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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-12-11 08:30
Subject: [links] Link salad just is
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Tags:culture, links, personal, publishing, science
Suspicion Breeds ConfidenceScrivener's Error on ebook covers, translated fiction and other interesting things.

Peer Review — An archaeologist discusses the process. In some ways very similar to how fiction manuscripts are vetted. (Via lt260.)

Fresno court case alarms wrestling communityControversy over 'butt drag' could further damage sport's fragile reputation. I can't decide if this is funny, or tragic, or what.

Neil Armstrong talks about the first moon walk — (Snurched from Bad Astronomy.)

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User: madrobins
Date: 2010-12-11 17:29 (UTC)
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Forty+ years later, just reading Neil Armstrong's words about his walk on the moon makes me teary. Wow.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-12-11 18:41 (UTC)
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Huh. The moon walk link was interesting. I didn't know they were on such a short leash, and why. Makes sense, though.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-12-11 18:52 (UTC)
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Sorry, don't mean to spam your thread. But I also found the "peer review" argument in archeology very interesting as well. I really like that idea brought to fiction and used to explain why some manuscripts get chosen for publication and some don't.

I also wonder if it might be used as a counter argument to self-publishing? Or at the very least used to bolster the reasoning behind why we do have gate-keepers in this profession.

I think if self-publishing could implement some sort of rigorous peer review it might gain more traction among professional writers. Yes, I know we have editors, I'm just wondering if there might be some other rigorous method to peer review or validate fiction before it is published?

Anyway, that was a good link, too, and it got me to thinking -- at least as far as my dim bulb brain is capable prior to coffee. And even then....
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Elizabeth Coleman
User: criada
Date: 2010-12-12 00:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sarah Goslee, a biologist and one of my Viable Paradise classmates, noted that the critique sessions were a lot like peer review.
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User: goulo
Date: 2010-12-12 17:24 (UTC)
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"Some people already see wrestling as a dirty sport. Now people are talking about anal penetration and wrestling in the same sentence."

Definitely funny! :)
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