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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-02-15 05:07
Subject: [links] Link salad introduces itself as a man of wealth and taste
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Con or Bust is auction my Green trilogy, donated by me and Tor Books — Go make a bid!

I hate being disappointed by a promising book… — A reader reacts to Green. Not very much with the liking at all, I am afraid.

Science Fiction Studies: Special Issue on Chinese Science Fiction — (Via Cora Buhlert.)

Calvin and Hobbes on writing for academia

Mystery surrounds missing World War II love letters — Purloined, indeed.

Defence nerds strike back: A symposium on the Battle of Hoth — Hah!

Weatherwatch: Arctic hysteria caused by severe winters — Pibloktoq? (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

A tale of two worlds: habitable, or colonizable? — Karl Schroeder is smart.

Cultural Diffusion and SETIWhat happens to us if our SETI efforts pay off?

How Nest’s Control Freaks Reinvented the ThermostatTwo men who created the iPod and iPhone founded Nest and injected new technology into the humble thermostat. Now they have their sights on the rest of your house. I've been wanting one of these for a while, but not enough to do something about it.

Flirting 101: Coaches teach daters to cozy up — Maybe I need this?

Bits and PiecesIt is quite amazing how many parts of the body belonging to famous people in history, somehow become separated from the body itself and turn up again, many years or even centuries later. Let me give you some examples… Heh. (Snurched from art guru James Gurney.)

Tiny mutation may have shaped modern humans, scientists say genetic variant could have helped people survive crippling heat by giving them extra sweat glands, says a report from a team that sought to replicate the effect in mice.

FDA Approves 'Bionic Eye' to Help Against Rare Vision Disorder — Six million dollars later…

Scientists solve mystery of cosmic raysScientists have solved an astronomical mystery by discovering the source of cosmic rays.

Hints of cosmic ray-climate link in sediment core from JapanBut the correlation only holds during some of the times examined. Weird.

Geocentrism and a historical AdamSlacktivist Fred Clark on the idiocy of some Christianist doctrine. And yes, geocentrism was once Church doctrine as well.

Wrapping up the ‘Biblical Family of the Day’ seriesThe gatekeepers indignantly claim that every word in the Bible is, by definition, completely moral. That doesn’t reveal a reverent devotion for the Bible, but rather an ignorant disdain for it.

The Social Trends Driving American Gangs and Gun Violence — Ta-Nehisi Coates interviews University of Chicago professor Harold Pollack.

How to Think About Guns: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast

Fox Claims That Declining Minimum Wage Is "Growing Exponentially" — Which happens to be flatly untrue. But since the facts as usual don't fit the conservative narrative, Fox as usual outright lies. Millions of Republicans nod along.

Senate Republicans Make a Spectacle of ThemselvesExcept for dedicated partisans, no one can look at the display most Senate Republicans have put on over the last eight weeks and conclude that these people should be in the majority.

Electoral college reform (fifty states with equal population) — Huh.

QotD?: Have you been around for a long, long year?




2/15/2013
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (2,200 words on novella in progress, to 13,300 words)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 232.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block covering up high crimes and misdemeanors in Benghazi: 0
Currently reading: Mort by Terry Pratchett

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jordan179
User: jordan179
Date: 2013-02-15 16:07 (UTC)
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Cultural Diffusion and SETI — What happens to us if our SETI efforts pay off?

With regards to Spam and the now-obese South Sea Islanders -- consider Gallun's The Eden Cycle. Just how well would our present-day culture handle if we got our hands on full life-support virtual reality machines?
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jordan179
User: jordan179
Date: 2013-02-15 16:11 (UTC)
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A tale of two worlds: habitable, or colonizable? — Karl Schroeder is smart.

Right. There tends to be an assumption that we need a shirtsleeves-out-on-the-surface habitable planet in another star system if humans are to live there, but by the time we build manned starships, we will long since have mastered the techniques of colonizing worlds which are uninhabitable on the surface but readily colonizable. Incidentally, I'm more optimistic about even Mars itself than is Schroeder, because I would not rule out considerable deposites of nitrogen compounds below the surface. Though it is true that volatile-rich Ceres is likely to be a major source of supply for the whole Belt region.
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mmegaera
User: mmegaera
Date: 2013-02-16 01:55 (UTC)
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"A tale of two worlds: habitable, or colonizable?"

Why do I keep thinking Beta Colony? [g]
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Reynardo the Red
User: reynardo
Date: 2013-02-16 10:55 (UTC)
Subject: Pibloktoq
A new, great word for Scrabble. And no "u" needed - awesome!
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