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[links] Link salad heads back to Portland

A Korean review of Kalimpura — Even with Google Translate, I can’t tell if this is positive or negative.

50 People On ‘The Most Intellectual Joke I Know’ — This is hilarious. (Via David Goldman.)

Einstein’s genius may be due to a ‘well connected’ brainEinstein’s genius may have been triggered by the left and right sides of his brain being unusually well connected, research suggests.

Fear is the mindkiller: Focus group peers into the Republican brain — Yep. Conservatism in America long since ceased being driven by rationality or anything like either national interest or even voter self-interest.

Meet Butch Matthews, A Republican Who Came To Love Obamacare After Realizing It Will Save Him $13,000 — Yup. Amazing what those actual liberal “facts” and “data” can mean, when stacked up honestly against the self-deceptions of conservative ideology. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

?otD: Driving anywhere today?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: n/a (traveling)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing laws passed under the Constitutional process and fully subjected to judicial review: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad is back in Portland

A reader reacts to Kalimpura — They liked it.

[info]james_nicoll is entertainingly snarky about the Clarkesworld podcast of my story, “Torquing Vacuum”

Launch Pad is on sale — The anthology benefits the Launch Pad workshop, and includes a reprint story from me.

Facebook and Twitter Are Converging The two largest social networks are becoming more similar, as they borrow each other’s features, and search for profit. The social media singularity is on the event horizon. What rough beast slouches towards the NASDAQ?

Most delicious dessert trucks in America

Bremerhaven Photos, Part II: Ships — Some very nice modern and historic ship photos from Cora Buhlert.

Straining Upwards to Hear the Cosmos

Tepco admits to reporting false radiation levels for nearly 2 years at Fukushima — Because reasons! (Via David Goldman.)

The obesity era‘The previous belief of many lay people and health professionals that obesity is simply the result of a lack of willpower and an inability to discipline eating habits is no longer defensible.’. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Fischer: It Is ‘Ignorant, Ignorant, Ignorant’ To Think Human Behavior Can Impact The Climateit is dumb, dumb, dumb; it is stupid, stupid, stupid; it is ignorant, ignorant, ignorant to think that there is anything that man can do to control the climate through human behavior.” If you want to do something about the climate,” Fischer said, “you want to do something about the weather, there is only one thing that we can do to affect climate or affect weather and that is to pray to Yahweh.” Faith certainly doesn’t have to make you stupid, but American Christianity does an excellent job of privileging willful ignorance that would be laughable in any non-faith-based context. Thank God I’m an atheist, given this is how leading Christian voices think and speak. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

US bid to name “Science Laureate” hits snag with climate denialistsConservative lobbying groups freak out, get bipartisan bill pulled. Because being conservative means never having to admit that reality trumps your proudly willful ignorance.

Police Wound Two Women In Shooting Near Times SquareCaught in the line of fire by police officers, two women were shot near crowded Times Square in Manhattan last night. The bystanders were wounded as police struggled to deal with a man who was behaving erratically. Because guns make us all safer. Those two women should be grateful for the Second Amendment rights that ensure that anyone might be carrying a firearm.

Man seeking help after North Carolina car crash shot by policeAn unarmed man who was shot dead after running toward police officers in Charlotte, North Carolina, may have been just trying to get help after crashing his car, police said. Because guns make us all safer. He should be glad he gave his life for your Second Amendment rights. I’m sure every single one of the other 30,000 people killed by firearms every year feels the same way. I know I would be proud to die for your illusion of safety.

Qotd?: Where did you wake up today?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 246.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing golf courses for Agenda 21: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad says, “No kill I.”

Ninth Jay Lake Pre-Mortem Read-a-thonShelf Inflicted with a really good review of Kalimpura, my third Green novel.

How Changing The Way You Think About Death Can Transform The Way You Live — (Via Erika Beseda-Allen.)

Fruit Flies Aid Efforts to Develop Personalized Cancer Treatments — Because bugs! (Thanks to David Goldman.)

A Light Bridge to Nearby Stars — A must-read for SF writers. Wow.

Lightning Farm — Oh, cool.

Archeologists Discover Poison Ring From Fourteenth Century; Used to Commit High-Profile Murders

C.I.A. Acknowledges Area 51 Exists, but What About Those Little Green Men? — (Thanks to Dad.)

