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[links] Link salad for a hump day

I’ll be closing the Caption Contest Voting Poll in the next day or so — Vote if you haven’t yet.

A Romanian (I think) review of Trial of Flowers Powell’s | Amazon ]

More crazy logistics from Dark Roasted Blend — Highly entertaining photos, for the most part.

Earth-mass Exoplanets and Their UsesCentauri Dreams with more on exoplanets.

APOD with a stunning photo of a lenticular cloud

Inauguration Day From Space — (Thanks to .)

Why the Ideological Melting Pot Is Getting So Lumpy — I’m not sure I buy this thesis, partly because there’s some serious false equivalency going on in this article, but it’s still interesting. (Thanks to .)

Rejecting Bush Era, Reclaiming Values The New York Times on Obama’s Inaugural speech. I heard it this way, too, as a strong and relatively detailed refutation of the disastrous missteps of the Bush administration and conservative rule in general.

?otD: Was the walrus Paul?


1/21/2009
Body movement: 40 minute ride on stationary bike
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

[links] Link salad for a January Thursday

The caption contest voting poll is live — Give it a shot! Some funny stuff there. Prize is an ARC of Green.

A reader reacts to Mainspring — Not so much with the liking. Powell’s | Amazon thb | Audible ]

I Didn’t Dream of Dragons — Another, very thoughtful voice in the current “writing the other” fracas flowing around the blogosphere. This one reaches deeply. (Snurched from .)

From the Typewriter to the Bookstore: A Publishing Story — Macmillan Digital Marketing tells us how a book comes about. Warning: do not watch while drinking coffee, or you will need a new keyboard. (Thanks to .)

New York Times: Fiction Reading Increases for Adults — Huh. Interesting.

What Kids Are Wishing From — Another genius post from Dark Roasted Blend.

DNA Could Illuminate Origins of Medieval Manuscripts“This could help us understand not just things, not just books, not just medieval cows, but people.”

Deep Sea Fish Uses Mirrors to See — Wow, that’s cool. The Intelligent Designer must have been quite busy.

Mars methane discovery hints at presence of life — Wow. (Thanks to .)

Secret inspection satellites boost space intelligence ops — Spooky stuff, this. A bit more Star Wars than we usually think of the space program as being. (Thanks to .)

How one book ignited a culture warThe Guardian talks about Salman Rushdie. This also touches on the “writing the other” issue, albeit from a different perspective.

He’s Leaving. Really. — Some lovely snark in The New York Times about Bush’s farewell address.

?otD: Where have all the flours gone?


1/15/2009
Body movement: 40 minute ride on the stationary bike
This morning’s weigh-in: 222.2
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

[contests] The caption contest voting poll

Remember the caption contest from December? [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ].

Having finally mastered my WordPress polling plug-in, I now mount the voting poll. Just as a reminder, here are the photos in question, followed by the poll.

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Which caption best captures the spirit of the photos above?

