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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-04-05 05:26
Subject: [links] Link salad manics its Monday
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Tags:art, books, ipad, links, personal, photos, politics, publishing, tech
The End of History (Books) — Nonfiction, copyright, and the age of the iPad.

Helping Patients Face Death, She Fought to Live — The unexamined assumptions embedded in this line of the story really challenge me: She was fortunate that she could afford treatments not fully covered by insurance, hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth over the years. Too bad for the rest of us not married to Wall Street portfolio managers, huh? Good healthcare really is a privilege of wealth and resource. Even in my case, with my nice white collar job and good benefits. This is what conservatives are righting to protect when they oppose HCR — the privilege of wealth and resource.

Monstrous Aviation: World's Biggest Airplanes, Part 3 Dark Roasted Blend with a roundup of weird, huge aircraft. Though the SR-71 in real life is quite tiny. (I've seen a fair number of these in museums.)

x planes with a rococo flying palace

iPad Likely Beat Estimates, Signaling Tablet Revival — In case you were wondering.

The iPad Has Not Changed My Life — This Technology Review blog post rather misses the point. After using an iPad for a day, I'm sad to say it hasn't revolutionized my life with its magicalness. And it won't on, day one. Any new technology that has changed my life (and some have) has always done so in unexpected ways after I've spent some time experiencing it. I use my iPhone very differently than I've ever used any previous phone, largely due to the location-based services. Yet the first few weeks I had it, I nearly returned the thing, it frustrated me so much. Now I would be very frustrated if I had to give it up. (And yes, today there are competitive equivalents, but only because of the position and functionality the iPhone staked out.) So to say on day three of its release that iPad has not changed your life is fatuous at best. Tell me that in six months, I'll believe you.

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Obama! — Frank Rich in the The New York Times on Obama's protean image. No wonder that eight major new Obama books are arriving in the coming months [...] And that’s just counting those by real authors, like Bob Woodward and Jonathan Alter, not the countless anti-Obama diatribes. Hahahahah.

?otD: If you had an airplane, would you get to work on time?



4/5/2010
Writing time yesterday: n/a (chemo/streess)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.5 (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: 231.4
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 5/10 (fatigue)
Currently reading: [between books]

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ubiquitous_a: Obama-chill
User: ubiquitous_a
Date: 2010-04-05 14:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Obama-chill
On the iPad: I am geeked about it as well, though perhaps quite cautious when it comes to brand spanking new technology. History has shown that they will doubtless, within 6 months to a year, come out with a new model that has new features, fewer bugs, and costs less. I don't mind waiting around for awhile while they work out a few of the kinks that the hundreds of thousands of new users will be finding for them in the coming weeks and months.

Heck, I didn't even get an iPod at all until I got my 5G Video iPod a few years ago. Only just got an iPod Touch a couple of months ago.....and am almost ashamed to admit I now use it exclusively whilst my poor 5G rides around in my purse as an "emergency-use" backup. ;p

I do also think the stories recently about how the iPad (and probably the other new tablet devices being developed) might help revitalize the newspaper and magazine industry. I think there are some valid arguments there that this new format could resurrect some of those industries, and also provide the new electronic format that could ultimately replace the "dead tree" versions of these publications.

On the Frank Rich article about SuperObama: To be honest, I've occasionally been just as puzzled, and even frustrated as many others about what our new President will do from time to time on various issues. But, I honestly never saw him as the far-left liberal some did, and have perhaps had more realistic expectations of what he would be able to accomplish. Based on his past actions in the various offices he's held, I've always kind of figured he would be a pragmatist who would understand there's a huge difference between what you would like to see happen, and what actually is realistic.

I also think that having been an avid fan of the West Wing show for so many years has played a part in how I now view politics. It made me realize that what you see happening out "on stage" as it were, is frequently not a mirror reflection of what's going on behind the scenes.

That show also reminds me that a candidate can have all of the grand plans in the world while they're trying to get into office, but once they actually get in there, reality sets in that things are far more complicated than they had seen them from the outside. I have a feeling that Obama and his administration kind of suffered a bit of whiplash in that regard upon entering office.

None the less, I'm still glad every single day that we finally have someone with his intelligence and abilities in that office. :)
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Grant Kruger
User: thirdworld
Date: 2010-04-05 15:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I keep misreading "chemo/streess" as some made up word meaning chemo mistress. I'll blame Mondays.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2010-04-11 04:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:quilting
I suspect Jay would much rather have the chemo mistress. Alas.
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Max Kaehn: Zonk
User: slothman
Date: 2010-04-05 17:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Zonk
My employer, amazingly enough, moved a few years ago from a 15 minute drive away from my house to a 1-mile walk. If I had an airplane, it would take me longer to get to an airport than to walk to work.

And I’d still have the usual problems with waking up in the morning, anyway. I’m very glad that the software engineering profession is pretty lenient about those of us who find it challenging to drag ourselves in at 10am.
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Chris McKitterick: space trooper
User: mckitterick
Date: 2010-04-05 18:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:space trooper
Thanks for the ginormous-airplane article - WOW! Love the idea of a flying cruise ship. Speaking of the SR-71: I just visited the Kansas Cosmosphere for the first time a couple of weeks ago (I know, but it's about four hours west of town...) and saw an SR-71 in person, mounted in the entryway. An amazing craft. It's made of carbon fiber and magnesium and other materials super-exotic to its date of manufacture.
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