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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-07-02 04:53
Subject: [links] Link salad dreams of punk-ass rainbows
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Tags:books, culture, green, healthcare, links, mainspring, personal, photos, politics, publishing, reviews, science, stories
A luke-warm reader review of Green

Review: Jay Lake's Mainspring — A reader reacts. They liked it.

A review of Extraordinary Engines — Which takes a fairly dim view of my story therein.

A new review of Is Anybody Out There?

Death by Ham: Playing the Odds of Getting Published — Maggie Stiefvater on the odds of getting published. She's even more pessimistic than I am, I had the base number about 1:20,000 for novels, she has it at 1:38,000. But she has a lot to say about how those numbers unfold, which I agree with.

The Junkers F.13 — a beautiful photo of an inter-war float plane.

Genes for Extreme LongevityScientists can predict who will live past 100 using a subset of 150 genetic variations.

Russian spy ring needed some serious IT help — I probably shouldn't laugh at this, but it is funny. (Via my sister.)

More deadly than the male.The Edge of the American West on the cultural narratives about female spies. I found this piece both fascinating and creepy. A bizarre angle on sexism, too.

The sting of povertyWhat bees and dented cars can teach about what it means to be poor - and the flaws of economics. (Thanks to seventorches.)

Climategate’s death rattle — Unfortunately, the story will never die, because the same denialists who promoted and believed this in the first place will simply assume the truth has been suppressed by the liberal media. Amazing how hermetically circular counterfactual thinking can be once you discard evidence in favor of ideology in your foundational assumptions.

?otD: Can you describe your favorite color using sense-words that don't include the visual?

Writing time yesterday: n/a
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 (decent)
This morning's weigh-in: 227.2
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 2/10
Currently (re)reading: Children of Dune by Frank Herbert

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User: seventorches
Date: 2010-07-02 12:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"Can you describe your favorite color using sense-words that don't include the visual?"

No, but there's this: http://www.powells.com/biblio?inkey=62-9780888998736-0
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User: mastadge
Date: 2010-07-02 15:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I love how that economist seems to think his findings are novel. They may be new in academia, but they're the same things many people working with and among the poor have been saying for years and years. Oy.
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User: bradrtorgersen
Date: 2010-07-02 18:34 (UTC)
Subject: Climategate
I've never doubted that the climate is changing, because this has been true throughout Earth's history. I am not even sure I doubt that carbon fuels have contributed to the current era of change. What I doubt is that the economically disruptive "solutions" often proposed, will have enough of an impact to be worth all the trouble they will cause -- especially for developing economies. Will it be worth it? Right now, I don't think so.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-07-02 18:46 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Climategate
You and I pretty much agree on the basics here. I don't know how it will work either either, but I do know two things. One, it's too damned big a risk to just ignore, and two, blocking or opposing research into it is just silly, whatever one's personal beliefs or understanding, because we don't know what to do. After the fact will be a tad late, if the fact comes to pass.
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User: bradrtorgersen
Date: 2010-07-02 19:07 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Climategate
My best friend from highschool got a meteorology degree, then went to work for the Air Force. He told me (back when he was in school) that understanding climate and the weather was an exercise in knowing that, the more you know, the more you know how much you DON'T know.

So yes, research is huge. Must happen. But researcher's need to be careful that they're not trying to find facts to fit a predisposed answer. Ergo, making the data 'match' the outcome.

Seems to me the climate and ecological aspect of fossil fuels is about to be surpassed by the economic aspect. Gas and diesel are expensive, and consumers are tired of being gouged. Climate and ecology are noble causes that don't necessarily motivate middle income households, but I suspect if gas goes back to $5 a gallon we'll start seeing renewed consumer screaming about new technology. Provided that hike is not the result of government penalty fees, which would only result in voters throwing out those who implemented the fees and rolling back the fees themselves.

Anyway, I keep hoping we can solve certain problems related to controlled fusion reactors, but the pressures and temperatures necessary for controlled fusion might be impossible for us to attain on the Earth's surface. So that leaves us with fission, solar, wind, and hydroelectric sources.

If we could find a way to make solar panels less expensive and/or more efficient, maybe give households and businesses tax breaks for installing them, we could offset a lot of coal use. Heck, roof over every warehouse and large building in California with solar panels, and I think you eliminate Cali's ever-present summertime air conditioning crunch?
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User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2010-07-02 21:19 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Climategate
I have a sneaking suspcion, though, that inertia will trump even the arrival of such greater efficiencies. Why is any large building erected now without fuel-cell technology? Or a roof full of solar panels?

It may be cynical, but I think it may be time to bid farewell to Micronesia and our coastal cities. Maybe much of Florida. Our grandchildren won't see them save with SCUBA gear. I doubt anything substantive will be done to retard what is already in motion, let alone reverse it.
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User: dsgood
Date: 2010-07-02 19:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Grass green: the texture-feel of very good bedsheets.

Being a synesthete makes answering that question much easier.
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User: fledgist
Date: 2010-07-03 16:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Burnt orange: warm taste of breakfast.
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