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[links] Link salad gets verbose

Check out the Fictional Character Pickup Line contest: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

A reader reacts to Green Powell’s | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Borders ] — Not so much with the liking this time.

I am on all three of the bestseller lists at Borderlands Books this monthGreen in hardback, Escapement in mass market paperback, and Footprints in trade paperback.

The Winds of Dune launches today — Check out the tour schedule.

Scott Westerfield’s new project — I stand in awed envy.

Scrivener’s Error has a boatload of fascinating stuff today on publishing (and other topics) — Easier to send you there than to relink three or four from here.

Terry Pratchett campaigns for the right to take his own life

Wondermark exceeds its usual high weirdness quotient today

Mysterious bright spot found on Venus — Mmm, planetary mysteries. Close cousins to planetary romances. (Thanks to .)

APOD with a triple sunrise — Looks a lot like a certain Star Wars shot to me.

Rep. Eric Cantor (#2 in the House GOP) blames “birtherism” on liberals — And conservatives wonder why the reality-based community thinks they’re crazy. Birtherism is even stupider than Creationism or moon landing denialism, and is spreading like wildfire among white conservatives, if the polling is to be believed. And speaking of crazy, here’s a bit more on conspiracy theories, specifically moon landing denialism, snurched from Bad Astronomy Blog. The chart is great, but be sure to read the exegesis below.

Corpses as artifacts of a cowboy cultureThe Edge of the American West on murder and violence in America. Including a great quote from Richard Hofstadter, ca. 1970. one is impressed that most American violence—and this also illuminates its relationship to state power—has been initiated with a “conservative” bias. He was contrasting that with the leftist violence of that era, but if you look since, most American violence continues to be conservative, from clinic bombings to Timothy McVeigh. Even al-Qaeda are staunch conservatives, in the sense that they stand for much the same thing the Republican base does — absolutism in religious law, belief in the corruption of the American government, elimination of secular education, etc. If bin Laden were Christian, like conservative bomber and multiple murderer Eric Rudolph, he’d likely be a folk hero to a significant segment of American conservatives. [Note: this was edited at the prompting of , who quite rightly pegged me for tarring with too-broad a brush. See comments below to follow that discussion.]

?otD: Do you feel, feel like I do?


8/4/2009
Body movement: 10 minutes of stretching and meditation, 30 minute stationary bike ride
This morning’s weigh-in: 223.4
Currently reading: The Story of the Stone by Barry Hughart

[links] Link salad for a Wyoming Monday

voidampersand liked Escapement Powell’s | Amazon ]

Call For Submissions – Footprints — Now it can be told. Eric Reynolds and I are editing a hard(ish) SF anthology, for which the reading window opens soon. Bribes cheerfully accepted, though they won’t influence the reading process at all.

Nancy Kress talks about Launch Pad

James Gurney on the design of alternate history — A very nice post.


8/4/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (long city walk this morning)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: Launch Pad Workshop class materials