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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-09-16 05:58
Subject: [links] Link salad for a Tuesday
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Tags:funny, links, personal, politics, science

Quiz: Fictional mad scientists — (Snurched from Scrivener’s Error.)

How exactly does a caterpillar morph into a butterfly? — Read this one. A bit of biology which is profoundly science fictional, and will spark you thinking about writing both SF and fantasy in some cool ways.

Did evolution come before life?

McCain on science — “…when you look at some of the planetariums and other foolishness that [Obama] asked for, he shouldn’t be saying anything about Governor Palin.” Yep, I can see that. Science education is far more foolish than a Bridge to Nowhere which you can lie about later. GOP values in a nutshell, right there. (Hat tip to Bad Astronomy Blog.)

The Anger Factor — A Washington Post op-ed on the relationship between the media and McCain.

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User: chessdev
Date: 2008-09-16 18:17 (UTC)
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She may have built a multi-million dollar bridge to an island with 50 people on it...but to waste money on a PlANETARIUM, or a museum...


*REAL AMERICANS* would have spent money on more hockey rinks.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-09-16 19:53 (UTC)
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I'm all for science education and even public funding for it, but planetariums specifically--I don't see them bringing anything to the table that can't be done by the IMAX theater, and IMAX theaters don't have to have public funding to exist. People pay money to see stuff in them.

Sad to say about planetariums. My experience is admittedly limited--two planetariums, three IMAX theaters. My last planetarium show was mostly an IMAX-style movie anyway and didn't require the overhead view. I have a fondness for them, but I don't think they're terrifically more educational than other formats available to us now. Planetariums are nifty but I don't think they should be funded by the federal government.
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