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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-04-27 04:24
Subject: [links] Link salad saddles up for the Omaha trail drive
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Return of the caption contest. Now with pandas! [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Me, on the Google Books settlement and your legislators: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — (Yes, this is a repeat link, but I didn't want this post to fall into the trough of weekendity.)

bjcooper says nice things about METAtropolis

Theory of sacrificesArt writing guru James Gurney is at it again. As it happens, I don't entirely agree with him, but he's making a great point about minimalism and natural transparency in style. Like I would know what transparent style looks like...

Tom's Glossary of Book Publishing Terms — Hahahahahahahah.

Planet of the Grapes — A wine map of the world, for you fans of alternative cartography. Not to mention oenophiles. (You know who you are.)

scarlettina on restaurant discounts for the unemployed — Some interesting thinking there. Go check it out, put in your 2 cents worth or show her some link love.

slithytove on swine flu — IRL, he is an ER doc.

APOD with the interaction between Prometheus and Saturn's F-ring

Flexible Heat MinerTechnology Review with some cool commercially applied tech. This one is awesome.

Non Sequitur on cospiracy theories — As I read this I realized something odd. Conservatives are always on with the conspiracy paranoia. Red Scare, John Birchers, all the hoo-hah during the Clinton years about Whitewater and Vince Foster, the perpetual rumblings about world government and nationalization, the Obama "birthers" and the widespread belief that Obama is coming for their guns. Yet all the real conspiracies in American politics which leap to mind were foisted by conservatives. Watergate, Iran-Contra, the fraudelent run-up to the Iraq War (specifically the Iraq Study Group), pretty much anything Cheney has ever done. As usual, those who yell the loudest are the perps, apparently. Are there any significant conspiracies in modern political history foisted by liberal-progressives which have objective reality to them, the way Watergate or Iran-Contra do?

?otD: Omaha?

Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
This morning's weigh-in: 218.0
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville; The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen

Originally published at jlake.com.

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Kelly Green
User: saycestsay
Date: 2009-04-27 12:45 (UTC)
Subject: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Every time you mention Omaha this bit of dialog passes through my mind:

Daffy Blonde: -I see you know His Highness.
Smarmy Conman: -Who?
Daffy Blonde: -The prince.
Smarmy Conman: -The prince?
Daffy Blonde: -I saw him shake your hand and pat you on the back.
Smarmy Conman: -No kidding? And you are?
Daffy Blonde: -Fanny Eubanks. Fanny Eubanks, of Omaha?
Smarmy Conman: -Of Omaha?
Daffy Blonde: -You don't have to cover up. It may be my money that's financing your mission.
Smarmy Conman: -You're financing my mission?
Daffy Blonde: -Perhaps His Highness mentioned me?
Smarmy Conman: -Oh, Lady Fanny of Omaha.
Daffy Blonde: -He called me Lady Fanny?
Smarmy Conman: -Yes. Lady Fanny of Omaha. He speaks of you with affection. You have done a wonderful thing.
Butler: -Sir? I'm very sorry, sir...but the man said it was urgent.
Polished conman: -What man?
Butler: -The courier. He's waiting outside. He said you would recognize the secret password.
Polished conman: -What secret password?
Smarmy Conman: -Lady Fanny of Omaha.
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User: willyumtx
Date: 2009-04-27 16:51 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Omaha Hi/Lo is the best.
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Kelly Green
User: saycestsay
Date: 2009-04-27 18:22 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Dunno that one :).
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User: willyumtx
Date: 2009-04-27 21:24 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
It's poker. It's fun!

Omaha has that association for me.
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User: scarlettina
Date: 2009-04-27 13:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks for the pointer, Jay.
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User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2009-04-27 14:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"Liberal-progressive conspiracies" would arguably be the election fraud in the 1960 presidential campaign (notoriously in Chicago, and one of many reasons Nixon got that paranoia bug) and the "Bay of Pigs" debacle... possibly the reaction to the Gulf of Tonkin incident, but that one is really debatable on whether it was leverage on the US Congress or just a bad panic episode. There are also a lot of political chicanery on the Democratic Party side in state and civic government; Boss Tweed, alas, is only the foremost of many.

-- Steve thinks that there are creeps on all sides of the political spectrum, sadly, as creepitude is a human trait not bound by borders and politics.
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User: hal_obrien
Date: 2009-04-27 21:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The Bay of Pigs thing is more like someone getting hoodwinked. The plan was initially approved by Eisenhower:

"Invasion preparations had begun in March of 1960, when President Eisenhower approved a CIA plan to train Cuban exiles."

Kennedy wasn't inaugurated until January 1961; the invasion was on April 17, 1961.

What I've always understood is that JFK was skittish about the thing, but was always told, "Hey, Ike signed off on this -- and he won WWII, right?"

If you want to put that down to JFK's lack of confidence in a new job, fine... But for over a year that was strictly Ike's baby.

Re 1960 giving Nixon a "paranoia bug": Hey, tell it to Jerry Voorhis. 1946 predates 1960 by a bit.
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User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2009-04-27 21:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
*facepalm* World's most straight-forward braino; I conflated elected in 1960 with inaugurated in 1960 (as happens here in Canada) and rolled the Kennedy presidency forward a year in my head.

-- Steve hates it when that happens.
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User: n5red
Date: 2009-04-27 14:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
There does seem to be some evidence that the current administration really does want to go after guns. So far Nancy Pelosi is wise enough to realize it would be political suicide for the Democrats to attempt it.
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User: willyumtx
Date: 2009-04-27 16:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The scarlettina link is interesting. And as one person commented, it can help the business build loyalty for when the unemployed get a job.

But I would think that eating out would be a luxury that you'd want to forgo if you are job hunting. Seems cheaper to buy simple items and cook at home. N'est-ce pas?
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Kelly Green
User: saycestsay
Date: 2009-04-27 18:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Eating out on a limited budget: for a family, yeah, eating out is a pricey endeavour. But us single types? Eating out can be much less expensive.

Or not. Depending on what you do. Personally, I'm thriving on the $5 footlong for my daily feed.
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User: e_bourne
Date: 2009-04-27 23:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If you like Gurney, and haven't read John Berger's "Ways of Seeing" you might want to put it on your list. He is like a god to me. Anything by Berger is.
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User: creed_of_hubris
Date: 2009-04-28 03:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think that George Soros played a fairly large role in the revolutions in Ukraine and Georgia.

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