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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-04-24 14:45
Subject: Link salad
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Tags:cars, cool, links, politics, science, weird
Been a busy day thus far around these parts, what with real estate inspections, attorney meetings, family issues, discussions of landscape gardening and whatnot, all mixed in with a full day's work at the day job. In lieu of the usual fare of wit and erudition, here's some links which have crossed my desk.

American La France Roadster — a car that never quite was. Perhaps what Toad of Toad Hall drove. Check out the engine stats.

What religion are you? — a quiz from Beliefnet. (It scored me as 100% Secular Humanist, with a runner up of 93% Unitarian Universalism.)

Jews and Chinese Food — while I'm not one of the People (a rosbif, my own self), I've heard the jokes.

Man arrested for naked Hitler birthday event — Godwin's Law meets, um, the Naked Rambler?

Quantum physics says goodbye to reality — solipsism proven by experimental evidence. If an observer falls in the forest, will she hit a tree?

Blood, Bullets, Bombs, and Bandwidth — cyberpunks in Baghdad.

Fascist America, in 10 easy steps — an English take on our democratic experience.

(Thanks to danjite, the_flea_king and others.)
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User: bdkellmer
Date: 2007-04-24 22:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, I love American La France -- My father used to have an old fire engine of theirs when I was growing up -- a '27, I think, but I can't remember for sure.

Fitting for Toad, though. BTW, have you ever noticed that at Disneyland, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride takes you to Hell? Makes one think what Walt Disney really thought of Kenneth Grahame. I certainly don't remember that happening in the book.
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robin catesby
User: deedop
Date: 2007-04-24 22:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Not quite the same sort of thing, but Dave's nephew just bought one of these.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-04-25 13:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wow
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David Reagan: Thread winged beetle
User: coolmajaka
Date: 2007-04-24 22:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Thread winged beetle
Couple more links:

http://www.world-science.net/othernews/070422-blackhole-life.htm -- black holes might be important in scattering the seeds of life

http://www.world-science.net/othernews/070425-habitable-planet.htm -- superEarth orbiting Gliese 581 (roughly 20 ly away) could contain liquid oceans (I also just came across this at Yahoo news)

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070419/ts_nm/venezuela_zeppelin_dc_1 -- Venezuala is using a Zeppelin to fight crime
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User: csinman
Date: 2007-04-24 23:59 (UTC)
Subject: Haha thank you!
1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2. Liberal Quakers (95%)
3. New Age (86%)
4. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (85%)
5. Neo-Pagan (80%)
6. Secular Humanism (75%)
7. Scientology (70%)

... And that's when I stopped reading because I was laughing so hard I sprayed chocolate soymilk out my nose.
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lt260
User: lt260
Date: 2007-04-25 00:25 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Haha thank you!
1. Secular Humanist (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (92%)
3. Non-theism (86%)

Number one did not surprise me but I thought I would poll stronger with #3 than #2.

#27 and dead last -- Jehovah's Witness (0%)

Damn. And here I was looking forward to banging on doors this weekend. Maybe I could still do it and extoll the virtues of peace, love, and eating haggis.

Cheers! (as I lift my glass of single malt to one and all)
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2007-04-25 02:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Entertaining.

1.) Orthodox Quaker (100%)
2 and 3) Eastern Orthodox/Roman Catholic (94%)

And I'm a practicing Catholic....okay, I know where it went off because I answered the way I did on the divorce, abortion, and homosexuality questions.

And Hinduism (51%) beat out Mormonism (49%).

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Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.: A is A
User: slithytove
Date: 2007-04-25 05:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:A is A
1. Secular Humanism (100%)
2. Nontheist (95%)
3. Unitarian Universalism (91%)

And after that it drops off rapidly.

Huh. No one else is getting high on 'nontheist'? It was probably all those 'does not apply' answers.
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Patrick Nielsen Hayden
User: pnh
Date: 2007-04-25 10:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The pedantic gene is international. I'm American and I was about to make the same point about Wolf.

I'll go further and point out that that Wolf's nationality is obvious from the piece in question; her references to the US as "our democracy," for instance.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-04-25 13:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What I said to gummitch.

Sigh. Accuracy are us.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-04-25 13:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oops. My bad. I looked at the source, not the by-line.
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russ: zen
User: goulo
Date: 2007-04-25 12:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:zen
1. Theravada Buddhism (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (94%)
3. Secular Humanism (85%)
4. Mahayana Buddhism (81%)
5. Liberal Quakers (79%)
6. Neo-Pagan (76%)
7. Taoism (71%)
8. New Age (61%)
9. Nontheist (59%)
10. Jainism (58%)
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