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In which I am nominated for a Steamcon Airship Award — Cool!

Scholarly Work, Without All the Footnotes — As Scrivener’s Error says, “a fascinating article on plagiarism, attribution, and differing standards.”

The church and homosexuality — Some interesting discussion in the comments section of the blog of daveraines, where I pointed yesterday for comment.

Faithing the Facts — Some secularist snark. Hahahah. (Thanks to

10/7/2010
Writing time yesterday: 1 hour
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (solid)
This morning’s weigh-in: 238.4
Yesterday’s chemo/post-op stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: The Exile Kiss by George Alec Effinger

[polls] The Sky That Wraps caption contest voting poll

The Sky That Wraps by Jay Lake

Time for another caption contest voting poll, to celebrate the release of my new collction from Subterranean Press, The Sky That Wraps. I declared a caption contest on the following photo:

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Jay laughing, Martinborough, NZ. © 2010, Shannon Page.

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The usual comment madness ensued: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

I have now embedded the comments into a voting poll. Unfortunately, some of the longer witticisms are truncated by the poll code. Usual rules apply. Prize after the voting poll will be an inscribed copy of The Sky That Wraps. Additional prizes may be awarded at the judge’s discretion.

Which caption best suits this photo of Jay laughing?

  • Alex J. Kane - If you're going to do that, sir, the law prefers that you do so in the center of the city street with one hand on the arse of your horse, for the sake of balance. (17%, 8 Votes)
  • markbourne - "Jay rolled his eyes, an action he usually avoided because putting them back in again tickled like the dickens." (13%, 6 Votes)
  • Gerry Huntman - Jay Lake, wearing on his shirt the extremely rare, but fragrant, Euphoric Daffodil, the only plant known to exude, even after picking, nitris oxide. (6%, 3 Votes)
  • H - "No really the view of the sheep is out of this world! Here, lemme lend you my eye." (6%, 3 Votes)
  • goulo - Because his cap is ribbed for extra pleasure. (6%, 3 Votes)
  • delkytlar - Jay's spirits get a lift when he learns that everyone at WorldCon actually thought his new hairstyle was a hat. (6%, 3 Votes)
  • elizaeffect - Wonka's new tomato-flavored chewing gum sounded disgusting at first, but was a surprise hit at the Lake compound - until the transformation began... (6%, 3 Votes)
  • ubiquitous_a - Wow, that squirting flower gag just never gets old! (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Don - SCHOLES…. Ken… Please put pants on! Man, I did not need to see THAT this early in the morning. (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Steve Buchheit - Jay Lake reads the Pledge for America. "Funniest piece of comedic fantasy this year," says Jay. (4%, 2 Votes)
  • catjuggling - "I sense a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices cried out in terror, when I farted." (4%, 2 Votes)
  • cjmarsicano - I don't need the silly turban and the sealed envelopes to do Johnny Carson's "Carnac The Magnificent" routine. (4%, 2 Votes)
  • deza - "You think a published author makes how much?" (4%, 2 Votes)
  • etcet - "Your attempt at enacting a remake of Scanners' definitive scene tickles. OH MY GOD, THERE IS A SPARKLEPONY DANCING IN MY SINUSES." (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Andrew Nicolle - Whereupon we witness, first hand, the after effects of Jay's little-known New Zealand clown allergy. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Deven - Jay: "'Damn pleasure ta see ya, mate?'" Giggles. "Sorry for the TMI, I thought you said, 'Did'ya please yer mate?'" (2%, 1 Votes)
  • kimberlywade - "It's not cancer!" (2%, 1 Votes)
  • garyomaha - "Oopsie. Here I stand, all in a fit..." (2%, 1 Votes)
  • dsmoen - No, I'm sorry, you cannot do that with me AND the COLOSSAL SQUID! (2%, 1 Votes)
  • e_bourne - Could someone please ask the Klingon to put his pants back on? (0%, 0 Votes)
  • elizaeffect - You are thinking of...PFFFT! Seriously? AHAHAHAHAHA! You are thinking of a...*sporfle* HAHAHAHA! I can't even say it, I'm la...laughing too hard! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • dr_phil_physics - "I traveled halfway around the world to New Zealand and you call THAT a joke?" (0%, 0 Votes)
  • dbroussa - The CLAW!!!! Oh No, not the CLAAAWWWW!!!! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • daibheid - No, seriously...what the heck just squirted out of my eye! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • horace_hamster - Nobody can tell a better joke than a daffodil lapel pin. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • jennifer_brozek - "Wait! Wait! This always works at home. I will split the bottle with my mind." (0%, 0 Votes)
  • cuddlycthulhu - The kangaroo put what where? (0%, 0 Votes)
  • little_foxy - You were just given your first pair of velcro gloves! And then had to have it explained to you why you need them! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • John Gibbons - Ha! When you asked "How were things Down Under?", I thought you meant... (0%, 0 Votes)
  • skidspoppe - And now, using only the power of my mind, I will cause my facial hair to grow... (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Carmelo Rafala - Oh shit. Really…in my pants… (0%, 0 Votes)
  • voidampersand - The Colossal Squid! (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 48

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[links] Link salad counts its scars and counts itself lucky

Don’t forget the new caption contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — I’m going to close this out in the next day or so and open the poll. So if you want a shot at winning a free book, click over there now and leave your entry in comments.

