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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-04-14 06:32
Subject: [links] Link salad looks down upon the smiling faces
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10 Epic Steampunk Cats — A funny little project for which I was both the initial inspiration and the writer of the introduction.

About Female Characters (or as I like to call them, Characters) — Adrienne Kress Is Wise. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Writer's Block — Hahaha. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

In Defense of “Nutty” Commas

What fictional character shares your birthday? — In my case, Forrest Gump and Freddie Krueger. (Snurched from Andrew Wheeler.)

Lots of planets have a northLanguage Log on planetology and Dr. Who. Also, the comment section on this post is hilarious and well worth looking through.

Ways to Throw Your Sandwich Away — The Niece is funny. (Thanks to [info]lillypond.)

Getting a sense of the census — A nifty slideshow about the 1940 census.

Cancer Medicine is Stuck in the PastThe chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society calls for a genomics-based approach.

Discovering the Mutants Among UsLast year, the Sanger Institute boldly announced "We are all mutants" when a study was published showing that healthy individuals carry around 60 new mutations from their parents. I'm not sure why this is a bold announcement. I find it interesting but utterly unsurprising.

Emperor Penguins Counted From Space—A First — Um, wow...

The Wrong Stuff: North Korea’s Failure

The Messerschmitt Me 323 Gigant — A photo of one of my favorite WWII aircraft.

This Is, In Fact, Your Grandfather’s Safe Sex PSA — Whoo! (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

The Wonderful, Unpredictable Life of the Occupy Movement — (Thanks to [info]tillyjane.)

Breath-taking climate denial nonsense, this time aimed at NASA[O]f the 49 signatories on that letter, not one is an actual working climate scientist. That should give you pause. The overwhelming majority of scientists who study the actual data and work with the actual climate models concur on climate change. (Much the same as with evolution.) Denialism only comes from those with ideological or personal axes to grind. Which, to a denialist, is a valorizing endorsement of their position as a courageous outsider battling the conspiracy. To the rest of us, that's a strong clue about where reality actually can be found.

How Washington Forgot Where The ‘Buffett Rule’ Came From — Parrots for everyone! No, wait, wrong Buffett.

Catholic group criticizes Paul Ryan — Obviously, Catholic leaders who disagree with the Republican stance on any issue are Communists and secret Muslims.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker Breaks Into Building, Abducts Woman Inside — A hilarious spoof of what the conservative talking points would be on Cory Booker. This comes perilously close to violating Poe's Law.

On taxes, Republicans repudiate Ronald Reagan — More of that justly famed conservative intellectual consistency. Conservatives are about Reagan the way Evangelicals are about the Bible: the icon means whatever they want it to mean, despite the actual words and deeds. Inviolably so, until the next time they change their minds.

Do Republicans realize they’ve just called for the repeal of welfare reform?Slacktivist Fred Clark on the logical consequences Republican party's brand new discovery that motherhood is hard work. Not that conservatives are ever responsible for the logical consequences of their positions.

Hilary Rosen was right: Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life. — Yes, the party that demonized and vilified Hillary Clinton with a tissue of lies is shocked when someone accurately challenges a candidate's wife. Mmm, conservative principles in action.

Obama: Spouses should be left alone — Nice sentiment, and one I happen to agree with, but you are talking to the same conservative politicians and punditocracy who've spent the last two decades shredding Hillary Clinton. They certainly don't agree with Obama, unless, of course, the spouse in question is a Republican spouse. In that case, basic fairness insists that no GOP candidate's spouse ever be treated the way Democratic candidates' spouses routinely are.

?otd: Did you polarize the pumpkin-eaters, static-humming panel-beaters, freshly day-glow'd factory cheaters?




4/14/2012
Writing time yesterday: n/a
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.25 (solid)
Weight: 242.2 (!)
Currently reading: Somewhere Else by Sally McLennan

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scarlettina: Fantastic!
User: scarlettina
Date: 2012-04-14 14:58 (UTC)
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Keyword:Fantastic!
Thanks for the link to the census slide show at WaPo--wonderful stuff there. Having dived deep into previous censuses, I'm looking forward to digging into 1940 once it's well and truly indexed. In the meanwhile, I'm going to have to upload some of the scans from my mother's photo album of the era. I've got some wonderful stuff.

Speaking of which: Have you poked around Flickr at some of the historical groups? I searched on the term "1940" and found all sorts of wonderful stuff. You in particular should check out the Warbirds and the WWII Flickr groups--I think you'll find things there to enjoy.
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Twilight
User: twilight2000
Date: 2012-04-14 15:49 (UTC)
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What fictional character shares your birthday? — In my case, Forrest Gump and Freddie Krueger.

That explains *so* much ;>
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2012-04-14 22:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I share my birthday with Captain Marvel, Jr., and Traci Lords. And yes, that second one is, indeed, a work of fiction. :-)
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bemused_leftist
User: bemused_leftist
Date: 2012-04-14 22:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What started ths was that when someone asked Mr. Romney a specific question about something like Lily Ledbetter or maternity leave or glass ceiling, he'd brush it off by talking about his wife, as though she were going to be his financial advisor on laws affecting women's payroll income.

Rosen said Mrs. Romney wasn't qualified for that position.

Romney brought his spouse into the conversation, so it's fair for someone to question her qualification.

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mmegaera
User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-04-16 00:44 (UTC)
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It's genetic, not teratogenic.[g]

They found a (harmless) mutation in me a few years ago while looking for something else, and that was the first thing I thought of.
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