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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-08-25 04:56
Subject: [links] Link salad has one foot on the platform, the other on the train
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Tags:cool, fiction, language, links, personal, politics, process, religion, science, stories, tech, writing
My semiautobiographical novelette, "Dream of the Arrow", is up at Subterranean — A difficult story about my high school experiences, somewhat fictionalized. One of my regular readers here on LJ is a friend from those days, and is actually a character in this.

Editorial Evaluations, Moms and Pedatic Purple Proseshadowhelm on critique. (Via lt260.)

MolybdomancyArt haruspication guru James Gurney with a new one on me.

A Search Service that Can Peer into the FutureA Yahoo Research tool mines news archives for meaning--illuminating past, present, and even future events.

Space is the final frontier for evolution, study claimsCharles Darwin may have been wrong when he argued that competition was the major driving force of evolution. Oooh! Oooh! Somebody call the Discovery Institute!

Dattoos: Body Art Melds DNA, Computing — Very, very strange. (Via e_bourne.)

How Fox Betrayed Petraeus — A detailed take on GOP shenanigans in the faked-up Park51 controversy, a/k/a "Ground Zero Mosque". (Via shsilver.)

?otD: Was your mother a tailor? Did she sew your new blue jeans?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (Kalimpura outline)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 244.2
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Pretender by C.J. Cherryh

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Susan: flat earth
User: lil_shepherd
Date: 2010-08-25 12:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:flat earth
Just when I think the Beeb's science news service is improving, you get a story like that fifth link. I do wish the BBC would employ decent science journalists, particularly someone who actually understands how evolution works. This is the biggest non-story I have seen this year, and publishing that common misunderstanding about 'survival of the fittest'... well, I think the only thing I can say is, "Oh, dear."

Edited at 2010-08-25 12:15 pm (UTC)
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2010-08-25 14:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wow, as someone who's very familiar with the evolutionary biology, that story has more dumbth than usual for the mainstream press. There's no "there" in there except a bone thrown to the idiotocracy that "scientists are still debating the parameters of evolutionary biology." Well, duh. That discussion is not about to end anytime soon; that doesn't make Darwin wrong. And the whole thing about niches drives me nuts; of course a species can't compete for niches it has no access to; the point is descent with modification happens within a species over generations, and it's the drastic change in niches through geologic or climatic change that drives stochastic attempts to invade other niches or wipe out co-niche species. The survivors in any generation are selected. Selection is competition.

The whole article reminds me of my favorite recent onion piece, Time Announces Version for Adults.
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User: kimberlywade
Date: 2010-08-25 16:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"Dream of the Arrow" is great! Thanks for the link.
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