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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-08-02 05:08
Subject: [links] Link salad rubs sand from its eyes, resolves not to sleep on beaches
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A reader reacts to METAtropolis

msagara on why it's okay you haven't read her books — Yeah. What she said. (Via matociquala and others.)

The Most Revealing #Wookieleaks — Hahahah.

Monogamy unnatural for our sexy species — Interesting bit of pop-sci. (Via Year of the Word.)

Coin shrinkers — A hobby I'd never heard of. One that comes with fatality disclaimers.

Clear CT Scans with Less RadiationResearchers are devising new ways to get the same results with fewer x-rays. Among other things, this article explains how CT scans work.

A design featureCertainly not all Republicans are racists, but the Republican Party deliberately exploited and exacerbated racial tensions for political gain for decades. Those Republicans now being shoved to the party's new margins have no standing to complain. Where were they when they and their party were benefiting from the extremism that now is taking control of their party? Where was their sense of civic duty and basic morality?

Take that, Dennis Miller; Climate Change is Real and Dangerous[G]lobal warming is not a partisan political issue, however much some people want to make it one. It is science. ... Reality doesn't have a political party. Actually, according to the GOP it does. Those of us in the "reality-based community" so sneeringly dismissed by the GOP are quite happy not to be Republicans.

?otD: Whilom or wherefor?




8/2/2010
Writing time yesterday: 3.25 hours (revisions, WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.25 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 239.1 (yikes!)
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh

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ulfhirtha
User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2010-08-02 13:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
As you note to Juan Cole "You say reality doesn’t have a political party, but the GOP would beg to differ (re:reality-based community)", not to mention the whole thrust of "Design feature"

As Yoda says, that is why they fail.
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scarlettina: Pennysmasher
User: scarlettina
Date: 2010-08-02 16:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Pennysmasher
Ah yes, coin shrinkers. These are the people that penny smashers look at funny. It's cool science, but we do it old skool, with cranks and gears and tons of pressure, no electricity necessary. Why didn't it ever occur to me before that my hobby is actually pretty steampunky? Hey! I was cool before gears became visual shorthand for cool! :-)
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anghara
User: anghara
Date: 2010-08-02 21:00 (UTC)
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Um, it may be a vaguely silly question, but WHY does anybody want a shrunken coin...? (especially with the caveats of "this rig will KILL you no really" which the site is peppered with...?)
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ulfhirtha
User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2010-08-02 23:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Dunno...but I remember the Marine Surplus store at Provincetown in the mid-70's had a "Shrinking Nixon Nickel" displayed on the checkout desk :-)
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