Salon Futura features a video interview with me — cherylmorgan and I did this at the Worldcon in Melbourne.

Photos and video on a 102-year-old lens — This is some cool stuff. Video is worth watching. (Via Gizmodo.)

High court hang-ups — I haven’t the slightest idea if this is real or a spoof, but it’s awfully funny in either case. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Europa’s Hidden Ice Chemistry — Cool space science. (Nicked from james_nicoll.)

The Post-Singularity Future Of AstronomyAstronomy could be the first discipline in which the rate of discovery by machines outpaces humans’ ability to interpret it.

Assessing Beck and Hannity — Ed Brayton on the Right’s talking heads. He also says some interesting things about O’Reilly.

Your tax receipt — In case you were wondering where the money goes. (Via garyomaha.)

Environmental campaigners axe gory filmEnvironmental campaigners 10:10 have withdrawn a film showing a teacher graphically exploding two of her students who refuse to reduce their carbon emissions, after complaints. Um, yeah. ericjamesstone first brought this to my attention, pointing out that I frequently claim that liberals don’t use eliminationst rhetoric, yet here is a film with an eliminationist message. I’ll argue that this was obviously satire (and even as such, inappropriate), rather than the apparently serious “get the liberals” messaging emanating daily from conservative media, but fundamentally he’s right. Satire or not, the liberal-progressive world is better than this.

Fear and Favor — Paul Krugman on Tea Party finances and the payrolling of candidates. But look! Over there! George Soros!

The Very Useful Idiocy of Christine O’Donnell — Frank Rich focuses on similar themes. Personally, I find the O’Donnell candidacy mind-boggling. It’s a badly broken electoral process that produces candidates like her. Even by conservative standards, she’s a severely underqualified loon.

Tennessee County’s Subscription-Based Firefighters Watch As Family Home Burns Down — Welcome to conservative America. If you vote Republican or are a Tea Partier, this is exactly what you stand for. You can have this future, but please keep it the hell away from me.

?otD: Are you missing any internal organs?


10/5/2010
Writing time yesterday: 1 hour
Body movement: 40 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
This morning’s weigh-in: 238.4
Yesterday’s chemo/post-op stress index: 3/10 (post-op pain, fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: The Exile Kiss by George Alec Effinger

[links] Link salad contemplates folk music

Don’t forget the new caption contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — I’m going to close this out in the next day or so and open the poll. So if you want a shot at winning a free book, click over there now and leave your entry in comments.

The fully-operational flying-boat squadron — Oh, this is hilarious. (Via io9.com.)

Yesterday I asked a question about human evolution [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Some very interesting stuff in comments on both sides of the blog, as well as at my Facebook page.

What Kind of Speech Needs Protection? — (Via lt260.)

Non Sequitur on politics and stupidity — Hahaha.

?otD: Accordion or ukelele?


10/4/2010
Writing time yesterday: 0 minutes (visiting family)
Body movement: 30 suburban walk
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (fitful)
This morning’s weigh-in: 238.2
Yesterday’s chemo/post-op stress index: 3/10 (post-op pain, fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: The Exile Kiss by George Alec Effinger

[links] Link salad sleeps long and fussy

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

Turning the World to the Side: Mary Robinette Kowal & Jay Lake on Speculative Short Fiction — Via Booklife.

Regarding the Elizabeth Moon Controversy — The Carl Brandon Society takes a very clear and cogent position on immigration, assimilation, citizenship and privilege.

Pathogens, Colonization, and EvolutionHow come the Native Americans died of European diseases, but the Europeans didn’t die from Native American diseases? (Thanks to lt260.)

Guerrilla WebfareHow unauthorized video producers are “brand-jacking” companies and forcing them to rethink the way they market.

?otD: How well do you sleep?


10/3/2010
Writing time yesterday: 0 minutes (visiting family)
Body movement: urban walking to come
Hours slept: 9.25 hours (interrupted)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday’s chemo/post-op stress index: 3/10 (post-op pain, fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: The Exile Kiss by George Alec Effinger

[links] Link salad knows it all from Diogenes to the Foucault

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

Sharp-Pointed Tendrils and the Span of Control: A Conversation with Jay Lake — In which I am interviewed at Clarkesworld by Jeremy L.C. Jones.

