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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-04-13 07:43
Subject: [links] Link salad stays up too late gaming
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Tags:books, cancer, christianists, climate, culture, ebooks, economy, funny, gay, healthcare, links, personal, photos, politics, religion, science, tech, weird
This Is Your Brain on E-BooksWhen we read on dead trees, do we retain more?

How Libraries Respond to Disaster — A Nebraska library in trouble. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Cancer, Big Data and Storage — Some of the numbers are off, but this article talks about the genomic process I'm currently undergoing from the point of view data storage design. Interesting. (Via Michael Fay.)

Has anyone ever been killed by a falling piano or anvil? — Actually, one of my grandfather's brothers was killed by a falling piano during the Great Depression.

Photos of Children From Around the World With Their Most Prized Possessions — (Via Lisa Costello.)

Belly Button Biodiversity: Part One — Uh, yeah. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

'BioShock Infinite' embraces history, philosophy

Arctic Instruments — A cool photo and text survey of extreme infrastructure.

Planck-in’ on Billions and BillionsThe universe appears to be slightly lopsided, and even rather cold in one part. This is cool. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

How does Bitcoin work?

Diluting the scientific method: Ars looks at homeopathy (again)In honor of World Homeopathy Week, we discuss why it shouldn't be celebrated. Another stripe of anti-science willful ignorance often found among liberal-progressives, who really ought to know better.

Arctic nearly free of summer sea ice during first half of 21st century

Saudi Arabia's Religious Police Outlaw 'Tempting Eyes' — This is what you get when you establish state religions and make laws based on religious principles. The American Taliban is no different in substance, only in degree (for now). Other than claiming to be Christians, as if that make it all better. (Via [info]danjite.)

10 Totally Kind Things Social Conservatives Have Said About Gays — I appreciate that conservatives resent being called bigots, but that's what gay hate is. Bigotry. Not family values. Not morality. Not a legitimate personal philosophy with which reasonable people can differ. You want to hate, own the hate. There's no get-out-of-jail-free card for being a "nice guy".

What Actually Happened To That Same-Sex Couple In The Missouri Hospital — This is the kind of damage conservative values do to real people in the real world.

QotD?: Have you played Cards Against Humanity?




4/13/2013
Writing time yesterday: 2.25 hours (1,700 words on Original Destiny, Manifest Sin, 1.25 hours WRPA including a media interview)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 0.0 (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing Agenda 21 by closing down golf courses: 0
Currently reading: Jingo by Terry Pratchett

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Lisa Costello
User: radiantlisa
Date: 2013-04-13 17:32 (UTC)
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Re the falling piano: the fact that you're related to a cartoon character explains a *lot*.
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Karen
User: klwilliams
Date: 2013-04-13 19:18 (UTC)
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Cancer, Big Data and Storage — Some of the numbers are off, but this article talks about the genomic process I'm currently undergoing from the point of view data storage design. Interesting. (Via Michael Fay.)

The kind of data used in this genomic process also requires different kinds of machine learning algorithms than the ones used in my industry. The gene information is short bits of data, rather than the kind found in email or attached documents, so the algorithms that use the information found in larger documents (such as repeated words, co-located words, etc.) don't work as well or at all. One of my friends founded a company that learns from shorter text, and mention gene sequencing as one of their target markets. With data analytics for things like Facebook (again, lots of shorter text) being all the rage, more companies will be supplying these kinds of machine learning solutions.
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Rafe
User: etcet
Date: 2013-04-14 18:23 (UTC)
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On the subject of retaining more when reading the dead tree edition, I know it's true for me, because I have a physical memory of "this passage was about halfway down the left hand page, two thirds of the way through" and that helps call it to mind. For a while, I could probably have, with some work, recited or at least cited much of Cryptonomicon in this manner.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2013-04-17 03:03 (UTC)
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I've discovered many times over that when an e-book I own is particularly useful for research and will need to be consulted often, I have to get a physical copy because I also retain a lot more when I'm reading print. I've never figured out why, only that it's so.
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mmegaera
User: mmegaera
Date: 2013-04-19 03:19 (UTC)
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When I was working at the main branch of the Tacoma Public Library about fifteen years ago, someone got into the bathroom in the children's section on the second floor of the library and tore the sink out. The gushing water was not discovered until the ceiling panels downstairs started to bow and drip, then cascade, then flood. About twenty of us formed a book brigade (think bucket brigade), and managed to move over 5000 books in about fifteen minutes. Only about 80 books had to be freeze-dried. The rest were undamaged. The shelves and the carpets, OTOH...

I still have a t-shirt that says "I survived the great Tacoma library flood of 1995" around here somewhere.
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