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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-09-12 06:00
Subject: [links] Link salad remembers life before the Motor Law
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Tags:books, cool, culture, green, links, oregon, personal, photos, politics, reviews, science, tech, travel
A reader reacts to Green — He liked it.

dsmoen on privilege — And I thought my childhood was unusual.

Abandoned Railroads of Oregon — There's my next few years of hiking and day trips sorted. (Thanks to garyomaha.)

Crafty Machines: Researchers Give Robots the Capability for Deceptive Behavior — What could possibly go wrong? (Via sheelangig.)

Artificial left arm, Europe, 1850-1910 — Terminator: 1899. (Via corwynofamber.)

Oklo: Ancient African Nuclear ReactorsAPOD on something which has fascinated me for years. However, I was struck by this phrasing: The remnants of nuclear reactors nearly two billion years old were found in the 1970s in Africa. These reactors are thought to have occurred naturally. "thought to have occurred naturally"? Is there an alternative theory that involves artifice two billion years ago?

I Am Detained By The Feds For Not Answering Questions — A blog post about entering the United States, from someone willing to play very, very hard for their principles. (Via willyumtx.)

?otD: How red is your Barchetta?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 (fitful)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (forgot)
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 2/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently reading: Conspirator by CJ. Cherryh

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User: threeoutside
Date: 2010-09-12 14:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
On naturally occurring nuclear reactors - yes, yes, I've heard of those! I tell people about it now and they look at me like I'm crazy, but somewhere, decades ago, I read about an area in Africa where there was so much radioactive mineral in the earth - it may have been along a fault line somewhere - that theoretically, if two particular spots were thrust together by the moving tectonic plates, they might reach critical mass - completely naturally! Scared the bejeezus out of me, it did. I wish I could remember where I read that...Scientific American, maybe? Dunno.
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User: selfavowedgeek
Date: 2010-09-12 18:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Really dug the Oklo link.
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Twilight: RachelTalkMeDown
User: twilight2000
Date: 2010-09-12 22:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Is there an alternative theory that involves artifice two billion years ago? I couldn't stop laughing over this one - out loud and deeply. I think it must go in a story...

I Am Detained By The Feds For Not Answering Questions What irritates me are the folks who yell "You should have *real* problems like being "insert personal condition here" - like black or female (I'm the latter) - yelling "white privilege" - Civil Rights started, in part, with white folks saying "this ain't right" - and standing up to their own. The same is true here. Every-time someone with "white privilege" stands up "to their own" it becomes that much easier for everyone else to do so. It has to start *somewhere* - and the ones that look like part of the club have the most likely chance of standing up without getting shot.
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User: msconduct
Date: 2010-09-13 03:12 (UTC)
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Is it standard practice for US officials to ask what their citizens have been doing while out of the country? In New Zealand, what they say when they see your NZ passport is "Welcome home", which always lifts your heart, especially after a gruelling twenty-eight hour flight from London.
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User: talekyn
Date: 2010-09-13 03:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
There's a slightly longer version of my thoughts on GREEN posted over on www.anthonycardno.com. Because by the time I copied/pasted the review over there, I realized I had never really quite addressed the settings despite my opening comments about setting and character being equally important.

Either way ... "He liked it" is a great summary! *grin*
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User: biomekanic
Date: 2010-09-13 04:55 (UTC)
Subject: Abandoned rail roads
There's also one in Mapleton with a very picturesque bridge.

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