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[links] Link salad blinks into another week

The voting poll for the Endurance caption contest is now open: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Super-Sized Spores Make Fungal Infections More Deadly, Possibly Explaining Victims in Missouri — More on the Missouri post-tornado infection. Weird stuff. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Mechanical Calculators — Some lovely mechanical photography. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Fukushima Disaster Failures Kept Behind Closed Doors at UN Atomic Meeting

The difference between US and foreign reporting: [ OPPD Dispels Nuclear Meltdown Rumors In Ft. Calhoun | US orders news blackout over crippled Nebraska Nuclear Plant: report ] — Hmm, Omaha. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

[Sec. Def. Robert] Gates: Winding down the Wars

Benefactor’s Activities Raise New Ethical Concerns About Justice Thomas — What, an unethical party line Republican? Thelma, bring me my smelling salts.

The Tom and Jerry ProblemThis use-hate relationship, in which Palin manipulates us and we torture her, reminds me a little of Princess Diana, whose relationship with the press Tina Brown described as “a cycle of dependency and combat.”

?otD: Is Monday the start of your workweek?


6/20/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 229.8
Currently (re)reading: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

[links] Link salad wonders about ornithopters

My flash piece “In the Green Jungles of Envy” is live at 10Flash Quarterly — Go check it out.

The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities — A curious book, in which I have a curious piece of fiction, along with many literary and artistic luminaries.

Best Fantasy Magazine Story of 2010 — A poll, in which calendula_witch and I have a story for consideration.

From Stars to Steam — In which I am one of several guest bloggers at Borders Babel Clash, along with Tim Akers, Felix Gilman and Mark Hodder.

Hazards of early success — cathshaffer on the perils of breaking out as an author.

Photos of Japanese aircraft captured at the end of WW II — These are fascinating. (Via x planes.)

The Mysterious “Anonymous” Behind Egypt’s RevoltWho is El Shaheed, the person who has taken a dead man’s name to call for change?

Model predicts ‘religiosity gene’ will dominate society — Hmm. Statements like this always make me very suspicious. For one thing, if this were true, why hasn’t the effect already been overwhelming? Religion isn’t exactly a modern phenomenon.

Bill O’Reilly: tidal bore — Phil Plait discusses willful ignorance. I seriously and strongly feel that everyone has the right to believe what they want, and to find comfort in it if they need it. But you can’t let that belief narrow your view of the Universe to where it’s simply easier to avoid what you don’t understand. This is precisely the sort of pathetically flawed thinking that American society’s practice of allowing conservatives to sabotage education leads to.

?otD: Are flying wings a canard?


2/1/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (2,500 new words on Sunspin book one, minor WRPA.)
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 252.0
Currently reading: One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde

[contests] The Sky That Wraps caption contest winner

The Sky That Wraps by Jay Lake

A month or so ago I held a caption contest for The Sky That Wraps. Unfortunately, real life intervened and I was unable to process the poll in a timely manner. For this, I apologize. Herewith is the winning caption.

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

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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.

Alex, please contact me to arrange shipping your prize, a personalized copy of The Sky That Wraps. I want to thank everyone else for playing.

[links] Link salad rises early in the morning

Don’t forget the latest caption contest voting poll — I will be closing this out shortly.

Secretariat was not a Christian — Roger Ebert on another critic on the new movie. Weird. Just weird. And especially odd in light of this article mocking conservative messages in movies, highlighting the same film. (That last via markbourne.)

Heavy Lifting: 1908 — I do loves me some big, clanky engineering.

Get the anti-science bent out of politics — Michael Mann, subject of the Virginia AG’s anti-science witch hunt, responds. We have lived through the pseudo-science that questioned the link between smoking cigarettes and lung cancer, and the false claims questioning the science of acid rain and the hole in the ozone layer. The same dynamics and many of the same players are still hard at work, questioning the reality of climate change. The basic physics and chemistry of how carbon dioxide and other human-produced greenhouse gases trap heat in the lower atmosphere have been understood for nearly two centuries. The deliberate, aggressive know-nothingism of the modern GOP, purely for political purposes, will be one of the things history judges this era’s GOP most harshly for.

