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Monthly Archive: March 2010

Mar 31 2010

On Ailing

I have too many friends who aren’t healthy at the moment: injuries, cancer, infection, and a couple of cases of severe pain with unknown causes. I’m still having fun with that last category myself, as well as coming to grips with how extended illness can change people and perspectives. So I’m seeing more articles on …

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Mar 26 2010

Repost: To My Conservative Friends and Colleagues

Reposted for topicality and to enhance my reputation as a seer. Who needs to die before you speak? We’ve already had one death arguably attributable to this insanity of refusing to recognize the authority of a duly elected president and Congress. How many more will it take? Sure, the guy was a raving loon, but …

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Mar 22 2010

The Abortion Post

Last night, health care reform passed the House. I should have been happy. Not ecstatic–the plan doesn’t contain enough of what I wanted (strong public option) for that. But happy. This is progress. It has been a long time coming, and the forces arrayed against it, from vested interests to an administration unwilling to spend …

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Mar 18 2010

On “Crap”

A friend of mine is currently experience an increased demand for entertainment. After noting a couple of Facebook updates related to television shows that are constantly in syndication, I recommended Hulu. I noted that it offers a lot of crap, but that it allows you to choose the crap you want to watch on your …

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Mar 16 2010

Questions About Genre

Those of you who read genre fiction know that there are two general approaches for a writer interacting with the genre: hewing closely to the tropes and messing with them, doing the unexpected. Of course, in practice, most writers do some of both. If you read genre fiction, I’d love your input on two questions. …

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Mar 14 2010

Paying for Free

A couple of days ago, I asked a few questions on Twitter: What is the point of entertaining you if you only tell me when I’m doing it wrong? What is the point of writing anything if I’m brilliant only until I challenge you, when I become insane/dishonest/evil? The best free entertainment/enlightenment comes from people …

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Mar 01 2010

Anthology News

Two blog anthologies made recent announcements I’d like to share. If you don’t already know that The Open Lab is available, you’ve either been hanging out under a rock or you don’t spend much time in the science blogosphere. I got to read several of the posts in blog form as one of the judges, …

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