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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-05-23 07:04
Subject: [links] Link salad goes for a sky ride
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Tags:books, culture, links, mainspring, personal, politics, process, religion, reviews
The tumultuous saga of funA Japanese review of Mainspring, run through the Google translator.

Authorship — Similarities (and differences) between board game design and novel writing. (Via goulo.)

16 Items They Only Sell At Chinese Walmarts — Not for the faint of heart. (Via various sources, including willyumtx.)

Wall Street's dirty, rotten scoundrels — Roger Ebert on the film Inside Job and the regulation of Wall Street. All about how market self-regulation, that mainstay of conservative thought, has failed spectacularly. To the surprise of no one who isn't a conservative, since anyone with sense knows self-interest trumps self-regulation damned near every time, especially when big money is involved.

We can't cure the disease by praising the symptoms — More on the intellectual fraud that is Intelligent Design. A fatuous, offensive religious stalking horse that uses the pretense of the language of science to advance a Creationist agenda.

Two more police officers killed, two wounded in shootouts with apparent white supremacists — Remember kids, it's not terrorism when conservative white people do it. It's patriotism. (Via shelly_rae.)

Draw Muhammad Day: A Compilation — I think this one speaks for itself. Your religious prohibitions don't apply to me or anyone else who's not a co-religionist. Whether you're Christian, Muslim or an FSM adherent. That's why we have a First Amendment, to guarantee freedom from religion. (Via lt260.)

?otD: Funicular or cable car?

Writing time yesterday: none (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: brief suburban walk later
Hours slept: 9.5 (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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User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2010-05-23 15:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
ID is indeed a bunch of hooey, though the author goes a bit far into his own tin-foil hat land by becoming an atheism advocate - actually more than that, impunging the professionalism of all scientists who aren't athiests - about halfway through his piece.

The Draw Muhammad compliation is interesting, and some of the commenters cogently point out a possible reason for the prohibition (avoidance of idolatry). A reason, but it doesn't sound like a sufficient one and certainly no reason over which to attack, insult or kill people. Still, I do wonder if deliberately choosing an effort guaranteed to severely offend and enrage vast numbers of people - precisely the kind of people who might benefit from greater free speech - was a really well-thought-out idea. I think rather they have generated more heat (and smoke) than light.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-05-23 15:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You're not a real American patriot unless you're a white person going around killing people. Everyone knows you have to be brown to be a terrorist.

And for the record, I wish we had a lot more freedom FROM religion than we currently do. *sigh*
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Kevin Standlee: Streetcars
User: kevin_standlee
Date: 2010-05-23 16:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'll take cable cars over funiculars, although it's more a case of which is better for a given application. The latter are good when you what you need is an inclined elevator (Angel's Flight); the former when you have a hill-and-dale profile (San Francisco).

San Francisco's remaining cable car lines work in part because they are up and down and steep. Attempts to use buses to replace the cable cars result in burnt-out bus transmissions.
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