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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-02-22 05:46
Subject: [links] Link salad under the Milky Way tonight
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Tags:books, endurance, food, funny, green, healthcare, language, libya, links, personal, photos, politics, process, publishing, reviews, science
tor.com publishes the cover of Endurance — Green is back... More on this from illustrator Dan Dos Santos.

A reader reacts to Green — Ironically in the light of my recent copy editing activities, the reviewer mentions wishing that the book was a trilogy.

Scrivener's Error with more deep neepery on the Borders bankruptcy — Including more on the inventory question that [info]cathshaffer and I were discussing in comments yesterday.

The Creative Process — In handy pie graph form. From this post by Dr. Pezz. (Via [info]jimvanpelt.)

Sorry About All the Bombs — The author of The Anarchist Cookbook speaks.

The Six-Legged Meat of the FutureInsects are nutritious and easy to raise without harming the environment. They also have a nice nutty taste. Mmm. Hexapodamania.

Haze Over China — Note the use of the term "photo-like image" in the explanatory copy. Huh?

Herald Square: 1908 — Note the use of the term "electrified owls" in the explanatory copy. Huh?

The Gates of Hell Have Opened in Tripoli — Juan Cole on the situation in Libya.

Canadians Who Look Like Justin Bieber — Because to conservative America, not having to worry about going bankrupt over medical bills is a bad thing. Um...

Disgraced ex-Tea Party leader, Mark Williams plans to infiltrate SEIU Rallies — More evidence that because conservatives can't win on ideas, they have to lie and cheat. Anybody remember the Brooks Brothers Riot? FWIW, Ed Brayton on liberals being assholes, too. Please note that while extremely regrettable, being an asshole is not the same as being a provocateur.

Birtherism: Worst. Trap. Ever. — Birtherism, like evolution denial, is one of those counterfactuals so beloved of conservatives that makes it very hard for me to take anything else they have to say seriously. Contrast with climate change denial or right-to-life activism, where I can at least perceive an intellectual or moral grounding, however wrongheaded I might personally find those positions. It's the difference between ideas that you have to be basically nuts to believe in the first place and ideas that reasonable people can disagree on.

The Odd Conservative Hostility Towards Mitch Daniels[C]ulture war politics isn't a net loser for the GOP, and it may be the only thing that keeps [the party] competitive. From conservative commentator Daniel Larison. Fascinating read.

?otD: Do you have time for private consultation?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (short fiction revisions, WRPA, Endurance copy edits, review of Sunspin outline)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 251.6
Currently reading: Dead Iron by Devon Monk

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User: mastadge
Date: 2011-02-22 16:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Insects aren't going to be a primary dietary staple in this generation. I've been promoting insects as food for years, but there's both a deeply ingrained cultural disgust with insects and a related sort of cultural elitism that sees turning to insects for nourishment as an absolute last resort. Unless the insect is at the bottom of a bottle of alcohol or a gag in a lollipop, people are, for the most part, very deeply resistant to and even offended by the idea of eating bugs.
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Angel: chained for your protection
User: valarltd
Date: 2011-02-22 16:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:chained for your protection
Depends on what we're consulting about...
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User: mlerules
Date: 2011-02-22 16:50 (UTC)
Subject: Qx o' Day
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User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-02-22 18:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
On Borders: ehh. There's also the problem that the bankruptcy estate supposedly owns the fixtures of the stores, but who's buying? And the whole going-out-of-business sale angle is problematic, because some people who do think $5 is a price they could pay for a book will wait until it's $3 - the perpetual problem of being a "motivated seller."

On bugs for dinner: If you didn't already know about the Iowa State University Insect Horror Film Festival - all I could find was an old itinerary/menu, but here it is: http://www.ent.iastate.edu/entclub/horror/

AotD: Yes. Well, to be honest, I have acquired a great reluctance to explain how to run bookshops (the consultation I am most frequently called to give) to people who think it involves reading all day, but otherwise, yes.
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User: grumpymartian
Date: 2011-02-23 06:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re: electrified owls
Trying to remember where I've seen electrified owls, but it was a clock/statue thing from a similar era. On the clock the owls had been wired so they had glowing eyes. Creepy effect, cause it's very subtle.
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