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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-07-27 07:27
Subject: [links] Link salad for a Sunday
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Tags:food, links, mainspring, personal, politics, publishing, science

lonfiction has posted a pocket review of Mainspring Powell's | Amazon thb | Audible ] — I think he liked it. I hope he likes Escapement, too.

Random House tries to change the definition of “out of print” — And here you have a reason why authors might need to be very wary of e-books. (From a mailing list.)

barthanderson on sissy farmers — He’s making a point about the costs of energy in food production which I’ve long wondered about from an essentially naive point of view, given that I have no domain knowledge about farming or the food production process.

Scrivener’s Error on military affairs — He’s touching on both gays in the military and the tail-vs-teeth argument. If you’re interested in the politics of the military, this is good meat.

Votes per person — More political geekery from The Edge of the American West. Nothing partisan here either way, just a comment on the distribution of senators, representatives and electors across the general population. (And yes, I know this points to some extremely partisan issues, but the post is about the data, not the underlying process of apportionment.)

A review of a new book on climate change — This is from Daily Kos, so if you think of that site as the Great Orange Satan, the review won’t hold any water, but for those of us in the reality-based community it’s interesting reading.

Time in saddle: 10 minutes
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 247.0
Currently reading: Green by Jay Lake

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2008-07-27 15:56 (UTC)
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In many years past, I recall going around and around on rasfw with someone (who was also naive about the pragmatics of farming) who kept asserting that horse farming was unworkable, a thing of the past, tadah, tadah, tadah.

However, both then and now, if you skim through twelve months of The Western Horseman ranch profiles, you'll find at least one ranch (usually in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota...places that are remote and Very, Very Cold in winter) that uses draft work horses on a regular basis, especially for winter feeding when it's more of a PITA to wrestle a tractor into submission in the cold than it is to hook up old Molly and Bessie, load up the hay wagon, and drive 'em out to the field.

FWIW, there's been some amazing stuff done with horses and combines. One of the museums in Walla Walla has a mockup of the old horse combines--twenty horse team, I think it was, perhaps larger--and it's a sight to see.

Even closer to home, we have a significant draft horse farming and logging to the west, in Washington County. Every year at the Washington County Fair, they have a draft horse show--which includes one display class of old working equipment (including a road grader). There's some organic farmers out that way who have some nice rare draft breed operations (i.e, not just Belgians, Clydesdales, Shires or Percherons) as part of their farming--American Cream Drafts and Suffolks who come to mind--both small, chunky, and downright pretty/tough.

(I keep saying that when I retire I want to learn how to play with drafters. I know a little bit about driving horses, but nothing about managing a work team of two to eight horses. It'd be fun to learn).
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User: biomekanic
Date: 2008-07-27 16:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm not sure how interested you are in things military, but the War Nerd column in the Exile ( which may not exist anymore ) was a reality based view of warfare.

When he'd discuss Iraq and the current state of the US military, his predictions would usually be spot on.

What he says isn't always pleasant, but he's usually spot on.

His most reason article, not in the Exile, was on the ultimate weapon - babies.
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User: jaylake
Date: 2008-07-27 23:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wow, that is fascinating stuff.
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User: biomekanic
Date: 2008-07-28 03:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
One of these days, I need to spell check before posting...

I bought a copy of his book, funny enough, it has no maps, which is a common complaint he has about other military history books.

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User: lonfiction
Date: 2008-07-27 18:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yup, I did in fact! :) Planning to buy it in hardcover even!
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