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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-06-11 04:59
Subject: [links] Link salad dreams of foreign beaches and familiar air
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Tags:culture, funny, gay, health, links, personal, photos, politics, religion, science, tech, video
Stuff No One Told Me (But I Learned Anyway) — Hilarious. And somewhat thought-provoking. (Via @inkhaven.)

Hippos Licking Crocs — Um, yes.

Seeing New York: 1904 — Electric buses and the Flatiron Building. It's just like today!

Palm-Size NMRThe portable but powerful magnet could be used to find archaeological artifacts or to detect contamination in products. Seems like a handy thing to have around the house.

Beta Pictoris b: A New Planet and Its Implications — More crunchy exoplanetary goodness from Centauri Dreams.

Autism and the search for simple, direct answers — PZ Myers with a very detailed and cogent analysis of some of the new evidence on autism. Note that it does not involve vaccination denial and the deaths of children through preventable epidemics.

Kids of lesbians have fewer behavioral problems, study suggests — Obviously we need to stop gay marriage in its tracks. Otherwise we might have well-behaved children. (Note to the literally minded, English orthography does not include a sarcasm punctuation mark.)

New Policy on Gender Change in Passports Announced — Very nice to see our government doing the right thing here. I'm about as GLBT as your desk chair, but I have a lot of GLBT friends, and very glad to see this, simply as a matter of principle and basic human rights.

Souter's Theory of InterpretationJustice Souter said he well understood, and indeed had shared, that "longing for a world without ambiguity, and for the stability of something unchanging in human institutions." But he said he had come to accept and even embrace the "indeterminate world" in which a judge's duty was to respect the words of the Constitution's framers "by facing facts, and by seeking to understand their meaning for the living."

On this ground, zero tolerance — Arab-American Christians protest proposed New York mosque near 9-11 site, threatened by white Christians, then removed. No racism here, nope nope. Nothing but Real Americans. Nothing to see citizen, move along.

?otD: How many countries have you visited? What's your favorite?



6/11/2010
Writing time yesterday: n/a (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 226.2
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 6/10
Currently (re)reading: Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett

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russ: zen
User: goulo
Date: 2010-06-11 12:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:zen
In fact, the two men – Joseph Nassralla and Karam El Masry — were not Muslims at all. They turned out to be Egyptian Coptic Christians who work for a California-based Christian satellite TV station called "The Way." Both said they had come to protest the mosque.

"I'm a Christian," Nassralla shouted to the crowd, his eyes bulging and beads of sweat rolling down his face.

But it was no use. The protesters had become so angry at what they thought were Muslims that New York City police officers had to rush in and pull Nassralla and El Masry to safety.

"I flew nine hours in an airplane to come here," a frustrated Nassralla said afterward.

Karma!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-11 12:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If I understand my history correctly, Copts were Christianized long before anybody in western or northern Europe. So there's some deep historical irony here, too.
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ubiquitous_a: obama-berlin-ani
User: ubiquitous_a
Date: 2010-06-11 14:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:obama-berlin-ani
?otD: How many countries have you visited? What's your favorite?

I've been to England and Wales, which were both wonderful. Aside from that, the only other travel I've done outside of the U.S. has been on cruises or other vacations to Mexico and the Caribbean (St. Maarten, St. Bart's, St. Kitt's, Nevis, St. Thomas, Grand Turk, Grand Cayman, Montserrat, Jamaica, Anguilla, and the Bahamas.) Of those, the coolest one I have to say was Montserrat because there is an active volcano there. The worst was Jamaica, and I prefer to avoid going back if at all possible. I do love St. Maarten, particularly the French side on Orient Beach, where I stayed at the cutest hotel I've ever found.

Would love to see the rest of Europe and the UK, particularly Ireland and Scotland. Would LOVE to be able to do a cruise on the Mediterranian at some point. :)
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scarlettina: Airplane
User: scarlettina
Date: 2010-06-11 15:10 (UTC)
Subject: Countries, travel and so on
Keyword:Airplane
?otD: How many countries have you visited? What's your favorite?

Hm. Let's see: Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, Wales, Germany (which I always forget to count because it was a business trip and I had only one day of sight-seeing in Frankfurt), Israel, Egypt, Kenya, Japan. So that's 10 countries.

