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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-09-09 04:45
Subject: [links] Link salad fumbles its way into another hump day
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Tags:books, healthcare, links, personal, photos, politics, publishing
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lt260 forwards this comment from Joe Haldeman on the bookless library — More here. Sigh. Am I just a dinosaur?

Massachusetts Marriage Still Doing Fine — The nation's lowest divorce rate after six years of gay marriage. Wow, marriage is certainly an institution under siege there.

More on the Obama "socialist indoctrination" scandal — Or, arrant and opportunistic Republican hypocrisy, documented example number 1,257,440 (or so).

The mainstreaming of crazyBad Astronomy Blog on the Obama school speech kerfuffle. He says it better than I could, including: I'm tired of ignorance held up as inspiration, where vicious anti-intellectualism is considered a positive trait, and where uninformed opinion is displayed as fact. Conservative discourse has gone beyond self-parody in this age of Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, yet the conservative viewpoint is still the lede on tv talk shows and news broadcasts.

Obama and the Bureaucratization of Health Care — Speaking of the conservative lede, here's the Wall Street Journal with Sarah Palin. The stupid, it burns. Just for a start, it's not like health care isn't overbureaucratized now. Look at the percentage of private healthcare dollars that go to overhead, versus public healthcare dollars (ie, Medicaid).

?otD: If you kiss a prince, does he turn into a frog?



9/9/2009
Body movement: 10 minutes of stretching and meditation, 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25
This morning's weigh-in: 230.0
Currently reading: The Real Wizard of Oz by Rebecca Loncraine; The Other Lands by David Anthony Durham


Originally published at jlake.com.

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fjm
User: fjm
Date: 2009-09-09 13:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Massachusetts Marriage Still Doing Fine — The nation's lowest divorce rate after six years of gay marriage. Wow, marriage is certainly an institution under siege there.

Did someone tell John Wright?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-09-09 13:22 (UTC)
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Did someone tell John Wright?

Would it do any good...?
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madrobins
User: madrobins
Date: 2009-09-09 14:39 (UTC)
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"Am I just a dinosaur?"

Not unless I am too. I love me my internet, but unless Cushing Academy can guarantee that all original sources have been digitized (I'm thinking, not so much) that's going to limit the amount of research--and rigor--their students are going to be able to bring to any school project. If I were a wealthy parent sending my kid to this school, I'd be less impressed by espresso and more concerned about my kid's ability to sort out Teh Stupid from the real information on the 'net. Unless the new "Learning Center" comes with a "You Can Identify WooWoo at a Glance" class for all students...
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The Queen of Spades
User: steppinrazor
Date: 2009-09-09 18:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I hate the idea of digitizing everything. From the simple visceral sensation of holding and reading a book, to the issues I have with sitting and reading from a screen versus reading from a page (I'm sure it's a product of conditioning, but I never absorb information from a computer quite in the same way I do a book.)

It would be wildly different if they were building a new digital library, but knowing they're getting rid of their entire archives is disturbing.
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gvdub
User: gvdub
Date: 2009-09-09 22:20 (UTC)
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I love the concept of ebooks. I have one of the earlier Sony Readers with the latest firmware that lets it read ePub format. Now that Project Gutenberg is making volumes available in ePub, I'm loading up. I'm all for the digital book. However, some of my most cherished book finds have been from just browsing the stacks, seeing a volume that looks particularly loved and thinking, "Hmmmm, I should read that one." Or just choosing a section and picking books at random. I spent a summer working through the 920s at the local library the year I turned 12. Read a lot of biographies I might have otherwise passed by.

If you're looking for something specific, a purely digital library is okay. Until there's a digital analogue for browsing the stacks, it can't be a proper substitute for a traditional library.
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lordofallfools
User: lordofallfools
Date: 2009-09-10 00:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Just for a start, it's not like health care isn't overbureaucratized now. Look at the percentage of private healthcare dollars that go to overhead, versus public healthcare dollars (ie, Medicaid).


According to at least one analyst, Medicaid spends 20% LESS on overhead than private industry.

It is truly, truly ridiculous how the GOP has framed their arguments. I'm amazed out how well their arguments are doing, though. The anti-reformers have managed to knock an exceptionally intelligent and popular president on his keister. I can't figure out what part of their argument is so effective; I tend to think that the disgust with the bail out is being compounded by yet more spending. So it's not really a single argument that's catching people's attention, but a general impulse that Obama really IS pushing us toward a socialist state.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-09-10 01:00 (UTC)
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Right. That was my point about Medicaid. And I think it's 6% vs 26% overhead, which would more like 80% less in spending, depending on how you like your percentages sliced and diced.

Agreed on the framing. The really bizarre part is that Obama is no more a socialist than Richard Nixon was. Ask any real socialist. To rub rust in that irony, most of what's got people in a wad right now (the real stuff, not the rhetoric) was created by good conservative governance.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2009-09-10 03:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
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If you're a dinosaur, so am I.

When ebooks become purchaseable while they're in that no man's land between "out of print" and "out of copyright" the way paper books are (through used book stores), then we might start talking. I appreciate libraries, but sometimes one needs to own an out-of-print book after it becomes out of print. Oh, and when the technology becomes stable enough that I will still be able to own (not lease, thanks Amazon) a book I bought forty years ago, and perhaps give it to my descendants. Then we can talk.
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