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Joel C. Salomon
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Robert Anson Hoyt/Contributor It has been less than an hour, at the time of this writing, since I learned that Terry Pratchett had died. Probably I should wait a little longer, and organize my thou...
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Sometime next week, or maybe next year... "Google, who was that one guy in that one movie? The one with the--" "Russell Crowe." "RIGHT! That's him. That's... okay, how did you do that?" "You watche...
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Take a look at this +BBC News “report” headline:
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I don’t know how long this essay has been online, but it’s new to me, and worth a read.
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As the IDF's operation to dismantle terrorist infrastructure in Gaza continues, Hamas continues implement inhumane measures against civilians.
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These look good. Make ’em with pastrami, or lamb or turkey bacon, and they’ll be kosher.
 Just can’t have them with Genuine Imitation Ovalquik.
Schlock in the Kitchen Howard Tayler was good enough to give me several suggestions for cooking from the schlockiverse. There is a lot of food in the fifteen years of the daily Schlock Mercenary, a...
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Chesky, are you recommending the bacon churros?
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A story for Halloween for my readers. (I will correct found spelling errors later.) Enjoy. * * * There was no time. That is the first thing to remember. I did
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If only the Knesset really had such a sense of humor…
Following the vote by the UK’s Parliament to recognize the State of Palestine, the Israeli Knesset voted Wednesday morning to officially recognize Scotland as a state and demand British occupation of the territory end immediately. “The British have denied the Scots their freedom for too long,” Israel’s Foreign Minister said in a press conference following …
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On the recommendation of a friend, I’ve just read Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. The book borrows familiar fantasy tropes, but the author applied his skill to create a work of ugliness. The characters are venal and unsympathetic. Unheroic characters might be a clever deconstruction of the genre, but the main character has no virtues at all: he is neither brave, nor loyal, nor generous, nor faithful, nor anything which would make me like him in the least.

The overall effect is as if the author has taken my mental picture of Narnia and drawn over it a penis graffito. Bleah.
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It’s the “one impossible thing” rule of SF: you get to invent new grammar rules, or new vocabulary; not both. 😐

ETA: There should have been a smiley there, but G+ is not displaying it for some reason.
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From +NDTV; this should be more widely reported.
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“What shall be done with the four million slaves if they are emancipated? […] Our answer is, do nothing with them; mind your business, and let them mind theirs. Your doing with them is their greatest misfortune.”
—Frederick Douglass, Douglass’ Monthly, January 1862

The concept of Stephanie Saulter’s Gemsigns is a straightforward variant of a classic SF trope: A deadly disease, called the Syndrome, made it so humanity needed to genetically modify itself. And once this “gemtech” was developed, and given the need to rebuild a depopulated world, the genetic engineers also created “gems”, humans with modifications beyond resistance to the Syndrome: brute strength, gills, the ability to smell toxic wastes, etc., etc.—whatever was needed. And these slaves were given clear distinguishing marks such as brightly colored hair, the titular “gemsigns”. Abuses come to light not long before the story begins, leading to the Declaration, a sort of watered-down provisional emancipation.
  It’s in the world-building and characterization that this story falls down. The gems are all noble (except for the occasional River Tam Beats Up Everyone incident). Religion comes in two forms: the United Churches with moral ideas so vague that none of the many references to them says anything specific, and the “abomination”-obsessed “godgangs” whose theology is no better defined. The corporations are all Evil, plotting to force the gems back into indenture. And everything rides on the main character’s presentation at the Conference.
  There are no surprises, no changing of minds that matters, no internal conflict and very little external conflict that touches the main character; in short none of the emotional payoff I expect when reading a novel.
  The question asked in this story is, “what shall be done with the emancipated Negro Gem?”—but Frederick Douglass’s suggestion is never entertained. The Evil Corporation, which is so powerful at the beginning of the book its Beautiful-but-Evil Chief Something-or-Other gives the main character an encrypted file whose key is his own bank account password, have prepared for every eventuality: but at the Conference the suggestion is made that gems simply be declared equal under the law, a proposal on one hand so surprising to the characters that Evil, Inc. didn’t prepare for it at all, and on the other hand so obvious to the reader that I almost threw the book across the room in irritation that it took 250 pages for someone to get around to making it.
  With regret, I cannot recommend this book.
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  • Motorola Solutions
    System Engineer, 2012 - present
  • PierCon Solutions
    System Engineer, 2012 - present
  • BGC Partners
    Analyst/Programmer, 2010 - 2011
  • Techno, Inc.
    Control Systems Programmer, 2008 - 2008
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Interested in Plan 9, Rocketry & Space Exploration, Science Fiction, Engineering, and Politics.

Active or lurking on various lists, especially Avodah/Areivim, comp.lang.c9fans, and Arocket.
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  • Cooper Union
    Electrical Engineering, 2002 - 2008
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