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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-08-10 05:41
Subject: [links] Link salad is on the road to somewhere
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Don't forget the new caption contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

SMBC on steampunk vs real life — I've seen several reviews lately commenting unfavorably on the unrealistic technology in steampunk fiction. Which seems to me to be rather missing the point. Steampunk isn't real life, it isn't even SF.

The Death of Print/Publishing, Part MCCLWTFXVIIIjimhines on everyone's favorite topic.

Cats and Mice — Armor for one of the oldest wars. (Thanks to e_bourne.)

New Desert Crater Found Using Google Maps and Free Software — For the second time in a few weeks...

English Gets the Last Word in Japan — More ELF? (Via Language Log.)

America Goes DarkEverything we know about economic growth says that a well-educated population and high-quality infrastructure are crucial. Emerging nations are making huge efforts to upgrade their roads, their ports and their schools. Yet in America we're going backward. [...] How did we get to this point? It's the logical consequence of three decades of antigovernment rhetoric, rhetoric that has convinced many voters that a dollar collected in taxes is always a dollar wasted, that the public sector can't do anything right. Thank you, Republicans, for sabotaging America's future.

If You're All White in AmericaMany prominent conservatives are making the argument that Judge Walker is gay and, therefore, his decision regarding Prop 8 might have been unduly influenced by his sexual orientation. [...] It's not that I would suggest that his sexual orientation (if he is gay) has no influence on his jurisprudence, but here's the thing, if homosexuality influences analysis of legal issues involving civil rights for homosexuals, doesn't heterosexuality also influence decisions regarding these same matters? After all, heterosexuality is no guarantor of objectivity, it just provides a different set of subjectivities, which are not per se superior to other vantage points. Bigotry is normative. This is the moral equivalent of the typical conservative view that "the government aid I receive is a necessary stimulus, your is a lousy welfare handout." (Hint, farm support payments and the home mortgage interest deduction.)

?otD: Have you been to Erehwon?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (travel for Day Jobbe)
Body movement: 35 minute urban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Inheritor by C.J. Cherryh

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shelly_rae: Pullman Erica
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2010-08-10 17:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Pullman Erica
I've read Butler and traveled on that road but I don't think I ever made it to Erehwon. It just seems that way.
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When life gives you lemmings...
User: danjite
Date: 2010-08-10 19:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I say that anyone calling any form of technology "unrealistic" has no grasp of the real history of technology or the desperation of humans to solve perceived problems.

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User: tillyjane
Date: 2010-08-10 21:26 (UTC)
Subject: straight faced bigotry
Years ago a doctor I worked for in Austin Texas came to work terribly depressed after a city council election.

Him: "I am no longer represented in the halls of the city"
Me: "Hows that?"
HIm: "They have elected two Mexicans, a Jew, an african american (actually he quite unselfconsciously used the icky n-word) and two women"
Me: "But, but, if thats true, Ive NEVER been represented until this year."
Him: "No, white men can see all points of view, minorities and women can only see their own."

It was wierd beyond belief then, and its even wierder now.
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User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2010-08-11 05:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Imagine what liberals would be saying if Judge Walker were Mormon and had ruled against gay marriage.

There is one clear difference, though, between a homosexual judge ruling on gay marriage and a heterosexual judge ruling on the same matter: Judge Walker was ruling on whether he himself had a right to gay marriage. A liberal, pro-gay-rights heterosexual judge might well have issued the same opinion as Judge Walker, but he or she would not have been ruling on his or her own right to gay marriage.

(As someone once said, "That's what I like to see: judicial objectivity and independence in difficult cases.")

Edited at 2010-08-11 05:36 am (UTC)
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