August 1st, 2008

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[links] Link salad, Wyoming Friday edition

More on the Launch Pad workshop — Where I am, among many other fine people. davidlevine has more.

The Oregonian takes note of my upcoming appearance at the Powell’s Beaverton store

A video trailer for the Seeds of Change anthology — This is interesting.

World’s oldest joke traced to 1,900 B.C. — Wow. (Thanks to danjite.)

Giant rolling ball clock — Mmm. Real life clockpunk. (Thanks to chriswjohnson.)

Olympic link to early ‘computer’ — Speaking of real life clockpunk, a rather odd new theory about the Antikythera Mechanism. (Thanks to my brother.)

Scientists Confirm Liquid Lake, Beach on Saturn’s Moon Titan — Vacation weekend! (Thanks to lt260.)

NASA confirms water on Mars — Now if they could only find those whiskey mines.

Termite bellies and biofuels — Coming soon to a foundation beneath you. Seriously, some cool stuff on bioreactors. (Thanks to lt260.)

whafford goes to Petra — And if you don’t know what that means, you really need to follow this link. One of the coolest archealogical sites in the world.

Religions thrived to protect against disease — This is a weird story. Very weird. (Thanks to lt260.)

Preacher killed wife, stuffed body in freezer, police say — This story hits several of my hot buttons, so I’m just passing it on without further comment. (Thanks to goulo.)

Rap music Obama — This is a funny but ridiculous political story about Obama’s “problem” with being endorsed by members of the rap community. Considering the high skew of rap listers who are white, it’s hard to call this a black thing.

Eliminationist rhetoric in mainstream conservative discourse — This is one reason I find conservatism so profoundly repellent, frankly. While I’m sure my conservative friends can point out counterexamples, the left generally doesn’t talk or think this way, and certainly not on a wholesale level in national media. It’s this kind of rhetoric that leads a food stamp recipient to shoot up a Unitarian church because “the liberals are ruining America.” Remember when the Right wanted to hold all of liberal America directly accountable for John Walker Lindh? (Hat tip to The Edge of the American West.)


8/1/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (long city walk forthcoming shortly)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: Launch Pad Workshop class materials

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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[conventions] Party

Big party at Mike Brotherton’s house. Astronomers, physicists, writers, random persons. Drank nothing but water. A couple of us wound up walking home just for the sheer joy of the night and the beauty of the heavens. Tomorrow night is observatory time up at WIRO.

Ded now.

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.