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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-02-14 05:01
Subject: [links] Link salad has a lust for life
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Tags:books, cool, culture, egypt, green, guns, healthcare, language, links, personal, politics, reviews, stories, tech, videos, weird
The trade paperback edition of my novel Green goes on sale this week — Maybe time for some book love?

Marissa Lingen comments on Green — Including, unusually, critiquing the dedication. Also, the comments section is interesting.

Anyone Home?Salom Futura on last-man-on-earth stories, including my own Sunspin short "A Long Walk Home". I find her comment about female protagonists in this subsubsubgenre mildly ironic given the prevalence of female protagonists in the Sunspin universe as a whole, albeit as she correctly points out, absent in this particular story.

Experts determine age of book 'nobody can read' — More fun with the Voynich manuscript. Personally, I suspect Jeff VanderMeer and a time machine.

Dunbar's Number — How many people can you be connected to? I suspect my Dunbar's Number is unusually high. How's yours looking? (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Watching a Video Shot in 2,564 Frames per Second is Mind Numbingly Amazing — This is some intensely cool, strange stuff.

Gene tests inadvertently exposing cases of incest — Sad and strange. The sociology of medical progress.

Do Anonymous Leaks Have a Future?Successors to WikiLeaks are springing up, but they face a range of obstacles.

Doonesbury on gun violence — Um, yes. Common sense, where have you gone? (Via [info]markbourne.)

Communique No. 5 Suspends Constitution, Prorogues Parliament — Juan Cole on current events in Egypt, also providing me with a new vocabulary word.

What's good for CEOs isn't good for AmericaMitt Romney says the United States needs a president with private-sector street cred. Here's why he's wrong. Wasn't part of the GOP sell job on Bush 43 that he was going to be a 'CEO president'? Look how well that worked out. (Snurched from Dispatches From the Culture Wars.)

?otD: Ever hypnotized a chicken?



2/14/2011
Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (copy edits on Endurance)
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (solid)
Weight: 254.2 (waaaay too good a time this weekend, not enough exercise)
Currently reading: Between books

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TheBitterGuy
User: thebitterguy
Date: 2011-02-14 13:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What new word did Cole teach you?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-02-14 13:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"Prorogue".

Also I learned "polysematic" today.
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emmainfiniti
User: emmainfiniti
Date: 2011-02-14 13:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I had heard of Dunbar's number referred to as the monkeysphere. My personal number shrinks and expands, depending upon a combination of external opportunity and internal mood.
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thefaeway
User: thefaeway
Date: 2011-02-14 14:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm curious if Green, or any of your novels for that matter, has been published in Korea? I imagine something interesting to read would help me in my studies. :)

Also- If this has been brought up too recently, my apologies. You keep a regular schedule of posting specific blogs. Does this help with your writing or is it a non-factor?
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Jay Lake: writing-Green
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-02-14 14:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:writing-Green
Hi. Nothing of mine has been contracted in Korea. The only access would be international ordering of US or UK editions. I'm sorry.

Re posting specific blogs, I like the structure of a recurring narrative and audience interaction. So I suppose it is a mild help in my writing, but I don't view my blogging and my fiction as having any direct relationship.
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thefaeway
User: thefaeway
Date: 2011-02-14 15:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That makes sense. I always wondered things about the discipline a writer must have. Have you ever had any trouble with this or do you find it easy to 'work'?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-02-14 15:21 (UTC)
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I find it easy to work at writing now, but [a] I really love the process, it entertains and delights me and [b] I've been building the habits of craft and production for over 20 years.
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thefaeway
User: thefaeway
Date: 2011-02-14 15:27 (UTC)
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Cool. Once again I think you for your time and responses. :)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-02-14 15:32 (UTC)
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You are most welcome.
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cathshaffer
User: cathshaffer
Date: 2011-02-14 14:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Okay, two cases in which the incest as already out in the open does not seem to constitute a trend for me. And then they are describing it as a problem for their ethics board. Where's the problem? If they find a case of incest where the mother is underage, they are LEGALLY obligated to report it. Actually, every pregnancy in an underaged girl is a potential case of statutory rape--the genetic test simply identifies the culprit. Where's the ethical dilemma? Are they really contemplating NOT notifying the authorities if they uncover a crime? And if the parents are two consenting adults, what is the ethical problem there? The information is given to the doctor, the doctor gives it to the patient. The patient's records are confidential.
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Nathan
User: mastadge
Date: 2011-02-14 15:42 (UTC)
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My theory (the short version) is that people suck because we're optimized for social cooperation at around Dunbar's Number of around 100-150. This newfangled phenomenon of people being extra nasty behind internet anonymity? Just the latest example of the consequences of our basically trying to run a Wii game on NES hardware. Learned social skills can only go so far in countering our being way out of our depth in societies of thousands or millions when we're optimized for tribes of 100 or so. In other words, human nature is probably not so bad, but we're so far out of our element that human nature barely applies on the scales at which we're often expected to operate, or even care.
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madrobins
User: madrobins
Date: 2011-02-14 16:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"A known product of incest" is a pretty terrifying phrase.
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mlerules: hedgehead
User: mlerules
Date: 2011-02-14 18:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:hedgehead
Dunbar's # and how much energy you have on tap to devote to worrying about your place in your social world: I actually maintain quite a large # of social r-ships, actually. Of course I also haven't worked in a half-dozen or so years so this has, in some ways, BECOME my work (although I don't really consider it as such). It's more like my occupation.

I do NOT consider what I do (grooming social r-ships) as "worrying about [my] place in [my] social world." I roam and wander and nomad a lot, mainly b'c it's fun and I like to do so and see what happens.

I rarely feel fully integrated into the groups I spend time with and around, even if'n I'm quite welcome in 'em. There's a mess of places and social circles and groups I constellation through, but my r-ships tend to be strong 1-on-1 w/several people w/in each group rather than filling any particular position w/in 'em. Roles I play with and/or for a group include: Instigator, Swirler of Events/Happenings, Catalyzer (sp), and Bridge-Builder 'tween groups. (And I pretty much just realized this/figured this out in the process of writing/thinking 'bout it here 'n' now - so thx once again for the brain fodder, something I greatly appreciate.)
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mlerules: Bjork Diddy
User: mlerules
Date: 2011-02-14 18:28 (UTC)
Subject: Qx o' Day
Keyword:Bjork Diddy
No, but one of my several step-grandfathers used to hypnotize lobsters before chucking 'em into the pot, thereby fascinating all (and horrifying some) of us young'uns. Mmmm, thoughts of lobster once again raising in my head (and waggling antennae)...must b-fast SOON.
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mlerules: eyeball
User: mlerules
Date: 2011-02-14 18:35 (UTC)
Subject: Gene Tests...Incest
Keyword:eyeball
Oh-so Topically Correct.

And now I shall stop monopolizing yr in-box...

Edited at 2011-02-14 06:36 pm (UTC)
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willyumtx
User: willyumtx
Date: 2011-02-15 01:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Video about a Japanese CEO.

http://www.wimp.com/sawceo/
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