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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-07-09 04:55
Subject: [links] Link salad flies to Omaha once more
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"Trois grains de poivre" — My short story "Golden Pepper" as translated into French by Hugo Vandal-Sirois.

Urban fantasy author J.A. Pitts has a signing for his new book Forged in Fire at the Cedar Hills Powell's next Wednesday — Check it out. There's an open dinner prior to the event at 5 pm at Bugatti's.

LEGO Settlers of Catan — This is seriously awesome. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Motorist banned from driving Flintstones car on German roads — Heh. (Snurched from Lowering the Bar.)

$5B Camo SnafuArmy ditches failed combat uniform that put a target on grunts’ backs for 8 years. Oops. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

This is your brain on pokerResearchers got subjects to bet against computers while inside an MRI tube.

On the road: Stunning black and white photographs show America's 'tin can tourists' after Florida's new roads paved the way for the humble camping holiday — Another era. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

NASA releases one-of-a-kind photo of Martian landscape

Why single-sex education is spreading across the USAn estimated 500 public schools across the US now offer some all-boy and all-girl classrooms. But the American Civil Liberties Union is involved in a battle against single-sex learning.

There Shouldn’t Be Any Illusions About the Difficulty of Repealing the Health Care Bill — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on more bizarre GOP thinking on the ACA.

Racism Against White People — Ta-Nehisi Coates is interesting (as usual), this time about the cultural history of race.

Manhunt under way for Taliban who shot woman in public execution amid cheers — Because religion is such an ennobling force in society.

Texas to test 1965 voting rights law in court — Mmm. Classy.

?otD: Got corn?




7/9/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (Other Me revisions)
Body movement: n/a, airport walking to come
Hours slept: 5.25 (fitful)
Weight: 240.4
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate

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barbarienne
User: barbarienne
Date: 2012-07-09 21:00 (UTC)
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The single-sex education thing doesn't pass the sniff test! Wasn't the basis of Brown vs Board of Ed that segregated education is inherently unequal? Segregation by sex* or segregation by melanin content, it's still segregation and inherently unequal.

I loved the bullshit of "they won't be distracted by things like flirting." That was the same crap spouted by the girls and boys from the single-sex Catholic high schools, back when I was attending what was then the only coed Catholic high school in my hometown. To those of us who attended the coed school, it was obviously propaganda. One big advantage of not considering the other sex some sort of alien species was that they therefore weren't distracting. They were your friends, people you knew and liked and would talk to at lunch or after school, just like your same-sex friends.

(I am of course being totally heteronormative, here, but so is the notion that "coed schools lead to distraction." I guess they're okay with the gay kids being distracted?)
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mmegaera
User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-07-09 23:17 (UTC)
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The tin can tourist story reminds me of what were referred to as "sagebrushers" in Yellowstone back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Motor vehicles weren't allowed in the park until 1916, so sagebrushers (and everyone else, including highbrow tourist companies owned by the Northern Pacific Railroad) used wagons.

I wrote a novel about some sagebrushers who got kidnapped by the Nez Perce Indians as they fled through the park on their way to Canada in 1877.
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