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[links] Link salad is working for the weekend

Don’t forget the Kalimpura ARC caption contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Your Secret Story — Theodora Goss on being, well, human.

Banknote Engraver — This is pretty cool.

Diamond Planet Found—Part of “Whole New Class?” — A diamond as big as the Ritz.

Large asteroid Vesta once had molten core, magnetic fieldMeteor from Vesta’s surface shows a protoplanet with magnetic history.

Curiosity Rover Finds Rock Type That’s Never Been Seen on Mars

1,900 Boy Scout Leaders Accused Of Child Sex Abuse It’s one thing to know intellectually that America’s most trusted institution dropped the ball in protecting children. It’s another thing to see it there in black and white and to see the urgent words of the mother and then to see the cold response from the National Boy Scouts.

Letters by Sandusky, wife blame everyone else — Penn State. Joe Paterno. Football. Protectors of an unrepentant child molester in the name of a game. This is America? We need new heroes.

Most And Least Christian Cities In AmericaOf metropolitan areas with population greater than a million, the researchers found Salt Lake City to be the most Christian city with approximately 72.5 percent identifying as a Christian adherent. The researchers found the greater area of Portland, OR-WA to be the least Christian city with about 30 percent identifying as a Christian adherent.

‘Jobs creator’ Jack Welch lost nearly 100,000 jobs at GE — And was very handsomely rewarded for it, too.

People Don’t Kill People. Deregulation Kills People. — Once again, the conservative principle of industry self-regulation proves itself superior to meddlesome government regulation. Well, except for those dead people, of course.

Biden vs. Ryan — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on last night’s vice presidential debate.

?otD: Does everybody need a second chance?


10/12/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hour (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (overslept due to chemo fatigue)
Hours slept: 8.5 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

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[links] Link salad tried to call you from a noisy bar in Avalon

Don’t forget the Kalimpura ARC caption contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Men and Women Really Do See Things Differently — Hmm. (Via Art Guru James Gurney.)

The fast and the flexible: Graphene foam batteries charge quicklyCapacity on par with existing lithium batteries, but charges in 15 minutes.

ISS^3 — Mmm, CubeSats.

Bulletproof vest gets attention but officials miss weapons in bags — Boy, I sure feel safer taking off my shoes.

Lance Armstrong’s team ‘ran most sophisticated doping programme ever’ — Is this real, or a crusade against Armstrong?

Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the DayChick-fil-A president Dan Cathy: “We support biblical families.” Today’s Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day: Abram & Sarai & Hagar (Genesis 16:1-6)

Australia’s PM calls out sexism and misogynous behavior of opposition — Would that our progressives had a fraction this much courage to speak the truth.

Rep. Broun Spox: Comments Decrying Science As Satanic Lie Were ‘Off Record’ — Because being conservative means never having to be intellectually consistent. Or even sane, really.

Scott DesJarlais, Pro-Life Republican Congressman And Doctor, Pressured Mistress Patient To Get Abortion A pro-life, family-values congressman who worked as a doctor before winning election as a Tea Party-backed Republican had an affair with a patient and later pressured her to get an abortion. Mmm, family values. This is why you can’t trust liberals.

The Shameful Politicization of the Benghazi Consulate AttackThat’s right, the Republicans cut funds for embassy security, and now are blaming the State Department for laxity. That’s fundamental conservative political theory right there. Starve the government beast, then blame it for failing to perform when inadequately supported.

Mitt Romney has a Google problem — Ultimately irrelevant, but still funny as heck.

Who do you believe–Mitt, or your lyin’ memory? — Roger Ebert on Mitt Romney and the sad fact that post-truth campaigning succeeds. Conservatives don’t even pretend any more, and no one cares.

Romney’s abortion comments leave campaign scrambling to unify ticket — That’s what happens when you lie so habitually you can’t remember what the truth ever was.

As Democrats cry foul, “Moderate Mitt” rises in polls — More of that justly famed conservative intellectual consistency. Mitt’s not like those untrustworthy situationalist liberals. No sir.

?otD: Have you seen the Southern Cross for the first time?


10/11/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hour (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (overslept due to chemo fatigue)
Hours slept: 9.0 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

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[links] Link salad eats ham and eggs for breakfast

Don’t forget the Kalimpura ARC caption contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Inside the Original Space Dive: Joseph Kittinger on 1960 Record JumpRecord-setter’s personal account in classic National Geographic article.

Hacker cracks 4 million hotel locks with ‘James Bond Dry Erase Marker’

Topology: The Secret Ingredient In The Latest Theory of EverythingCombine topology with symmetry and add a sprinkling of quantum mechanics. The result? A powerful new theory of everything.

Malala Yousafzai: The Latest Victim in the War on Children in PakistanThe Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for a hideous attack on a young schoolgirl they deemed “an infidel” for championing her right to go to school. This is what you get when you try to rule society by scripture.

One in five Americans reports no religious affiliation, study says — A civil society less interested in rule by scripture can only be a change for the good.

Vaccines: opinions are not facts — This argument is every bit as stupid and pointless as the evolution argument, and doesn’t speak well of our society or our educational system that we need to keep having it.

