Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

[links] Link salad for a January Saturday

Blue Tyson reviews Escapement Powell's | Amazon ]

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

Originally published at jlake.com.

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