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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-10-24 06:13
Subject: [links] Link salad, Wednesday edition
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Tags:art, cool, culture, funny, links, politics, process, science, sex, writing
One Person’s Trash Is Another Person’s Lost Masterpiece — Million dollar painting found in the trash. (Thanks to karindira.)

truepenny is wise (as usual), this time on the topic of short fiction

Can a Lack of Sleep Cause Psychiatric Disorders?

SAT doesn't stand for Sex Aptitude Test — Former Congressman Bob Barr (R-Batshit) on why our school achievement problems are all the fault of sex education.

Steampunk Monitor Mod — :: wants :: (Thanks to KenB.)

Doonesbury on competence — I love the punchline of this one. Also, strangely apropos of recent blogospheric set tos.

Self-Consciousness Among the Stars — Updatery of various sorts anent SETI.

Microblogging — This trend I don't get. Maybe I'm Old now. It seems to combine the downsides of instant messaging and blogging.

Another reason to dislike both football and attorneys

Misidentified black people in Iowa — This is similar to my recent error of confusing Will Smith and Laurence Fishburne.

From Bagels to Coal Fires: An Unorthodox Economist Keeps Pushing for Change — Money shot:
Underground coal fires in China alone produce as much carbon dioxide annually as all the cars and light trucks in the United States

Sources: White House cut testimony — Darn that global warming. Heck, if reality is biased against you, make your own reality! (Which, come to think of it, pretty much sums up the entire modern conservative movement.)
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Paul Weimer
User: princejvstin
Date: 2007-10-24 13:19 (UTC)
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Started Mainspring Today :)
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Jay Lake: writing-Mainspring
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-10-24 15:24 (UTC)
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I hope you enjoy it!
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Brian Dolton
User: tchernabyelo
Date: 2007-10-24 13:39 (UTC)
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I certainly haven't seen Twitter referred to as "microblogging" before, but I can see the idea. Blogging has a scale of detail, running from the very serious, analytical bloggers, through the more niche-interested, to the totally social. Twitter appears to be at the extreme end of that, and is just another manifestation of the apparent desperate need for "connectedness" that people seem to have acquired (the mobile phone is less than 20 years old - I never envisaged such a concept when I was growing up - but now pre-teen children have mobiles and can "connect" with their friends at any time). Personally, no, I don't "get" the need for it (it's almost a kind of reassurance touching, making sure people are still there), but that's because I grew up in a society that didn't allow for such a thing, and therfore I never developed habit or need. People growing up now interface with one another (and the world) in ways that were undreamed of a generation ago.

I can see why it appeals; to me, it's trivial nonsense, but then so is "American Idol" (which, even I lived in the US, I wouldn't dream of watching), and so are things that I do that my parents would not have dreamed of doing (partly, because such dreams could not have been realised when THEY were growing up in the 40s).

Short view - yep, Jay, you're getting old (but you won;t catch me up).

Oh, and that steampunk monitor? WANT!
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User: lordofallfools
Date: 2007-10-24 14:56 (UTC)
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Barr doesn't actually fault sex education for the poor academic performance of Portland, Maine, middle school students. His premise is that the money being funneled into a program of questionable worth could be BETTER spent on strengthening the academic programs in the Maine middle school.
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User: lobolance
Date: 2007-10-24 15:52 (UTC)
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there's a fine commentary in the new Rolling Stone by Rob Sheffield about 'reality' in America today. It's worth a read.
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User: tharain
Date: 2007-10-24 23:28 (UTC)
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Jay, I've not been reading my F-list closely, so I don't know if you posted this, but it looks interesting
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In a heaven of people only some want to fly: strange girl
User: chipmunk_planet
Date: 2007-10-25 01:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:strange girl
How could you possibly confuse Will Smith with Laurence Fishburne?? I mean, they're both amazingly hot, but really!

(I have a whole series with Laurence Fishburne *already casted* as a major character, don't go messing up my plans here! LOL)
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-10-25 23:24 (UTC)
Subject: Lawyers
From "Another reason to dislike both football and attorneys:"

The plan's language, the arbitrator said, specified the higher payment for "a football injury." Since Washington suffered multiple injuries, he was out of luck.
"Who would ever know the letter 'A' had so much power?" Washington asks, half laughing, half moaning.

As an attorney, I feel obliged to point out that arbitrators aren't. Attorneys, that is. At least they don't have to be. As a practicing attorney, I hate them, for exactly this reason.

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User: martang
Date: 2007-10-26 23:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
no doubt you've seen this...
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