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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-05-24 05:42
Subject: [links] Link salad dreams of flying over the ice
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Tags:books, conventions, cool, escapement, gay, links, personal, photos, politics, process, race, religion, reviews, science, tech
A reader reacts to Escapement — They liked it, quite a bit.

How to Hang Out in the Bar with Writers at a Convention[info]cathshaffer with some advice. Me, I just show and talk to whoever's there (quite probably including you), but then I'm a pathological extrovert who has nothing to prove.

Automated Selectivity — Art Guru James Gurney on a fairly interesting development in the cognitive psychology of visual art. (I think I've got that right.) I will point out that as his commentary so often does, this piece has a strong analog in written fiction. We writers talk about the 'telling detail' as having much the same impact as visual selectivity.

Stop Organizing Your E-mail, Says StudyPeople who put incoming e-mails in folders are no better at finding them than those who simply use search. I adopted precisely this strategy when I moved to Gmail as my primary reader some years ago. It works beautifully.

Soviet flying boat MBR-2 over the ice fields. Northern theater of operations. — I absolutely love this photograph, but then I'm a complete sucker for flying boats. I do have to wonder how well they operate on ice, though.

Is Google Motors the new GM? — Cloud control to Major Tom.

Progress Toward the Dream of Space Drives and StargatesCentauri Dreams on a topic near and dear to us skiffy types.

Existential angst about the bigger picture — Ben Goldacre on, well, rationalism.

Katyal Speaks of SG 'Mistakes' in Japanese Internment Cases — No one could possibly have imagined that the government would lie about evidence in a National Security matter. Look! Muslims! (Via Scrivener's Error.)

Focus on the Family Head: "We've Probably Lost" on Gay Marriage — Looks like the bottom's fallen out of part of the hate market. I'm surprised, it's hard to go wrong betting on the bigotry of the righteously intolerant. Couldn't have happened to a more deserving bunch of Christianist assholes.

ACLU Debunks Creeping Sharia Delusion — 'Creeping Sharia' is another one of those conservatives causes (or maybe memes?) like Birtherism that makes it real hard to take Republicans seriously even on stuff they're still rational about. Basically, anyone who can believe this stuff is self-evidently nuts; so even other-wise useful things they say are highly suspect. This is what happens when you build your political fortunes on enraging and terrifying your voting base.

Enemy at gate? Not in this caseIn a one-sided standoff, a fugitive has holed up on his land for 11 years — but lawmen don't seem to care. That's the way you handle lunatics. Instead of, for example, electing them on Tea Party platforms.

Fantasy Island: Are Republicans losing their grip on reality?One party, the Democrats, suffers from the usual range of institutional blind spots, historical foibles, and constituency-driven evasions. The other, the Republicans, has moved to a mental Shangri-La, where unwanted problems (climate change, the need to pay the costs of running the government) can be wished away, prejudice trumps fact (Obama might just be Kenyan-born or a Muslim), expertise is evidence of error, and reality itself comes to be regarded as some kind of elitist plot.

"The Tea Party Itch Has Not Been Scratched" — Some political 'inside baseball' on the Republicans and Medicare. And the dangers of placing ideology over governance, as if that hadn't been amply demonstrated over the past decade.

?otD: What did you dream last night?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (spent hours dealing with some technical issues on my writing laptop)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (fitful)
Weight: 233.2
Currently (re)reading: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2011-05-24 12:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The main reason I file my e-mails is to keep my inbox from getting too huge. But I download all of my e-mails off the server, too.

And the Focus on the Family head isn't saying anything that more liberal Christians haven't already been saying...i.e., instead of freaking out about gay marriage, we need to be improving the state of all marriages and reducing the need for divorce. Gay marriage is happening for the right reasons--that is, two people are in love and want to commit themselves to each other legally and financially. Not because they want to get laid and their religious beliefs won't let them do that before marriage.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-05-24 12:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes, but the notion of Focus on the Family coming to grips with even a segment of reality is sort of... mind boggling. Their entire raison d'etre is Christianist bigotry justified by willful Biblical misinterpretation.

Edited at 2011-05-24 12:58 pm (UTC)
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User: cathshaffer
Date: 2011-05-24 13:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah, that "just go up and talk to people" thing just mystifies me. I definitely need like a 1000 page manual. LOL.
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Peter Hollo
User: frogworth
Date: 2011-05-24 13:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I file my emails so I can organise them the way I want to, which doesn't always correspond to the way search will turn them up. I still use search a lot, but like joycemocha I keep all my emails on my local drive, so Gmail doesn't really suit me. Otherwise, tagging and search would likely be a better model than folders and search, but I don't really have a problem either way. I'm organised.
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mlerules: hello rifle
User: mlerules
Date: 2011-05-24 14:43 (UTC)
Subject: Qx o' Day
Keyword:hello rifle
Long involved - and surprising as fairly rare for moi-meme - much-remembered mystery thriller wherein (long-story short) we discovered that She Was Lying, as evidenced by the discovery of the can o' beans we all remembered her eating (w/label listing bacon as the 3rd ingredient), while she claimed to be a long-time vegetarian. Clearly, she was not who she initially seemed. Combined w/lots of running around and searching and wondering aloud and pretty Nature and other things and stuff.
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2011-05-24 15:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
A related paragraph from Digby's feed yesterday really rings true for me:
I think we're seeing the decadence and delusion of the end stages of a successful political movement. They pretty much fulfilled the corporate wish list. The only things they haven't accomplished are the looney wingnut agenda items, which until now they've managed to keep at arms length, only giving little bits when necessary to keep the rubes on board. Maybe they just have nothing left to do.
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2011-05-25 19:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
?otD: I dreamed last night I was on a boat to heaven. And by some chance, I had brought my dice along...

(Guys and Dolls was on AMC this weekend and you sparked the quote.)
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