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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-05-22 08:00
Subject: [links] Link salad floats on a bed of cytotoxic drugs so you don't have to
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Tags:food, funny, links, personal, photos, politics, publishing, science
The state of Jay's freezer — In which I am mocked. Go head, cut loose.

Scanning the public domain — An interesting piece on the problems of copyrighting copies of public domain images and text. (Snurched from Scrivener's Error.)

Dark Filament of the Sun — This APOD photo looks like something out of a Roland Emmerich movie. Also, that caption would make a nice short story title.

Burying the Digitial GenomeCentauri Dreams on long term survival of digital formats.

Pakistan’s Social Media Ban Endangers Economic Growth...raising the question of whether highly religious societies are capable of economic development. Viz the American Right's obsession with crippling education and research in the name of a narrow set of religious views.

NRSC Calls Dem Condemnation Of Paul Civil Rights Act Statements 'Ironic' — The party of Helms and Thurmond has no business baiting over racism.

More boot heel, please. — Ah, the joys of what passes for thought on the American Right, courtesy of that leading intellectual light of the Republican party, Rand Paul. And let's not even get in Limbaugh's idiotic comments on the BP oil spill.

Rand Paul Loves Socialized Medicine — Look! More principled consistency from Your Republican Party.

?otD: Monorail or maglev?



5/22/2010
Writing time yesterday: none (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: brief suburban walk later
Hours slept: 8.5 (reasonable)
This morning's weigh-in: 234.4
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 8/10 (fatigue)
Currently (re)reading: Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Kevin Standlee: Bullet Train
User: kevin_standlee
Date: 2010-05-22 15:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Bullet Train
Monorail before maglev. Monorails are proven technology useful in certain limited situations -- Japan has built a bunch of them, and I rode three of them on my 2007 trip -- whereas maglev continues to be "tomorrow's technology." Yes, I know about Shanghai; it was a waste of money by a country that has buckets of it to spend right now. The job could have been done better and cheaper with "conventional" high-speed rail, and the trip length isn't long enough to justify the speed reached anyway.

About the only place I can see a potential use for maglev would be a Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka system as a supplement (not a replacement) for the existing shinkanen and conventional rail lines. It's one of the few places where there is sufficient density and travel demand, plus about the right distance between the end points to justify the investment.

Edited at 2010-05-22 03:58 pm (UTC)
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2010-05-24 03:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:reading
Bujold is my comfort reread, too.
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