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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-11-11 04:43
Subject: [links] Link salad celebrates Veteran's Day
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Mike Brotherton is grumpy about NaNoWriMo — With links to other doubters.

First, You Put an Airship on the Cover — Ah, art.

WISE: First Ultra-cool Brown Dwarf — More interesting brown dwarf stuff from Centauri Dreams. Oven-hot stars, indeed. (For those playing along at home, brown dwarfs figure prominently in Sunspin.)

Twinkie Diet Vs. Vegetarian: Which Is Better for You? — Umm... This must be about calorie restriction.

Scientists discover unknown lizard species at lunch buffet — The headline alone is worth it...

An ode to the many evolved virtues of human semen — A seminal article. Both hilarious and thought-provoking. (Thanks, I think, to David Goldman.)

Dick Bombstongodeon on the new TSA pat-down rules.

The Campaign Against Mean People — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the difference between bullying and gay-bashing.

Energy and science in America are in big, big trouble — More Republican thought leadership. Confidential to conservatives in America: Aren't you the least bit embarrassed? Is your political agenda really worth this kind of dismantling of American innovation and scientific leadership?

$25 Billion in Cuts, if the Math WorkedNote to the incoming Republican majority in the House: Eliminating government programs that do not exist does not save money. Even more conservative thought leadership! We really are getting the Congress we deserve, aren't we?

?otD: Shaken or stirred?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (3,500 new words, to 46,500 words on Kalimpura)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: 244.4
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 2/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: Between books

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User: nicosian
Date: 2010-11-11 14:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:cephalopod friend
One of our recent mayoral candidates's pieces was saving money to the tune of 300 mil by not doing something we weren't going to do or spend anyway.

not that most people noticed the logistical fine print there, they just went "this guy has a fiscally conservative platform! whatta guy!"

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User: kehrli
Date: 2010-11-11 16:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
THERE WE GO. Man. I'd been waiting a month and a half for the real anti-NaNo rants to start.

I don't understand why people think 1,667 words a day is blistering draft speed...
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User: valarltd
Date: 2010-11-12 00:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Because doing anything for a solid hour and a half that involves creative brainpower is tough. (which is about how long it takes me) Because my usual goal is five words/story.

NaNo lets me face the page without the censor and with peer pressure. I get stuff done.

Yeah, it takes a lot of revision afterward, but I get words on paper. And that is the first step.
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slweippert: annoy
User: slweippert
Date: 2010-11-12 01:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jay, as a body-shy woman, I've been following the airport scanning story so I followed your link to the Dick-Bomb post. The opinion in that blog post is heartless and was written by "That Guy" IMO. With all respect to you, I ask please that you mention what it is more clearly in your post? The man poo-poos the feelings of women and compares the trauma of the raped with someone who is afraid of snakes-Not Cool.

corrected to comment to Jay, not another poster by accident.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2010-11-12 03:05 (UTC)
Subject: Budget cuts
We have a clinic and pharmacy here on campus that is the only one on this end of our rural county, and doesn't ask up front whether or not you have insurance. (And if you don't, they have discounts based on income.) Without this clinic, folks here would need to drive 10-25 miles to see a doctor or get to a drug store.

Anyway, the clinic survives partly on federal subsidies, and we were trying to get another one to expand both the space and the services. I found out tonight that the subsidies are being threatened already--not just the ones for development but all of them. Yippie ki yay.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2010-11-12 03:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:white horse
All I can say about NaNo is that this is the first time I've ever done it (I do have eight manuscripts behind me, so it's not like I'm just plunging into this blindly), I'm doing it because it happened to coincide with an idea that I had to get out of my brain before it injured me, and, so far, at least, it's working a treat [crosses fingers, hoping this didn't just jinx me].

Any writing process is what you make of it. Apparently I thrive on external deadlines and peer pressure. Who'd a thunk it?
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