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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-10-02 03:54
Subject: [links] Link salad for a travel day
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Cherenkov blue — A fascinating lateral take on my story “The Sky that Wraps the World Round, Past the Blue and Into the Black”, which uses the piece as a jumping off place to talk about a bit of physics.

Fiction Rule of Thumbxkcd nails our genre.

The House on the Rock — A very cool, very weird place with a lot of (accidental) steampunk. (Thanks to lordofallfools.)

Machu Picchu’s far-flung residents — Interesting anthropology on Incan royalty and their serving class. (Thanks to lt260.)

The ‘Secret Jews’ of San Luis Valley — Genetics, religion and hidden culture. (Thanks to lt260.)

APOD with the first rocket launch from Cape Canaveral — You can smell the fresh paint on the future in this photo.

Low-Power Liquid Lens — The mighty power of water optics. Cool stuff.

Teaching Bacteria to Behave — Unicellular Skinnerism?

Palin comes out as pro-choice — “… should anyone end up in jail for having an [...] abortion, absolutely not.” Right. Because, um, that’s what the pro-life movement wants. Erm. (And yes, I do know the pro-life agenda is as much about criminalizing medical procedures and punishing providers as it is about victimizing women. Still, this is another of those deeply disingenuous feel-good answers designed to make the Scary Right less scary to middle of the road voters. N.b.: she also said she believed in a Constitutional right to privacy.)

Kathleen Parker Shocked To Find Her Party’s Full Of “Vicious””, “Threatening”, Delusional Wingnuts — Conservative hate speech monger disturbed by conservative hate speech! Amazing how it feels when it’s directed at you, isn’t it?

Time with an Obama poll — Note that your Liberal Media did not ask leading and highly inaccurate about McCain, only about Obama. (Via Eschaton.)

Body movement: airport walking (to come)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 233.8
Currently reading: n/a

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

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User: carnwrite
Date: 2008-10-02 12:28 (UTC)
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We visited The House on the Rock before Wiscon one year. It's about an hour or so from Madison. Very cool place!
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User: spitphyre
Date: 2008-10-02 12:59 (UTC)
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Did you see that MTV has an article up about Steampunk? Apparently when they show it on MTV2 (and some other MTV network... I dunno) there will be Voltaire music playing and all that. They mention Steamcon which shocked me. Anyway, here you go: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1595812/20080929/index.jhtml
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Gail Carriger
User: gailcarriger
Date: 2008-10-02 16:55 (UTC)
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Thanks for the Machu Picchu link, I've worked with Beth and she didn't even tell me about the article!
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User: sci_o_biscuits
Date: 2008-10-02 19:10 (UTC)
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House on the Rock is tres cool - thanks. I find Fermilab, which I've visited several times, and the LHC-Cern both equally saturated with steampunkish overtones. Any lab with cavernous rooms of giant equipment sends trills of excitement through me.

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User: cmdrsuzdal
Date: 2008-10-02 19:41 (UTC)
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Oh, interesting. I'd heard a little about crypto-jews before and find the whole thing fascinating.

The way religions and religious cultures survive, change and especially the way they merge with other religions has always struck me as weirdly sftnal.
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