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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-01-23 07:33
Subject: [links] Link salad aims for the chocolate festival
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Tags:books, cancer, cool, culture, food, links, mainspring, movies, personal, politics, process, reviews, science, videos, weird, writing
A reader reacts to Mainspring — Very much not with the liking whatsoever.

Something Mike Brotherton and I Have in Common — My friend Professor Mike Brotherton riffs on ability and limitation in writers, using the two of us as examples.

Writing breathes life into the defunct — Huh. Cultural archaeology. (Thanks to garyomaha.)

Fantasy in Films and Magazines — Art guru James Gurney on the top ten grossing films of 2010. All of them are arguably fantasy or SF. Now, if every one of the people who saw those films would just buy one more book besides Harry Potter and Twilight...

I blog so my kids can know me when I'm goneAfter I got cancer, I realized I might not always be around for my children -- but my writing will be Um, yes. This. (Thanks to my aunt.)

Human cheese — Hmmm. (Found via Gizmodo.)

Hunting Without Air On The Sea Floor — Wow. That is some seriously strange video. (Via willyumtx.)

The French house untouched for 100 years — Back to le future.

Get Fuzzy reviews the new Texas Board of Education science standards

?otD: What's the darkest chocolate you'll eat?

Writing time yesterday: 2.5 hours (200 new words on Calamity of So Long a Life, along with extensive editing and some WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (!, interrupted)
Weight: 252.4
Currently reading: One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde

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Number 6
User: newnumber6
Date: 2011-01-23 15:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
For the record, I did quite like the first half or so of the book. And part of my negative reaction to it might have been exacerbated by being in the middle of a cycle of reading heavily fate-dominated works and more fantasy than I do on a regular basis.

While I still stand by the general points I felt were off, at least in terms of how they made me feel (some of them are clearly "reasonable choices but are not at all to my taste"), the tone was probably a bit over the top. I'm used to treating my journal as my private space (even though it is all public) and forget that people actually occasionally read it, so I can be a bit more hyperbolic than I would be if I actually considered that the people who work on the works I talk about might be reading.
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Jay Lake: writing-Escapement
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-01-23 15:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's fine. One thing I comment on fairly often in my blogging (and IRL) is that I find negative reviews of my work amusing and interesting. If nothing else, the book inspired sufficient passion in you for you to comment on it at some length. Beats the heck out of 'meh'.

If you find the interest to do so, I'd be curious as to your reaction to Escapement. The second book takes a very different tack re agency and fate than the first.
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User: lil_shepherd
Date: 2011-01-23 16:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The 'hunting on the seabed' clip is from one of this year's big BBC documentaries, The Human Planet and some of it is astounding. Last week's on the deserts was terrific.
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User: willyumtx
Date: 2011-01-23 17:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think that 80-85% is the darkest that I've had and enjoyed. This works well if you've avoided sugar for a few weeks/months.

I tried Baker's chocolate once and it was way too bitter for me at the time. Haven't tried it since. Don't recall the percentage.
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Reynardo the Red
User: reynardo
Date: 2011-01-24 00:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm with you at 85%, but I tend to have it with a glass of hot milk late at night. It's heaven.

Mind you, I freaked out the Techs at work when they saw how dark the chocolate was. I believe they respected me after that :-)
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2011-01-23 20:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
>>I blog so my kids can know me when I'm gone.<<

I've wondered from time to time if half the reason I write is simply to leave something behind, particularly since I don't have children of my own and am not likely to.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2011-01-24 01:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's why I write. That and I can't help it.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2011-01-25 01:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"Can't help it" is my other reason as well.
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oaksylph: cypress
User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-01-24 01:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If you've never read the last chapter in Oliver Sacks' book "An Anthropologist on Mars," it contains the most astonishing statement about leaving something behind that I think I've ever read. Doesn't involve cancer, does involve not having children, and further involves talking about the metaphysical beliefs of a person who, according to some scientists, shouldn't be able to have any. Fascinating stuff.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2011-01-25 01:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I haven't read that--I'll have to go find it. Thanks for the heads up!
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Reynardo the Red
User: reynardo
Date: 2011-01-24 01:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re: the review. I've got a bit of fanfiction up, and someone recently posted a very odd review on one of the sillier pieces that was written as a "dialogue only" exercise. Their comments, stating that a story written in dialogue wasn't a real story and criticising my English, had me angry and upset for a while.

Now I realise that a) not everyone is going to like everything I write and b) sometimes people are going to criticise points and get their own facts wrong. But it's a good thing for me to check my own facts, and to make sure I have my SPaG checked by someone else (usually my long-suffering husband).
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They Didn't Ask Me: kate-tea
User: dr_phil_physics
Date: 2011-01-24 03:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've eaten squares of unsweetened Baker's chocolate -- it takes a discriminating palate. (grin)

Amongst percentage ranked chocolates, I've had 89% -- yum.

Dr. Phil
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