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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-11-06 05:26
Subject: [links] Link salad goes hiking
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Wasted Talent? I don’t think so. — Amy Sundberg on Gardner Dozois on me. (And I suppose this is me on Amy Sundberg on...)

The types of author panels — (Snurched from burgereater.)

Sodas and paper straws — A pretty image from classic advertising.

A Step toward Holographic VideoconferencingA full-color holographic display system refreshes every two seconds, fast enough to send live 3-D images. We have met the future, and it is us.

Shuttle Launch Delayed — Wow. On the last shot, this much happens. I see why they're retiring the orbiters.

The glorious mess of real scientific results — This is what those "evolution is only a theory" idiots and climate change denialists never understand. How science actually works.

MSNBC’s Phil Griffith the Worst Person in the World, as Olbermann Joins Donahue, Banfield — Juan Cole on the Olbermann firing. The blatant politicization of this is astonishing even by the shameless standards of modern conservatism, but my guess is it will be down the memory hole in a couple of days with no consequences for MSNBC or anyone involve. For extra credit, compare and contrast with the Juan Williams firing.

Ugandan Court Stops Naming of Gays — The American Evangelical community has been heavily involved in stirring anti-gay sentiment in Uganda, including helping draft death penalty laws as punishment for homosexuality. WWJD, my ass.

?otD: When was the last time you went hiking?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (3,800 new words, to 18,200 words on Kalimpura)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride plus Gorge hiking to come
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold

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User: cathshaffer
Date: 2010-11-06 13:17 (UTC)
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Holographic video conferencing is an okay idea, I guess, but what we really need is improvement in the speed and audio quality of tele/videoconferences. I'd like to see them get rid of the delay and have a livelier real-time picture in front of me. If the 3-D conference is going to have the same halts and delays as a skype conference, which makes me feel like I'm conferencing with someone on the moon, I wouldn't feel like that's much of an improvement. (Not to dis Skype, which I love very much.)
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russ: lyles constant
User: goulo
Date: 2010-11-06 14:28 (UTC)
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Keyword:lyles constant
Re: The "wasted talent" thing:
Good, so it wasn't just me then. :)
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-11-06 14:36 (UTC)
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I'm sure the Baggers who railed against Juan Williams's firing will come to Olbermann's defense in 3...2...1....
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User: mastadge
Date: 2010-11-06 16:21 (UTC)
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I believe the defense/justification is that NPR receives public funding, and revealed its political bias by firing a conservative commentator -- a liberal station should not receive public funds! But MSNBC is a private company and is free to hire and fire whom they like.
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User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2010-11-07 03:45 (UTC)
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Pretty much every conservative commentator I've read on the subject thinks it was ridiculous for MSNBC to suspend Olbermann.

Frankly, I think Fox should hire Olbermann for a Crossfire-like show.
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User: jimvanpelt
Date: 2010-11-06 15:27 (UTC)
Subject: Jay's "wasted talent"
From what I know of Gardner, he meant it as a compliment to Jay and a tongue in cheek criticism of folks who think science fiction has no literary value.

My mentor in U.C. Davis's grad program in creative writing told me when I graduated that he didn't think I would have much of a writing career. He said that my science fiction was too literary for the science fiction markets to buy, and too science fictiony for the literary markets.

He meant it as a compliment, I think, but all I could conclude from it is that, unlike Gardner, he didn't know much about science fiction.
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User: fledgist
Date: 2010-11-06 19:47 (UTC)
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Jesus would clearly want gays in Uganda beaten to death. He also wants lesbians in South Africa raped. Just ask. The silence from evangelical Xtians is deafening.
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