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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-11-13 05:27
Subject: [links] Link salad struggles to read
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Tags:christianism, cool, healthcare, links, media, personal, politics, religion, science, tech, texas
As data gets bigger, what comes after a yottabyte? — A brontobyte? Is this the Flintstones future? (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Quasars illustrate dark energy's roller coaster ride

Cellular Data Network for Inanimate Objects Goes Live in FranceA startup hopes to connect millions of low-power sensors worldwide to the Internet, making everything—from power grids to home appliances—smarter.

Is Obamacare too much work for the Obama administration? — Ohh, let's quit while we're behind!

For One Night at Fox, News Tops Agenda But on Tuesday night, the people in charge of Fox News were confronted with a stark choice after it became clear that Mr. Romney had fallen short: was Fox, first and foremost, a place for advocacy or a place for news? In this moment, at least, Fox chose news. Even a stopped clock is right once every four years. I'm sure those responsible for this brief outbreak of sanity at FOX have been punished. (Via my Dad.)

Everyone agrees with us on climate change—especially when we're wrongFalse consensus and "pluralistic ignorance" help mistaken beliefs thrive. The epistemology of denialism.

The GOP’s Year of Magical ThinkingNow that the election charade is over, will the party accept reality? […] The 2012 election was a referendum on two very different approaches to public policy. One approach is to use the best available empirical evidence. The other is to rely on faith and wishful thinking. As in their campaign coverage, conservatives consistently opt for the latter route—a choice that has often blinded them to the reality in front of their noses. Climate change and the failure of supply-side economics are the most obvious examples. Will the GOP accept reality? In a word, no. Conservatism cannot fail you, you can only fail conservatism.

“What Conservative Media Bubble?” Says the Conservative Still Inside the Bubble — You all just stay inside there with your angry white men, okay?

The Party Next TimeAs immigration turns red states blue, how can Republicans transform their platform? A long, interesting piece in The New Yorker on Hispanic Republicans in Texas. On a purely personal note, they interview Art Martinez de Vara at some length. He and I worked together in a dot com back in the 1990s.

The US Electoral map resized to represent the population of each state — (Via Lisa Costello.)

Conservative Ideology and Theology at the CrossroadsConservative ideology and its kissing cousin, conservative theology has always been about maintaining the status quo; clogging up progress, grinding the forces of change. While both of these conservative groups, in an ideal world, have an opportunity to reshape and reconfigure their theological thought processes, chances are that they will not take advantage of the opportunity. Many will just double down on a more conservative interpretation of their own opportunistic shifting theology and in the process add to the growing number of dissatisfied former Christians looking for something relevant in their lives. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

?otD: What did you read last night?




11/13/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (7.5 extremely fitful plus napping)
Weight: 219.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block confiscating guns and enforcing gay marriage: 0
Currently reading: Mirrordance by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Reynardo the Red
User: reynardo
Date: 2012-11-13 14:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Interesting - the "Obamacare" one isn't there any more - their own engines point to it but the article doesn't show.

Current reading: well, there's this guy on the internet always puts up a lovely mix of links to peruse, and they always turn up just as I was thinking of heading to bed. But they're always interesting, even if not all of them are to my taste, and there's a guarantee that a few of them will lead to other reads, and other sites and ... oh god is that the time?

Also Ben Aaronovich's River series. It's like the Atrocity Archives, but not quite as cold as the BOFH can get.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-11-13 14:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oooh, looks like a fun read.
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a_cubed
User: a_cubed
Date: 2012-11-13 14:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Assuming you mean Rivers of London et seq and not your own blog... They're definitely a lot of fun and recommended for fans of the Laundry series. I also recommend Benedict Jacka's Alex Verus novels (Fated, Cursed, Taken, three so far) for those who like the Laundry, Aaranovitch and/or Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. I review the Aaronovitch ones first and second. THere's a third but I'm waiting for the consistent edition to come out (yes, I'm sad that way). I haven't reviewed the Jacka ones yet, but my line on those is that they're like a darker reflection of the Harry Dresden books, set in London. Yes, I kjnow Harry's world gets prety dark, but this one is even more grittily realistic about what serious mages would probably be like.
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Reynardo the Red
User: reynardo
Date: 2012-11-13 15:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Darn you! Our bookshelves are double-stacked already, and there's not enough hours in ... perhaps ...

Oh all right, just one. Or two...
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a_cubed
User: a_cubed
Date: 2012-11-13 22:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Heh heh. My work here is done.
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a_cubed
User: a_cubed
Date: 2012-11-13 14:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re-reading Antarctica by Kim Stanley Robinson. I just finished his Science in the Capital Trilogy and wanted to continue with him but didn't feel up to the unread 2312 or Years of Rice and Salt. It's been a while since I first read this and is an interesting sort of half-baked version of the later trilogy that I just read in some ways. It also includes some common characters with both the 40/50/60 trilogy and Escape from Kathmandu.

Edited at 2012-11-13 02:25 pm (UTC)
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russ: lyles constant
User: goulo
Date: 2012-11-13 14:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:lyles constant
Last night I read a chapter of "The Art of Game Design" by Jesse Schell and the rules to the boardgame "No Retreat! The Russian Front" by Carl Paradis... I'm in a mostly non-fiction mode lately. :)
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User: tillyjane
Date: 2012-11-13 15:23 (UTC)
Subject: what I am reading
Daniel Woodrell, everything I can find. Utterly gritty, utterly poetic.
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scarlettina: Independence Day
User: scarlettina
Date: 2012-11-13 15:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Independence Day
Too bad the Republicans didn't get to see that electoral map before the election. It might have been easier for them than to read numbers and interpret their meaning.

And I'm currently reading "Team of Rivals," about Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Edited at 2012-11-13 03:37 pm (UTC)
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curious Eve
User: curiouseve
Date: 2012-11-16 00:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re electoral map, I liked this one, too: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/84/2012_Electoral_Vote-Cartogram.png
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