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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-06-08 05:46
Subject: [links] Link salad wakes up at home
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Tags:books, cool, food, funny, language, links, media, personal, photos, politics, publishing
The Best Hard Science Fiction Books of all TimeDiamond Age? Really? I love that book to pieces, but I'm not sure I'd have put it on this list.

Scrivener's Error with more on the banal evil that is the Google Books Settlement — And no, before you comment that Google Books is a net social good and explain to me how I'm full of it, I'm all in favor of the Google Books concept. It's the Settlement I object to, on grounds of simple fairness if nothing else. And yes, I opted out.

Why is 'chav' still controversial? — A BBC story about a British term that so far as I know doesn't exist in American English. Strange to read as a non-UKanian. This must be how much of our news looks to my friends overseas.

More on the secret life of Quebec Route 366 — (Via David Goldman)

Reichsgebiet.- Transportflugzeuge Junkers Ju 52 und Messerschmitt Me 323 E "Gigant" auf Flugplatz stehend; PK Eins Kp Lw zbV — Another x planes photo. The me-323 was one bizarre looking aircraft.

Could Liquid Nitrogen Help Build Tasty Burgers? — Wow. Weird, but wow. The article is about molecular gastronomy, but I really liked the disquistion on the history and proper cooking of hamburgers. (Thanks to Dad.)

Newspaper Map — A site that has access to newspapers from all over the world and even historical newspapers, translated into many languages, at the click of a mouse. (Via [info]threeoutside, who says, "This is one of the most awesome things I've ever seen on the Internet.")

The U.S. Constitution and "the Year of our Lord"The phrase "Year of our Lord," which is the only reference to God in the United States Constitution, was, of course, a standard eighteenth-century way of referencing the date. Christian nation. Check. Conservative delusion. Check. A pretty interesting little squib. (Via Dispatches from the Culture Wars.)

School Superintendent To Governor: Please Make My School A Prison — Wow. (Thanks to [info]silvertwi.)

Snow Job: When "Conservative Journalism: Is Just Purposeful Propaganda — All the time?

Billions and billions — In which GOP candidate Tim Pawlenty demonstrates that he is an idiot and that GOP voters are gullible. This assertion of his doesn't even pass a basic common sense test.

A Steward of Your Constituents' Interests — Ta-Nehisi Coates on Anthony Weiner. I really don't care about the dude's sex life, but his very poor judgment and his lying to the media and the public I do care about. And it's agonizing to see one of the relatively few active progressives in national politics go down so hard. To my conservative readers who may be wondering why I'm not mocking Weiner for his sexual peccadilloes as I so often do Republican, it's simple. Weiner may be an idiot and a proven liar, but he's not a hypocrite. He didn't get elected on a platform of moral virtue, and his political career wasn't built on trying to regulate the private sexual behavior of consenting adults to satisfy the prudishness and bigotry of his voting base. There are vanishingly few politicians in the GOP of whom those things can be said.

?otD: Going far?



6/8/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 5.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 232.0
Currently (re)reading: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

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Peter Hollo
User: frogworth
Date: 2011-06-08 13:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I love that book in pieces. Some of it is teh awes, some utterly frustrating. And not just the non-ending, which doesn't bother me too much, but the heavy-handed allegory about AI, which doesn't follow any logic (although to be honest, it's nowhere near as philosophically frustrating as Anathem.

But yeah, not really hard science fiction for sure!
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-06-08 13:21 (UTC)
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The closest thing you have to 'Chav' in US English would be 'trailer trash', or 'white trash', I think. It's a pretty nasty piece of class-based abuse.
But yes, I look at US news sometimes and go wtf?
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barbarienne
User: barbarienne
Date: 2011-06-08 18:50 (UTC)
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Reading that article, I get the feeling that "chav" may apply to persons who Americans would consider above the level of white trash.

There's a level of skilled trades and unionized manufacturing jobs where people earn decent-to-good wages and have opportunities for advancement. We call those folks "working class" because they don't require college degrees and don't work at a desk, but only the biggest assholes don't respect the job they do. Would "chav" be used as a slur against a plumber?

Others may have a different experience, but to me, the term "trailer trash" really applies to people who don't clean up after themselves. Folks who keep defunct appliances or cars in the front yard. They don't usually come from an economic stratum where one can pay others to clean up, but there's a pretty broad range of people who do or do not look after their living space.

I've known people who earned 6 figures and I would classify as trailer trash because they were filthy. I've known people who earned barely enough to survive, but who kept their places clean. (Hell, people don't even have to succeed in keeping the place clean, just make an obvious effort!)
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-06-08 21:19 (UTC)
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It would depend on what the plumber wore outside work and how he behaved. It's to do with a perception of a certain set of people as flashy, trashy, loud and vulgar in their behaviour. Orange spray tans, bleached hair with extensions, long false nails, that sort of thing in the girls, and men in baseball caps and short-sleeved shirts with gold chains, and sometimes Barbour-type accessories. It's a nasty stereotype, which implies that anyone who dresses or behaves in a particular way is also stupid, self-seeking, vain, promiscuous and cheap.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2011-06-09 00:27 (UTC)
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Sounds like an episode of Jersey Shore.
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scarlettina: Fountain of smart
User: scarlettina
Date: 2011-06-08 15:09 (UTC)
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You have perfectly articulated my feelings about Anthony Weiner. I'm deeply disappointed in this lapse of judgement, especially since it seemed as though he had more sense than this. The guy had a future in the party and it looked like a bright one. What an unfortunate mess.
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Msconduct
User: msconduct
Date: 2011-06-09 01:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I don't think American news does look like that overseas, and the fact that you think it might is itself a product of your being American. American cultural dominance, coupled with American cultural insularity, means that non-Americans know far more about US culture than Americans know about other cultures. As someone with both a British and New Zealand cultural background, I'm fluent in American because I've read so many American books and seen so many American TV shows. But that flow goes very much more in one direction than the other. I know what a chav is, but I also know what trailer trash is, and so would all the NZ, Australian and British people I know.
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