[links] Link salad sports a metaphor or two

Yokimo the Goat gets around — World Fantasy Convention from the caprine perspective.

Two Lumps takes on NaNoWriMo — With a sideswipe at Stephenie Meyer.

Bullet train patent design — Mmmm.

The Adventures of Lil’ CthulhuWant a child-friendly way to introduce your little one to the traditions of the Old Cult? Meet little Cthulhu, who lives in the magic city of R’lyeh with all his friends, as you and your child embark on a fun and educational journey through the world of the Great Old Ones (Thanks to .)

RearGear — The ultimate in repressed Americana. Weird. (Thanks to .)

Glacier Man — This is very cool.

Why does driving bring out the worst in people? — I’ve asked this exact question a number of times. The same person who will hold the door for you at the bank will viciously run you to the shoulder in traffic.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell: NYC marathon winner not a real American since he’s originally from Africa — Best smackdown of Nativism EVAR. And what did you do, Darren, to become an American? You were born here to American parents – that must have been real hard work fighting your way through your mother’s birth canal. I’m sure childbirth taught you a lot more about liberty and freedom than a guy who escaped a civil war to come to a land where he could be free.

Making Light with a lot more on the Meb Keflezighi story referenced above — I was struck by Abi Sutherland’s comments that “Leaving the US is apparently very unpatriotic; learning about other cultures is suspect, and moving abroad all but treason”. I have that problem, too, to a smaller degree. Because of where I was born and how I was raised I don’t have a “home town”, I’m not “from” anywhere in the usual sense of that phrase. A (former) friend back in Texas used to insist I couldn’t possibly be Texan, despite six generations of ancestors there, because I wasn’t born there, like she was. To her logic, I’m not even American. Um, no.

?otD: Why is a strike good in bowling but bad in baseball?


11/4/2009
Body movement: 15 minutes of meditation and stretching, 30 minute stationary bicycle ride
Hours slept: 6.5
This morning’s weigh-in: 233.0
Currently reading: The Jade Man’s Skin by Daniel Fox

2 thoughts on “[links] Link salad sports a metaphor or two

  1. I’ve lived in my village for 10 years, eight of which I’ve served on the village council (six of which I’ve been committee chairman on both the Streets and Safety committees, our charter outlines that council holds the power and the mayor is only slightly more than a figurehead), I helped rewrite the Land Use Plan and our zoning regulations before that, and was active in Ruritans (a local service club) when I had time. There are many people in the village who still consider me an “outsider” because I wasn’t “born and breed” there.

  2. Cora says:

    If they start to call world-class winning athletes “not real citizens” because they are naturalized rather than born into citizenship, then we really have a problem. Because usually all but the worst sort of racists are perfectly okay with immigrant athletes, it’s just the regular immigrants who are viewed as a “problem”.

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