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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-05-25 07:15
Subject: [links] Link salad gets all steamed up
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Brief reviews of several short stories, including my own "'Hello,' said the Gun"

Writing Across Gender — A very interesting piece about gender, writers and fiction. Snurched from this blog post by [info]beth_bernobich, who has some insightful comments on the topic.

Calvin and Hobbes on creativity and inspiration — Heh.

Cars That Fired Our Love-Hate Relationship With Fuel

Vintage ice cream trucks

Africa and Australasia to share Square Kilometre Array — That's a mighty big kilometer.

Where did dogs come from? It turns out we don't really know

Carbon in rocks from Mars comes from volcanoes, not lifeNearby minerals confirm a high-temperature origin deep within the planet.

Accusations that climate science is money-driven reveal ignorance of how science is doneThe government, the argument goes, is paying scientists specifically to demonstrate that carbon dioxide is the major culprit in recent climate change, and the money available to do so is exploding. Although the argument displays a profound misunderstanding of how science and science funding work, it's just not going away. Huh. Ignorance. Among science denialists. Inconceivable.

Black Voters Evolving On Marriage Equality — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the intersection of race and gay issues. I'd really like to have lunch with this guy some day.

CNN host probes Tony Perkins: ‘Why do homosexuals bother you so much?’ — Read this. The intellectual and moral bankruptcy of Perkins' illogical response neatly reflects the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the conservative anti-gay crusade as a whole. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

The Proposed Auction of Ronald Reagan's Blood Isn't Surprising — And lo, Republican hagiography becomes literalized. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

?otd: Are you a little teapot, short and stout?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (Going to Extremes proposal)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate; Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht

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Dave O'Neill
User: daveon
Date: 2012-05-25 15:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The 15,000 year period in the article is also misleading, as dog ancestors have been around for much longer than that with us. The ancestors of the dingos in Australia aren't native Australian fauna, and probably arrived with the humans at least 60,000 years ago.
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Thom Marrion
User: xnbach
Date: 2012-05-25 16:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Right there with you on the Ta-Nehisi Coates love, but I am afraid that if I did have lunch with him one day, all I would do is stare blankly and mumble, "You are the best essayist evar!" while drooling slightly and it would be up to my wife to have an actual intelligent conversation with him.
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User: cathshaffer
Date: 2012-05-25 17:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Love the dog thing. One of the central conceits of my WIP, MudPeople, is that various "firsts" of civilization happened over and over starting with the advent of anatomically modern humans 200,000 or so years ago, and that only the most recent iterations "caught on" to create our current civilizations. For all else, things like animal domestication, agriculture, boat building, even hewn stone architecture, were invented and then lost, repeatedly. Nothing in my current draft can be DISPROVED by current science, although I expect the information will eventually become outdated. It's a fun project. I've included a tame dire wolf in it.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-05-25 17:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
When it's steam engine time, steam engines appear. (Or dire wolves.)
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User: lindadee
Date: 2012-05-25 18:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Dangit! No Mr. Softee truck. For that matter, no Bungalow Bar. (Both found throughout New York City in the 50s and 60s.)
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