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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-01-12 06:27
Subject: [links] Link salad is still baffled about yesterday
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Acts of Whimsy — The first two Acts of Whimsy from my cancer fundraiser. Mary Robinette Kowal reads classical literature as phone sex, and Paul Cornell (with special guest) sings the Kate Bush song "Wuthering Heights". Put down your coffee before looking at these. This stuff is stupid funny. Also, last night, we unlocked Cory Doctorow's head.

PayPal Apologizes For Freezing Science Fiction Writer Jay Lake’s Cancer Fundraiser, Promises Greater Transparency — Yes, this really happened yesterday. Things are weird in my life right now. Weirder than my usual background radiation of weird, I mean.

The Lakeside Kickstarter for the documentary about me, [info]the_child, and cancer. And of course, the Sequence a Science Fiction Writer fundraiser for a needed genetic test for me. Both have made goal, but are still open to extended support.

Doctors Turn to Genetics to Search for Cancer’s Achilles’ Heel — Wow. Very apropos. (Via several sources, including [info]daveraines and Shlom Ster.)

Why can’t doctors tell cancer patients the truth? Medical journals and physicians underplay what treatment is really like. And it hurts patients. (Via [info]shsilver.)

As Nurse Lay Dying, Offering Herself as Instruction in Caring — I understand this.

Harper/Voyager UK to Release SF/F Classics with Beautiful Minimalist Covers — (Snurched from Cora Buhlert.)

Why are images from space probes always in black and white?The Straight Dope is interesting today.

Assessing Exomoon Habitability

Gorillas Watching TVBehind the scenes at the zoo. Zooveillance? (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

No. 842 — The caption on this Shorpy photo from 1912 is a scream. (Assuming you find sex jokes funny.)

Can airliners really fly upside down? — I'd prefer not to find out personally.

Golden to frozen: California faces epic cold snap — Nothing to see here, citizen, move along.

Climate assessment delivers a grim overviewA draft version of a national report details the accelerated effects of climate change across the U.S., describing battered coastlines, devastating rainfall and drought. I'm sure the GOP will find a way to kill this report, the same way they killed reports on white conservative terrorism and the abject failure of supply side economics, the same way they suppress Federal information gathering and research on the effects of gun violence. As our friends on the Right have proven over and over, when reality doesn't match conservative ideology, ideology always wins. Me personally, I'd die of embarrassment from the wholesale lack of intellectual honesty, but intellectual dishonesty is demonstrably a cornerstone of the conservative movement these days. That's what epistemic closure is all about: keeping the minds of conservative voters safely closed to new information and inconvenient truths.

False balance: Fox News demands a recount on US’ warmest year — Ah, the glory of epistemic closure. Darn those liberally biased "facts" and "data". What's a good conservative propaganda organ that lies daily to masquerade as news supposed to do?

When Christians argue that Jesus Christ has no religious significanceThis is why the separation of church and state is vitally important for Christians. When Christians are standing around arguing that Jesus Christ has no particular religious significance to us, then something has gone horribly wrong.

Biden says ‘no silver bullet’ exists to solve the problem with gun violence — Really? You had to use that term?

Yeager Releases 2nd Video: No Murders ‘Unless It’s Necessary’ — That's the kind of responsible gun ownership that gives me warm fuzzies about gun culture in America. Really, gun owners of America, possessing an instrument of summary execution doesn't give you the power to dispense justice as your sole discretion. We have this little thing called the rule of law (not applicable in Stand Your Ground states, so I guess the gun culture won that debate.)

State Suspends Handgun Carry Permit Of Tactical Response CEO — Huh. Somebody in a Red State is actually doing the right thing about gun abuse. Walkback to the usual gun culture murderous insanity under conservative pressure in 3, 2, 1…

?otD: Do you use PayPal?




1/12/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (stress)
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (very fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 217.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block teaching critical thinking skills to the children of conservatives: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

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fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2013-01-12 15:54 (UTC)
Subject: For a moment there...
...I read PayPal as RuPaul. That was one hell of a confusing moment, let me tell you.
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Jay Lake: funny-buddahomer
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-01-12 16:07 (UTC)
Subject: Re: For a moment there...
Keyword:funny-buddahomer
You are seriously cracking me up.
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fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2013-01-12 17:50 (UTC)
Subject: Re: For a moment there...
I am Bene Gesserit. I exist only to swerve.
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Bruce E. Durocher II
User: bedii
Date: 2013-01-12 21:30 (UTC)
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"Cecil Adams" also knows about airliners. I also got into a discussion I can't find again over at Making Light (Teresa, bring back the search function, PLEASE) on a similar subject. An airliner had Bad Things happen over the ocean (270 Degree rotation at least, and either a roll or loop) and survived: the photos of the tail section looked as if it had been plucked. It came up when someone said something that big couldn't loop or roll and I remembered a conversation with an old friend who's father Did Not Loop Or Roll A B-52 Because That Would Not Be Allowed and started looking for unclassified accounts.
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mmegaera
User: mmegaera
Date: 2013-01-12 22:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jay. Joe Biden? You had to ask?
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