I can't pick a favorite but I can categorize things. Scotland was the prettiest and greenest. It was delicious to my eyes. People in Wales were the quickest to laugh and the most helpful and friendly. I want most to go back to Israel--where I could have stayed another month, I think--Kenya (for the people and the wildlife), and Japan (for all the things I didn't get to do the first time), but it's mostly likely I'll go back to England before any of that.

Ah, the world! And this list doesn't include the places I still want to go.

Edited at 2010-06-11 03:10 pm (UTC)
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Kevin Standlee: Montreal
User: kevin_standlee
Date: 2010-06-11 15:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Montreal
Countries visited (after my home USA, of course): Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, Great Britain (England & Scotland only), France, Australia, and Japan. Passed through New Zealand on the way back from Aussiecon 3, but I shouldn't count it because I never went groundside, but just stayed in the "sterile area" while they refueled the plane at Auckland. Hard to pick a favorite; I consider myself an honorary Canadian (and have sat on the boards of two SF-con-running non-profit corporations, and was Deputy Chair of the 1994 Worldcon in Winnipeg), would like to seen more of the UK, and enjoyed my three weeks in Japan immensely and look forward to visiting again in 2017 if their Worldcon bid comes to fruition.
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Nathan
User: mastadge
Date: 2010-06-11 15:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
?otD: How many countries have you visited? What's your favorite?

Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Ireland, Israel, Poland, USA

As a general thing places are less important to me than the people with me in them, but if I had to pick a favorite . . . Ireland. Followed by Prague.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-06-11 15:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"Hippos licking crocs" was awesome sauce.
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They Didn't Ask Me: dr-phil-in-person
User: dr_phil_physics
Date: 2010-06-11 16:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:dr-phil-in-person
If you look closely at the 1904 New York image from Shorpy, the man in the last row of the bus seems to have a line clipped to his lapel and to his skimmer hat -- presumably so it wouldn't blow away if the wind caught it. (grin) I have a similar, but shorter clip line on one of my hats which attaches to the collar of the jacket.

Dr. Phil
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madrobins
User: madrobins
Date: 2010-06-11 16:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think the hippos are using the crocs like toothpicks, to get the bits of fauna out of their molars. And I think the crocs like it--why not? They aren't being distracted from dinner, and they're getting what amounts to a weird hippo-mouth massage.

And I have been to: Canada, England, Wales, Scotland, France, Spain, Morocco, Greece, and Monte Carlo, and driven through Germany, Austria, Belgium, and what used to be Yugoslavia (cause I am old). Do I have to choose a favorite? I love all my children equally! (Okay, so I maybe love the UK and France a little more, but that's because...Oh, I don't know.)
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zxhrue: please do not put the bones
User: zxhrue
Date: 2010-06-11 18:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:please do not put the bones

?otD: How many countries have you visited? What's your favorite?

I know of 11, but there might have been a few more in europe when I was small. as an adult:

germany, italy, france, switzerland, england, scotland, canada, mexico, jamaica (1 day), cayman islands (1 day), india, and the airport in dubai.

most time spent has been in india (years); favorite is scotland
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silvertwi
User: silvertwi
Date: 2010-06-11 19:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I would love to see someone invent the sarcasm punctuation mark. It would be made of awesome. XD
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CJ Marsicano (CJマルシカノ): Snoopy 'In my own write'
User: cjmarsicano
Date: 2010-06-11 20:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Snoopy 'In my own write'
Especially since the interrobang only seems to imply bewilderment and confusion.
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CJ Marsicano (CJマルシカノ)
User: cjmarsicano
Date: 2010-06-11 20:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Here's a link for tomorrow's salad, Jay:

http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/home/headlines/96111369.html

The Tea Party, doing their patriotic duty to protect you from all public services.
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fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2010-06-12 02:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ye gods, that's less than we pay for private garbage collection in unincorporated south Fulton.

I note from today's AJC that Gwinnett is now majority minority. When I moved to Atlanta, twelve years ago, and lived in Gwinnett, it was not exactly welcoming to PoC. Things do change.
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fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2010-06-12 02:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
How do you know that my desk chair isn't GLBT?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-12 17:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
There I go again, with my supellectiliheteronormativity.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2010-06-12 04:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Yellowstone
AotD: Not enough [sigh].
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