Letters of last resort — Wow. The options are… strange. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Shrinking Arctic Ice Will Lead to Ice-Free Summers — Those pesky “facts” and “data”. Reality as usual is biased against the conservative position.

A Conservative Catholic Now Backs Same-Sex Marriage — Just goes to show that even a religious bigot can accidentally hit on a morally just position once in a while.

NSA abuses include Stalking ex-Girlfriends — Remember, citizens. The innocent have nothing to fear.

The Real, Terrifying Reason Why British Authorities Detained David MirandaThe scariest explanation of all? That the NSA and GCHQ are just showing they don’t want to be messed with. We as a nation have long since lost our moral authority, its tattered post-Reagan remnants traded away by Bush for a mess of pottage, and never redeemed as promised by Obama. ([info]danjite.)

QotD?: What is your phaser set on?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bike
Weight: 245.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block vaccinating children to spread autism: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad wanders into Friday

A reader reacts to Kalimpura — Generally rather favorable. I loved this bit: There are several big themes in the book that I really like too. First, Green is a bad-ass queer woman of color. Her story isn’t about any of those aspects of her, they just are facts about her. Sometimes those facts contribute to her interactions with other characters and sometimes they don’t. This is so important. Especially because Green is young and brave and flawed and impetuous and foolish and special all at once. She’s an individual, not a stereotype, and we need more of those depictions of queer women of color in our literature.

Bride of the Girl Cooties — Cora Buhlert with an excellent link roundup and commentary on the current iteration of arguments about gendering in SF.

Will McIntosh, On Choosing a Title for Your Novel — I’ve had a things or two to say about this in the past. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

The Secret to a Video-Game Phenomenon — I always thought Minecraft is what Lego should have invented.

The Renaissance Military Compass — Ok, that is cool. 500 year old milspec technology. Scroll down a bit when you land on the page. (Thanks to [info]threeoutside.)

Excel Is An Art Form: These Beautiful Images Are Proof — Wow. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

U.S. Supreme Court Says “Natural” Human Genes May Not Be Patented — Huh. Some unlooked-for sanity in patent law.

Gene/culture co-evolution

Oxygen mystery: How marine mammals hold their breath

Why Rational People Buy Into Conspiracy Theories — Because reasons, damn it! (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Antarctic ice melting from below, finds studyIce loss in Antarctica is largely driven by warm ocean currents, a discovery that could lead to more accurate predictions of sea level rise. Must be scuba diving liberals with blow torches. Everyone knows climate change is a fraud, no matter what the evidence says.

‘Spiritual’ young people more likely to commit crimes than ‘religious’ ones — Which is why atheists are one of the most distrusted groups in America. No, wait, what…? (Thanks to [info]shsilver.)

California Prepares for Fallout as High Court Ruling on Prop. 8 Nears — Prop 8 is institutionalized bigotry driven in large part by funding from the Mormon Church, which has joined the Catholic Church as an example of total failure of moral leadership and social conscience because of that. It would be very nice to see Utah’s exported religiously-branded hate run back out of California.

[Iowa GOP governor] Terry Branstad May Need To Approve Medicaid Abortion Funding — Yes. Every single one of them. Because one thing conservatives believe absolutely is that the government shouldn’t come between you and your doctor. Which is what makes Obamacare evil and government oversight of abortions good… that much-vaunted conservative intellectual consistency. You know how much Republicans hate those situational ethics. (Via [info]scarlettina.)

GOP congressman Trent Franks: It’s hard to get pregnant from rape — Republicans apparently cannot keep themselves from being both vile and stupid on this topic.

QotD?: Force choke or Vulcan nerve pinch?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (too many errands, not enough time)
Hours slept: 5.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 246.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block leaking intelligence secrets: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad listens to the children of the night

[info]fledgist reviews Kalimpura

Why Aren’t There More Woman Sci-Fi Writers? — (Thanks to Marta Murvosh.)

#Womentoread — Kari Sperring wants you to recommend SF by women.

The Prejudices We Permit — I’ve certainly been on the sharp of this stick. The point still stands.