One In Ten Americans Think PBS Gets A Third Or More Of The Entire Federal Budget — And that’s who Romney is talking to when he says he wants to kill Big Bird. Because critical thinking is a liberal scourge. The Texas GOP has said so. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Romney: Abortion not on my agenda — That would be what we call a “lie”. Read your own campaign statements, Mittens. Or your party’s platform.

The Romney Wave Isn’t Abating Yet — Good for Romney, terrible for the country. And where are all of last week’s GOP “poll truthers” now?

?otD: What did you have for breakfast?


10/10/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hour (chemo fog)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (overslept due to chemo fatigue)
Hours slept: 7.5 (interrupted)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

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[links] Link salad for another Tuesday in Omaha

Don’t forget the Kalimpura ARC caption contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Honeyed Words by my good friend J.A. Pitts has won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award for Best New Novel — Go give him some love.

A Steampunk Wristwatch I Would Love to Afford — Clickety clack. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Mongolian BlingWe follow three young rappers as they combine traditional Mongolian music with western rap to create nomadic hip hop. (Via my brother.)

A transgender story: My daughter, my sonWhen Sarah became Finn, her parents began their own journey.

The person you used to be still tells you what to do — (Via Lisa Costello.)

Fossil reveals spider in mid-strike — I love behavioral fossils. (Via David Goldman.)

Mind-Control and Instant Skill — Optogenetics and you.

Organism without a brain creates external memories for navigation — I’ve been on dates like that.

SpaceX Falcon 9 lost an engine on the way up; Dragon on its way to ISS — Or maybe not. Apparently it’s in the wrong orbit.

The Ohio State University Marching Band Does Video Games — Hahah. (Via Jersey Girl in Portland.)

Restraint — Ursula K. LeGuin on social sacrifice. (Thanks to [info]controuble.)

Chick-fil-A’s Biblical Family of the Day — Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy: “We support biblical families.” Today’s Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day: Solomon (1 Kings 11:1-3).

Charlie Fuqua, Arkansas Legislative Candidate, Endorses Death Penalty For Rebellious Children In Book — Welcome to the Christian nation of America that our conservative friends want to institute.

Romney says Obama hasn’t signed any Free Trade Agreements (false) — The really great thing about being a Republican candidate in America is that Your Liberal Media will dutifully report any baldfaced lie you tell as if it were true, making any challenge to that lie seem like progressive whining. Thus neatly reinforcing the hermetic seal on the conservative echo chamber.

Ryan gets testy, calls off interview, when asked about tax cuts (video) — Oops. GOP presidential campaign accidentally meets a truthful moment.

Romney 2006 calls Romney 2012’s jobs attacks ‘silly’ — Remember, kids. When white Republican governors do things, that’s statesmanlike leadership. When African-American Democratic presidents do the very same things, that’s Kenyan Muslim socialism.

Inside the campaign: The Romney rebellion — I think letting Mitt be Mitt is the best thing they could possibly do. With his lifelong record of unselfconscious entitled selfishness and unprincipled beliefs, the real Mitt will really shine with the voters.

The Candidate of “Omni-Directional Belligerence” — The cheapness of foreign lives plays well in the pulpits of Peoria. Welcome to Romney’s America.

?otD: Into the office with the post chemo bring down. How about you?


10/9/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hour (chemo fog)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (suburban walk)
Hours slept: 10.0 (7.5 hours solid, plus considerable napping)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

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[contests] Kalimpura caption contest

Advance Reading Copies copies of Kalimpura (a/k/a Green book 3) have arrived. We all know what that means — a giveaway via caption contest! So I hereby declare another one of those suckers, based on a photo from this chemo weekend. Your challenge is to write a caption that answers the question “Why is Jay wearing a bank robber mask, Ray-bans and pearls?”

First prize will be a personalized, signed copy of the Kalimpura ARC, as well as the Green and Kalimpura trade paperbacks. Additional prizes to be awarded at my discretion. Usual rules apply. I’ll collect captions in comments here (at both jlake.com and jaylake.livejournal.com) until I get bored with it, then build a voting poll. Please try to limit the length of your entries or they may become truncated in the poll code.

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Jay masked and pearled, © 2012, Emily Siskin. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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[funny] Tell me a joke

What’s your favorite joke? Leave it in comments.

Sometime next week, I’ll pick a few I like and we’ll run a poll, with books and stuff for the winning jokes.

Make me laugh, people! Make me laugh!

This probably doesn’t need to be said, but though I have a very broad sense of humor, and enjoy jokes about sex, religion or politics, I will absolutely draw the line at racial “humor”, and will moderate comments if needed.

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[links] Link salad leaves Omaha once more

[info]calendula_witch Announces her first novel sale — Go congratulate her.

StarShipSofa Online Writers Workshop — This is tomorrow. There’s still a few slots open.

Flash Fiction Contest Special Judges and Extended Deadline[info]kenscholes and I are celebrity judges for the Write to Publish flash fiction contest at the end of April.

