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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-10-26 04:45
Subject: [links] Link salad for a Friday
Security: Public
Location:Nuevo Rancho Lake
Mood:awake, sort of
Music:fans
Tags:cool, funny, language, links, politics, science, words
Staph Screening Said May Wipe Out Germ — Problems fighting the superbug that's out there.

Steampunk Raygun — (Thanks to threeoutside.)

French ministry blocks return of mummified Maori head

bram452 reports on a fantasy symposium — Well worth checking out. He's just posted part one.

Razzle dazzle camouflage — (Link snurched from gears_and_steam.)

In Event of Moon Disaster — The speech Nixon never had to give. (Thanks to elfs.)

FreeRice — Vocabulary quiz that donates rice. (Really.) I think I got this from rosefox. I touched level 50 several times, but seem to keep settling down to level 47 or 48.

Dilbert on decision making processes

A Defect in the Cosmos? — A discussion of asymmetry and the Big Bang.

"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled." — Feynman's final official comment on the Challenger disaster. Substitute the word "policy" for "technology" and you have much of what is wrong with our current political leadership in a nutshell.

What's in a name? — On stage names and character names.

Is the word "moist" offensive to women in general? — I realize that people get to decide what offends them, but this is just bizarre.
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lazy_neutrino
User: lazy_neutrino
Date: 2007-10-26 11:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Female here. Some of my (female) friends don't like the word moist - but concede that there is no other way to describe a nice un-dry fruitcake. 'Damp' and 'wet' are not the same thing at all.

It is bizarre.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-10-26 12:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I used to work for a woman who hated the word "robust." In my line of (day job) work, that's actually a term of art, but she would never let me use it in a memo or a white paper. Weird how words affect people.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-10-26 13:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you. Oh, and I meant to reply "yes" to your offer about the monitor steampunk bezel! What info do you need from me?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-10-26 13:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Will do. Want me to delete this comment of yours now that I've captured the new e-dress?
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lordofallfools
User: lordofallfools
Date: 2007-10-26 13:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think of moist, delicious cake.
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Leah Bobet
User: leahbobet
Date: 2007-10-26 13:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think of a late-nineties rock band with a really, really cute singer. >.>
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A large duck: drowned
User: burger_eater
Date: 2007-10-26 19:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:drowned
I think of hands.
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lazy_neutrino
User: lazy_neutrino
Date: 2007-10-26 13:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Exactly! Though in my garden, the word is usually 'sodden'. (Or sodding. Depends.)

And as for why it might elicit a negative response because it's associated with female arousal? I do find that surprising and not a little depressing.
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Brian Dolton
User: tchernabyelo
Date: 2007-10-26 12:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks for pointing me at the rice thing.

Always nice to feel clever AND help people at the same time. :) Like you, I hit 50 now and again, but would then slip back around the 46-48 mark.
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Kerry aka Trouble
User: controuble
Date: 2007-10-26 12:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Three thoughts:
re: Dilbert) I thought you wanted to be considered to be talented, but you seem to be trying to prove you have too much time on your hands.
re: razzle dazzle) How in the world did they expect a paint job to confuse radar?
re: moist) I personally do not find it offensive, but that might be because I don't make bodice-rippers part of my regular reading. I think that's probably where the connotations are coming from.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-10-26 13:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
1 - sleep is for wimps (I woke up two hours early this morning)
2 - that's pretty much why they gave up razzle dazzle -- it was used during WWI to defeat optical range-finding
3 - it sill sounds verra weird to me
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Kerry aka Trouble
User: controuble
Date: 2007-10-26 13:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
sleep is for wimps
According to an artist friend of mine, "Sleep is merely a symptom of caffeine deprivation." (hanging in my cubicle at the big M)
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2007-10-26 13:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If you do the math, you'll find that they're paying for this with ad impressions along the bottom banner as you play the game. Ten grains of rice is a tiny amount of food, and three ad impressions is worth eight to ten times the current international market value of ten grains of rice.

I have the strong suspicion that someone's walking away from this with a lot of free money.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-10-26 13:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Monetization is the magic word these days...
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biomekanic
User: biomekanic
Date: 2007-10-26 16:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
re Moist... I have no idea, but I know more than one woman who doesn't like it.
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España Sheriff: colbertgunmouth
User: cmdrsuzdal
Date: 2007-10-26 17:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:colbertgunmouth
There are a lot of *suggestive* words out there, but I think that's different from offensive.

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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-10-26 17:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's baffled me... Anyone can be offended by the word "couch" for all I care.

I'm just croggled that some people think the word "moist" is:

[a] universally offensive, and

[b] the ignorance of others on this presumably obvious matter needs to be corrected.
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España Sheriff: 5thElementSrsly
User: cmdrsuzdal
Date: 2007-10-26 19:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:5thElementSrsly
*couch*?!?


Pervert.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-10-28 03:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yep.

I'm very female and prim, and there's nothing wrong with 'moist' or with 'creamy.' Both are about good cooking and nice weather for gardening and rich colors.

Any woman who finds them offensive must be reading the wrong kind of books!

(Said so on your poll but forgot to check Female there)
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-10-26 19:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My friend's wife can't stand that word. She cringes if anyone says it. Bizarre indeed.
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