  • stonetable: Jay winds his Mainspring. (15%, 8 Votes)
  • kazdreamer: Okay, which joker put Super Glue on my socks? (13%, 7 Votes)
  • pauljessup: And now watch as I give birth to myself! One, two, oh crap. I'm stuck. (11%, 6 Votes)
  • Steve Buchheit: Wanna see my surgery scar? (9%, 5 Votes)
  • Gordsellar: While other members of the tribe watched, this elder performed what one group member claimed was a gesture “Invoking the Corn and Onion Spirits” and “Repelling the Harsh Winds of the North (5%, 3 Votes)
  • katster: Unfortunately, Jay found that his efforts to fold himself into a tesseract didn't quite work as he had planned. (5%, 3 Votes)
  • drachin8: Anyone got a lighter? (5%, 3 Votes)
  • Lee: Here we see Jay preparing to look for his next story idea. (4%, 2 Votes)
  • will_couvillier: Wow! Been a long time since I saw that! (4%, 2 Votes)
  • paulcarp: Jay Lake reveals secrets of getting published. (4%, 2 Votes)
  • summers_place: And for those of you unprepared for the switch to digital television, I present a primer on positions that may be helpful with antenna reception. Or not. (4%, 2 Votes)
  • R.S. Devin: Evidence that Jay may need to move to Nantucket. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • mikigarrison: If I can just get my ankles a little bit higher, my next novel will pop out, smooth as butter. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • suricattus: Author photo! (2%, 1 Votes)
  • jrbutcher: Are you sure everyone has one? (2%, 1 Votes)
  • mistymarshall: Just wait till you see what I can do with the rest of my body. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • musingaloud: And THAT, boys and girls, is your story entry point. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • frogworth: Remember that copy of The River Knows Its Own that I thought I'd sent you? Well I've found it, so COME AND GET IT!" (2%, 1 Votes)
  • magentamn: Soft-shelled author. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • autojim: And here the Lake presents Two Views of The Reason For Birth Control (2%, 1 Votes)
  • jenntheamazon: Oh, Look! A Jay Lake Pretzel. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • cscole: Finally! he muttered. After my summer health adventure, finally I can see what all the fuss was about. And as I suspected, the tuck and lift job they did is spectacular! (2%, 1 Votes)
  • ygolonac: A few more years of yoga and you'll be able to see Uranus. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • summers_place: I'm sure there's a reason I'm sitting like this... (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jeremiah Tolbert: Right. Sarah! Where did we put the bleach? (0%, 0 Votes)
  • kara_gnome: See, this is what happens when you can't find the origami paper. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • livia_llewellyn: After 25 years, Madonna finally hits the wall. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • pmrabble: Self-colonoscopy demonstration (0%, 0 Votes)
  • drachin8: Now my death ray is complete! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • drachin8: Cra-a-ab people, cra-a-ab people, taste like crab, talk like people. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • jenntheamazon: Who says you never lose your flexibility from when you were a baby? (0%, 0 Votes)
  • xjenavivex: The Lazy-Boy ate my siamese twin. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • evaleastaristev: Look what I can do! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • evaleastaristev: Now...a little help please? I'm stuck! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • xjenavivex: Once in position, the Grinch was able to slide down the chimney! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • katster: You should see me do this in spandex! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • magentamn: Peek-a-boo! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • will_couvillier: See -- lose some colon, gain some flex! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • selfavowedgeek: Wii Kama Sutra, anyone? (0%, 0 Votes)
  • klingonguy: Just two more weeks of practice, and when you can get your ankles behind your head, you can start shooting the late-night infomercial for your yoga DVD. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • mevennen: Once again, Pretzel Boy demonstrates his superpower. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • lillypond: That's so wrong on so many levels. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • mistymarshall: I haz flexibility. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • summers_place: Just look what you made me do. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Mark Siegal: Worst mug shots ever. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Lee: Could someone with cancer do this? (0%, 0 Votes)
  • kproche: How to escape the Human Siamese Knot... step one: wiggle ears... (0%, 0 Votes)
  • fledgist: And then I told Vatsyavana, 'this position even you won't put in the Kama Sutra'. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • jeffsoesbe: Soon, Jay thought. Soon those lonely nights will be lonely no more. (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 55

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[personal] Miscellaneous updatery

I’ve been trying to post a new podcast for about a week, but the podcast plug-in continues fubar. WordPress updates it about twice a day, so I assume attempted bug fixery is ongoing.

In the same vein, I owe a voting poll in the recent caption contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ], but the new (to me) WordPress poll plug-in is defeating me thus far.

Apparently my blogging fu has become disfungshuinal.

In other news, various combinations of writing related program activities, editing tasks, life issues and day jobbery have kept me away from substantial new writing for a while. I aim to remedy that this afternoon after work by digging back into the novella “Chain of Stars.” After that I have a short piece to write, then a collaborative piece to review.

Also, recently sold flash fiction “Golden Pepper” to Flash Fiction Online.

I continue to think deep thoughts about point of view in fiction. It’s become quite apparent to me that POV is far more subtle and nuanced than I’ve ever before understood. This thought process will hopefully disgorge a detailed process-oriented blog post one of these days. But since I’m thinking about it, what sorts of questions and concepts would you like to see covered in a discussion of point of view?

[contests] Results of the first Green ARC contest

The first Green ARC contest voting poll is now officially closed. The winner is , with 14 votes out of a total of 84 votes cast. The reason he should get a Green ARC?

“Hmmm, this has never worked before, but there’s always a first time… Because I’ll review it in Klingon!!!”

Congratulations to !

Also, if you’re still jonesing to win a Green ARC, go enter the current caption contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] before I close entries and make it into a poll.

[links] Link salad travels through time to a whole new year!

My 2008 year in review post: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Don’t miss the caption contest here: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]. Usual rules apply.

The pre-Christmas Green ARC contest voting poll is now open here. Remember, vote early, vote often, tell all your friends. I’ll close this poll in the next day or so.

A New Year’s wish from Pat Murphy — No, not that Pat Murphy.

Cars with propellors — Another lovely piece from Dark Roasted Blend.

A photo essay on Moore’s Law

Top Ten Good News Stories in the Muslim World, 2008 (That Nobody Noticed) — More evidence of the perfidy of Your Liberal Media. Or something.