Kit O’Connell at SF Site reviews my novella The Baby Killers — He liked it a lot.

How ink is made — Eight minutes of chromatic industrial pr0n via art guru James Gurney.

Aerial Bridge: 1908 — It tooks me a minute or two to even interpret this image from Shorpy. It’s a style of bridge I’ve never seen before, sort of the inverse of a drawbridge where the default is permitting water traffic rather than road traffic. Interesting engineering solution.

Desktop 3-D printers are cool. But some people are scaling the technology up. — Also check out the first comment below the article.

Enceladus on full afterburner — Cool image, cool interpretation.

Much more on Gliese 581g — For them as wants. Fascinating read from Centauri Dreams.

Are we raising a generation of nincompoops? — The latest version of the “kids today” rant. Hey, you! Get off my lawn!

GOP pledge reduces deficit less than Obama’s budget — Not that the GOP or the Tea Party will ever notice. So much easier to hate than to think.

Assistant AG in Michigan Acts Like 9 Year Old — More classiness from another conservative in public office.

Assassination — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison with some strong, stark reasoning on the concept and labeling of assassination as a tool of statecraft.

?otD: How many purple clothes do you own?


10/2/2010
Writing time yesterday: 60 minutes (OUR LADY, various WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 9.25 hours
This morning’s weigh-in: 237.0
Yesterday’s chemo/post-op stress index: 3/10 (post-op pain, fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: The Exile Kiss by George Alec Effinger

[links] Link salad finds itself living in another part of the world

just because I didn’t kill myself, doesn’t mean I didn’t feel like I was dying — Read this, about the gay college experience, and maybe you’ll understand a little of the despair. Sigh.

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

This is a news website article about a scientific paper — Hahaha. (Snurched from james_nicoll.)

Scientists find rocky planet in the Goldilocks zone of Gliese 581 — In case you missed it. (From numerous sources.)

Trout Lake Cheese Caves — This is cool, and not so far from Portland. Trout Lake is also a locale for a lot of UFO sightings, I believe. And and I once got dreadfully lost in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest without ever finding the place.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) Fires Unnamed Staffer Who Wrote Gay Slur Online — He did the right thing. No excuses. No temporizing. No “red meat to the base”. I don’t often have it in me to compliment Republicans, but kudos to Senator Chambliss.

The Sorting Hat: What Kind of Activist Are You? — An interesting metaphor. Worth the read. (Via jimvanpelt.)

White America has lost its mind — More political snark with a bone-serious message.

?otD: Have you ever said to yourself, “My god, what have I done?”


10/1/2010
Writing time yesterday: 90 minutes (Kalimpura, WRPA)
Body movement: n/a (terrible sleep, stayed in bed)
Hours slept: 5.0 (badly interrupted)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday’s chemo/post-op stress index: 4/10 (post-op pain, fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: The Exile Kiss by George Alec Effinger

[links] Link salad sings over and over and over and over again now

calendula_witch recaps the last couple of years — The story of our relationship, cancer and her move to Oregon.

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

Terry Pratchett: ‘I’m open to joy. But I’m also more cynical’Discworld’s creator on his new novel, living with Alzheimer’s – and why he should be allowed to decide when to end it all. Sigh. And a bit close to home. (Thanks to tillyjane.)

Multiculturalism for Steampunk — An idea whose time has long come. (Thanks to jaborwhalky.)

SETI: The Red Giant FactorCentauri Dreams on the tie-in between stellar evolution, interstellar propulsion and SETI. One thing I wonder about with these sorts of deep time speculations is how early intelligent life could have evolved in our galaxy, given the need for a Population I solar system in order to provide heavier elements.

A Finding on Malaria Comes From Humble Origins — Malaria and gorilla poop. (Thanks to Dad.)

Likely Losses of House Seats in Midwest Stir Partisan Feuds — Remember Rep. Bachmann telling people not to fill out their census forms, until it was pointed out to her that could imperil her Congressional seat? It’s hard to stick to your principles when you’re a total loon.

Why Are Conservatives Targeting Muslims? And Why Now?Conservatives can do without a god, but they can’t get through the day without a devil. Their entire model of reality revolves around the existence of an existential enemy who’s out to annihilate them. Take that focal point away, and their whole worldview collapses into incoherence. This need is so central to their thinking that if there are no actual enemies around, they’ll go to considerable lengths to make some (or just make some up). (Thanks to lt260.)

Tea & CrackersHow corporate interests and Republican insiders built the Tea Party monster. A long article from Rolling Stone about the Tea Party movement. Rather deeply slanted snark (admittedly towards my own biases) but I still found it interesting and entertaining. (Thanks again to lt260.)

