Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

[links] Link salad contemplates space opera

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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