?otD: Who breaks the windmakers?


1/1/09
Body movement: 40 minute ride on the stationary bike
This morning’s weigh-in: 220.6
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

[links] Link salad has another sick day

Don’t miss the caption contest here: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]. Usual rules apply.

The pre-Christmas Green ARC contest voting poll is now open here. Remember, vote early, vote often, tell all your friends.

on why sf novels are the length they are

Scriveners Error with more interesting analysis of the publishing apocalypse

Notes from the query wars

1905 joke book covers — Some weird stuff here.

Steampunk diving suit — No idea if is real or not, but it’s cool. (Thanks to .)

Hilarious and crazy signs, part 12 — From Dark Roasted Blend.

A Plane Crash in Denver — Interesting piece on the recent Continental crash.

Bidder said it was easy to rig government auction — Monkey wrenching, big time. And I can definitely see how $2.25 an acre for drilling rights would derail the progress of the American energy industry. Or I would be able to see it if I were a conservative and not obliged to take note of reality. (Thanks to .)

This Modern World on the end of the Bush administration — Chances are you either follow this comic, or don’t care to do so, but this one was a doozie, in case you missed it.

?otD: Who winds up the watchmakers?


12/30/08
Body movement: 40 minute ride on stationary bike (even though I feel like heck)
This morning’s weigh-in: 220.4
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

[links] Link salad for a sick day

My Christmas day fiction, “Lux Fiat”: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ].

Don’t miss the caption contest here: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]. Usual rules apply.

Dinotopia Map — James Gurney on maps and worldbuilding.

Bargain Hunting for Books, and Feeling Sheepish About It — How the used book market has upset book retailing. (Thanks to my Dad.)

Job Recruiters Instructed To Avoid WoW Players — Long time readers know my opinions on the relationship between MMORPGs and writing. This is rather ironic. (Thanks to .)

World Design Party: #d09 Detroit 2009 — An odd blog entry in an interesting blog, talking about urban repurposing. (Snurched from Enter the Octopus via Twitter.)

Diluting homeopathyBad Astronomy makes fun of bad medicine.

Parallel Universe — Parallel processing makes a comeback.

As if Things Weren’t Bad Enough, Russian Professor Predicts End of U.S. — Most of this article is quite silly (for example, that the U.S. has ethnic lines which correspond to a potential geographical split), but some of it is thought provoking. (Snurched from Enter the Octopus via Twitter.)

101 Atheist Quotes — (Thanks to .)

Study: Teenage ‘virginity pledges’ are ineffective“Taking a pledge doesn’t seem to make any difference at all in any sexual behavior,” said Janet E. Rosenbaum of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, whose report appears in the January issue of the journal Pediatrics. “But it does seem to make a difference in condom use and other forms of birth control that is quite striking.” Mmm, family values. Darn that anti-conservative reality bias. Clearly, what we need is more abstinence education.

?otD: Who watches the watchmakers?


12/29/08
Body movement: n/a (sick)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (sick)
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

[links] Link salad heads into the Big Cold

Last day for the new Green ARC contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Speak up in comments about why you should win a copy. Voting poll tomorow.

A couple of reports on Writers With Drinks: Here and here.

The Power List: 20 Movers And Shakers In Science Fiction — Check out number 16. Go, ! (Thanks to .)

Turritopsis nutricula — The immortal jellyfish. (Thanks to .)

Bush sneaks through host of laws to undermine Obama — Right up there with the “burrowing” of political appointees, by transferring them to civil service posts where their jobs are protected. Your Republican Party, classy to the end. Though I think these are regulations, not statutes. (Thanks to .)

?otD: Whither goest thou?


12/15/08
Body movement: n/a (travel day)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

[links] Link salad for a San Francisco Friday

Reminder of the new Green ARC contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Speak up in comments about why you should win a copy. Voting poll next week.

The Western Nostril on typos — Hahahahah.

Cheryl Morgon on Culture magazine — A cheese rag. With centerfolds. (Hat tip to , who flagged it due my traveling and not paying sufficient attention.)

How long would it take for a Tyrannosaurus Rex to digest your body? — A fun and informative Internet quiz. (Thanks to .)

Mystery Pyramid Built by Newfound Ancient Culture? — More Mesoamerica archaeology. (Thanks to .)

Scientists extract images directly from brain — Wow. (Thanks to both and .)

More on brown dwarfs from Centauri Dreams

?otD: Why is the Golden Gate bridge orange?


12/12/08
Body movement: 70 minute urban walk (with some serious hill work)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville