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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-01-22 06:41
Subject: [links] Link salad rocks out to Procal Harum
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Quote of the Week: Her Own Shin-Bone — Andrew Wheeler brings us literary criticism at its finest, specifically Mark Twain on Jane Austen.

Vacation House of the Future — Circa 1957. Hey, you kids! Get off my landing pad!

Squishy moonrise seen from space! — Oooooh. This is cool.

'Second sun' on its way — Provocative headline, no? Here's the equally provocative subhead: The Earth could find itself with a 'second sun' for a period of weeks later this year when one of the night sky's most luminous stars explodes, scientists have claimed. What the story actually says is rad Carter, senior lecturer of physics at the University of southern Queensland in Australia, said the explosion could take place before the end of the year – or indeed at any point over the next million years. Sheesh.

Zyzmor’s Revenge? — The not-so-subtle effects of one's surname.

The Key to Happiness: A Taboo for Adults?

Olbermann Departs, as Media Consolidate FurtherIt seems Olbermann is too extreme for US television. But Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, now they are mainstream. What universe could that proposition be true in?

?otD: How much whiter is your shade of pale?

Writing time yesterday: 2.5 hours (1,900 new words on Calamity of So Long a Life, along with extensive editing)
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (interrupted)
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User: threeoutside
Date: 2011-01-22 15:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re: the uber-cool squishy moonrise photos - now I'm wondering, in all the SF movies they've ever made, did anyone ever portray this? Hmm...
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-01-22 15:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've never seen it that way in NASA imaging or in movies. Makes a lot of sense, just never occurred to me.
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User: mmerriam
Date: 2011-01-22 15:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It seems Olbermann is too extreme for US television. But Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, now they are mainstream. What universe could that proposition be true in?

Ours, apparently.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2011-01-23 20:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
A few conservatives I know are already chalking this up to Olbermann being too extreme for "most Americans", who apparently all root for Beck and Hannity.
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Jim Hetley
User: jhetley
Date: 2011-01-22 16:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Snow white and about three feet deep. Except where the plows and snowblowers pile it deeper.
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emmainfiniti: Child at beach
User: emmainfiniti
Date: 2011-01-22 16:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Child at beach
I have totally embraced playing as an adult. It is one of the many taboos I have embraced.

AoTD There is no whiter shade of pale. Even the "whites" of my eyes are reddish-pinkish because it is cedar season here.
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User: scarlettina
Date: 2011-01-22 17:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Lots of stuff to comment on in today's link salad, Jay. Nice recipe for a Saturday morning.

Squishy moon is uber-cool. It looks like an early 1970s album cover. Maybe it's the cover of the lost Pink Floyd album "Squashed Eclipse." (There's a whole legend around the disc, about how Roger Waters and David Gilmour had a fight over whether the second word would be "Moon" or "Eclipse." Creative differences. Some say there was a woman involved. We'll never know for sure.)

On the key to happiness: I was at a friend's house on Thursday evening to drink tea and play board games. She and her husband, longtime serious gamers (he's worked in the business), had recently received their long-awaited Alexandria Codex, an heirloom quality storage unit for their many games. (It's a gorgeous piece of furniture; the Web site photo doesn't do it justice.) I commented that our parents had mahogany breakfronts to show off their beautiful china but we have cherrywood cabinets for games, a clear cultural shift. I think that the gaming community has embraced the truth of what this article is getting at. Play keeps us young, creative, and engaged. I think it's one of the hallmarks of the SF convention-going community. It's hard to get or stay old in SF, at least mentally. I value that more than I can say.

With regard to Keith Olbermann, I was actually in shock for a couple of hours last night, scanning the Web for more information. I've been a pretty regular viewer of his, though for the last year or so, I've watched less frequently. Apparently his departure was a mutual thing between him and MSNBC. It's a huge loss, though, and not just for the liberal community, but for the shouting match dialog of American culture and politics. I hope he'll be back on the air somewhere in the near future. For all that he can be too strident even for me sometimes, he still speaks truth to power with a passion and eloquence that is rare in today's media environment. His obvious thought and surgical analysis is needed. I'm going to miss him on the air.

Edited at 2011-01-22 05:21 pm (UTC)
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2011-01-22 21:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
IOKIYAR. Especially a hate-spewing violence-fomenting paranoid RepubliKan.

This is AmeriKa. It's their country. The rest of us are just roadside furniture to their political and religious privilege.
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