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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-10-23 07:23
Subject: [links] Link salad for a Thursday
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7 Random and/or Weird Things About Me [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

SF Signal’s “Mind Meld” asks about the future of written SF — I answer, among many others.

Mixed cardboard only: a subtle case of nerdviewLanguage Log on how things get lost in translation from specialist vocabularies to general application. Makes me realize I have perpetrated examples of this in both my professional lives.

India launches first Moon mission — It can’t hurt to get more countries into space. Ballistic missiles and faith-based idiocy we already have. Maybe some more outward-facing thought will help. (Thanks to lt260.)

Selectively Deleting MemoriesResearch in mice suggests that it might be possible to delete specific painful memories. That really makes me go hmm. Some of my most important memories are the most painful.

A molecule with a momentous effect — microRNA and Peter Pan worms. Cool, weird science here. (Thanks to lt260.)

Tensions on the ticket? The Grauniad with an interesting roundup of US election news. My favorite: Never mind 2008: get ready for Palin 2012! “Sarah’s the one,” said one leading conservative who is convinced Mr McCain will lose this election. “The party is broken and only she can fix it.”

POLL-Obama takes 10-point lead on McCain — That might even be enough to keep him ahead of both the Bradley Effect and McCain’s continuing slime campaign.

Indiana judge allows early voting to go on — Keep trying, guys. I’d say it’s funny, but it’s not. In addition to usual, decades-long GOP tactic of wholesale voter suppression (that’s not vitriol, it’s perfectly well documented), they’re now desperate to undermine the legitimacy of the upcoming election. So far, the only actual voter fraud which has been found has been on the part of the GOP. Sooner or later they’ll find one example, somewhere, and Your Liberal Media will gleefully bolster the conservative narrative once again.

McCain Is No Straight-Talker on Foreign Affairs The Wall Street Journal (of all newspapers!) actually looks at the reality of McCain’s rhetoric. Mmmm, I loves me some principled consistency. And for a change, Your Conservative Media is sustaining the reality-based narrative, though I’m sure they’ll get over it very quickly.

Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 228.8
Currently reading: The Best of C.M. Kornbluth

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

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User: neutronjockey
Date: 2008-10-23 14:57 (UTC)
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Obama is at a 12 point lead now...
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User: mastadge
Date: 2008-10-23 15:25 (UTC)
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I think the polls that show him with a 10-point lead are just as skewed as those showing him down to a 1-point lead. I think it's been pretty consistently 5-6 points.
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Wendy S. Delmater
User: safewrite
Date: 2008-10-23 16:45 (UTC)
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The microRNA article was fascinating. Thanks for the link.
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Amy Sisson
User: amysisson
Date: 2008-10-23 17:04 (UTC)
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Sweet on the WSJ article -- the one paper I know my father will read and not call it a liberal rag!
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Hutson: cons
User: hutson
Date: 2008-10-23 22:44 (UTC)
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Deleting painful memories? But they form you. That teach you who you do not want to be or what you could be if you ever slip. They teach you not to repeat that mistake. What the hell?
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User: willyumtx
Date: 2008-10-23 22:57 (UTC)
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Regarding "Mixed Cardboard."

My thought it that there is a type of cardboard that is classified as "mixed" and that the dumpster is to be used for that type of cardboard only.

Granted, there can be confusion if the sign is taken out of context. And there is the assumption that the user knows how to distinguish "mixed" cardboard from other types of cardboard.

But I don't think that the sign would be accurate if it said "Cardboard" only.

The following link was in a comment.

From: http://www.eriecountyrecycling.com/recycle_materials.php?type=paper

Corrugated Cardboard
Corrugated cardboard is made of three layers, two straight outside layers and a rippled middle layer. Prepare for recycling by flattening, bundling together, and tying with twine. Do not place with mixed cardboard. Any corrugated cardboard contaminated by food waste is not recyclable, for example pizza boxes.

But since "mixed cardboard" does not appear to be a commonly used term (at least based on my Google search), the sign can be misleading.
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User: kehrli
Date: 2008-10-24 00:54 (UTC)
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Wow. It's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but in real life.


I wonder when scientists will find the door into John Malkovich's head.
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