What Kind of D&D Character Would You Be? — I scored out as Neutral Good Human Druid/Wizard (4th/3rd Level). (Snurched from [info]james_nicoll.)

Giant floating head found in Hudson River — Headline of the week.

Scientists in Antarctica Find Invading Neutrinos from Another Galaxy!

Remains of a supernova fall to EarthTiny pieces of silica in meteorites predate the Solar System.

What Happened When One Man Pinged the Whole InternetA home science experiment that probed billions of Internet devices reveals that thousands of industrial and business systems offer remote access to anyone.

20 Pounds? Not Too Bad, for an Extinct Fish

Elephant Bird Egg Fetches Over $100,000 At Christie’s Auction In London

Placentas provide clues about autism risk at birth, study says

Antibody triggers bone marrow stem cells to become brain cells — Wow… strange. (Via [info]seventorches.)

Conservative evangelicals’ persecution complex and same-sex marriageDespite being one of the largest voting blocs in the most powerful and wealthy nation in the world, American evangelical Christians often have a penchant for framing themselves as a persecuted minority. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

30 Of The Most Offensive, Idiotic, And Bizarre Conservative Arguments Against Marriage Equality — It’s pretty clear from these kinds of statements that conservatives have no concept of “consent”. But then, this isn’t exactly a surprise. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Liberty Counsel redefining ‘Christian’ just as Falwell didNow, as then, the word “Christianity” is being used as a synonym for unvarnished bigotry. Yet another of the myriad reasons I am an atheist. I have no use for a God whose followers can do this in his name and still consider themselves good and moral people.

Oregon same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, federal judge says in employee discrimination case — Another bigotry domino falls. As usual, conservatives are on the wrong side of history with this one, too.

Bobby Jindal: I’m fine with teaching creationism in public schools Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says that he wouldn’t mind if public school students were taught creationism and intelligent design in addition to evolution, as long as it’s “the best science.” Conservative willful ignorance is so hermetically sealed. And an entire state elected this fool to be their governor…

House GOP Freshmen Feel Left Out Of Failed Obamacare Repeal Rituals — This story is just sad. It encapsulates everything that’s wrong with Republican party politics today. The saddest part is that the people involved don’t see anything wrong with it at all.

Bush and the American Right Wing: Top Ten Ways they are Like the Children of an Alcoholic — This piece is sort of Poe’s Law in reverse. Satire that is also way too close to the truth.

Truman, Bush, and Rehabilitating Presidential ReputationsThe core Bush loyalist assumption is that a more dispassionate interpretation of his presidency will redound to his benefit, but that’s probably wrong. The less that people have at stake in defending Bush, the less eager they will be to bother. In another forty or fifty years, there will hardly be anyone interested in salvaging Bush’s reputation, and the truth is that he leaves behind no significant positive domestic legacy that later Republicans will feel obliged to defend and mythologize. Wow, how deluded do you have to be to imagine that anything of the Bush administration will be vindicated by history? Thanks to the Bush administration, we have stark, objective evidence about what happens when Republicans are allowed to govern: political, military and economic disaster.

QotD?: What beautiful music do they make?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (400 words on Original Destiny, Manifest Sin plus quite a bit of background reading)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (foot hurt all night)
Weight: 248.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block helping welfare recipients buy cell phones and big screen tvs: 0
Currently reading: The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett

[events] The Kalimpura reading

Yesterday’s dinner and reading was a lot of fun. We had a good turnout for the pre-reading meal, about 15 people. Here’s the table full of us, on the McMenamin’s patio:


Going clockwise from the lower left, I think I can capture all these names. [info]mlerules, Debra Stover, Janet Happe Lunde, Brian Hunt, Rachel Sinclair Hunt, the Niece, [info]tillyjane (a/k/a my mom), [info]martianmooncrab, Michelle Carlson, Jenna Miller, Stacey Hale Hankins, Jersey Girl in Portland, me, Lisa Costello. [info]delerium3 is taking the picture, and MtnSk8tr is out of the frame.

Also, [info]martianmooncrab gave me this fetching hat:


Which I wore through dinner and partway through the reading.

