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Monthly Archive: January 2011

Jan 25 2011

Dana’s Dojo: Write What You Know – Or Can, At Least, Convincingly Fake

Today in the Dojo: Dana’s Editorial on writing, research, and her personal preferences regarding authors who Really Know Their Shit It has taken me years of struggle, hard work and research to learn to make one simple gesture, and I know enough about the art of writing to realize that it would take as many …

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Jan 24 2011

It’s Not That Easy Addendum

Saw this at Digby’s after I’d written the previous post: All over TV today, I’m hearing the gasbags fret about the fact that Obama hasn’t brought up gun control. It’s a good question, but they know the answer to it very well: the Democrats have given up that issue, the only problem is that the …

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Jan 24 2011

It’s Not That Easy

So David Dayen wrote this article right after the Giffords shooting, taking the WaPo out to the woodshed and administering some tough love for being such complete fuckwits.  You see, WaPo decided that since there’s a law on the books in good ol’ AZ saying crazy folk can be committed, all those people who didn’t …

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Jan 23 2011

Some Thoughts on Subduction, Science, and Denialists

What I was supposed to be doing today: cleaning house, working on research. What I did: got sucked into a series of posts having fun at the expense of Expanding Earthers, who are just as pathetic as IDiots. It all started with this tweet, which led to me reading three posts on subduction and the …

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Jan 23 2011

Overdose of Cute, Plus Snow!

Some of you like cute kitteh photos.  Well, this post is for you. My cat, who is spawn of Satan at the best of times and something Satan would flee from at the worst, has been overplaying the cute card over the past few weeks.  I believe she’s plotting something.  Or perhaps she’s just saying …

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Jan 22 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Blaise Pascal

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. -Blaise Pascal Despite sounding like a Gnu Atheist gigantidick, Blaise Pascal was a 17th Century mathematician and physicist whose name you should curse if you don’t like getting injections, as he had a little something to do with the …

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Jan 21 2011

Los Links 1/21

I’d write you an inspiring lead, and helpfully split this week’s links into categories, and generally do more by way of saying “Go read all these and then some!” But my book on South China agriculture just came in, I’ve still got Krakatoa to finish, and a dream has sent me on a scramble through …

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Jan 20 2011

So You Know Exactly How God Did It, Then?

You know, sometimes it seems like USA has come to stand for “United States of Appalling Ignorance.”  A lot of people in this country need to read an improving book.  And I’m not talking about the Bible.  That one only seems to improve people’s ability to be smug about their appalling ignorance.MTHellfire found this bit …

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Jan 19 2011

Oregon Geology Parte the Fourth: Hug Yer Geology South

We’ve had an eventful first day in Oregon so far.  We saw the mouth of the mighty Columbia River at Astoria; watched the Columbia River Basalts plunge into the sea at Ecola State Park; and done a bit of desultory spelunking at the north side of Hug Point.  The sun’s getting ready to sink into …

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Jan 18 2011

Dana’s Dojo: Extrapolation vs. Experience

Today in the Dojo: The secret to writing what you don’t know. “I think that is the biggest part of being a storyteller, being true to your characters and allowing them to present themselves to readers in ways that speak beyond the limitations of personal experience.” -Glynis For those who wonder how I spend most …

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