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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-07-15 04:50
Subject: [links] Link salad reads and writes
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Tags:culture, healthcare, language, links, media, personal, photos, politics, process, science, writing
Nalo Hopkinson on why some stories don't work — Good stuff, Maynard.

Solar eclipse on the horizon — Another striking image from APOD to follow on yesterday's.

'Nemesis' and Orbital ChangeCentauri Dreams on the sun's alleged dark companion and Extinction Level Events.

A Scientist Takes On Gravity — Gravity as an emergent property rather than a force? (Via Dilbert.com.)

How Twitter Could Better Predict Disease OutbreaksSocial media is particularly useful for anyone who wants to track the present--or predict the future.

ROW 13: Why some airlines have it and others do not — This is probably unkind of me, but I don't have a lot of patience for superstition. Once you've been trained by your church or your political party to accept blatant counterfactuals in the name of ideological "truth", you begin to lose the ability distinguish reality from idiocy and lies.

We are all post-racial now — This from a group that still sometimes call themselves "tea baggers"? Um, no.

Obama and Illegal ImmigrationWhile the Republicans scream about Obama allegedly wanting amnesty (frankly, I wish he did) and not caring about illegal immigration [...] the New York Times reports that the administration has significantly ramped up inspections and prosecutions of companies that hire illegal immigrants. As Ed Brayton says, "don't let the facts get in the way of a good story." Which is the Republican media strategy in a nutshell. Outrage motivates the base much better than policy, and the allegedly liberal media never gives corrections or retractions a fraction of the coverage of the original headlines.

?otD: What book showed you the way to being a better reader or writer?

Writing time yesterday: 2.25 hours (revision, editing and WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: 231.0
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert

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User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2010-07-15 14:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I find it interesting that so many of my liberal friends seem to think of themselves as superior intellects because they are aware of some strange sexual practice and many members of the Tea Party are not. (Frankly, I was blissfully unaware of the practice until liberals pointed it out. Thank you so much.) The continued insistence on tittering about "teabaggers" is intellectually on the same level as a Beavis and Butthead joke (Heh! He said "tit."), and has absolutely no substantive political meaning.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-08-29 21:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Mostly we find it amusing, truth be told... Completely agreed that it has no substantive political meaning.
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Dave Gallaher
User: dave_gallaher
Date: 2010-07-15 15:30 (UTC)
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"don't let the facts get in the way of a good story."

Interesting article in The Boston Globe recently on this, or more specifically on how the presentation of facts can actually strengthen incorrect beliefs:


Applies to both liberals and conservatives, although the two types react differently.

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User: jimvanpelt
Date: 2010-07-15 17:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think Nalo described the story I just finished yesterday with about five of her points.

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User: nicosian
Date: 2010-07-15 17:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hey, I was in seat 13A on a flight last week. I didn't give it a thought till you pointed it out.

The only thing wrong was having to sit next to mr elbows! everywhere! but I doubt that could be attributed to the seat number, and more to the likelihood this man had some kind of octopus ancestor.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2010-07-16 03:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
AOTD: A book titled The Comic Toolbox, of all things.
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