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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-11-05 04:58
Subject: [links] Link salad explores obsolete vernacular
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Tags:audio, books, cool, ebooks, funny, green, healthcare, links, personal, politics, process, publishing, religion, science, steampunk, stories
A sample clip of Rene Auberjonois reading my Metatropolis: Cascadia story, "The Bull Dancers" — A teaser clip which was great fun to hear.

The Fantasy Novelists Exam — I think Green only fails one of these questions, and even then it's more in the letter than in the spirit. (Via barbarienne.)

Why steampunk is important — This may be one of the more sensible things I've seen written on this topic. (Thanks to tenacious_snail.)

Is the ebook the new hardback?Publishers are speculating that they might amplify pre-paperback word of mouth by giving away digital editions. (Snurched from Scrivener's Error, who has a lot to say about this.)

Genetic Secret to AIDS Immunity FoundResearch offers insights into how some HIV-positive people are able to avoid the full-blown disease. Huh. Interesting. "HIV controllers". And in population terms, this is biodiversity in action.

Dead Quasar Leaves Ghost BehindOne of the most ravenous beasts in the universe has evidently died, leaving behind an optical echo of its former self.

Bacteria 'R' UsThe number of bacterial species in the human gut is estimated to be about 40,000. It is to boggle. (Via bram452.)

Bearing fruitSlacktivist on the eschatology of Tea Party voters, and the role of Left Behind in their current ethos.

1978 Letter from Douglas Fraser Resigning from the Labor-Management Group — A fascinating piece of political and labor history that is also startlingly honest.

Christian Nation: The Other Fundamentalist Perspective, Part 4 — Ed Brayton quotes Christian historian Gregg Frazer on the roots of the Constitution. Interesting stuff.

?otD: Whilom?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (3,300 new words, to 14,400 words on Kalimpura — another full Lake and to spare)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 4/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold

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User: threeoutside
Date: 2010-11-05 12:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wow - I think amberite's take on steampunk is extraordinarily insightful - thanks for that link!

And while I'm at it, thanks for all of your links salads - most of them end up enriching my day considerably (I say "most" because well, not every subject is interesting to everybody - and that's OK).
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-11-05 12:51 (UTC)
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You are welcome. And yes, not everything is interesting to everybody. I'm totally fine with that. (And I know I have my little obsessions, but, hey, it's my blog!)
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2010-11-05 21:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Except for train stuff. Train stuff is interesting to everybody.
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User: cypherindigo
Date: 2010-11-05 13:16 (UTC)
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AIDS. There is a gentleman of my acquaintence who was diagnosed ~30 years ago with HIV and never developed full blown AIDS.
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Twilight: Good Work
User: twilight2000
Date: 2010-11-05 15:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Good Work
A sample clip of Rene Auberjonois reading my Metatropolis: Cascadia story, "The Bull Dancers" — A teaser clip which was great fun to hear.

Oh my - Rene is wonderful with your lovely words!!!

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User: dragoness_e
Date: 2010-11-05 16:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Living Dead Girl
Most of "The Fantasy Novelist's Exam" is silly; apparently the authors really didn't like Robert Jordon's "Wheel of Time" series, whose flaws are hardly specific to fantasy. (I think Mark Twain summarized some of them in his famous rant about James Fenimore Cooper's writing...)

Most of their supposed "stop signs" are, in fact, classic mythological and folklore motifs. Saying, essentially, "you shouldn't use folklore motifs in your fantasy" is just plain retarded. Using them badly, now, that's a problem; but writing anything badly is a problem.

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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-11-05 16:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I confess I laughed my way through it.

(Wouldn't mind seeing a more serious version of it covering issues like the Bechdel test. But that's just me, and I surely don't have time to make that up.)
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That Which Fights Entropy: me with scarf
User: amberite
Date: 2010-11-05 17:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:me with scarf
Thanks for the link and the praise! I very much appreciate it.
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Jay Lake: writing-Escapement
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-11-05 17:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you for writing that post.
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