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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-02-03 07:13
Subject: [links] Link salad for the day of rest
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Tags:books, culture, funny, links, photos, politics, religion, science, stories, tech, videos, weird, writng
Waiting for It — "Why does it take so long to publish a book?" Interesting stuff, though some of it made me laugh. (Tipped from a mailing list I'm on.)

Amazon Buying Audible.com for $300M — (Tipped from a mailing list I'm on.)

Locus Recommended Reading: 2007Mainspring Powell's | Amazon | Audible ] is on there, along with my novelette "Crossing the Seven", and the short story written by gregvaneekhout and me, "C-Rock City". (Thanks to controuble for the tip.)

Incorrections in the news room — The perils of automatic correction via search-and-replace. "Queen Elizabeth has 10 times the lifespan of workers and lays up to 2,000 eggs a day."

Shorpy with another gorgeous railroad photo — Trains in Cajon Pass.

Galactic Broadband — "...another way to send information in a radio signal — even a narrow-band radio signal — by encoding it in the orbital angular momentum. It's as if they've found 'subspace channels,' a là Star Trek."

wtf_nature with non-Newtonian fluids — This is seven kinds of cool. I sense a kitchen science experiment coming on here at Nuevo Rancho Lake.

What's really wrong with newspapers — An interesting perspective on the decline of newspapers. If you believe in the magic of self-correcting market forces, you'll dismiss this as liberal fluff, but it touches on a lot of reality-based issues.

Study Reveals Why Monkeys Shout During Sex — More than you wanted to know about primate sex. (Unless you're a Young Earth Creationist, "primate" would include you. Offer not valid for all belief systems.)

Domestic Partnerships Allowed in Oregon — As of Monday. I am so proud of my adoptive home state. Ooops, I can hear the rending noise of heterosexual marriages already being pulled apart! Good Christian fear for sinners here!

Marry Our Daughter — I found this completely by accident while looking for something else. I hope to God it is parody. I am reliably informed in comments that this is a parody, thank God.

Yes We Can — a very striking political video for Obama. Worth the watch whether or not you're interested in him.

How the Republican Party Committed National Suicide — This is freaking hilarious, if you can stand the persecuted-conservative rhetoric. A rant by someone who thinks that all liberals are socialists, and that McCain is a liberal. (He doesn't go on to complete the syllogism, thereby betraying a lack of a classical education.) Apparently liberals who are unable to shut up about the benefits of socialism have taken over the Republican party. I'd settle for having liberals take over the Democratic party first, but since that hasn't happened yet... My presumption is the writer is one of those conservatives for whom anyone he doesn't agree with is a socialist by definition, rather than someone who actually has any understanding of what socialism (or liberalism) is. (Slow site to load, btw.)

A Swede comments on American politics — Oddly, this denizen of the Socialist Hell that is Sweden doesn't notice that the liberals haven taken over here. He must not have gotten the memo. Darn that reality-based reality!
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roane
User: roane
Date: 2008-02-03 15:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The "marry our daughter" thing is a parody, according to the New York Times. Thank goodness.
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S-47/19-J
User: shsilver
Date: 2008-02-03 15:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Not only is Marry Our Daughter a hoax, it was designed by John Ordover, the former editor of Pocket Books' Star Trek line, so it even has a (weak) SF tie.
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Kadath in the Cold Waste: rocket scientist
User: kadath
Date: 2008-02-03 16:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:rocket scientist
[info]wtf_nature with non-Newtonian fluids

Shear-thinning fluids are much more common. House paint, toothpaste, ketchup...blood. Blood is a particularly interesting case because it complicates biomechanical modeling.

Edited at 2008-02-03 04:06 pm (UTC)
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-02-03 18:28 (UTC)
Subject: What's really wrong with newspapers
I'm not sure I understand your point about the newspaper post. Newspapers have been badly managed and failed to adapt to changing economic conditions. If they can't—or just won't—adjust their business models, they'll collapse and be replaced by something new. That is the magic of self-correcting market forces, isn't it? What sort of alternative do you have in mind?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-02-03 18:43 (UTC)
Subject: Re: What's really wrong with newspapers
Generally speaking, consolidation (and the requisite accompanying deregulation) are seen by conservatives as good thing, because they allow market forces to be properly expressed. Speaking somewhat simplistically, this analysis asserts that consolidation is what is killing the newspaper business. If you read the analysis from a market perspective, meaning the capital investment markets, this isn't a bad thing ... bottom lines have improved, after all. If you read the analysis from a social utility perspective, market forces have conspired to keep newspapers from innovating.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2008-02-03 22:00 (UTC)
Subject: Re: What's really wrong with newspapers
Gary's regularly-scheduled harping: Replace "newspapers" with "radio."
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A large duck
User: burger_eater
Date: 2008-02-04 00:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The "Republican Suicide" link isn't working for me. Is their server down?
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