[links] Link salad coins a phrase

Cascade Writers Workshop is now open for registration [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — If you’re interested in working with me, David Levine and Beth Meacham next summer, here’s your chance. Plus, how can you go wrong with a long weekend out on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula?

Language Log with more on the recent Jane Austen arguments

The B-side of Steve Jobs — Apple and the Beatles.

Other generations growing weary of Baby Boomers — Speaking as someone too young for Boomerhood and too old for Gen X, I’m weary of this whole generational dialectic.

How do you really know what time it is?io.9 on the brain and time. I found this fascinating, because some of the assertions cited from neuroscience researchers don’t seem to apply to me. For example, the idea that the human brain is poor at assessing the objective passage of time. If I’m rested and not ill (ie, not on chemo), I almost always know what time it is to within 15 minutes, whether or not I have recent access to a clock. I can also tell myself when to wake up, and this will work almost all the time, again, even if I cannot see a clock from where I am sleeping. Interesting read.

Louisiana Citizens Horrified that there’s Evolution in Science Books — And yet somehow we have survived into the 21st century as an industrialized democracy. Why are we as a nation even having these conversations? We might as well be horrified that the Earth is not the center of the solar system.

That’s the Story? — Sigh. Anatomy of another of the endless parade of Republican lies that are reported without analysis or rebuttal in Your Liberal Media. With, you know, actual cites and facts and stuff, in case you think this is just more liberal bias.

?otD: Heads or tails?


11/18/2010
Writing time yesterday: 3.0 hours (7,800 new words on Kalimpura, to 77,400)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 5.5 hours (interrupted)
This morning’s weigh-in: 248.2 (!)
Yesterday’s chemo/post-op stress index: 2/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: Act of Will by A.J. Hartley

2 thoughts on “[links] Link salad coins a phrase

  1. Cora says:

    This whole generational divide is also terribly American-centric, because while generational cohorts and divides certainly exist everywhere in the world, they do not necessarily conform to American patterns.

    For example, Germany had a “baby boom” in the 1930s and early 1940s (i.e. at a time when Americans weren’t reproducing a whole lot due to depression hardships) due to generous Nazi era family benefits. Both my parents and most of the adults in my life, when I was a kid belong to that generation. The kids of that Nazi era baby boom usually married early (because housing shortages meant you could only get a flat if you were married) and had kids young in both east and West, so there was a follow-up baby boom from the late 1950s to early 1970s. I was born at the tailend of that era, shortly before birthrates dropped sharply. That 1960s/early 1970s baby boom in turn led to another increase in birthates from the late 1980s into the early 2000s, though this one wasn’t quite as pronounced as before, because people from the 1960s/70s baby boom generation either had kids later or not at all. Plus, after the unification and the resulting mass unemployment caused birthrates in East Germany to drop through the floor in the early 1990s.

    Meanwhile, the prime period of the US baby boom, the late 1940s to early 1950s, was an era of comparatively few births in most of Europe, because directly after WWII cities were in ruins and many men were either dead or absent, making it a very bad time in which to have kids. A lot of the people born in the immediate postwar years, i.e. 1946-49, are actually so-called occupation babies, i.e. babies fathered by allied, often American, soldiers before they headed home to father little baby boomers in the US.

    Add to that the fact that the cultural and political signifiers are also different outside the US and the US generation classification makes no sense at all for people outside the US.

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