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[links] Link salad manics its Monday

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?

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]

Tags: art, books, ipad, links, personal, photos, politics, publishing, tech

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