Friday, November 20, 2009

weekly linkage

Just three things today because I've been too busy to futz about in the creaking bowels of the interwebs. But they are good things, very good things.

Very, very fine idea here from @mdash: social PayPal to support artists. I can't wait to see where this goes.

In the Los Angeles Times, notice of legal blow to DOMA. "A federal judge today ordered compensation for a Los Angeles couple denied spousal benefits by the federal government because they are gay men./ U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Reinhardt deemed the denial of healthcare and other benefits to the spouse of federal public defender Brad Levenson to be a violation of the Constitution's guarantee of due process and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, which is prohibited by California state law." I think this is going to turn out to be very important.

Review of Eclipse 3 at by Charlie Jane Anders. "The best story in the book, though, is Nicola Griffith's 'It Takes Two,' the jaw-dropping story of freakish biochemistry experiments, venture capital, and a lesbian lapdance that goes much further than anyone expects. It's reminiscent of the thrilling leap-in-the-dark feeling of her novel Slow River, but feels even more intense and weird, maybe because nothing could be weirder than a strip club in Marietta, Georgia." Woo hoo! So, hey, go buy the book and experience the leap-in-the-dark thrill (ooh, I like that) for yourself.

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