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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-10-02 07:59
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Sharp-Pointed Tendrils and the Span of Control: A Conversation with Jay Lake — In which I am interviewed at Clarkesworld by Jeremy L.C. Jones.

Kit O'Connell at SF Site reviews my novella The Baby Killers — He liked it a lot.

How ink is made — Eight minutes of chromatic industrial pr0n via art guru James Gurney.

Aerial Bridge: 1908 — It tooks me a minute or two to even interpret this image from Shorpy. It's a style of bridge I've never seen before, sort of the inverse of a drawbridge where the default is permitting water traffic rather than road traffic. Interesting engineering solution.

Desktop 3-D printers are cool. But some people are scaling the technology up. — Also check out the first comment below the article.

Enceladus on full afterburner — Cool image, cool interpretation.

Much more on Gliese 581g — For them as wants. Fascinating read from Centauri Dreams.

Are we raising a generation of nincompoops? — The latest version of the "kids today" rant. Hey, you! Get off my lawn!

GOP pledge reduces deficit less than Obama's budget — Not that the GOP or the Tea Party will ever notice. So much easier to hate than to think.

Assistant AG in Michigan Acts Like 9 Year Old — More classiness from another conservative in public office.

Assassination — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison with some strong, stark reasoning on the concept and labeling of assassination as a tool of statecraft.

?otD: How many purple clothes do you own?

Writing time yesterday: 60 minutes (OUR LADY, various WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 9.25 hours
This morning's weigh-in: 237.0
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 3/10 (post-op pain, fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: The Exile Kiss by George Alec Effinger

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User: madrobins
Date: 2010-10-02 16:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"Are we raising a generation of nincompoops?"

I dunno. Doesn't every generation raise kids who miss out on some earlier skills? Can the author start a fire from scratch? Set up a four-hettle loom and weave? Lay a hardwood floor? Trim a goose-quill pen? Granted, using a can opener is a fairly basic skill--but the first time I encountered one of those old-style pronged can openers it took me a while to figure it out--I was used to the hand-held rotary openers. I figured it out, perhaps because no one took it out of my hand while scolding me for being a moron.
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User: mastadge
Date: 2010-10-02 16:40 (UTC)
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Yeah, contrary to popular snark, old people seem to have an easier time figuring out new technology than young people do figuring out technology that's before their time.

Also, as far as: Come on, kid! If your life depended on it, couldn't you wrestle that ice-cube tray to the ground? It's not that complicated!

I can't speak for the 12-year-old in question, but I can speak for myself: in that situation, having never handled an ice cube tray, I would be hesitant not because I couldn't figure it out, but because I was afraid to break something that didn't belong to me, especially in front of its owner. If Beth hadn't been watching the kid, I bet he would've played with it until he figured it out, but the shame of ignorance and the fear of doing it wrong have more stopping power than simple disinterest or passivity.
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User: madrobins
Date: 2010-10-02 18:28 (UTC)
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Absolutely: there's a kind of Heisenberg principal at work here: if someone (particularly a judgemental elder) is watching, what is a kid going to do? Whack the ice cube tray against a wall? There are also differing sorts of ice cube tray tecnologies--if the author has one of those really old trays with the lever...hell, even growing up with those I find them difficult to use.

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User: e_bourne
Date: 2010-10-02 16:29 (UTC)
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3-D titanium printing is amazing, and can create workable models (limited). I ran across some stuff researching office printers and was amazed.


Beautiful, amazing creations. The work being done to try and make this usable in medical fields is pretty impressive too.
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User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2010-10-02 17:39 (UTC)
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I read somewhere that the douchebag from Michigan was going on a "leave of absence" and will be getting disciplined when he comes back.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2010-10-02 20:40 (UTC)
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Mmmmmm, ink.
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shelly_rae: Crocus
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2010-10-03 03:51 (UTC)
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Lots of purple, also lavender.
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User: fledgist
Date: 2010-10-03 12:42 (UTC)
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I have a purple pocket tee-shirt.
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User: alumiere
Date: 2010-10-05 04:13 (UTC)
Subject: Purple is pretty much my favorite color so...
About a dozen skirts, four dresses, fifteen shirts, ten pairs of tights/stockings, one pair of pants, two pairs of shorts, two pairs of shoes, three corsets, multiple panties/bras/etc and of course one purple light-up mohawk. And those are just the things that are mostly purple; there's lots of stuff that has purple in the print or trim. Other than purple, there's royal blue, red, grey/silver, white and emerald green in small-medium amounts and a lot of black in my closet.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-10-05 14:29 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Purple is pretty much my favorite color so...
So the Gogol Bordello song would be highly redundant for you... :D
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