Proof that the Tea Party and GOP base are the same thing — Data from a leading Republican pollster. Also, this just in, water is wet.

Every single Republican Senate hopeful is against climate change action — The facts are biased against them, but that’s never slowed the GOP for a moment.

?otD: Would you like to meet a spaceman who’s got it going on?


9/30/2010
Writing time yesterday: 30 minutes
Body movement: 30 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid)
This morning’s weigh-in: 233.6
Yesterday’s chemo/post-op stress index: 4/10 (post-op pain, fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: The Exile Kiss by George Alec Effinger

[contests] The Sky That Wraps caption contest

Author copies of The Sky That Wraps have arrived. This is of course my gorgeous new short fiction collection from the delightful Subterranean Press. You can order it here, should you be so inclined.

The Sky That Wraps by Jay Lake

But we all know what author copies mean — a giveaway via caption contest! So I hereby declare another one of those suckers, based on a photo from the recent New Zealand trip. Your challenge is to write a caption that answers the question “Why is this man laughing so hard?”

First prize will be a personalized, signed copy of the book, 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 laughing, Martinborough, NZ. © 2010, Shannon Page.

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This work by Shannon Page is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

[contests] Results of the steampunk caption contest voting poll

The Baby Killers by Jay Lake

I have now closed the steampunk caption contest voting poll, which has celebrated the release of my steampunk minim opus, The Baby Killers. The contest was for a caption to best fit the following photo:

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Pipe, Lime, OR. © 2002, 2010, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

First prize is an inscribed copy of The Baby Killers, going to madrobins for:

“I admit to its utility,” said Miss Penderghast. “But the steam-powered corset-laundry will not catch on until it can be rendered small enough for the ordinary household.” with 15% of the polling, or 12 Votes.

Runners up are:

shelly_rae: Fortunately the colonoscopy scope has improved in the modern era and no longer requires a team of horses. It just feels that way. (11%, 9 Votes)

cjmarsicano: The Lime Observatory apologizes for the embarrassment caused by an intern pointing our telescope at the nudist beach in the next county. (10%, 8 Votes)

madrobins and cjmarsicano, please contact me with your postal addresses. (I already have shelly_rae’s.) Everyone else, go check out the other contestants if you haven’t done so already. Some funny stuff there!

[links] Link salad gets marked down from 22,000 days

I plan to close the steampunk caption contest voting poll tomorrow and declare a winner — Vote now if you haven’t!

A reader reacts to Mainspring — They liked it.

A reader reacts to “In the Forests of the Night” — They really hated it.

Mad Men: 1955 — Mmm. The chromocritic.

Male and female ability differences down to socialisation, not geneticsBehavioural differences between the sexes are not hard-wired at birth but are the result of society’s expectations, say scientists. (Via The Edge of the American West.)

Dear Rev. Graham: Obama was not born a Muslim and neither is anyone elseThose Americans who insist on seeing Obama as a Muslim are othering him, and probably are using religion as a proxy for race. Since the Civil Rights movement, it has been unacceptable in the United States for a public figure to engage openly in racist discourse, as shock jocks Dr. Laura and Don Imus discovered. But apparently it is still all right to be a religious bigot, so Islam is being scapegoated by the Republican Party, as its ability openly to play on racial fears is being increasingly constrained.

?otD: What would you do if this were the last day of your life?


8/22/2010
Writing time yesterday: 3.5 hours (revisions)
Body movement: 30 minute suburban walk to come
Hours slept: 8.25 (solid)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 4/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Destroyer by C.J. Cherryh

[personal] Miscellaneous updatery is all part of my rock and roll fantasy

Despite the title on this post, I had a Banarama moment in the shower this morning. And let me tell you, nothing convinces one that one needs a shower like a day of colonoscopy prep can do.

Bits and pieces:

  • Speaking of colonoscopy prep, I’m off to the clinic Real Soon Now, in the care of calendula_witch. And no, anent suggestions from several helpful souls, vodka was not an approved part of the clear liquid diet of the past 30 hours.
  • I’ll be closing out the steampunk caption contest voting poll, probably on Monday. Right now madrobins is leading the field.
  • I figure on being done with Endurance sometime this weekend. Then I’ll be working on the Kalimpura outline and trying to sweep through some WRPA and a few short fiction projects in fairly short order.
  • Next Tuesday I am in an audio studio for a little while. It will be my first time recording with pro equipment. Too bad my voice is so iffy…
  • Cancer second opinion consultation will take place at M.D. Anderson in Houston, Texas, probably in early October. Watch this space for updates.
  • I’d like to do another contest/book giveaway for the upcoming release of The Sky That Wraps. Should it be a caption contest, or shall we do something else?

Alien abduction experience, here I come…