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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-07-22 04:58
Subject: [links] Link salad dances like a spirit in the night
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Tags:china, culture, links, personal, politics, religion, science, writing
How to Distinguish Fiction From NonfictionTelling fact from fiction isn't always easy on the on the web. Now researchers have discovered a method that could help automate the process. Fascinating. But I have to say that sometimes, the jokes, they write themselves.

Rastafarians and Quakers — How young religions adapt.

Bulldozers Meet Historic Chinese Neighborhood — Ah, hutongs. (Thanks to Dad.)

The 100-year-old salamander — Also known as "the human fish". Really...?

Snakes in the MRI Machine: A Study of Courage What courage looks like in the brain--in real time. As if it were not bad enough in there... (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Shirley Sherrod and the shame of conservative media — Worth the read, no matter where you fall on the political spectrum.

"Context is Everything" — More about Breitbart and the Sherrod video. Also, Scrivener's Error with a great rant on the same topic.

?otD: Have you ever been too lose to fak?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (editing, WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bicycle ride
Hours slept: 6.5 (good but interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: 234.2
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 5/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, emotional turmoil)
Currently (re)reading: Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert

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User: yourbob
Date: 2010-07-22 16:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I used to have a couple pieces online that included one regarding William of Normandy's invasion of England in 1066 and how he was really out for a nice boat ride and accidentally took over a country (and a lot of other nonsense).

I once got a really hate-filled email on how I had gotten the history all wrong and I really needed to stop foisting those lies on people. That's when I put a big fat notice that it was a humor piece on it, because apparently....
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User: anghara
Date: 2010-07-22 17:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jay, if anyone put me into an MRI machine and stuck a snake in there with me they would pull me out DEAD. Courage be damned. I'm phobic about the things, if I had to lie there unable to move and I could see a snake inches from my head my heart would just stop.

I hope they took this into account when they did the experiment. The article ends with the "no snakes were harmed" disclaimer... but if I'd been one of the human guinea pigs they'd definitely have harmed a human. SOmeone would be planning my funeral right about now...
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