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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-06-03 05:53
Subject: [links] Link salad, supersized insomniac edition
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Location:Nuevo Rancho Lake
Mood:awake
Music:morning sounds
Tags:cars, culture, funny, language, links, movies, personal, science, tech, weird, writing
New concepts in book marketing

A review of "Dreams With Sharp Teeth" — Everything you wanted to know about Harlan Ellison but were afraid to ask. (From a writer's mailing list I'm on.)

The Miller High Life Cruiser — :: wants ::

Shorpy with a haunting photo of the collecting of war dead at Cold Harbor — Note the elapsed time between the battle and the date of the photo, per the caption.

Just Imagine — Retrofuturism ca. 1930. Cool, weird film clip.

Smallest known exoplanet found — An interesting set of comments on exoplanetary searches and astrobiology.

Magnetic movie — Making magnetic fields visible. A very cool video. Though they don't explicitly say so in the voiceover, these experiments are modeling aspects of the solar magnetic field, then later the Martian magnetic field.

The New Yorker on Buckminster Fuller

On Becoming a Woman — Something else to make me very, very glad that the_child isn't growing up in he 1950s. (Not sure where I snurched this from.)

Nanopaper — No, really. Cool tech stuff.

Get Fuzzy gets funny with language

Nature's Photonic Crystal — Scientists find an elusive diamond structure in a Brazilian beetle. Money shot: "The group is in the process of molding the beetle scales out of a semiconductor." It cracks me up, anyway. Political aside: if you're one of those conservatives who thinks evironmentalism is a liberal scam, consider what this story means. Or research the history of taxol. We constantly derive direct economic benefits from obscure parts of the biosphere. Self-interest alone suggests they are worth preserving.

A chilling global warming forecast — USDA with a detailed forecast of agricultural changes due to climate shift. Some call Limbaugh, the liberal traitors have infested Bush's Agriculture Department! More seriously, conservative America seems to be slowly waking up to the idea that Global Warming is more than a liberal myth, but will they ever accept responsibility for two decades and more of blocking any attempts at resolution? I rather more expect to hear, "But why didn't you try harder to make us understand?"




6/3/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (still recovering from surgery)
Last night's weigh-out: n/a
This morning's weigh-in: 258.8
Currently reading: The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia Amazon ]


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S-47/19-J
User: shsilver
Date: 2008-06-03 13:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Just Imagine was not only the first talkie sf film, but also the first musical sf film. Unfortunately, as a comedy (which it was meant to be), it doesn't stand up. El Brendel's vaudeville humor/Swedish caricature doesn't translate well to the screen or to the twenty-first century (he was also in Wings, the first Academy Award winner).

Perhaps the funniest moment is when he notes that all the flying cars have Jewish names and Henry Ford must be rolling over in his grave.

I have a copy of the entire film on video tape.
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russ: watchmen
User: goulo
Date: 2008-06-03 13:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:watchmen
I liked that the Get Fuzzy works as humorous even if you ignore the hole/whole punning. So if translated to other languages, it would easily stay funny, even though the wordplay wouldn't carry over.
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biomekanic
User: biomekanic
Date: 2008-06-03 15:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I spent the weekend biting my tongue around the in-laws, as global warming and "evilution" are both liberal myths destroying America. *sigh*

Now I have visions of a kudzu encrusted PA... One comment I read elsewhere is that while northern latitudes may be warmer, the amount of daylight recieved won't change - and that's something that many people aren't keeping in mind.

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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-06-03 15:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
the amount of daylight recieved won't change

Well, yes and no. The hours of sunlight won't change — orbital dynamics aren't affected by climate, nor is equinoctal precession. But the net insolation on the surface could change dramatically in some places. Imagine western Oregon with 350 cloudless days a year, due a shift in ocean currents and wind patterns. We tend to think of something like that as a change in rainfall, but it's also a significant change in daylight on the ground.
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biomekanic
User: biomekanic
Date: 2008-06-03 23:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
True.
I've not seen a lot on what Western Oregon's climate will be like. What I've seen paints a picture of warm, wet summers, and cold dry winters.
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calendula_witch: inner tubes
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2008-06-03 17:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:inner tubes
Oh yikes. That "On Becoming a Woman" is frankly terrifying. And of course I had to read every word...when I should be doing my job!
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Matthew S. Rotundo: Radioactive
User: matthewsrotundo
Date: 2008-06-03 18:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Radioactive
Over on the Dan Simmons board, there is a truly epic battle being waged between numerous global warming deniers and one lone, exceptionally well-informed individual who is taking their best shots and dealing them back in spades . . .

http://forum.dansimmons.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=29117#Post29117
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User: dirkcjelli
Date: 2008-06-03 21:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re. global warming... industry is "very concerned about global warming" but "also thinks we should balance those concerns with what it might do to their profits."

Capitalism is f-cking incompatible with life.
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User: mythusmage
Date: 2008-06-03 22:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No, pride is incompatible with life. And not pride as we think of it, but what the Roman Catholic Church refers to as pride. Which for us is better thought of as stubbornness. Being ornery. Inflexible, stiff, unwilling to adapt to changes and new circumstances. Think of the Circle of the Catatonic in Dante's Inferno and that is what the Church means by pride.

It's not a mechanism that's the problem, it's human nature.
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User: dirkcjelli
Date: 2008-06-04 19:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You burned the library at Alexandria... don't talk to me of pride.
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User: mythusmage
Date: 2008-06-04 20:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The first and third time I was living somewhere else entirely. The second I wasn't even incarnated. I aint taking the blame for anything I had no opportunity for pulling off.

The scrolls? I forgot. Got so busy with other stuff I never got around to returning them. 'Sides, it's been 2,000 years and around 13 lives since then. And in the first of those I got crucified. Nasty way to die, crucifixion. :D
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User: dirkcjelli
Date: 2008-06-04 20:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Right, don't feed the trolls, know I forgot something...
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User: mythusmage
Date: 2008-06-05 02:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh I would never think of trolling a humorless git like you. You're much too shallow and self-absorbed to be caught by schemes such as mine. You haven't the wit or the imagination. Fear not, your feline gravitas is safe from me.
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User: mythusmage
Date: 2008-06-03 22:53 (UTC)
Subject: On Global Warming
Had my suspicions. :)

It's also going to mean changes in clothing styles, and in what is allowable in public. When it's 120 and 100% humidity traditional decency becomes unhealthy.
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User: lindadee
Date: 2008-06-04 03:05 (UTC)
Subject: Just Imagine
I own a complete videotape of this film, without commercials. They ran it on a Long Island station in New York around 1980, and a friend of mine taped it for me. I've run it for a few friends, and we laughed our heads off. It is SOOO unintentionally funny (though parts of it ARE intentionally funny as well). If I can find the time, I really should burn it onto a DVD before the tape deteriorates.
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