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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-01-26 05:43
Subject: [links] Link salad contemplates space opera
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The Rough Guide to Space Opera: Jay Lake — Largely complimentary, but I was amused to be referred to as "an author of no particular popularity". Sadly, this assessment is borne out by my trade publishing sales figures.

Five Things We Learned At Clarion, Part 1 — Some interesting takes on writing advice.

Was Chopin really epileptic? Or just in the groove? — Interesting article, with some nice comments on the creative process.

Gruesome Soviet Safety Posters — Socialist realism? (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Orion in the Mayan skies

The Fantastical Promise of Reversible ComputingReversible logic could cut the energy wasted by computers to zero. But significant challenges lie ahead.

My Bigfoot beliefstongodeon on belief and evidence. Plus bonus linkback to his excellent, earlier post on consilience.

Ronald Reagan, the anti-Reaganite100 years after his birth, Republicans clearly still venerate his memory, but they have moved so far to the right that his actual record wouldn't live up to their ideals. Like, um, the horrendous deficit spending that Bill Clinton had to clean up? (Which this article certainly does cite.) Reagan apologetics, even slantwise ones like this, always piss me off. For one thing, people don't seem to want to acknowledge the degree to which is legacy is the Atwater/Ailes/GOPAC style of politics that has brought us Tea Party America and the current generation of vicious polarization. "Fair and Balanced", anyone? But this article is pretty damned funny in a largely unintentional way.

?otD: Are you of any particular popularity?

Writing time yesterday: 2.5 hours (2,500 new words on Sunspin book one, plus some WRPA.)
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Weight: 252.0
Currently reading: One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde

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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2011-01-26 16:23 (UTC)
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RepubliKans and their ilk live in a churning sea of cognitive dissonance. So it should come as no surprise they would venerate a drooling slackjaw. So what if he sold weapons to our enemies and blew up the deficit. He remains the patron saint of their "I've got mine so fuck you little people" ideology and that will never change.

Facts and verifiable evidence have no place in the con$ervative thought process. It is ever thus.
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User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2011-01-26 17:06 (UTC)
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"The Man who Sold the World" and "The Clothes have no Emperor" have been interesting reading...and makes it even more infuriating now than it was at the time. WHile even Reagan would be too "liberal" for the modern GOP, you are quite right that the core ethic of selfish, near sociopathic narcissism looms large in the modern GOP. Like a black hole, its force is so intense that they warp facts around their perception.
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scarlettina: Awesome me
User: scarlettina
Date: 2011-01-26 16:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Awesome me
How does one measure popularity? If one measures it by online numbers, then I have 637 Facebook friends (not counting the 100+ requests I've ignored because I don't know them), 9 recommendations on LinkedIn, 290 friends on LiveJournal, and about 180 followers on Twitter. I guess that's about average, considering I'm not famous or widely published. 'Tis 'nuff, 'twill serve.
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User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-01-26 17:14 (UTC)
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Skipped through to the Easter Island pics by the same photographer of Orion above; truly awesome, especially the one with the moon rainbow. Thanks for bringing a little awe to my morning. I need that, and doubtless many others do as well.

Was Chopin epileptic? Qua bookseller, I've noticed a major upswing in retroactive diagnosis books. Obviously there's no question that Julius Caesar probably had epilepsy, but have you seen the crazyness that is Kay Jamison's retroactive manic depression diagnosis? Even if she's right, what happened to trying to understand people as people, not as the sum of their diagnoses? There's something goofy about trying to reduce the brain to a sum of parts, especially since we still have no clue where the "I" part is, if there is such a thing.

...Popularity. I admit, I'm really curious about how far back the Cult of Jay Lake's Multifarious, Charismatic, Curiosity-Riddled Personality goes. (That is NOT intended pejoratively - in fact I call it that admiringly.)

When I was in high school, I started a club that involved sharing poetry and art. I still get letters from some of the people who joined, some of them even opening with the address "O Captain My Captain." Later I got mixed up in a small academic revolt, then with a message board of international reach, the members of which still seem to feel I had a big personality (they all did, though). At the bookshop, I seem to meet a lot of people who had Significant Conversations with me. It's not that I found the conversations any less than significant myself, I just get weirded out by how many of them result in letters years later. I've met people far more significant with far more impact, present company included. Why do I seem so impactful to some others? No idea. But I bet you've had nondissimilar experiences.
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User: e_bourne
Date: 2011-01-27 00:02 (UTC)
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As someone who has the type of epilepsy they think Chopin may have had, I can say from personal experience that those type of seizures are not at all the same thing as being "in the groove."
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User: emmainfiniti
Date: 2011-01-27 00:47 (UTC)
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AotD I am kind of notorious, in certain circles.
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