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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-02-26 06:12
Subject: [links] Link salad jabbers in its hutt
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Et si la crise de la Sf n'existait pas vraiment — Some French commentary on the current generation of SF.

Life in pictures — In which I make a guest appearance as an Ewok on Julie Ann's blog.

You can draw, and probably better than I can — Another of Roger Ebert's meditations on life. I especially liked this bit on sketching: Begin with a proper sketch book. Draw in ink. Finish each drawing you begin, and keep every drawing you finish. No erasing, no ripping out a page, no covering a page with angry scribbles. I have many times said an almost precisely analogous thing about writing first drafts.

A Young Reader Asks: Is There an Elitist Oligarchy in the Underworld of Knitters? — I know there's a lot of knitters out there in fandom and writerdom. This article about Ravelry is for you. Bonus comparison of knitting to rock climbing.

British Interplanetary Society: Then and Now

A Romp Into Theories of the Cradle of Life

Do Mysterious Forces Dictate Our Travel Patterns? — A curious squib from Freakonomics on the human propensity to travel.

You’re ooonly cheating yourself — Sniffer dogs and lie detectors as observer effects. Security theater, anyone?

Will Egypt's Revolution Be in Vain? — An Egyptian human rights activist in exile speaks up.

Quantifying Wisdom — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the economic value of the elderly, and incidentally on why society as a whole is not a business.

Back home, GOP freshmen find fiscal responsibility can be tricky business — See, what the Tea Partiers actually meant was for Congress to cut wasteful giveaways that benefit undeserving liberals elsewhere, not critical programs in their own districts. It's all so simple!

?otD: Are Jawas just undead Ewoks?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (off)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 251.4
Currently reading: Dead Iron by Devon Monk

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Reynardo the Red
User: reynardo
Date: 2011-02-26 16:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Are Jawas just undead Ewoks? I have no idea. But I still get shudders of horror at my husband's thesis - that Ewoks didn't show until after we'd met Yoda, and that they look somewhat like little wookies too, so that perhaps they're a result of Yoda and a Wookie...

And that's the part where I run off screaming.
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User: emmainfiniti
Date: 2011-02-27 02:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Guest ewok is not necessarily a bad label.
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Kate: Hummel Stitch in Time
User: kateyule
Date: 2011-02-27 21:17 (UTC)
Subject: A question, and a throwing up of hands in exasperation
Keyword:Hummel Stitch in Time
(a) Is elitist oligarchy a tautology?

(b) The master craftsmen — those who rate the most patterns, are most skilled and write the most patterns — have a skill oligarchy over the majority of beginner and intermediate handicrafters, who, because they do fewer projects and rate fewer patterns, are seeing their majority say in the ranking system diluted... 4 percent of the users — addicts — are responsible for half the site activity...If that’s not the definition of oligarchy, what is?

Well, Bob, the definition of oligarchy is "the rule of the few; government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique". So this situation is as much an oligarchy as yellow is crunchy.

Seriously: where's the "governing"? Patterns are getting rankings, for difficulty and for an unspecified aspect which the Young Reader dubs "quality". That's it. No one is made to take action or barred from taking action on the basis of these rankings; they don't set tax rates, or fee scales; they impose no consequences. They are a serving suggestion. A tool. One which, as YR explains, has some interesting biases.

Enough of this nonsense. I have a heel to finish.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-02-27 22:32 (UTC)
Subject: Re: A question, and a throwing up of hands in exasperation
Crunchy yellow heel!
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