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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-08-27 02:53
Subject: [links] Link salad wanders into another day in scenic Omaha
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A reader reacts to the Escape Pod reading of my short story, "Skinhorse Goes to Mars" — Not so much with the liking.

Nun study updateLow idea density and low grammatical complexity in autobiographies written in early life were associated with low cognitive test scores in late life. Low idea density in early life had stronger and more consistent associations with poor cognitive function than did low grammatical complexity. Huh.

Marfa Lights — I've seen these, actually. (Snurched from Dark Roasted Blend.)

Best Wank and Gaza: this year's top exam howlers — Academic follies redux. (Thanks to danjite.)

A dark sky over Sequoia National Park — More APOD awesomeness.

Changing A Cell's Biological Battery — Hacking mitochondrial DNA.

Nudges by chopstick — A relationship between BMI and Chinese restaurant behaviors.

Cheney's Breathtaking Reaction to Holder Terror Probe — Once again, facts and conservative rhetoric are not located in the same area code.

?otD: Who's the boss?

Body movement: 65 minute suburban walk
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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User: tillyjane
Date: 2009-08-27 14:16 (UTC)
Subject: language log
After reading about low density nuns be sure to read the column about crash blossoms. The best collection of garden path headlines I have seen.
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User: willyumtx
Date: 2009-08-27 15:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Tangential chopstick commentary:

It makes sense to use chopsticks to eat if you are served rice in a bowl and the entree items are communal. You get some of the meat/vegetables with your chopsticks (or serving spoon) and put it on your rice and eat it and scoop up rice into your mouth.

As a child, we never used plates for each person. It's way too hard to pick up rice and food items from a flat plate. With a plate, it makes more sense to use a fork.

I suspect that those who use chopsticks when all the food is on a plate are doing so because they want to be "authentic" or show off their skills. It really doesn't make any sense in terms of utility and based on my subjective experience, is not authentic.
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russ: pasporto
User: goulo
Date: 2009-08-27 19:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's been a few years since I was in Beijing, but it seems like chopsticks were common also with food on plates. Perhaps it varies by region/culture?
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User: willyumtx
Date: 2009-08-30 03:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That may be so. Or maybe in China, all they have handy is chopsticks and so if there are plates being used the default utensil is chopsticks.

All I know is what I grew up with. And that it's very hard to eat rice from a plate. And that I see a lot of people trying their damnedest to do just that.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2009-08-27 17:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I wasn't aware of the Marfa lights. Interesting.
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