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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-01-17 06:43
Subject: [links] Link salad for a January Saturday
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Tags:books, culture, escapement, links, personal, politics, reviews, science
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The saros cycle — Fascinating unit of time. The things you learn reading Gene Wolfe.

Earth, observed — Some truly astonishing orbital photography. (Thanks to S—.)

Centauri Dreams on interstellar missions from the living room — Remote sensing versus human travel.

A manmade satellite with an 8.4 million year orbital life — Per the recent discussion about how long satellites stay up. That's either very, very "wow" or a Wiki editorial prank. Having trouble evaluating which right now. (Thanks to chriswjohnson.)

Explaining the curse of work — The real story behind Parkinson's law, and more. (Thanks to lt260.)

Japan's Outsiders Waiting to Break In — A news report on the buraku, Japan's untouchables.

The United Statements of AmericaStrange Maps with state mottoes.

Disconnected From Obama's America — Yes, Arkansas, America is nothing without your guns. I am not terribly sympathetic to the angst of conservative know-nothingism. We tried it that way for the last eight years, and look at the mess we've made.

Rep. King (R-Nuthouse): Obama 'bizarre' to use 'Hussein' — Another one from the 'conservatives are crazy' file.

?otD: Where in the world is Carmen San Diego?

Body movement: 40 minute ride on the stationary bike
This morning's weigh-in: 223.8
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville; Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe

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User: fledgist
Date: 2009-01-17 17:48 (UTC)
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Carmen San Diego is shacking up with Juanita La Jolla.
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User: ozarque
Date: 2009-01-17 17:50 (UTC)
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About that Arkansas story... There are also Arkansawyers who were dead set against Obama and voted for McCain going around now saying that they've decided that he's "all right after all," and that they're starting to feel a glimmer of hope.

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User: paulcarp
Date: 2009-01-17 18:41 (UTC)
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Strange Maps with state mottoes.

I only wish it were larger, so you could read New Hampshire's motto, "Live Free or Die." And Rhode Island's motto seems to be a period (.).

Obama 'bizarre' to use 'Hussein'

I thought, mostly, Jordan's late King Hussein was liked in the US. What's his problem?
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2009-01-18 21:29 (UTC)
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>>We tried it that way for the last eight years, and look at the mess we've made.<<

For about as long as he's been on nationally broadcast radio, Rush Limbaugh has claimed that liberals say "Communism is a good system, it's just never been properly put into practice", or some such thing. It wouldn't surprise me if Neoconservatives ended up saying the same thing one of these days about their own ideology.

Edited at 2009-01-18 09:29 pm (UTC)
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