Spectacular brain images reveal surprisingly simple structure — For some reason this makes me think of Inception.

Types of Extremists — Heh.

When Medicine Was Cheap

Court upholds time limit for clergy abuse claims — So apparently the Catholic Church’s cynical strategy of covering up crimes, tampering with evidence and intimidating victims and witnesses, led for years by the man who is now Pope, is paying off. Please explain to me once more why so many religious people think atheists are immoral?

Study: Conservatives’ Trust In Science At Record Low — When you explicitly privilege counterfactual claims and reality denial, this is what you get. Idiots. Who vote.

?otd: How high can you fly without a plane?


3/30/2012
Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (1.75 hours on Sunspin, 0.25 hours of WRPA)
Body movement: airport walking to come
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

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[links] Link salad wishes Dad a happy birthday

Endurance Sweepstakes!tor.com with a giveaway of my forthcoming book.

Amazon Signs Up Authors, Writing Publishers Out of DealAmazon.com has taught readers that they do not need bookstores. Now it is encouraging writers to cast aside their publishers. (Via several sources, including my Dad.)

What killed Steve Jobs?Pharyngula with more on Steve Jobs’ cancer. (Thanks to [info]feorag.)

Fusobacterium Linked To Colorectal Cancer

The Quest for the Holy Grail of Storage – RAM Cloud

Movie: Approaching Light Speed APOD with an interesting little video about the optical effects of relativistic speeds approaching c.

Alfred Hitchcock and Angry Birds

Rare Keaton Music Typewriter — (Snurched from Dark Roasted Blend.)

California Velocipede Map — An 1895 bicycle touring map of the Golden State.

Failing dreams: California faces its own Great DepressionIt is less than 20 miles from the pristine surfing beaches of the California coast to a scene of Third World deprivation.

The Rise of Crime-Sourcing — (Via David Goldman.)

How News Media and Blogs Have Eyed the Presidential Contenders During the First Phase of the 2012 Race — Your Liberal Media, fluffing the conservatives as always. This is excellent news for John McCain!

Rick Perry officials spark revolt after doctoring environment reportScientists ask for names to be removed after mentions of climate change and sea-level rise taken out by Texas officials. This is exactly how the Bush administration handled these things, too. When the facts are biased against you, delete the facts. It’s a very Soviet approach to ideology, ironically enough. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

For Bachmann, God and Justice Were Intertwined — Confidential to GOP in America: Freedom of religion means freedom from religion. Which decidedly protects you every bit as much as it protects the rest of us.

Democrats Court the Wall Street Protesters — Karl Rove in The Wall Street Journal. Before they go much further with this courtship, the president and other Democrats need to remember it’s always dangerous to associate with people who are just plain kooky. The mind boggles that Rove could say this with a straight face. Has he looked at the GOP base? Science denial? Christianism? The forced pregnancy movement? Gun psychosis? Those are the pillars of his own house. (Via Dispatches from the Culture Wars.)

?otD: Tuesday already?


10/18/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo recovery)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (fitful)
Weight: 218.4
Currently reading: The Star Fraction by Ken MacLeod

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[contests] Endurance ARC contest results

A few weeks ago, I announced an Endurance ARC contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]. Only three brave readers entered the contest, which kind of croggles me, so I’m declaring three co-winners!

The winning entries are:

[info]etcet: There were slings and arrows, of course, and while her fortune was anything but outrageous, her accuracy with the slings, arrows, and several other tools of the trade certainly was. Too young to contemplate retirement seriously, and still, in her heart of hearts, enjoying her work to a certain extent, this left her feeling uneasy and a bit untethered.

It wasn’t easy, being Green.

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Trey: What about Green? Sold by her family, raised in cruelty to a specific standard of courtesan, used as a weapon and on and on. She should have broken under all that. But she keeps on. She endures. She grows and changes.

I like her prickly pride, stubbornness, wit and temper. She’s also deadly as a viper. In all of these, she reminds me of Venera Fanning (Karl Schroeder’s Virga series) and Jamethiel Dream Weaver (of P.C Hodgell’s Kencyr series), with a touch of Hezhi from Greg Keyes Waterborn. I like reading about her though I doubt I’d want to deal with her regularly (sort of like Dr. House in that regard), and right now I want a copy of the sequel Endurance to read.

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Greg: Green is a girl of a poor family sold into service of a forign power trained as an assassin and courtesan whom looks back on the stoic bull of her family as a symbol if her separation from her fate…

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So, go you guys for being players! And winners! Please email me with your contact information so I can send out the ARCs. And thank you for playing.

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[writing] Flash flash flash, it’s a gas gas gas

Yesterday’s “Flash me, baby” blog post [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] was fun. Thank you to everyone who played along with flash bits, WIPs and discovery draft snippets.

My favorites are by Joe Richardson, Jim Van Pelt, and Ruthanne Reid. I’ll give top honors to Joe, just for the heck of it.

Joe, give me your contact info and I’ll drop an Endurance ARC and a bonus book in the mail to you. Everyone else, thanks for being part of it. Maybe we’ll do this again in a month or two.

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