing birth control?

There isn't, just like there's no real principle behind the Texas GOP saying that surrogate pregnancy is bad. They actually used the term "renting the womb". IMO, it's merely conservatives attempting to keep women from having any say over themselves or what they're allowed to do. No birth control means that women aren't as free to chose to have sex, allowing men to continually be the sexually promiscuous ones.
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shelly_rae: Solar Burn
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2010-07-14 14:46 (UTC)
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Keyword:Solar Burn
Opposing birth control is about controlling women. You have it right--forced pregnancy. It's about making the consequences for sex, licensed or not, to be pregnancy. Nevermind that kids, money, pregnancy all contribute to failed marriages too. They also forget that pregnancy kills many women every year. Our maternal and infant survival rates are abismal and we don't even keep track of problems that could have been solved by good prenatal health care. Oy this is my personal soap box. I'll take it off your journal.

Yes, I've seen several total solar eclipses each one spectacular and strange.
How about you?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-07-14 15:08 (UTC)
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For whatever it's worth, I strongly suspect a significant majority of abortion opponents are not against it for principled reasons either, but for private belief.

(Note I'm drawing a distinction between objective principles of good government and healthy society, and private beliefs which may be seen or held as principled by the believer, but lack the larger social context. For example, my some of Jewish friends may be principled in not consuming pork products in accordance with their dietary laws, but that does not translate to a social principle that says I, as an atheist and Gentile, should be forbidden from buying bacon at the store.)

To your question, I saw an eclipse when I was a small child, and another one in Mexico in 1991.
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User: fledgist
Date: 2010-07-14 18:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Look up "covenant marriage". Weep.
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portolan: bookhead
User: portolan
Date: 2010-07-14 14:52 (UTC)
Subject: For Link Salad Consideration...
I've enjoyed these wormholes to other Internet worlds. And I've got one I think you might appreciate.

Treat yourself to a mesmerizing read of THIS ARTICLE (an account of a recent Gallagher show).

That mustachioed, creepy goofball has amped up his act with his fascist rhetoric and blatant hatemongering.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-07-15 12:20 (UTC)
Subject: Re: For Link Salad Consideration...
Thank you!
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User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2010-07-14 19:31 (UTC)
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Lovely APOD - awesome & Lovecraftian in one

and yes - a couple of eclipses...and one, while I was working at an observatory that was covered in clouds. It was oddly amusing to have a person ask me if we'd be able to see the eclipse anyway. No, sorry.
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User: sheelangig
Date: 2010-07-14 20:02 (UTC)
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Raised Catholic, here. What I was taught was the answer was all about God's will, and how people should rely upon God to decide if a pregnancy should occur or not. Sometimes you'd get folks going on about how the Pill prevents implantation of the fertilized egg, which makes it an abortifacient, and then lead into the rights of the fetus. But then, bring up condoms, and the rationale would circle around to God's will again.

I ain't even Christian anymore.

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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-07-14 20:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ah, Catholic doctrine. Which is (in theory) private religious belief, not putatively objective social principle. :\
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2010-07-14 23:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Funny, you don't strike me as vain...
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