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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-10-05 05:01
Subject: [links] Link salad wakes up in yet another workweek
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My mom, on tumbleweeds [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Some rather nice travel writing from my mother.

The joys of getting skunked [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — About me and calendula_witch... on loving another writer

Language Log on the supposed evils of adjectives — Adjectives? I thought it was adverbs we always being told to assiduously stamp out.

APOD with another ISS image

x-planes with a piece of WWII aviation fantasy art — I'm a sucker for this kind of thing.

Just a Touch Away, the Elusive Tablet PC — I'm in love with the idea of an Apple tablet, but in reality I have no notion how I'd use it. I'm too keyboard-dependent.

An object lessonThe Edge of the American West on conservative fixations about homosexuality and military service. Also referencing this Andrew Sullivan piece. My favorite bit: But the assumption that early 21st century American conservative mores have been on the triumphant, manly, very very straight, winning side throughout all of human history since the dawn of man? Not true. Oh, how true, and how much more broadly that comment can apply.

The anger of the festering fringe — Roger Ebert on conservative discourse. Except he's being too kind to American conservatives. It's not the "festering fringe" — these people set the agenda of the Republican party and drive its elected officials. (In a number of cases are Republican elected officials: Bachmann, Coburn, Henry, etc.) Look at how few GOP Congressman will speak against Birtherism, which is as loony a theory as they come, yet has achieved mainstream acceptance on the Right under the "if there's smoke, there's fire" rubric, reinforced by classic Big Lie techniques.

?otD: How many Mondays in a month of Sundays?

Body movement: 10 minutes of meditation and stretching, 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.0
This morning's weigh-in: 227.4
Currently reading: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard P. Feynman

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Lady Jestocost
User: ladyjestocost
Date: 2009-10-05 15:09 (UTC)
Subject: X-Planes
You may want to take a look at the Horten 229, if you haven't already.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-10-05 15:10 (UTC)
Subject: Re: X-Planes
Yah. I've even seen some of the German flying wing artefacts in the Smithsonian Air and Space Dulles Annex. But that art...
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2009-10-05 15:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I myself am quite tired of hearing how this is a "fringe" element of the Republican Party. I'm not blind and I'm sure as hell not deaf. It's not fringe. It is what the GOP has morphed into since 1980. It's not fringe at all. This screaming maniacal hatred, narrow-minded racial intolerance, and wild-eyed paranoia is a core value for the modern day GOP.

But I'm still lovin' those X-15 pics so keep 'em comin'! :P
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User: e_bourne
Date: 2009-10-05 18:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I had one of the tablet PCs for awhile. Other than for drawing, it wasn't very useful. Writing is slower than typing, and it has to "learn" your particular handwriting as we are (in general) idiosyncratic in our writing. I found your suspicion to be true. It had a cool factor when people saw it, but not actually that good to use.
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