Log in

No account? Create an account
An author of no particular popularity

Jay Lake
Date: 2010-07-16 04:55
Subject: [links] Link salad follows her down for the kill
Security: Public
Tags:art, culture, links, personal, politics, process, religion, science, writing
What Are You Reading on the Web?jimvanpelt asks the question from a writerly perspective.

Vintage US Parks Posters — Mmm. (Via Dark Roasted Blend.)

The Apple PR machine attenuates — iPhone 4, end of the world as Apple knows it?

Maya Blue and the Secret of LongevityPhysicists have finally discovered why a blue pigment used by the Mayans lasts so long. Archaeomimetics, your science word of the day.

The Language Police — Ta-Nehisi Coates on minority-majority relations, in this case through the lens of the gay community. The current dialogue between minority groups and the majority culture puts the burden of judgment on the minority, and casts us as the constant, ever-vigilant, school-marms, while the rest of the country goofs off. I would put that a little differently. As I've observed before, offense is defined in the eye of the offended in our current culture. That dynamic has significant flaws, but it has far fewer flaws than allowing the majority to dictate. So it goes. We all grow.

No Dominion: The Lonely, Dangerous Fight Against Christian Supremacists Inside the Armed ForcesMikey Weinstein can be a brute and a zealot. He knows this and admits it freely. But he believes it's the only position a reasonable person can take when confronted with a faction dedicated to mutating the U.S. military into "a weaponized Gospel of Jesus Christ."

Cuccinelli warms to his task of climate change denial — Yet more conservative abuse of science for political gain. No matter how fervent your beliefs, ideology does not trump evidence. Period.

Rove: Not Defending Bush Against Accusations of Lying Was My ‘Biggest Mistake in the White House’Saying the commander-in-chief intentionally lied America into war is about the most serious accusation that can be leveled at a president. Well yes, except when it's true, Karl. There never were WMD in Iraq, and you guys went a long damned way to knowingly distort the intel enough to pretend otherwise. Iraq Study Group, anyone?

?otD: Do you feel like the king of the hill?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (revision, editing and WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: 232.0
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert

Post A Comment | 3 Comments | | Link

User: grumpymartian
Date: 2010-07-18 01:45 (UTC)
Subject: Mayan Blue
As someone who has actually studied and handled pottery fragments with Mayan blue on them... that is really neat to know. The blue pigment is always an indicator that the object you're looking at was something valuable.
Reply | Thread | Link

Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-07-18 13:03 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Mayan Blue
I love handling things from long ago and far away. Last year I got to examine meteorite fragments that had originated from the Lunar and Martian surfaces. (They were in protective cases, to my regret I didn't get to touch the actual rocks, but I do fully understand why.)
Reply | Parent | Thread | Link

User: grumpymartian
Date: 2010-07-19 01:34 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Mayan Blue
What really took my breath away was finding fingerprints and the indentation of fingernails in fragments thousands of years old. The Mayans mass produced a lot of their pottery (whistles, figures) so while the structures would often be made or finished by hand, the front side or the decorative items (faces, hands) would often be created by pressing clay into molds. I'd find fingerprints on the inside of places like feet or shoulders where someone pressed extra hard to get clay into the mold. I could see the whirls just as clearly as if I'd pressed my own thumb into a lump of wet clay.

Lab Archaeologist and Museum Technicians-- we get all the fun of handling objects without the bugs, sweat and dirt of digging it up. :)
Reply | Parent | Thread | Link

my journal
January 2014
2012 appearances