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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-09-10 04:51
Subject: [links] Link salad tries again, on Thursday
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Tags:cool, healthcare, links, personal, photos, politics, science, tech
Sci Fi Wire with your guide to punks — In which I make an appearance. (Via galdrin.)

Nordenfelt class Turkish submarine — For those of you fans of Escapement and Pinion, real life Victorian era submarines, and some odd history. (Via vintagephoto.)

Roundhouse: 1943 — Because I can't resist a good dose of Shorpy train pr0n. And neither can you!

Obousy's 'Interstellar Journey' Site DebutsCentauri Dreams highlights a terrific resource for (nearly) realworld interstellar travel.

How to Create Quantum Superpositions of Living Things — Well, sort of. Still cool as hell. What could possibly go wrong?

willyumtx sent this video link to the world's scariest hikejeffsoesbe tracked down the details. Wow. Just freaking wow.

I guess I'm a conservative, too — Ta-Nehisi Coates on Obama, conservatism and the recent school speech furor.

Hank Williams, Jr., political sachem"If it wasn't for the Electoral College, Obama wouldn't be president," he said. "Let's face it. That's the problem right there." Um, no. Wrong president. Wonder what he thought about the election of George W. Bush?

Newt Gingrich, on NPR criticizing the healthcare bills as complex legislationBecause the minute you start putting together a 1,300-page bill, you have no idea what the different sections are like, how they interact with each other. And, in order to get enough votes, you end up buying people in for bizarre reasons and giving away goodies, and all of a sudden you have a political monstrosity. Gee, how did he feel about the 342 page USA PATRIOT Act, passed in two days through both the House and Senate?

Massachusetts Democrats trying to change the law back to allow Governor Patrick to name a replacement for the late Senator Kennedy — You guys are full of shit. Changing the rules when it suits you then changing them back when it suits you again is precisely the kind of opportunistic bullshit the other team does all the time. (Take a gander at the way Senate procedures regarding the role of the minority party changed as the GOP came in and out of power this past decade if you don't know what I'm talking about.) How the hell can anyone be accountable in politics if no one plays a cleaner game? Confidential to Massachusetts Dems: You're hypocrites. Get over yourselves. After all, what would you be saying right now if the GOP were pulling precisely this stunt?

?otD: Did you turn the tap dance into your parade?

Body movement: 10 minutes of stretching & meditation, 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (forgot to weigh)
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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Galdrin ap Morgan
User: galdrin
Date: 2009-09-10 13:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Again, my personal congratulations. I was so proud to see a handful of my favorite authors (and LJ friends besides) were all recognized.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-09-10 13:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And thank you! I have now remembered to credit you in the post, too...
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Galdrin ap Morgan
User: galdrin
Date: 2009-09-10 16:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That was awfully nice of you ... but I was just hyped because I found one of my favorite authors so mentioned. This tends to confirm, for me, that I pretty good taste in my choices of authors and reading material. Kinda like seeing Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book win its Hugo, or seeing Neal Stevenson's _Anathem_ nominated.

Now, if only my b-day would hurry up and get here. I need to get my library caught up ...
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Twilight: Daria
User: twilight2000
Date: 2009-09-10 13:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Massachusetts Democrats trying to change the law back to allow Governor Patrick to name a replacement for the late Senator Kennedy — What you said. In fact, the original move irritated the hell out of me. There *should* be an interim - but there should *always* have been an interim - killing it the first time was bad enough.

I get the desire to have #60 - but you damn well messed your own pot in '04 - I can just *hear* the yelling if the "other party" tried the same thing...
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User: bemused_leftist
Date: 2009-09-11 03:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Considering all the trouble we've seen this 12mo with musical Senate chairs, I think that getting it right, now, is worthwhile, even if Mass did get it wrong last time. Two wrongs and all that. Not that the Mass Dems' current idea goes far enough, though, imo.

Imo the elected Senator should chose his/her own interim replacement. That way the voters get the closest possible substitute for the policies and performer they chose -- till there's an election and they get to choose again.

No pesky Governor to be bribed and/or to bring in someone of the opposing party. And if the outgoing Senator proves bribeable -- at least he's the bribeable one the voters chose to hold that seat.
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User: bemused_leftist
Date: 2009-09-11 03:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Maybe Gingrich sees a difference between a 1,300 page bill and a 342 page bill.
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