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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-03-28 05:22
Subject: [links] Link salad in the midnight hour
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Video games: the addictionTom Bissell was an acclaimed, prize-winning young writer. Then he started playing the video game Grand Theft Auto. For three years he has been cocaine addicted, sleep deprived and barely able to write a word. Any regrets? Absolutely none. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Speaking UpThe Outer Alliance with a summation of the Jessica Verday situation, with respect to a YA story being edited for same-sex content.

Darkness and Cherry Pie: David Lynch’s Map of Twin Peaks — For all you fans out there.

Central Tien Shan, China — Orbital photograph of some Chinese mountains. Stunning.

Japan Fears Nuclear Reactor Is Leaking Contaminated Water

Fission Products in Seattle Reveal Clues about Japan Nuclear DisasterThe first analysis of nuclear fission products in the atmosphere over Seattle provides a unique insight into the nature of the disaster.

Why we must defend Sarah Palin — Politics and women.

Jon Stewart on class warfare

American Thought Police — Paul Krugman on the Republican party as champions of individual liberty and government non-interference.

The Right's Selective Embrace of Religious Liberty — More intellectual consistency from the leading lights of America's moral universe.

?otD: Have you ever given a rebel yell?

Writing time yesterday: 3.0 hours (revisions on Sunspin, net 500 words gain to manuscript)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 249.6
Currently reading: A Bard's Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella; Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts

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Angel: politics
User: valarltd
Date: 2011-03-28 13:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I agree with defending Palin to a degree. Defend her against those who call her bitch or hurl misogyny against her, whether derogatory or intended as a compliment. (every argument about her political fitness usually ends up with "She's SOOO HOT!") I have heard leftists say she should be kidnapped, raped by machines and brainwashed. If it's acceptable to do to women we hate, it becomes acceptable to do to ALL women.

I have always referred to her by last name (as I do male politicians), refused to allow sexist vitriol about her on my blog and stuck to criticizing her failed political policies. It may leave a bad taste in my mouth when I can only call her a pandering, secessionist ignoramus, when I want to add a few more personal ones, but that is part of trying to be more feminist.

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JoSelle: frollo says - excuse me?
User: upstart_crow
Date: 2011-03-28 13:28 (UTC)
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Keyword:frollo says - excuse me?
You know, just a few paragraphs in and I'm so furious at this author, I just skimmed (since so much of this article was just him rehashing the plots of whatever amoral game is currently all the rage).

I've struggled (and overcome) some (non-drug) addiction issues in the past myself, so it's not that I'm hating on addicts, even those who lack the insight to admit they're addicts (as I think Bissell does, despite the headline). No, I'm angry because he had something that several authors will only dream of ever having and he pissed it away for something that is actively killing him. And the privilege of this! How many of us (US writers, that is) would love to travel to Rome and Tallinn for business or for pleasure?

But I'm more pissed off at The Guardian than Bissell. The man isn't 3dgy or smart for finding something compelling about video game story telling; he's a junkie who needs help, and this rag is enabling him.

Then again, I have never been anything but unimpressed with The Guardian's journalistic quality, so I'm not really surprised.

Ngh. Sorry for vomiting all over your LJ like this, Jay, especially as you don't know me. I just really had a strong, visceral reaction to this.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-03-28 13:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's why I linked it. It's an interesting piece. (For a specific value of 'interesting' obviously.)

All good.
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User: upstart_crow
Date: 2011-03-28 13:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh totally! It's good to read things like this. :) If my blood isn't boiling at least once a week over something I've read in the press, I begin to worry about my humanity, since complacency is such a huge problem in so many societies these days.

Hm. Debating whether I should blog about this.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-03-28 13:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, do blog! I'll link back to you tomorrow.
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Richard Parks
User: ogre_san
Date: 2011-03-28 14:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
>?otD: Have you ever given a rebel yell?


>defend Sarah Palin

It was an interesting article re Palin, and for the most part I agree with it. Calling her an "ignorant bonehead" is acceptable to me because she IS an ignorant bonehead. Calling her a "twat" is not.
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Steve: Anton Ego (Ratatouille)
User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2011-03-28 14:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Anton Ego (Ratatouille)
And yet calling her an "ignorant prick" is also not on... an epithet I have used to describe males who share her viewpoint and intellectual failings. (And, for that manner, Bill Maher.) So the only alternative left is to leave the ad-hominems aside entirely, but I don't know if I can manage that...

-- Steve's wondering if there is such a thing as gender-appropriate language for anatomy-based insults. (Well, maybe "bonehead" works...)
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zxhrue: nuisance
User: zxhrue
Date: 2011-03-28 15:03 (UTC)
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everybody has an anus
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User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2011-03-29 00:49 (UTC)
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russ: quo vadis
User: goulo
Date: 2011-03-28 15:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:quo vadis
I would say that pointing out sexist speech is not so much "defending Sarah Palin" as, well, pointing out sexist speech.
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oaksylph: fig
User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-03-28 20:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ditto. Could as easily have been titled "defending Ferraro" but then, that wouldn't have drawn the pagehits, right?

Someday people will figure out that sexism as we currently know it is a capitalist plot. No, I'm not kidding. Why do we need two of everything, one plush and one leather, hers and his? Why do we need to market Palin's sex, deliberately or backhandedly, to perpetuate dialogue about who should be in charge? Why do we still line up polarities like nature:culture :: woman:man :: democratic:autocratic etc. ad nauseam? Why do I even have to put M or F in the damn box on the damn form? Because Yahoo.com needs to know whether to try to sell me weight loss plans and beauty tip articles or war news and ads for tech gadgets in black or silver.

Argument from phenotype or language couched in our history of argument from phenotype is not valid. Alas that we feel we have to use attention-getting faux metonymy to make the point.

- Cynical Bookseller is Particularly Cynical Today
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