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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-06-23 04:47
Subject: [links] Link salad wanders through the big tent
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The Submarine Boat: 1904 — Coney Island, back in the day, and something I don't quite get.

My vocation as a priest — Roger Ebert meditates on the Catholic church of his childhood, and his mother's ambitions for him.

A web-based survey of North American English — In case you're interested. I didn't grow up in North America, so I suppose I am not eligible.

The Higgs Boson May Have 'Five Faces' — Mmm, quantum.

Ancient Shipwreck to Aid Ghostly Neutrino Search — Now this is just cool.

Judge who nixed drilling ban has oil investmentsThe Louisiana judge who struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has reported extensive investments in the oil and gas industry, according to financial disclosure reports. That's what I like to see: judicial objectivity and independence in difficult cases.

?otD: Which way to the egress?

Writing time yesterday: n/a
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 (fiftful)
This morning's weigh-in: 226.6
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 6/10 (post-infusion)
Currently (re)reading: Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett

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User: shsilver
Date: 2010-06-23 11:49 (UTC)
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Judge who nixed drilling ban has oil investments

But at least he wasn't "activist."
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-23 11:50 (UTC)
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Nope, he was a Reagan appointee and therefore chock full o' good old fashioned ethics. By definition not "activist", since you have to be a(n alleged) liberal to earn that label.
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User: shsilver
Date: 2010-06-23 12:06 (UTC)
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Totally unrelated, I don't know if you've seen this video of Tom Chapin singing his song "Go Away, Sarah Palin." (I got it from Lee Martindale). The commenter who expressed surprise and dismay that a folk singer would do anything political is just to weird for words. Obviously, they've never heard of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez...
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-23 12:07 (UTC)
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Weird on that commenter. Um...
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User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2010-06-23 12:40 (UTC)
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"If some drilling equipment parts are flawed, is it rational to say all are? Are all airplanes a danger because one was?"

A particularly poor example, Judge Feldman; the FAA does have the power to ground all aircraft of a particular type if the NTSB finds (or even suspects, during an accident investigation) a design flaw in that type. That grounding even extends beyond US borders; at one event here in London (Ontario, Canada) a fly-over by restored Harvard trainer aircraft from WW2 had to be cancelled because of a crash in the US attributed to metal fatigue in the main spar.

-- Steve definitely wants deep water drilling procedures reexamined, particularly since companies are angling to do deep water exploration in the Arctic here in the Great White North. Imagine the Deep Water Horizon spill under ice floes, where dispersants can't reach...
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Kevin Roche
User: kproche
Date: 2010-06-23 13:05 (UTC)
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"Under and Over the Sea", the park's showstopper was located on the west promenade near Beacon Tower. The building was constructed along the lines of a Man-of-War with turrets, protruding guns, lifeboats and a deck. E.C. Boyce's attraction offered the public a simulated submarine ride under the Atlantic, where viewing the action through portholes, they experienced a confrontation with a giant squid, sharks and other strange inhabitants of the deep. It was reminiscent of the adventure scenes in Jules Verne's exciting novels which boys read enthusiastically at the turn of the century. Those waiting in line for the ride on a miniature island could trace the submarine's path via a little flag remaining above the surface.

From "Coney Island -- Dreamland" http://www.westland.net/coneyisland/articles/dreamland.htm
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