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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-03-04 06:07
Subject: [links] Link salad is baaaaaack
Security: Public
Location:Nuevo Rancho Lake
Mood:bemused
Music:house noises
Tags:conventions, cool, culture, funny, links, personal, science, tech, weird
Potlatch 17 reports here, here, here, here, here, here and here — Now don't say I never gave you nothing to read. Plus csinman finally gave me the original of the caricature they'd done of me last year.

paulskemp has a theory about me. — Soon I shall have to absorb him into the Jay Lake Collective.

Interview with the daughter of a friend of mine — She's playing Falstaff in Henry IV. Oddly, my dad played Falstaff in an amateur theatre production when I was a kid.

The Incredible Folding Chopsticks — When I was a little kid I had a little plastic set of kwai-tze.

Asian cockroach could benefit South Texas cotton farmers — Invasive species are always such a good idea. (Thanks to BBB.)

Bedroom in a box — No, it's not what you think. (Thanks to sheelangig.)

miRNA controls skin cell growth — Cool biology stuff for you Dr. Moreau fans. Behind a freewall, sorry about that.

Strange Maps — Here's some serious cool. (Thanks to lillypond.)

Gibtown — Where old carnies go to die. (Thanks to danjite.)

Woman Jailed For Failing To Return Books — Man, librarians are tough. (Thanks to danjite.)

Quaker teacher fired for changing loyalty oath — California requires a loyalty oath? That is so creepy. (Thanks to danjite.)

And of course, today is primary day in Vermont, Rhode Island, Texas and Ohio. If you live there, go vote.




3/4/08
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Last night's weigh-out: 278.2
This morning's weigh-in: 277.0
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Quick! What's the singular of antipodes?
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-03-04 14:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That *is* the singular.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2008-03-04 15:31 (UTC)
Subject: Loyalty Oaths
I'm still amused and amazed (though I shouldn't be the latter anymore, I know) that so many Christians support Bush / Republican loyalty oaths when the Bible clearly says--twice--that loyalty oaths are baaaaaaad. "Let your yes be yes and your no be no" Christians are told (if they actually are reading the Bible), and anything else is a product of evil.
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biomekanic
User: biomekanic
Date: 2008-03-04 17:01 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Loyalty Oaths
That's why Friends, aka Quakers, don't make oaths, we affirm things. Also why they don't swear on the Bible during court cases - the swearing in implies that otherwise you'd lie.
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2008-03-04 15:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Antipode (n): Something that is the exact opposite or contrary of another

[Middle English, people with feet opposite ours, from Latin, from Greek, from pl. of antipous, with the feet opposite : anti-, anti- + pous, pod-, foot.]

antipodean an·tip'o·de'an adj.

Related concepts:

1. antipodean
2. hopf algebra
3. stereographic projection
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aries_jordan: madonna
User: aries_jordan
Date: 2008-03-04 17:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:madonna
California requires a loyalty oath? That is so creepy.

I had to sign a loyalty oath before working in the UC system as a nude model for art classes. I have always wondered in what context that job could require me to uphold and defend the Constitution (other than the First Amendment, perhaps).
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kmckiernan
User: kmckiernan
Date: 2008-03-04 17:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks for posting the Strange Maps site. When I get a couple of free moments, I'm going to spend some quality time reviewing it.

And, the article on Gibtown got a story brewin' in me tiny brain. So, thanks for that one, too.
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Kate Schaefer
User: kate_schaefer
Date: 2008-03-04 18:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks for the links to Potlatch reports. I already read most but by no means all of those; it was nice to have them clumped together for reference purposes in the post-con period.

You were a joy to have around this weekend. We must do it again, in the Bay Area next time, with other people doing all the work. I love rotating conventions. Well, this rotating convention, anyway.

Soon all this convention paraphernalia will be out of my house and I can get back to concentrating on making ridiculous hats.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-03-04 18:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It was great fun. One of my favorite moments was the look on your face when you realized I was about to model the velvet piece you'd made. Hee.
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martianmooncrab
User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2008-03-04 18:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
you should ask a Librarian what they really would like to do to people who dont return the books. Really .. pain is involved.
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