We had a pretty good turnout at Powell’s. Peter Honingstock did his usual wonderful job of hosting. I tried to shoot some footage for Donnie Reynolds, which resulted in moderate hilarity around adjusting the field expedient camera stand. I spoke briefly about some of the things going on in my writing and personal life, read the very beginning of Kalimpura, then the calming-the-storm scene from the book’s second section, took some Q&A, and a signed a bunch of titles. All in all, it was quite a good evening.

My thanks to everyone who turned up at dinner, and all the more so to everyone who made it to the reading.

Photo © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr. and E. West.

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[books|repost] Kalimpura reading March 8th, 2013

I’ll be reading from KalimpuraPowell’s | BN ] tonight, Friday, March 8th, at the Powell’s Cedar Hills location. This will be my one and only formal public event for the book due to my continued battle with cancer.

As is usual, I’ll have an open dinner from 5 pm to 6:30 pm, at McMenamins Cedar Hills, at the north end of the same retail complex Powell’s is in. If you’re planning to come to the dinner, please do let me know in comments or via email so I can include you in the headcount.

Due to chemotherapy, I’ve cancelled all my other convention and workshop appearances through this summer (at least), so if you want to see me on the hoof and Hawaiian clad, this is your only chance. Due to the reduced chemotherapy prescription I’m embarking on, this will be the first of a small series of public events and appearances I’ll be doing this spring, and into the summer if my health holds up. Hope to see you there.

[links] Link salad has got to believe that it’s magic

Kalimpura by Jay Lake — A fascinating review of my latest novel. I really like this analysis.

BASFA 2013 Hugo Award Recommendations: Best Novella — My Nebula-nominated novella “The Stars Do Not Lie” is on this list.

US doctors cure child born with HIV

Google Wants to Install a Computer on Your Face — Some commentary on how Google Glass would need to work.

Mars Curiosity rover put into ‘safe mode’ after glitch

We’ve got some UltraEverDry—what should we put it on? — Hah!

Please stop looking for the ‘original sin’ gene — Ah, the workings of the Christianist “mind”.

Underworld saint becoming more popular in USPopular in Mexico, and sometimes linked to the illicit drug trade, the skeleton saint known as La Santa Muerte in recent years has found a robust and diverse following north of the border: immigrant small business owners, artists, gay activists and the poor, among others — many of them non-Latinos and not all involved with organized religion.

The Story of Romney’s Career: “What I Said Is Not What I Believe”Romney supporters often relied on his record as a famously unprincipled political weather-vane to defend him against any substantive criticism of what he said during the campaign on the grounds that he didn’t or couldn’t “really” believe it. Since Romney couldn’t be trusted, it was taken for granted that he never said what he “really” believed, and Romney supporters tried to make a virtue of their candidate’s worst character flaw. Yeah, pretty much.

QotD?: Can nothing stand in your way?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (traveling)
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (traveling)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for climate change: 0
Currently reading: Pyramids by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad heads for the airport

Bastard Giveaway: Kalimpura by Jay Lake

From Inspiration to Execution — Art guru James Gurney quoting Robert Louis Stevenson.

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon (Portland, OR) — A fun local convention is looking for a little Kickstarter help.

The Google Glass feature no one is talking about — A contrarian view of the Next Big Thing. (Via [info]danjite.)

Scientists Uncover Invisible Motion in Video — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Handling Luggage Problems, From Damage to Delays

Same Genetic Basis Found in 5 Types of Mental Disorders

Human sexuality is naturally promiscuous, primarily amorous — I know nothing, I say nothing…

Study of Ice Age Bolsters Carbon and Warming Link

On Purposely Getting Arrested, to Get Life-Saving SurgeryAny patient with end stage liver disease who does not have insurance (and is not eligible for Medicare) has the option of trying to qualify for state-funded Medicaid (which includes demonstrating both poverty and disability), stealing moisturizing cream from a department store, or dying. Best healthcare system in the world, yep. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

After Benedict: Religions have to Democratize if they are to Survive

Van school worker shot during gun training class — Clearly what we need is more guns. What could possibly go wrong? (From various sources.)

Back in 19 and 70… — Tea Party idiocy (or more likely, willful ignorance) on the subject of the minimum wage.

