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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-10-11 06:03
Subject: [personal] Ask me anything
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Yesterday was kind of busy, what with the broken bed (not for fun reasons, sadly), the entertaining but lengthy visit to the lumberyard, the minor crisis over life insurance, the school visit, and actually socializing with our visiting friend Ellen Eades. That meant I never had time to write a solid blog post for today. Likewise this morning, with early lab work at the clinic and a bunch of errands.

I will, however, have time this afternoon. So this is an 'Ask Me Anything' thread. Post your questions in comments, and I'll reply. If the question (or the reply) is particularly interesting, I'll probably promote them to a blog post later on. Writing, publishing, cancer, death, parenting, politics, etc. — give it a shot. The only thing I won't respond to is blatant trolling.

I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

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asakiyume
User: asakiyume
Date: 2013-10-11 14:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Have you ever talked to Cleverbot, and if so, what did you think?

To be fair, I put the question to Cleverbot, too, and got this:

Me: Have you ever talked to Jay Lake, and if so, what did you think?
Cleverbot: Yes, he thought about it, but rejected the request.
Me: But what about you? Have you ever talked to him?
Cleverbot: No.
Me: Would you like to?
Cleverbot: I would like to know some Latin.

Sooo... yeah, not the most persuasive simulation of a conversation, but. It's fun trying, now and then.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-10-12 20:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Me: Have you ever talked to Jay Lake, and if so, what did you think?
Cleverbot: Nope I trust.
Me: But what about you? Have you ever talked to him?
Cleverbot: No, and may I add that I do not want to.
Me: Would you like to learn Latin?
Cleverbot: No.
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asakiyume: nevermore
User: asakiyume
Date: 2013-10-12 21:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:nevermore
Dang, Cleverbot no longer wants to learn Latin. WHERE ARE YOUR AMBITIONS CLEVERBOT.
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Rick Moen
User: rinolj
Date: 2013-10-13 07:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And,moreover: Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?
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asakiyume: nevermore
User: asakiyume
Date: 2013-10-13 16:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:nevermore
LOL, have you tried woodchuck tongue twisters on Cleverbot?
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Rick Moen
User: rinolj
Date: 2013-10-14 00:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Me: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Cleverbot: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Me: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Cleverbot: A woodchuck would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

Me: Why is a raven like a writing desk?

Cleverbot: I don't know, why is a raven like a writing desk?

Me: Because they were both written on by Poe.

Cleverbot: How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Me: If you had a car, would it be a Turing car or a roadster?

Cleverbot: A white one.
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asakiyume
User: asakiyume
Date: 2013-10-14 01:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
LOL, a Turing car.

I'd say Cleverbot scored pretty high, Turing-wise, on that exchange.
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Bob
User: yourbob
Date: 2013-10-11 15:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Who would be your preferred partner in a porn movie, and why?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-10-12 20:54 (UTC)
Subject:
All the girls! Because boobies!
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threeoutside
User: threeoutside
Date: 2013-10-11 17:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You've logged a LOT of miles during your life - how about your 5 best traveling tips? (Could be serious, or...not.)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-10-12 20:56 (UTC)
Subject:
Five best traveling tips. Hmm...

1) Allow plenty of time.
2) Be patient.
3) *Always* be nice to airline staff. They can make or break your trip.
4) Pack light.
5) When in doubt, buy that souvenir. You may never be coming back that way.
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threeoutside
User: threeoutside
Date: 2013-10-12 20:57 (UTC)
Subject: Re:
Wow - Those would be in my top 5 or 6, too. I guess I'm doin' it right.

Thanks!
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horace_hamster
User: horace_hamster
Date: 2013-10-11 18:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You've got a very informed and insightful mind, particularly when it come to politics, societies, and governments. And you've had a lot of experience in various countries with policies ranging from health care to taxes to immigration. If you could replace the US government/societal structure with that of any other country (or a non-yet-existing dreamed-up structure), what would it be?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-10-12 20:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Actually, the template under which our government runs is pretty solid. What I'd change about the implementation...

-- Provide single-payer health services within the current American delivery framework

-- Vigorously work to delegitimize the privileging of non-evidence based education and reasoning (this would pretty much eliminate contemporary American conservatism, which has become ingrown and toxic)

-- Provide a truly secular state where all religious freedoms can be thoroughly protected and no religious precepts can be forced upon non-believers (that would take care of the rest of the GOP)

-- Seriously reform campaign finance, and explicit strip citizenship protections from corporate speech

Um, that would be a pretty good start.
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Msconduct
User: msconduct
Date: 2013-10-11 22:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
This has been on my mind since your posts about the effect Regorafenib is having on you, but it's a difficult question, and it's of course perfectly understandable if you choose not to answer.

Regorafenib is clearly stripping away a significant portion of what it is to be you. Does it ever incline you in the direction of wondering if what you're giving up is worth the trade? Do you feel there's a scale which somewhere has a tipping point in this regard, or is there no level of diminishment worse than a shortened lifespan to you?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-10-12 21:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm not clinging to life at the expense of unreasoned diminishment. My child needs me, and I will make every effort to live as long as I can for her, with the very explicitly stated exception that I must remain cognitively focused and emotionally aware. I've explicitly discussed this with my family and my physicians, that I'll tolerate an arbitrarily high amount of pain and discomfort and difficulty so long as the essential me is still present and communicative.
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anghara
User: anghara
Date: 2013-10-12 03:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's probably asilly questoin - but knowing what you know now, being where you are now, if you could give your younger self advice on how to live your life or make any particular decision that influenced the direciton your life has taken - would you have such advice? What would it be? If you had the choice of doing it or not, would you do it grateful for the opportunity to do so, do it but almost unwillingly because everything might have been different if you had gotten that message and changed soemthing because of it, or refuse the opportunity completely and trust that you - you-now, as well as you-then - basically don't need the interference...?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-10-12 21:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You know, without all those foolish mistakes and bad decisions my younger self made, I would not be who I am today. So it's hard to look back and want things to be different. Mostly I wish I'd learned to listen to my heart a lot earlier in life, and I wish I'd gotten seriously focused on writing fiction a lot earlier in life.

So, I guess the advice would be, "Listen to your heart and make the time to do those things which inspire the most passion in you."
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