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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-02-11 05:50
Subject: [links] Link salad will steer for you
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Tags:amazonfail, art, cancer, cool, healthcare, links, personal, photos, politics, publishing, religion, science, weird
A page is turned — UK's Financial Times with some actual industry analysis of the Amazon-Macmillan negotiations. (As opposed to the generally simplistic US press coverage of "Macmillan is raising ebook prices, oh well".) There are some errors here, such as an odd comment about ebooks having no marginal costs, and a mistake in describing bookshops as working on the agency model, but this is still some pretty interesting work. (Thanks to blog commentor Stevie.)

Has Amazon Moved Your Buy Button? —The Author's Guild is funny and practical.

Highlights from TED 2010, Wednesday: "We can eat to starve cancer" — Angiogenesis, diet, exercise and cancer. Of obvious interest to some of us. (Via both shelly_rae and @gralinnaea.)

The Two-Streams HypothesisArt neuropsychology guru James Gurney with a fascinating piece on how the human visual system works. As Dr. Egon Spengler said, "Don't cross the streams."

Saturnalian Moon Dance — Some seriously 'wow' photos from Cassini.

Give 'em the old razzle-dazzle — Interesting piece (with lots of photos) on disguise and camouflage of capital ships in the era of optical range finding. And yes, that's a lot more interesting than I just made it sound. (Via Interrupting Gelastic Jew.)

Ancient Human Genome Sequenced — I think I went to high school with this guy, actually.

Dubai court annuls marriage to 'bearded lady' — Juan Cole with some interesting thoughts on Islamic veiling, identity and culture hacking thereby.

madwriter with a point about where the money goes — Must be nice to be on Wall Street. This stuff might drive even me to be a Socialist.

Rachel names the GOP hypocrites — This video is worth watching, especially if you somehow imagine the GOP retains any intellectual or moral consistency. Maddow names names and gives examples, over and over, of GOP congressmen and senators who slam the stimulus hard in the national media as an abject failure, then take credit for money and jobs at home. Her larger point is that the Republicans have utterly abandoned policy for politics. Not that this is news...

Pastor Wiley Drake prayed for the death of John Murtha — Ah, Christianism. That deranged, righteous intersection between conservatism and religion. Worst of both worlds, the virtues of neither. I don't understand why the GOP ties itself to these moral monsters. (Well, votes, of course, but at such a cost to the character and credibility of the conservative movement.)

Affirmative Action and Political Hypocrisy — On both sides of the aisle in fact, but guess which major conservative party leads the league by a mile in the hypocrisy standings?

Human microchips seen by some in Virginia House as device of Antichrist — Uh, yeah. Check out this gem: "I just think you should have the right to control your own body," [Republican] Cole said. That's a pretty bizarre sentiment from the party that enthusiastically supports forced pregnancy and criminalization of private sexual behavior between consenting adults. I'm sure Cole will be walking this little mistake back any time now.

?otD: Do you want a driver? Climb inside.

Writing time yesterday: 60 minutes (revisions on Endurance)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.75 (soundly)
This morning's weigh-in: 225.0
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 6/10
Currently reading: [between books]

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User: jimvanpelt
Date: 2010-02-11 15:27 (UTC)
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Hi, Jay. Farther down in the TED program is a brilliant ukulele player (which sounds like an oxymoron to me). Watch his version of Queen's Bohemian rhapsody at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snPQ1z5FoqQ

Oh, and I got a soda-snorting moment with the caption on the Saturn moon pictures:

"Awesome. Note that these images were taken about one minute apart, so things were hopping. It’s amazing to me that not only can we put a probe around Saturn and get images of its moons, but our math and physics are so freaking accurate we can say, "Hey, you know what? On this date at this time if we turn Cassini that way we’ll see a moon over 2 million kilometers away pass in front of another one nearly 3 million kilometers away."

"Every morning, I have a 50/50 chance of finding my keys. That kinda puts things in perspective."

Edited at 2010-02-11 03:32 pm (UTC)
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shelly_rae: Dogwood
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2010-02-12 01:26 (UTC)
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Baby you can sleep while I drive...
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User: keikaimalu
Date: 2010-02-11 16:05 (UTC)
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Hi Jay,

It looks like you ride a stationary bike routinely -- I do so too, partly because it's a form of exercise I can do when I'm tired. But I've started having hip troubles, and I'm wondering if riding the bike 5x a week could have something to do with it. Have you experienced anything like that?


(non-bearded, really me, I swear)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-02-11 16:40 (UTC)
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Melissa -

I haven't experienced that, in part because my strong preference is to walk for about 60-90 minutes on the streets where possible. Weather sometimes keeps from that, and when I'm in medical distress I don't like to be that far from the house (and the bathroom), so the bike is a fallback, not the daily default.



(bearded, really me, I swear)
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User: scarlettina
Date: 2010-02-11 16:10 (UTC)
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Clearly, it's too early for me to be reading. Your post said, "And yes, that's a lot more interesting than I just made it sound." What I read was "And yes, that's a lot more interesting than the sound I just made." I have no idea where I got that from!

I'm sending my brother the link about the ship dazzle.

And I saw that piece Rachel did night before last when she did it on the air. It was gob-smacking to watch and I wanted every Republican in driving distance to see it. Amazing work.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-02-11 16:40 (UTC)
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Mmmm sounds...
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User: mcjulie
Date: 2010-02-11 16:12 (UTC)
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That article about the microchips is weird, because I am totally in favor of not implanting microchips in people against their will.

And if I were to argue against such things I might even reach toward a metaphoric example -- talk about it as being "like 1984."

And yet members of the religious right arguing a similar case manage to make that opinion seem totally nutty.

Maybe that was their nefarious plan all along!
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