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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-07-05 05:22
Subject: [links] Link salad rises up in the Midwest
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Tags:books, cars, culture, links, movies, personal, photos, politics, religion, science, steampunk, tech
Urban fantasy author and my friend J.A. Pitts with an updating reading/signing schedule for his new book, Honeyed Words — Boosting signal for him because of some date snafus.

The Boundary — Austin Sirkin on the culture and identity of steampunk.

Banana car peels through Michigan — Is it waxed, do you suppose?

World War II Mystery Solved in a Few Hours — The magic of crowdsourcing. (Thanks to my Dad.)

A Triangular Shadow of a Large Volcano — This is some awesome.

100 Years of IBM in Pictures

Google+ app submitted to App Store for iPhone, awaiting approval — I've been playing with this over Chrome on my MacBook Pro. I look forward to seeng iOS implementation.

Roger Ebert is funny about the natural history of Transformers

French Bug Plays 100-Decibel Mating Call on Genitalia — I've been on dates like that. (Via David Goldman)

The Mental Burden Of A Lower-Class Background — Hmm, my culturual stereotype of rednecks doesn't align too well with what's referenced here, but the piece still makes a good point.

Jim DeMint tells The Christian Post that the tea party isn't aligned with the GOP: — Do you suppose he actually believes that bullshit. The Tea Party's issues and voting habits are core GOP.

Why U.S. is not a Christian nation — In your dreams, theocratic Christianists. Being a secular nation is the strongest bulwark your, or anyone's, religious beliefs can have. Anyone who thinks otherwise is dangerously ignorant of history and culture.

Politicians Lag U.S. Voters on Same-Sex Marriage: Albert Hunt — Opposition to same-sex marriage has been the tyranny of the minority, pure and simple. The fearful passion of Christianist bigotry is finally being subsumed by reality and common sense.

How Grover Norquist hypnotized the GOP — Ah, remember the heady days of the Republicans' Permanent Majority under Bush? Budgets were balanced, taxes were down, revenues were up, we were not engaged in endless trillion-dollar foreign adventurism. No? Actually, that was Clinton. The GOP destroyed all that, then has successfully handed much of the blame to Obama through the Liberal Media.

?otD: Fireworks much?

Writing time yesterday: 30 minutes (chemo brain still had me slowed down)
Body movement: 30 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 9.25 hours (over past 24 hours)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2011-07-05 13:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Um. Dude. The redneck thing?

It's spot on. Exactly what he says. There's a reason why I'm so fracking touchy about rednecks, and why I get annoyed by the fracking cultural stereotypes. I grew up redneck, lived redneck, and still have strong nonpolitical redneck elements in my background.

I've had too damned many people sneer at me when I use "redneck" in a positive identify manner. Or, conversely, tell me I can't talk about rednecks and trailer trash that way because I'm being insensitive. Well, damn it, it's my cultural background and by God I usually know the trope better than those who criticize me. There's redneck, and then there's trailer trash, and there's miles of difference between the two. And I rarely get a red neck these days because, dadgum it, there's that there newfangled stuff called sunblock or sumpin such.

I'm a hippie redneck girl from the low Cascades of Western Oregon, and by God I sure as hell don't forget my roots (even though there are times when they make me groan and shake my head). And I married another redneck. Funny thing. Turns out rednecks do damned well in establishing rapport with Japanese.

(And damn! Ain't nothing quite so fine as a redneck party in the backwoods in high summer. I prefer cowboy redneck to logger redneck, but they're all fun)
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User: silvertwi
Date: 2011-07-05 16:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I can understand the difficulties of assimilating into the upper class from the lower classes, seeing as how I'm a lower-class student attending an elite university. But I think the friends who changed their accents have it worse than I do. I grew up in a small New England town and have the accent to go with it. One of my friends is from somewhere in the south and I didn't know she even had an accent until she used it to make a point at an event we hold yearly for freshmen. It was shocking, and also amazing, to listen to her speak the way she does at home, and then slowly change her accent to the one I normally hear from her.

In other news, the APOD link has two extra "" at the end of the url, causing a broken link.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-07-05 21:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks, I have now fixed it!
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K. Feete
User: katfeete
Date: 2011-07-05 22:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Out of curiosity -- what is your cultural reference for redneck, then?

This article aligns pretty well with mine. I wouldn't claim to be either lower-class or a redneck myself -- having parents that chose a working-class existence and growing up in a highly redneck area is not the same thing -- but the attitudes he's talking about are certainly ones I've seen. Not very many people even know I have a Southern accent, at least in the con circles; I've internalized the "Southern accent = stupid" assumption to the point that I'm not sure I *could* speak with an accent there. And even when you're comfortable with your background, and even when the laughter is good-natured... there's something just, well, unpleasant, about being looked down on in that way.

(One of the reasons I loved Farscape was that John Crichton? *Such* a redneck. A smart cowboy character, complete with the swagger and the slightly bizarre chivalry that you get down here.He even did the thing where he slid into a Southern accent whenever he was trying to make someone underestimate him. It was awesome.)

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User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-07-13 19:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re: rednecks - a good point with multiple applications. I don't know how things are in the more cosmopolitan areas of the world, because I'm the child of a farming family from Iowa who set up shop in an Iowan town, but even here there are circles and circles and value judgments between them. Is it American? Is it everybody? Is it everywhen? I don't know. I do know that I tend to seek out the company of men when searching for friends because men, unlike women, don't necessarily know which rules of womanhood I failed to learn and so are more likely to treat me as though I'm a 'normal' person. I wonder how many people, feeling such an incompetency in one group, gravitate to another group for exactly that reason. Is that the basis of all the popular "white man goes native" stories? Conversion narratives? Or am I just seeing my own fleeing-incompetence motives in others' genuine love of exploration or at least not disingenuous adaptive capacities?

Dang. There's another short story in that, and I don't have time to write that one either.
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