Scrivener’s Error on (among other things) the difference between liberalism and libertarianism — I will add that these days libertarianism seems to have become synonymous with being a Republican. Which is odd, because many of the Libertarian Party’s stated policies are very much anathema to conservatives. It’s all about the taxes, I guess, at least when it’s not all about the faux-Fox outrage du jour.

Energized GOP can thank the tea party[T]he interest and commitment among many tea party supporters still appear likely to be a big asset to GOP candidates as they seek to turn out a big vote. At some point this pretense of the independence of the Tea Party movement will collapse. Funded by Republicans, populated by Republicans, voting for Republicans.

Being Glenn Beck — A lengthy and interest profile of Glenn Beck from NYT. Seems to confirm what I’ve thought about him for a while — where Rush and O’Reilly seem to be rank opportunists who know exactly what damage they are doing (and don’t care so long as they profit by it), Beck actually believes in his own tripe.

[links] Link salad wonders about moist

Don’t forget the latest caption contest voting poll

You Call – We Respond — A firefighter comments on this past week’s news story about the house burndown in Tennessee.

The stigma geneBad Science on an interesting intersection between genetics, medicine and social perceptions of illness and disability.

See the Future with a SearchA Web startup demos a “predictive” search engine.

The End of the Tunnel — Paul Krugman on the cancellation of the NY-NJ tunnel project, and what that says about infrastructure, politics and vision.

Times Square bomber: Cause and effect in the War on Terror — It’s so much more comfortable not to think about this stuff, isn’t it? I’m looking at you, conservative America, but also the rest of us.

Why is This GOP House Candidate Dressed as a Nazi? — Godwin’s Law has apparently come to life. Waffen SS re-enactor running for Congress on GOP ticket.

?otD: What’s your least favorite word? (Or “cringe” word.)


10/9/2010
Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (briefly interrupted)
This morning’s weigh-in: 240.2
Yesterday’s chemo/post-op stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: The Exile Kiss by George Alec Effinger

[links] Link salad contemplates languages and lexemes

Don’t forget the latest caption contest voting poll

An in-depth review of (among other things) my short story “The Goat Cutter”

Mainspring is reviewed by a German an Austrian reader — In German.

Hadley Rille 5K – Commemorating 5 Years of Exceptional Publishing! — One of my publishers, and a terrific small press, is having an anniversary sale. Check it out, some great titles there. Also a Kindle 3G giveaway going on.

Undocumented language found hidden in India — I find this kind of story pretty darned cool.

tongodeon with an excellent post on trust and credibility

So that’s why Koch funded a major evolution exhibitBut, for instance, what they do is illustrate the temperature changes in a graph covering the last 10 million years, which makes it easy to hide the very abrupt and rapid rise in the last few centuries. They also elide over an obvious fact: we’d rather not experience natural selection. Climate change may have shaped our species, but it did so by killing us Ah, climate change denial. For when the facts are biased against you.

The global warming witch hunt continues — Being a petty-minded nutbar has long been an important qualification for public office as a Republican (Bachmann, DeMint, Bunning, etc.), but it seems to be nearly mandatory nowadays.

The Moonie Times on the Obama Muslim BandwagonA fundamentalist Christian takeover of government is infinitely more likely than a Muslim takeover. Anyone who thinks that Muslims are in the process of conquering America is either unbelievably stupid or paranoid to the point of being mentally ill. Um, yeah.

?otD: What’s your favorite word?


