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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-08-26 03:05
Subject: [links] Link salad makes it to hump day, again
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Lookie here! A Kindle edition of Green

Speaking of Green and the Kindle, last night's post on the Amazon boycott has spawned very interesting comment threads on both sides of my blog: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Getting My Hands Dirty — John Klima on how Electric Velocipede gets made.

The Trash Project — Industrial dance. (Thanks to seventorches.)

Finding out What Colors Dinosaurs Were — Wow. Not quite as impressive as the headline suggests, but still, wow.

Building Infrastructure: The Tether Option — Mmm. Skyhooks. Centauri Dreams explores alternate methods of reaching orbit.

Weve Got 35 Times More Horsepower in Our Cars Than in Our Power Plants

The GOP's Top Chef Starves a Beast and Poisons a Debate — Some snarky takedown of the GOP "contribution" to the healthcare reform process, courtesy of The Washington Post.

The late Senator Kennedy in his own words

?otD: What color is the sky in your world?

Body movement: 65 minute suburban walk (saw the owl, and a skunk)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (traveling)
Currently reading: The Real Wizard of Oz by Rebecca Loncraine; Acacia by David Anthony Durham

Originally published at jlake.com.

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Blue Tyson
User: bluetyson
Date: 2009-08-26 13:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks for the dino colour link, that is cool.
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User: bemused_leftist
Date: 2009-08-26 14:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Flogging the conservative opposition to the healthcare bill is fun, but I worry that it takes attention away from the liberal opposition to the bill.

“It will basically be a government law that says you have to buy their defective product [ie private health insurance],” says Dr. David Himmelstein, a professor at Harvard Medical School and a founder of Physicians for a National Health Plan. [ http://www.pnhp.org/ ]

“[ In a similar program in Massachusetts. ] For someone my age who is making $40,000 a year you are required to lay out $5,000 for an insurance premium for coverage that covers nothing until you have spent $2,000 out of pocket,” Himmelstein said. “You are $7,000 out of pocket before you have any coverage at all. For most people that means you are already bankrupt before you have insurance. If anything, that has made them worse off. Instead of having that $5,000 to cover some of their medical expenses they have laid it out in premiums.”

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User: mcjulie
Date: 2009-08-26 15:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
When I was a kid, one of my top kid-theories were that dinosaurs were brilliantly colored and patterned. After all, I reasoned, we are reconstructing their bodies based on bones, that doesn't tell you what color their skin was. Why do we assume they came in shades of green and brown? They might have been iridescent purple, for all we know.

Kid me has been really excited by recent developments in this field.
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