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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-11-28 06:40
Subject: [links] Link salad, out sick with the crud edition
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Location:Nuevo Rancho Lake
Mood:sick
Music:me being sick
Tags:books, culture, funny, links, politics, process, science, tech, writing
Politics

Virginia GOP to demand loyalty oath of primary voters — My, how, erm, un-American of them. I especially like the comment in the story regarding the party's worries about crossover voting. That was a favorite tactic of the Texas GOP for years, to vote in large numbers in the Democratic primaries for whoever they saw as the weakest candidate.

More on Dan Rather's suit against CBS — Including some fascinating comments about settlements in related suits. (Thanks to chriswjohnson for the link.)

One of You Will Betray Conservatism — Thrice before the cock crows, methinks. (Thanks to AH.)

Oregon Republican Party Platform — For at least a year, the Oregon Republican Party platform explicitly ranked the Democratic party with drug cartels and terrorism. Money shot:
7.5 Inter-jurisdictional agency cooperation shall be improved for more effective joint action against organized crime, drug cartels, terrorist networks and the Oregon Democratic Party.
And people wonder why I think the way I do about conservatives?

Science and Technology

Surfer dude stuns physicists with theory of everything — Um, ok. (Thanks to brendan_boerner.)

Jim Henson's "Time Piece" — (Thanks to chriswjohnson for the link.)

Interactive map of Antarctica

Kindle reviews — I find myself unusually disinterested in this phenomenon.

Internet Could Max Out in 2 Years, Study Says — Oh noes! We're running out of trucks and tubes!

World of Robots — A news filler from 1929. "Skill will have vanished from industry then, it was predicted, and men will be slaves of machines, working ceaselessly in the cause of mass production."

Keep your shoes on: T-rays can see right through — An article about security scanning with teraherz radiation. (Really?) Money shot:
Using T-rays, it would be possible to examine travelers' shoes without the need to disrobe, he said.


MIT invents Bar of Soap — This is a lot cooler than you might think. For one, I now am aware of the concept of "grasp classification." See also here for detail.

Cloning champion mules — Well, it's not like you can breed them! Oh...am I the only one who finds this funny?

Writing and Other Stuff

Spaceship Handbook — Mmm... :: wants ::

The Wage Effect of Fat — I'm pretty sure this effect falls off rapidly for older males.

Agent Manners on the query letter

The thermal properties of poop — From the department of things you didn't know you didn't know. (See the comment thread, specifically.)
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ozarque
User: ozarque
Date: 2007-11-28 14:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
How can you toss a terrific salad like that when you're sick? Being sick -- and finding all those links -- and typing it all up without so much as a typo -- all at once. It's awe-inspiring. Like you, I am now aware of the concept of "grasp classification," but am unable to get that link to work for me, so am off to Google to see what I can find.

OT: Was my unreview of Mainspring all right?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-11-28 14:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Try this link on the Bar of Soap:

http://web.media.mit.edu/~bttaylor/BoSweb/BoS_index.html

(I will add it to the main post momentarily.)

And truth be told, I did about half that salad yesterday afternoon, before my current woes overcame me. I hate painful lymph nodes.

As for OT, my goodness yes, it was all right. I posted my reaction at:

http://jaylake.livejournal.com/1280611.html
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ozarque
User: ozarque
Date: 2007-11-28 15:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That Bar of Soap link works for me -- no problem -- and the other one certainly was useful, since the googling it drove me to got me two excellent pdfs. Net gain, you perceive.

And thank you for the reassurance about the unreview...

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Twilight: Evil Again (Arvin)
User: twilight2000
Date: 2007-11-28 15:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Evil Again (Arvin)
World of Robots — A news filler from 1929. "Skill will have vanished from industry then, it was predicted, and men will be slaves of machines, working ceaselessly in the cause of mass production."

Heh -- been by Microsoft lately? They might just have been right ;>
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lordofallfools
User: lordofallfools
Date: 2007-11-28 15:38 (UTC)
Subject: Bill and Ted's Theory of Everything
Not quite as beloved by physicists as the article makes it out to be.

