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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-11-18 07:31
Subject: [links] Link salad rolls it up for chemo
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Tags:art, cool, food, links, occupy wall street, personal, politics, publishing, science, tech, weird
An Open Letter to Simon and Schuester CEO Carolyn Reidy — A bizarre rant from an S&S author. As @ColleenLindsay says, "Writers, don't EVER do this. You have a problem? Let your agent handle it. You have meds? TAKE THEM."

Decoding Western art's buried messages

Spiders offer up useless gifts to get sex — but ladies not dupedMales will even play dead to get more action in this devious 8-legged world. Yeah, I've been on dates like that.

Mysterious Symbols in China Desert Are Spy Satellite Targets, Expert Says — Cool weirdness. Nazca 'r us. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Recipe Networks Reveal Human Taste PreferencesNetwork science is revolutionising the future of food.

Moving mirrors make light from nothingResearchers claim to have produced sought-after quantum effect. (Also thanks to David Goldman.)

Faster-than-light particles repeat speed despite tweaks

Why Wall Street Still Doesn't Get It

This Cannot Be the Way Occupy Ends — Police militarization and peaceful protest.

A very smart Occupy Wall Street poster — (Via Curiosity Counts.)

Gingrich Called for Jail for Politicians with Freddie Mac Ties — Despite the fact that he took $1.2 million from them as a lobbyist. More of that justly famed conservative intellectual consistency and sterling ethics. Not like those flip-floppng situationist liberals, no no. Nothing to see here citizen. Move along.

?otD: Having a better Friday than me?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.25 (solid)
Weight: 219.2
Currently (re)reading: Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett

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User: mlerules
Date: 2011-11-18 17:09 (UTC)
Subject: Qx o' Day
Undoubtedly, sadly.

Just back from a nice long walk w/step-sis 'n' the doggie through her lovely neighborhood in Santa Barbara. Bougainvillea's blooming nicely, ditto jade plants, roses, &c. Will take one of my fave drives in a bit: heading down PCH from Sta Barbie to Sta Monica through Malibu &c. Dinner tonight w/SoCal boyfriend J and my ex-hubby & wife #2 at Killer Shrimp, finally back in biz (w/expanded menu, although I'll still just order the original Killer Shrimp & Bread...mmmm).

See ya' on the flip-side...
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User: swan_tower
Date: 2011-11-18 20:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My god, that open letter was actively painful to read. I literally had to take a break partway through, do something else, and come back to finish the rest.

It's hard to even tell what's the most breath-takingly catastrophic thing about it -- the assumption that he knows better how the industry ought to be fixed, because of his know-how regarding other industries, than the people who have worked in it for decades; the implication that we somehow aren't aware of these problems until he descends from On High to point them out; the massive, massive entitlement that assumes he's such a fucking genius that everybody should fling out the red carpet for him to run the show (including the cover -- my god, the money I would pay to see his "three hour long design presentation" -- well, okay, no, a precis of it); the unshakeable belief that all we lack is the will to rearrange the entire business model (up to the level of petitioning Congress), and that furthermore times of stress are the best time to totally reinvent said business model . . .

My head hurts. I think I need to go lie down. >_<
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