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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-06-29 04:51
Subject: [links] Link salad for yet another hump day
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Tags:books, cancer, cool, culture, ebooks, funny, gay, healthcare, links, omaha, personal, photos, politics, publishing, science, videos, weird
TOC: The Mammoth Book of Steampunk, ed Sean Wallace — Kinda cool.

Lynchburg writer fakes kidnapping to promote new book — Huh? Um... (Snurched from @lilithsaintcrow.)

Surveying eBooks — Andrew Wheeler on some new numbers.

One Math Museum, Many Variables

Walrus and Elephant — This might be my favorite flying boat photo, ever.

Between Grief and Gratitude — A very to-the-point commentary about how people respond to cancer in others. (Via [info]joycemocha.)

Rinderpest, Scourge of Cattle, Is Vanquished — If you're a humanitarian, read this for the victory. If you're a writer, read this for the world building details. (Via David Goldman.)

Nebraska nuclear power plant beset by floodwaters — Hey... Guess where I'm going to be next week.

I'm a Climate Scientist — Science fights back. In rap. Hilariously fun. (Thanks to Scrivener's Error.)

'Go The F*** To Sleep' Not Funny — I really have a problem with this commentary. The author is saying, in effect, "this isn't funny because other people have worse problems." By that logic, nothing is ever funny, because someone always has a worse problem. It's similar to the 'First World problems' meme, which I detest. Life is not a race to the bottom. We don't need to apologize for our difficulties. (See my recent 'Theory of Problems' post [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ].) Finding humor, or difficulty, in our own lives isn't invalidated simply because our situations are better off than others'. Can I not laugh at my cancer because someone else's cancer is worse?

I was wrong about same-sex marriage — A conservative observes that gay marriage alarmism has absolutely failed to come true. Too bad that's just reality's liberal bias showing through again.

To Know Us Is to Let Us Love — Who knew that gay people were normal?

Heresy at the National Review Online — Another conservative sees people as people instead of Other, writing about New York's gay marriage law. Kudos to him.

'I decided I was going to be the mayor for everybody'Slacktivist with another story of what happens when you begin to see people as, well, people, instead of Other. Confidential to conservative America: you really ought to try this sometime.

?otD: Why can't we spell Wednesday?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (Sekrit Projekt, Hugo script draft)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Weight: 229.2
Currently (re)reading: A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2011-06-29 15:20 (UTC)
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As it turned out, the rinderpest article has a good animal behavior element in it as well. Snurched that piece for a quick LJ post.
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Clint Harris
User: wendigomountain
Date: 2011-06-29 16:12 (UTC)
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My kids really enjoyed "Go the F*CK to Sleep". I don't know what that reviewer is on about.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2011-06-29 18:39 (UTC)
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>>Lynchburg writer fakes kidnapping to promote new book — Huh? Um...<<

I live an hour from there, and yeah, maybe it is something in the water.
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2011-06-29 20:43 (UTC)
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Between Bridges and the guys in New York (both Dem and Repub) who went against their constituencies and supported the gay marriage bill, I'm starting to believe not all politicians are self-serving assholes. Some of them actually understand the phrase "public servant" to mean "do what's right for people."

The immigration situation is very dear to me. When my grandparents came here, the only requirement was that they have (a) some sort of reference on this side (a relative with an address, or a job lined up) and (b) $25, equivalent to about $335 in today's dollars.

That was it. They spoke English, but the bigots in 1921 didn't want the Irish any more than the bigots of 2011 want Hispanics. The difference was that there were few laws to keep them out. Like today's immigrants (legal and non), my grandparents took the low-end jobs that others didn't want: day-laborer, maid, nanny. They came in during the bloody Depression and still found jobs Americans didn't want.

Somehow the US survived. My grandparents paid income taxes, bought houses and paid property taxes, paid into Social Security, and generally contributed to society, as have all their descendants (now into 3 generations born American).

It really, really bugs me that we don't allow that to people who want exactly what my grandparents wanted: the chance to live somewhere safe, to have a more than hand-to-mouth existence, and to raise children who may achieve even more.

Anyone who makes it across the border and gets a job is obviously someone motivated to work hard and contribute.
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User: the_blue_fenix
Date: 2011-06-29 21:52 (UTC)
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It literally never occurred to me that anyone on the anti-marriage side BELIEVED that stuff about gay marriages somehow harming straight marriages. It was so clearly code talk for "Eww, ick!" and "God hates fags!". This guy may have been the only one who was sincere. Either way, compliments to him on letting facts change his opinions.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2011-06-30 03:10 (UTC)
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People are just people, people. [sigh]
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