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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-04-06 06:55
Subject: [links] Link salad for a sleepy Saturday
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Donations Needed for Jay Lake AuctionGaslight Gathering, at which I am Guest of Honor next month, is hosting an auction to benefit my medical expenses.

Living With Cancer: Truthiness — Yes, this. (Thanks to AH, via [info]tillyjane, a/k/a my mother.)

I do not fear death — Roger Ebert's words a few years ago on his eventual passing. Thank you to [info]threeoutside for reminding me of this.

2013 Bioinformatics and Genomics Workshop — A computational biology here in Portland later this month, much as is being used with my Whole Genome Sequencing. (Via Foro Scientia.)

Polynesian DNA mysteriously shows up in a Brazilian tribeEven the scientists who discovered it aren't sure how it got there.

Early genetic markers of Alzheimer's risk identified

US space agency plans to capture, explore asteroid

Scientific Explanations for Why Spoilers Are So HorribleStudies show that anticipation and suspension of disbelief are both key ingredients in a pleasurable experience—and spoilers have a tendency to kill both. Heh. (Via [info]garyomaha.)

What are words worth? — A meditation from author Kari Sperring.

Mechanical computer flexes its muscleA step back to mechanical computers and a step forward to artificial muscles.

Chlorine Trifluoride: Some Empirical Findings — Hahaha. Be sure to click through the link entitled "Sand Won't Save You This Time." Yes, chlorine trifluoride will set fire to wet sand. (Via David Goldman.)

6,000 RIM Jobs on the Line — Uhh…

New in the Shop: Matt Molloy's Gorgeous Smeared Skies — This is crazy pretty. (Via Lisa Costello.)

The Worst Thing Obama Could Say On Climate Change — I voted for the man in part because he is not a willfully ignorant denialist idiot. Now this? You are Not Helping, Mr. President.

Federal Judge: FDA Must Make Morning After Pill Available to AllFour years ago, Korman was highly critical of the government’s handling of the issue when he ordered the FDA to let 17-year-olds obtain the medication. At the time, he accused the government of letting “political considerations, delays and implausible justifications for decision-making” cloud the approval process. In other words, the conservative agenda.

Congressman With Massive Debts Argues Federal Government Must Have Balanced Budget — Once again, the justly famed principled intellectual consistency of conservatives is on display. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Wrong address: Unexcused absences of candor and logicKansas Gov. Sam Brownback has been tapped to deliver the weekly Republican address today. Expanding on a popular theme, he will talk about how, while Washington remains a mess, GOP governors are straightening things out. Unfortunately he lied. A lot. As documented in this piece. Which is what you have to do to make most conservative ideas look like successes.

QotD?: WHat time did you get up?




4/6/2013
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (outlining Original Destiny, Manifest Sin)
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: n/a (forgot to weigh)
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing Agenda 21 by closing down golf courses: 0
Currently reading: Maskerade by Terry Pratchett

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Dan/Дмитрий: The Sign at the End of the Universe
User: icedrake
Date: 2013-04-06 15:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:The Sign at the End of the Universe
Having gone to university in the hometown of RIMBlackberry, I can authoritatively say you have *no idea* how much much mileage that joke has gotten.

Including the head of co-op recruitment putting up a job ad on the computer science club newsgroup and someone immediately replying, questioning if that was the appropriate place to advertise for RIM jobs.
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Debbie N.
User: wild_irises
Date: 2013-04-06 17:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
A friend of mine (who is on LJ, but who hasn't posted about this) had one of those "pay for your genetic screen" tests and found out that zie is six times as likely as the average person to develop Alzheimer's (despite having none in her family).

Zie is looking into what preventive behaviors exist, but I must say it made me less eager to get that kind of test done.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-04-06 17:41 (UTC)
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Whereas I really want to know that stuff... Everybody's different.
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daveraines
User: daveraines
Date: 2013-04-06 22:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re: Obama & climate change: I think I'll quote the Bible, since he's a Christian, and all. "Anyone... who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin."

Probably goes for a fair number of congressfolk, too.
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