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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-08-23 10:02
Subject: [links] Link salad sneaks in during a busy day
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Tags:culture, gun, health, links, personal, science

Rosetta and the Language of Hope — An interesting story at the intersection of linguistics and astronomy.

A blueprint to regenerate limbs — Studying salamander genomes for a clue to human regeneration. Didn’t Frank Herbert write about this?

Bad Astronomy on the rise of measles in the US due to the anti-vaccination movement — Longtime readers may recall that this form of social parasitism is a particular hot button of mine.

Freakonomics on preventing gun deaths — Money shot: “The elevation of the gun to sacred political status explains in part why 30,000 annual gun deaths have not given rise to anything like the complex regulation of, for example, the automobile or pharmaceuticals.”

Time in saddle: n/a (40 minute brisk walk)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 240.6
Currently reading: The Avatar by Poul Anderson

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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User: fjm
Date: 2008-08-23 17:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"Parasitism". A good word. Will use it.
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selfavowedgeek: Toshiro Mifune as Yojimbo
User: selfavowedgeek
Date: 2008-08-23 22:06 (UTC)
Subject: like the complex regulation of, for example, the automobile or pharmaceuticals.”
Keyword:Toshiro Mifune as Yojimbo
Maybe I'm showing some naivete here, but part of me wonders if complex regulation is the only answer. For example, against those 30,000 annual gun deaths there's the brunt of 42,000 automobile deaths and 108,000 adverse drug reaction deaths.
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Michael Layne Heath
User: fogcitymike
Date: 2008-08-24 00:18 (UTC)
Subject: Hey there, hail fellow etc.
Good sir, it was wonderful seeing you at the appearances I caught at Denvention, incl. the TBA panel where I got up and asked for the panelists' favorite first lines of books/stories, and esp. your response of Varley.

Also had no idea of what physical health trauma you have been through, which made your presence all the sweeter and borderline miraculous.

Keep on keeping on and may you be weller in the meanwhile and foreseeable future...

Cheers from Fogtown, from a fan and fen!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-08-24 05:42 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Hey there, hail fellow etc.
Thank you, sir. I'm glad you enjoyed it all!
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