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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-09-13 06:42
Subject: [links] Link salad for a Portland Thursday
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Tags:cool, culture, gay, language, links, music, personal, photos, politics, portland, science
The Inevitable Endgame — Interesting criticism of the music industry, and especially Amanda Palmer's independent funding process. (Via [info]danjite.)

Can’t Get You Out of My HeadThe history of advertising jingles, a truly American art form.

Firewatch 76 leading the Martin Mars — I have an utterly unreasonable love of flying boats.

How Jupiter might save Earth from devastating asteroid strikes

Weak measurements show quantum uncertainty is inherentResult clarifies role of measurement in the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.

Portland votes to add fluoride to its drinking water as opponents vow to stop the effort — This is the last major American city with unfluoridated water.

My GPS tries to kill me and the unexpected difficulties of international weddings — Cora Buhlert with a possibly unintentionally fascinating glimpse into international culture.

Univocal heteroglossiaLanguage Log is hilarious about the recent Baltimore Ravens/gay marriage kerfuffle, thanks to another moronic conservative politician.

Barney Frank Won’t Walk Back ‘Very Harsh’ Language On Gay Republicans

Romney Unaware Gay People Have Families, Feelings — Well, duh. He's a conservative. Severely conservative, or so I've been told. If conservatives could see gay and lesbian Americans as real human beings, they wouldn't be so rabidly and hatefully discriminatory.

A statement and a "film" — Roger Ebert on the statement from the US Embassy in Cairo that has so outraged Romney and the GOP due to the chronologically retroactive nature of conservative causality. Must be nice not to have to live in the reality-based community, because then you can be righteously angry about reversing cause and effect. (See here for a detailed description of the events, including Romney's shamelessly knowing lies about it. Long but worth the read if you have any interest in this issue.)

?otD: Yesterday or tomorrow?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 5.5 (interrupted)
Weight: 235.0
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

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User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2012-09-13 15:40 (UTC)
Subject: re: heteroglossia
As noted over on Language Log, that sort of heteroglossia is not a particularly new style; rapid shifts in tone, or blending "high-brow" with "low-brow", were the at root of the success of a lot of comedies. (Notably the Warner Bros. cartoons, Monty Python, and the Simpsons.) Many stand-up routines use it extensively, too.

-- Steve's used it to great effect at parties.
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desperance: luke
User: desperance
Date: 2012-09-13 18:55 (UTC)
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I have an utterly unreasonable love of flying boats.

No, you don't; there is nothing unreasonable about it.

And now I'm wondering, what is the steampunk/airship equivalent of flying boats...?
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User: a_cubed
Date: 2012-09-14 00:18 (UTC)
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Regarding "The Inevitable Endgame — Interesting criticism of the music industry, and especially Amanda Palmer's independent funding process." I have a great deal of respect for Amanda and her partner Neil, but the system they're using (Kickstarter) has some egregious flaws as an implementation of the threshold release model. THe biggest one being that one can ask for $100k and get $1m (prettu much describes one of their recent campaigns). This undermines other projects by taking the spare cash and can cause a problem for the campaingers trying to figure out how to satisfy all the subscribers. When I get a chance I'm planing to write a proper academic article on what's needed (specifically for material which is the creation of electronically distributable works - recorded music, books, videos) as a good implementation of threshold release. I'll also be talking to Creative Commons Japan about trying to get them engaged in offering such a service (preferably partnering with someone like Worldpay to handle the financial side of things).
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