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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-01-14 05:59
Subject: [links] Link salad looks at pictures of matchstick men
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A reader reacts to "America, Such as She Is" — I think he liked it. Note my publisher's kind offer to allow me to send an electronic copy of the story to anyone considering their Hugo, Nebula or World Fantasy Award nominations, referenced here [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ].

The Rise and Fall of the Metal Airship — Some cool 'lost technology'. (Thanks to chriswjohnson.)

Largest Moon of 2009 Over the Alps — More APOD awesomeness.

Blindsight — James Gurney on subconscious visual processing. Fascinating stuff.

Centauri Dreams on the Casimir Effect — Money shot is the commentary tying the Casimir Effect to nanotechnology and interstellar payloads.

Gap in what we say vs. what we do about racism — This just in, dog bites man. (Thanks to lt260.)

When the Education Bubble Finally Pops — Some interesting social analysis about the lifetime value of higher education vs. the costs. (Thanks to danjite.)

Guantanamo agents 'used torture' — The Beeb on how the good guys (that's us) do it. My friends on the Right like to talk about 24 and ticking time bonbs, but mostly we're just hurting people real bad for years at a time.

Report: Schlozman Broke The Law, Then Tried To Hide It From Senate — Those liberals and their silly little ethics. The GOP showed us how it's really done, and the Bush DOJ declined to prosecute. If you're a conservative reading this, tell me, was Scholzman's conduct ok with you? If so, would it have been just as ok for a Democrat to do this?

The Way Back — In a rare moment of aberration, a Republican shows some sense. Too bad for the future of this country that Representative Davis didn't have some of these ideas when he was in office.

?otD: Hey Bungalow Bill, what did you kill?

Body movement: 40 minute ride on the stationary bike
This morning's weigh-in: 222.4
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

Originally published at jlake.com.

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Matthew S. Rotundo: Radioactive
User: matthewsrotundo
Date: 2009-01-14 14:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Does anyone besides me find it deeply ironic that conservatives love to slag Hollywood, but have no problem with basing foreign policy on Hollywood creations?
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User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2009-01-14 16:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
> If you're a conservative reading this, tell me, was
> Scholzman's conduct ok with you? If so, would it have been
> just as ok for a Democrat to do this?

No and no.
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User: mastadge
Date: 2009-01-14 18:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Perhaps the reason people chose the white person as a partner was because the black person had just walked out of the room to use the phone?
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miki garrison: disco snake
User: mikigarrison
Date: 2009-01-14 19:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:disco snake
I guess I look at the "education bubble" a little differently -- after all, I went into getting a PhD knowing that the additional money I could make might never "pay back" the costs of that education. Now, I purposefully did not choose some career paths because the salary would mean that I would *never* pay back those student loans -- but, I went down my current academic and career path knowing full well that I'd probably have more money in my pocket come age 80 if I just stopped with the schooling already.

But the reality is that higher education isn't just about money, it's about opportunities. I could be making more money than I am today with nothing more than what I had when I graduated high school -- but, I'd also be very locked into a career path I really don't enjoy. Grad school was how I paid for the opportunity (and working full time while also going to school full time because I truly had to PAY) to be able to create a career path that was meaningful to me, and that was a good fit for my lifestyle.

Accounting balance sheets just don't take happiness into account.
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miki garrison: bridge troll
User: mikigarrison
Date: 2009-01-14 19:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:bridge troll
On the other hand, I also think it's a huge problem that so many high school kids have ground into them that college is the *only* acceptable option, and that without it, they will always be a failure. I've worked with so many kids for whom going to college right after high school just wasn't a good idea -- and more than just being a waste of money, was actually having negative consequences that would ripple through the rest of the kid's life. There are people -- even really, really smart people -- for whom living their best life will not mean going to college, or at least not at that age.
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