QotD?: Is it a bird? is it a plane?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (2,000 new words of draft on the current nonfiction project, to 6,900.)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 236.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block converting golf courses to concentration camps: 0
Currently reading: Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad is a handsome ape with girlish eyes

2013 Book Post 3 — Sean Fodera with (among other things) a nice capsule review of my latest novel, Kalimpura.

The Evolution of the Crime Genre

Roko’s Basilisk wants YOU — Charlie Stross with more on this intellectual oddity mentioned yesterday herein.

1967 Futurists Imagine the 21st Century — Um, yeah. Heh.

Flu me to the Moon — I absolutely love this photo.

Astrophile: Evaporating planet shows how worlds vanish — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Fragments of ancient continent buried under Indian Ocean — There’s also a lost continent in central Washington State.

How Dinosaurs Grew The World’s Longest Necks

The Sources of Partisan Bias

QotD?: Ook?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (Research for the current non-fiction project, and drafting to 1,300 words.)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 236.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block converting golf course to concentration campsi: 0
Currently reading: Sourcery by Terry Pratchett

[books|repost] Kalimpura reading March 8th, 2013

Health permitting, I’ll be reading from KalimpuraPowell’s | BN ] on Friday, March 8th, at the Powell’s Cedar Hills location. This will be my one and only formal public event for the book due to my continued battle with cancer.

As is usual, I’ll have an open dinner from 5 pm to 6:30 pm, at McMenamins Cedar Hills, at the north end of the same retail complex Powell’s is in. If you’re planning to come to the dinner, please do let me know in comments or via email so I can include you in the headcount.

Due to chemotherapy, I’ve cancelled all my other convention and workshop appearances through this summer (at least), so if you want to see me on the hoof and Hawaiian clad, this is your only chance. Due to the reduced chemotherapy prescription I’m embarking on, this will be the first of a small series of public events and appearances I’ll be doing this spring, and into the summer if my health holds up. Hope to see you there.

[links] Link salad sleeps the sleep of dreams

Kalimpura — Paul di Filippo reviews my Green trilogy at, with a focus on the latest book, Kalimpura. In creating Green and her universe, Lake has not only provided a vivid protagonist and a grittily glamorous world, conducive to high heroics, but also updated the kind of Red Sonja (Robert E. Howard’s heroine) and Jirel of Joiry (C. L. Moore’s swordwoman) archetype for postmodern, egalitarian sensibilities. He’s never obtrusive in this program, but always effective. This trilogy stands as a landmark in heroic fantasy that fuses pulp brio with sharp philosophical underpinnings. I think he liked it.

Australian Experts Report First Known Quintuple Negative — A language funny from Lowering the Bar.

No breasts for our guests — Censored wallpaper? Really?

Male as the Neutral Default — Ah, gender. Sigh.

Alcohol said to have big role in cancer — Not mine, since alcohol never played a big role in my life.

Cuomo Bucks Tide With Bill to Ease Limits on Abortion — As we all know, conservatives don’t want the government to come between them and their doctor, so I’m certain Republicans across America will do the intellectually consistent thing in supporting this bill.

Can the Republicans Be Saved From Obsolescence? — A fascinating article that points to some blindingly obvious conclusions about pervasive conservative hypocrisy and the Republicans’ much beloved tactics of social repression.

Preemptive Pessimism Isn’t A Plan Still, today, after all the debunking, the repeated certification by the State of Hawaii, two successful presidential campaigns and all the background checking that implies, more intense scrutiny than any other single president in American history – after all of that, a significant fraction of conservatives in this country still refuse to openly admit that Barack Obama is a fellow citizen, that his skinny black ass is just as American as they are. They’ll readily believe every silly poorly reasoned, logically inconsistent, idiotic, ridiculous, asinine, soundly debunked conspiracy theory that comes along from every coked-out, crazy-haired, wild-eyed fruitcake with an Internet connection, but they won’t believe Barack Obama is an American citizen, a Christian, and Capitalist. And there’s nothing you can do to convince them otherwise. Nothing. Welcome to the conservative mind. Which Jim Wright analyzes in detail, contrasting their own words and stated policy positions with objective reality. (Via Steve Buchheit.)

QotD?: Did you dream the dream of sleep?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (2,400 words on novella in progress, to first draft complete at 18,100 words.)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 231.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block covering up high crimes and misdemeanors in Benghazi: 0
Currently reading: Mort by Terry Pratchett