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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-12-29 07:01
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History of Science FictionAnd here's one for sci-fi geeks: Artist Ward Shelley's hand-drawn flowchart tracks the literary genre's 2,500-year legacy, from nascent roots in mythology to the post-Star Wars space operas of today. I object to characterizing space opera as somehow a post-Star Wars phenomenon, but that's a headline writer problem. The chart is weirdly cool. (Via Curiosity Counts.)

The Law of Online SharingFacebook's Mark Zuckerberg will eventually have to deal with the fact that all growth has limits.

Hashtags' mission creepLanguage Log with more than you ever wanted to know about #hashtags.

Disruptions: Norelco on Takeoff? Fine. Kindle? No. — You can shave during takeoff and landing?

Lie of the Jungle: The Truth About Cheeta the Chimpanzee — The truth about Cheeta? Also, an interesting story about publishing. (Via [info]danjite.)

Smokin' hot island rises up from depths of the Red Sea — How, um, Mosaic.

All Four Oregon Wolf Packs Are Making Babies — The politics of this are rough, as rural conservatives out here hate wolves almost as much as they hate liberals, and for no better reason, but it's good to see them growing.

Christian Priests Brawl at Jesus’ BirthplaceI think the spiritual life has great value, but when you get to the point in your religious attachments where you are beating people up over your claims to an old building, you’re no longer talking about spirituality, and a sane secularism would be far preferable. Um, good God yes.

Bachmann's Iowa chairman quits, endorses Paul — Oops.

“Every barrel of oil that comes out of those sands in Canada is a barrel of oil that we don’t have to buy from a foreign source,” Mr. Perry said — Um. Canada, she is not foreign? And conservatives wonder why the rest of us think you guys have lost your minds.

?otd: Ever drive a Ferrari?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 10.0 (solid)
Weight: 206.4
Currently (re)reading: The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey

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User: jeffreyab
Date: 2011-12-29 15:24 (UTC)
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Foreign yes but we are also friendly, familiar and near to quote an old Canadian tourism saying, unlike most other foreign oil sources.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2011-12-29 15:56 (UTC)
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Weeeell, there's a bit of complexity involved with the whole wolf issue. I wouldn't characterize the issue as liberal vs conservative, as there are rural liberals with similar attitudes (not all rural liberals are necessarily aligned with urban liberals on resource, conservation and environmental issues--and sometimes they're right).

Data point #1: many rural stockgrowers in Oregon still come from a multigenerational family stock raising tradition, and that stock raising tradition includes managing the stock against predator attacks. I know people in Wallowa County who can tell me about how bad the cougars were down in the Imnaha region when they were growing up...young, (including human young) were watched closely and often confined at night to protect them. Additionally, in places like Wallowa County, it's very possible that Grandpa or Dad raised additional money during hard times by participating in the wolf bounty hunting program. I've seen pictures of some of the wolves killed in Wallowa County. Um, not small. Wolf-hunting and issues with wolves are still close to living experience in rural Oregon, with pictures, family stories, and pelts still around.

Data point #2: Progressive stockgrowers understand that they need to manage their stock more intensively. Such management comes with a price tag, and it hasn't been until recently that the market has existed to justify said price tag (it's now possible to focus more intensely on quality rather than quantity in managing stock herds; again, this is something that has happened during the past twenty years). Even at that, good stock management of that ilk requires smaller herds, which means losses to predators have a greater impact on the bottom line of a business which can be marginal in some years, depending upon markets. Intensive management is required for good co-existence with predators, and a lot of urban folks haven't a good idea of how difficult that can be, especially in some of the tougher weather conditions of Eastern Oregon. Dayton O. Hyde's Yamsi book is a good older example, and Kim Stafford (I think it's him, could be another son of a regional poet/writer, I'm doing this off the top of my head) has more recent examples of good livestock management. More folks are writing about the modern world of stock management in harmony with the land. It's interesting reading but it's not coming from the Big Six, rather you have to haunt regional and university presses to find it.

Data point #3: Not just wolves kill stock, and even well-managed stock is not immune or safe. A well-managed herd will have the older and more experienced adults (mostly cattle, not sure about sheep--unlikely) capable of driving off predators as a group. Besides the rather impressive pix that popped up lately of a herd of Hereford and Hereford-cross cows attacking and chasing off a yearling bear cub that tried to attack the calves, I've observed a rather large coyote (up in the Wallowas, on Zumwalt Prairie, faintly possible it might have been a wolf though unlikely. Coyotes up there are big) get the bum's rush through a large pasture by a well-stocked herd of Angus cows with young calves. Not sure but I think they still had the bull with them.

But...I know of one blogger in Eastern Oregon who had a small dog attacked by coyotes recently. While she was outside with the dog. While she was outside, reasonably close to the dog, with other dogs around. We're not talking urban coyotes here, we're talking a pack in the outback near Burns. Issues like this are very real and very much a concern of rural folks.

Like I said, lots of complexity on this issue, and it's not one that necessarily can be classified as urban liberal vs rural conservative.
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Andrew Trembley
User: bovil
Date: 2011-12-29 18:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Enough of Paul's crazy is finally coming to the surface to make him palatable to Bachman supporters.
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Elizabeth Coleman
User: criada
Date: 2011-12-30 06:54 (UTC)
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The Red Sea island link goes to a Shortpacked comic.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-12-30 14:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Weird. Fixed! Thank you.
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