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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-08-17 13:17
Subject: [links] Link salad, Friday overload
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Tags:cars, cool, links, politics, process, science, tech, writing
Construction Woes Plague U.S. Embassies — Money shot:
Williams is described by people who have worked with him as a complicated personality who demands absolute loyalty, insists that his staff and outsiders call him "General" and prefers to ride elevators alone.


This guy needs therapy, not a senior adminstration job.

Russia's resurgent military — I guess that look Bush took into Putin's soul has really paid off for our national defense.

Karl Rove explains why mortgage interest deductions and 401(k) accounts mean the GOP is the champion of the little guy — Um, Karl, those weren't Republican ideas in the first place.

Internal passports coming soon to an Amerika near you — Your Republican Party, always standing up for personal freedom! An unintended but not unpredictable consequence of the war on terra. Ever notice how well those wars on nouns turn out?

D.C. to Fire 3 Over Woman's Detention as a Man

For Want of a Nail: If Burgoyne Had Won at Saratoga — Hardcore alternate history and a very cool read.

Man Reveals Legend of Mystery Visitor to Edgar Allan Poe's Grave

blackaire on readers who love too much

Can you think of eleven different felonies you could commit with an oyster?

Hot rod hearse — Candidate for the next Genre car?

The political compassMy rating should surprise no one:

Political Compass-jlake

("Libertarian" in this context means anti-authoritarian, not aligned with the minor American political party.)

Apparently I'm more liberal and antiauthoritarian then either Nelson Mandela or Gandhi.

Chicago's 1954 tidal wave

Freshwater jellyfish in Idaho — A dispatch from the Department of WTF?

(With thanks to a number of the usual suspects.)
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S-47/19-J
User: shsilver
Date: 2007-08-17 20:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We gave Sobel a Sidewise Award in 1997 for For Want of a Nail, and a couple of the judges also managed to help increase publisher interest to get it reprinted. Sobel died a couple of years later, but not before some of the judges were able to have lunch with him, present him with his plaque, and get him to autograph our copies of the book.

About two weeks ago, I was showing the plaques for this year to my mother-in-law and she asked a bunch of questions. When I mentioned that we had given one to Sobel, who taught at Hofstra, her alma mater, she started asking questions about him. Turns out he was married to an old friend of hers. It would have been nice to know that years ago when we were trying to make contact with him to let him know about the special achievement award we gave him.
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Paul Weimer
User: princejvstin
Date: 2007-08-17 22:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think it was the Sidewise award you gave him that caused me to pick up a copy, since the timing sounds right for when I read it.

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S-47/19-J
User: shsilver
Date: 2007-08-18 01:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hey, the award is actually useful for something!
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Jay Lake: sanguine-hydrant
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-08-17 20:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:sanguine-hydrant
Hahahahahahahaahah

Actually it's the top of a fire hydrant. But, um, yes.
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Renee Babcock
User: renegade500
Date: 2007-08-17 20:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wow, my score was very close to yours (Eco L/R I was -7, Social Libertarian/Authoritarian I was -6.36).
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kit: politics
User: mizkit
Date: 2007-08-17 20:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:politics
Gosh. I'm even further to the left than you are:

Economic Left/Right: -8.63
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.56
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biomekanic: dain bramage
User: biomekanic
Date: 2007-08-17 20:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:dain bramage
re Jellyfish: the ginormous lake in Siberia that has freshwater seals, also has, IIRC freshwater coral.
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russ: romanes eunt domus
User: goulo
Date: 2007-08-17 21:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:romanes eunt domus
You misspelled Gandhi as "Ghandi"? Say it ain't so!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-08-17 23:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
:: is shamed ::

:: fixes ::
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S-47/19-J
User: shsilver
Date: 2007-08-17 21:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Economic Left/Right: -6.63
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.10
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J Erwine - writer/editor
User: jerwine
Date: 2007-08-17 22:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Economic Left/Right: -6.25
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.77

One of these days we'll have to meet at a con and talk about how much we agree with each other...

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O'Mike aka  onyxhawke
User: onyxhawke
Date: 2007-08-17 22:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hmm Libertarian, did you see Lois Tilton's post on Deep Genre? http://www.deepgenre.com/wordpress/loistilton/craft/live-free
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ericjamesstone
User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2007-08-17 22:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I remember taking the political compass test a while back. At the time, I remember being annoyed by the phrasing of the questions, which seem designed to push people toward thinking they are more libertarian and/or more liberal than they really are.

For example, take the first question: "If economic globalisation is inevitable, it should primarily serve humanity rather than the interests of trans-national corporations."

Despite being a conservative Republican, if it comes down to a choice between humanity and trans-national corporations, I'm afraid I have to side with humanity. Now, I happen to think humanity can best be served by trans-national corporations (insert obligatory "To Serve Man" joke) that allow the economics of comparative advantage to help raise standards of living around the world. That doesn't mean that if trans-national corporations decided wiping out humanity was in their interest, I'd go along with that.

I don't think I'm in the political center. I would put myself to the right of George W. Bush. But according to the test results, I'm very close to the center: slightly above and to the right:

Economic Left/Right: 1.50
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 0.31

So I think this test has a tendency to put people farther toward the left and bottom than they really are.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-08-17 23:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Agreed, and I should have mentioned this in the post -- there's some big add test bias in those questions. (I mean, I *am* a genuine liberal-progressive, and I found some of the left-leaning questions annoying.) Also, I think this was developed by Europeans, so there may be some other skews there that are misaligned to American politics.
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O'Mike aka  onyxhawke
User: onyxhawke
Date: 2007-08-18 03:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Those are all valid points, plus i don't think the test has quite enough of a range of questions to be valid.

That said I'm unsurprised at what my score is.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2007-08-18 03:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think there's a lot of truth in your analysis.

That said, my first exposure to this questionnaire was back in 1980, when the Lane County Libertarians were running it. I ended up in the same area (pretty close to you, in fact) and that majorly upset the Lib running the poll, because he knew I was on the county Democratic Central Committee (the precinct committeeperson organization) and his assumptions about my orientation would have placed me in the Left Authoritarian sector rather than in the Left Libertarian. Interestingly, only one other person I knew fell in the same area at that time.
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Paul Weimer
User: princejvstin
Date: 2007-08-17 22:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
For Want of a Nail was and is one of my favorites. I read it nearly ten years ago, and regret losing my copy in my various travels.

About the only thing the book lacks are maps. Otherwise, it could stand as a textbook of history in the alternate world that it depicts.
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S-47/19-J
User: shsilver
Date: 2007-08-18 01:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My copy has maps. But I have a first edition.
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la sirena dolce: stairway to heaven
User: lasirenadolce
Date: 2007-08-18 03:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:stairway to heaven
Economic Left/Right: -5.75
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.92
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User: tsheehan
Date: 2007-08-19 23:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Huh. That's about where I was too.
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