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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-01-17 03:43
Subject: [links] Link salad shuffles towards Omaha, moaning
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A reader reacts to my story "A Long Walk Home"

The Best of 2010 Steampunk Facebook Awards — In which I am recognized for my novella, The Baby Killers.

You Can Have My Double Space When You Pry it From My Cold, Dead Hands — A response to the recent spacing rant. (Thanks to shaolingrrl.)

Night and Day above Almost Planet SounioAPOD with an image both thought-provoking and whimsical.

North Col of Mount Everest — Orbital photo of Everest. Wow.

Everyone Has Probably Worked This Out Already — Andrew Wheeler on the real meaning of the zombie apocalypse. And no, I hadn't worked it out yet.

International Politics and Zombies — Umm... (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Chinese and Indian Entrepreneurs Are Eating America's LunchWatch out, Silicon Valley: China and India aren't just graduating bad engineers and stealing intellectual property anymore. They're fostering innovations that will shake the world. (Thanks to danjite.)

?otD: Zombies or vampires?

Writing time yesterday: 2.5 hours (further revisions to the Sunspin outline)
Body movement: n/a (airport walking to come)
Hours slept: 5.75 hours (solid)
Weight: n/a (forgot)
Currently reading: Salamanca by Dean Francis Alfar

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User: renatus
Date: 2011-01-17 14:28 (UTC)
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QotD: Vampires, but only when they have pathos and the weight of years behind them.
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User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-01-17 17:35 (UTC)
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Vampires are supposed to have pathos. Zombies are supposed to have pathogenesis.

Lately, vampires seem to have had pathological stalker urges.

I vote boggarts.
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User: renatus
Date: 2011-01-17 22:40 (UTC)
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*snrk* XD
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User: voidampersand
Date: 2011-01-17 16:31 (UTC)
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The northeast ridge route is described in Everest: The Unclimbed Ridge, the most beautiful and heartbreaking book I've ever read about a climb. It is a classic route: get up high, and work over to the peak. But this route is so high, you get up into the death zone quickly and spend a lot of time in it. Especially a lot of time if you try to go the most elegant way.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2011-01-17 16:58 (UTC)
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I still double space out of habit. I learned to type on a manual machine in high school oh so many years ago. That's how we did it and it stuck.

I've tried the single space thing, but it just feels so wrong and creepy, haha. Sometimes I come across submission guidelines that say "NO DOUBLE SPACES AFTER PERIODS!" and I simply ignore that and sub anyway. I always pay attention to guidelines, except for that. I figure, "Eff 'em. If that's all that will sink my story with them then maybe I don't want to be published with them anyway."

Anyhoo, I've never had a problem with any agent, editor, publisher when I've subbed a piece with double spaces. And if I did I would just find another agent, editor, publisher and move on.

Sometimes we have to make a stand, haha. :P
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When life gives you lemmings...
User: danjite
Date: 2011-01-17 17:18 (UTC)
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Please note that I strenuously object to the implication in the final sentence that the continued decline in American innovation in relation to Asia is thanks to me.

I just recognised it early on, is all....
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2011-01-17 17:50 (UTC)
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Well, when you think about the monster movies of the 50s, the true meaning of the zombie apocalypse isn't hard to see. It's just another aspect of the cozy catastrophe--and since I've been studying and writing about cozy catastrophes since high school English classes, it comes as no surprise.

(However, I'm just older enough than you to be a child of the fallout shelter era in the US. Besides the reaction to JFK's assassination, one clear memory I have from my first elementary school is studying some sort of design exhibition in the foyer of my school while waiting for the school bus...about school fallout shelter designs, and blast safety. In 1st grade. Yes, I was a precocious reader. And yes, I remember it clearly)
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User: msconduct
Date: 2011-01-17 22:35 (UTC)
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I'm not sure about Wheeler's zombie analysis. OK as far as it goes, but when it comes to asserting that terrorist stuff's off the menu entertainment-wise, I'm not sure he's casting his net wide enough. I've never seen it, but wasn't 24 usually about terrorists? That seemed pretty popular.

Zombies or vampires? Heartily sick of both, especially pretty vampires. Bring back Buffy.
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That Which Fights Entropy: gallifreyan text 1
User: amberite
Date: 2011-01-17 23:03 (UTC)
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Keyword:gallifreyan text 1
Actually, I disagree with Wheeler's interpretation of the surge in zombie apocalypse fiction: I think it's America processing its underlying disquiet and existential upfuckery over Hurricane Katrina.

All the systems were down, the people who were supposed to help were Not Helping, and it could happen again anywhere in the States for any reason. And it was all swept under the rug far too soon.

Yes, there was zombie genre stuff before, but it boomed after.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2011-01-19 04:24 (UTC)
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AotD: Neither, thanks. And they're going to have to pry my doublespacing out of my cold dead hands, too.
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