The two supporting theorists are not loved in the field because they have a reputation for being...erm...one acquaintance called them "quacks."

ArsTechnica has a good write-up on it.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-11-28 16:05 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Bill and Ted's Theory of Everything
I was, erm, suspicious. Thanks for the link!
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lordofallfools
User: lordofallfools
Date: 2007-11-28 16:27 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Bill and Ted's Theory of Everything
See, in ADULTS, skepticism is pretty...

Anyway...it's still a neat story, and some good may come out of it yet. Lisi seems to recognize he's got a long way to go, which is a positive, IMO.
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lordofallfools
User: lordofallfools
Date: 2007-11-28 16:44 (UTC)
Subject: Oregonian Repubs
I'm having a hard time believing that phrase was actually included in their official 2006 platform statement; then again, none of the rest of the text jumps out as graffiti.

(The fact that this was in web.archives makes me a little leery of it's authenticity)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-11-28 17:11 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Oregonian Repubs
Honestly, our Republicans aren't nearly as batshit as those in say, Kansas. Except when it comes to property issues. Land use and property taxes are the big hot buttons here.

I suspect someone thought this was funny.
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ruralwriter
User: ruralwriter
Date: 2007-11-28 17:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
In 2000, I voted in the Republican primary in Virginia. Then, they had a loyalty oath the voter had to sign stating that the voter agreed to participate in no other nominating process for any other party that year.

Well, no problemo, dudes; Virginia didn't have a Democratic primary that year, so, not a problem.

In fact, I did vote for the Republican I could have perhaps voted for in the general election (where "perhaps" connotes a situation in which the Democrat being nominated was Denebian slime mold unable to communicate with any other species). However, if the person had been elected to office, I would not have experienced the level of pain and agony I do on a daily basis given the current administration.

This year, however, is a totally different ball of wax. Both primaries take place the same day, so it would probably be, ahem, obvious if I tried to participate in both nominations.

I'll be glad to participate in the Democratic nomination. Still, it cheese me off that I can't vote for the person I'd most like to see elected irrespective of party affiliation. And people wonder why there's cynicism in this participatory democracy?

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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-11-28 17:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Washington has had open primaries, and for some reason everyone recently decided this was a disgrace.
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ruralwriter
User: ruralwriter
Date: 2007-11-28 19:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
to get the stench off

Ha! That's exactly how I felt when I voted in the "other" party's primary in the past! (And it's not like I could have voted in what is generally my party's primary, either - since it never had one!)

I figured the poll workers wouldn't appreciate me running out screaming, "Unclean! Unclean!"
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lordofallfools
User: lordofallfools
Date: 2007-11-28 17:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm not voting in either primary, but the race in '08 will be interesting to watch. Virginia might become a swing state-- with the recent left swing of Northern Virginia, we're not a GOP stand-by any longer.
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ruralwriter
User: ruralwriter
Date: 2007-11-28 19:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, yeah; good point! I'd forgotten that some of the pundits were thinking Virginia might become a swing state.

With Virginia always voting R previously and given the representative nature of the electoral college, I (who vote D generally) never felt like my vote "counted." I wonder if the limitations of primaries and the electoral college lead to some of the voter apathy we see (I'm sure there are other reasons).

I will probably vote in the Democratic primary, although...it's mostly to revel in being able to participate in its primary (since there have been so few Democratic primaries in Virginia in the past).

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dinogrl: naughty
User: dinogrl
Date: 2007-11-29 08:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:naughty
The Long Now. I should have realized that they would be behind the Jim Henson movie.
When you aren't in town for a day next time, you need to go see that place, just contacting them about your books would be a start!

World of Robots, they got it right, maybe a few years off, but they got it right.

I've been wanting that Spaceship Handbook for years! It must have gone back into print! YeeeeHAW! My Christmas Present!!
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threeoutside
User: threeoutside
Date: 2007-11-29 14:06 (UTC)
Subject: bar of soap
The best part of that article is in the Comments. I snorted coffee out my nose at one of them. No worries; it didn't hit my monitor or keyboard.
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