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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-12-18 05:50
Subject: [links] Link salad says hello to darkness its old friend
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Interview: Jay Lake — Ken Scholes interviews me for Lightspeed.

Hobbit's Gollum Lacked Precioussss VitaminsAn offbeat study, released on Sunday, which concludes that the evil characters in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" lost their battle against men, elves and dwarves because they suffered from vitamin deficiency. Uh… Rickets. Yeah. (Via David Goldman.)

Every argument you'll ever need for singular 'they' — Not being a prescriptivist myself, and often in need of a gender-neutral third person singular pronoun in my own discourse, I am completely comfortable with the singular ‘they’. Which means I probably need to get off some peoples’ lawns.

Largest and Fastest to the Orient — I love this vintage travel poster.

Tourist distracted by Facebook falls off pier — Oops. (Via David Goldman.)

Caffeine + alcohol keeps your chromosomes just rightThe ends of your chromosomes are sensitive to a variety of environmental factors. Dang. Who knew?

Too Much InformationAre we prepared to know the genetic flaws of the unborn?

Biodegradable Batteries to Power Smart Medical DevicesBiodegradable Batteries to Power Smart Medical Devices.

Perfect enforcement: On the ground in the red light camera wars

The Sixth Mass Extinction: Why Climate Scientists’ Hair is on Fire

?otD: Are the words of the prophets written on the subway walls?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours fitful
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 237.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block falsifying climate change data: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2013-12-18 15:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm generally a prescriptivist with regard to grammar, but I think the prescriptivists should get on board with usage of they as a singular pronoun. When someone disagrees, I generally say something along the lines of "Unless thou also objectest to the usage of you as a singular pronoun, thine argument has no merit."
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Jay Lake: signs-bad_English
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-12-18 15:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
:: laughing ::

Dang, I have to remember that one. Excellent.
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Elial Shadowpine
User: elialshadowpine
Date: 2013-12-19 03:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you for the "singular they" link. I need to post this to FB as my partner identifies as genderqueer and goes by "they", and we have definitely had people go on with the "...but it's grammatically incorrect!" BS. (Even if it were, why is grammatical correctness more important than an individual's gender identity, anyway? Sigh.)
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User: wyld_dandelyon
Date: 2013-12-19 03:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:"Oh no!" by Djinni
I am very glad you are on Live Journal since for the last several days, if I click the link in Facebook, which goes to your website, my antivirus program warns me away.

I seems terribly unfair that when you have such serious and time-consuming health issues yourself, someone would inflict them on your website too!
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User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2013-12-19 20:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Truth-out also referenced the climate article and while perhaps those predictions and outcomes are the more severe of the likely ones, I am not comforted. Not when it looks like no kind of concerted effort will be done to even slow down the rate of emissions & other destructions let alone reverse them. Especially when as hasd been pointed out in other venues that even if we reversed with the same gusto that we've increased, it would take over a thousand years to restore the climate - and may take over 500,000 if left to do so by itself. Moreover, the Earth has no "memory" of states. It won't try to get back to this; a hot world will be the new normal. No, I am not optimistic at all.

When contemplating the possible extinction of our species (along with most others) within a century and at best massive upheaval and dwindling resources for far too many people to be sustained, I lose patience for all the petty antics and sideshows. Selfies, Sarah Palin & Duck Dynasty, so on and so forth. The world burns and they fiddle.
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