10/8/2010
Writing time yesterday: 1 hour
Body movement: 50 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
This morning’s weigh-in: 238.8
Yesterday’s chemo/post-op stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: The Exile Kiss by George Alec Effinger

[links] Link salad awakens dreaming of nachos

Don’t forget the latest caption contest voting polls

Announcing METAtropolis: Cascadiajlake.com | LiveJournal ]

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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[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…

[polls] Steampunk caption contest voting poll

The Baby Killers by Jay Lake

Time for another caption contest voting poll, to celebrate the release of my steampunk minim opus, The Baby Killers. I declared a caption contest on the following photo:

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

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

I have now converted it to a voting poll. Unfortunately, some of the longer witticisms are truncated by the poll code, so take the time to pop over to those links and look them over before you vote! Usual rules apply. Prize after the voting poll will be an inscribed copy of The Baby Killers. Additional prizes may be awarded at the judge’s discretion.

Steampunk caption contest.

  • madrobins: "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." (15%, 12 Votes)
  • 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)
  • TVining: Well, ya'gotta reinforce the collar fittings, and she'll need a new coat of paint, but I think she'll fire again. (9%, 7 Votes)
  • burger_eater: Steampunk: Brass, goggles and phallic symbols. (8%, 6 Votes)
  • Maurine Starkey: The opening of the new steam power station has been delayed until crews could finish with the faux aged and distressed decor. "Dystopian aesthetic is the standard in today's society (6%, 5 Votes)
  • frozenrhino: D00d, this thing is gonna be the best waterballoon cannon EVER! (4%, 3 Votes)
  • jaborwhalky: In aether, no one can hear you scream (4%, 3 Votes)
  • lagbolt: His right ankle needed oiling, and the paint was peeling on his foot. (4%, 3 Votes)
  • robling_t: Upon reflection, Shelley decided that "Look on my cock, ye mighty, and despair" was a bit on-the-nose and did some rewriting... (4%, 3 Votes)
  • dionysus1999: Smokestack Lightning: because a 50 foot metal man's smoke has to be proportional to his other brass assets. (3%, 2 Votes)
  • goulo: Weeks after our gallant troops suppressed the local insurrection, the spice duct still showed vestiges of the vain spear attack on that fateful day of Prince Higgenbotham's coronation. (3%, 2 Votes)
  • jenntheamazon: Well, time to paint the aquaducts again *sigh* (3%, 2 Votes)
  • L Cohen: Magnetic Alignment Collars (MACs) on the TransContinental Accelerator (1909). Colloquially known as Mrs. Planck's Garter Belts. (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Randy Henderson: She think you mighty man when your pipe look like to this. Buy Doctor Miracle's magical unction and put you the steam back in your punk!!! (3%, 2 Votes)
  • RJ: It is said that the number of rivets required for the main penstock feed to the great binary reckoner was the last, great calculation made by the brute force of men's brains. (3%, 2 Votes)
  • tanuki_green: Prepare to fire the Steam Cannon, Mr. Biggles! (3%, 2 Votes)
  • martianmooncrab: Blowback from the mighty Air Rail Gun was highly corrosive, and if the Gun Crew didnt follow proceedures, casualties would rise. (1%, 1 Votes)
  • pmrabble: Jay's idea pipeline is getting a tad overworked. (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Randy Henderson: Behold, man's final monument to the dawn of his own destruction the remains of the BP oil pipeline. Alas, it outlasted its creators. (1%, 1 Votes)
  • will_couvillier: Steam Blaster - not just for paint removal any longer! (1%, 1 Votes)
  • will_couvillier: Use GlowMite - The finest in radiation reflective paint! (1%, 1 Votes)
  • will_couvillier: Whoa! Who snapped the crank handle off? (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Deven Atkinson: Pictured are the frozen roller bearings of the Niagara Falls Power Company's primary penstock. Lack of rotation these past two weeks has caused the pipe to begin filling with sediment (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ellen Eades: The Kiln Veterans. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • erikthenude: Well, the utility company said that if we bought 3 household appliances that they would hook our home up with gas for free. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • paulcarp: For dessert, I'll try the key Lime pipe. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Randy Henderson: You put the lime in the Majestic Mechanical Material Mixating Marvel, and mix it all up. Add coconut to taste. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ruthanne Reid: NOW let's see that dog get in here! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • selfavowedgeek: I stormed Aqaba, and all I got was this stupid t-shirt. (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 79

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