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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-12-02 05:10
Subject: [links] Link salad goes for a walk in the freezing dark
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Tags:calendula, cancer, culture, funny, healthcare, links, madness, personal, politics, process, publishing, reviews, science
A reader reacts to (among other books) Madness of Flowers

Process: Writing Speed, Frequency, and How Everyone Is Differentcalendula_witch on how we write.

Books After AmazonBoston Review on the evil that is Amazon.com. (Via tillyjane.)

The haiku comments from yesterday are pretty darned amusing: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

The history of wikis — Wikipedia explains itself. (Pointed out to me by my brother.)

The Mystery of the Red Bees of Red Hook — Mmm, cherries. (Thanks to my Dad.)

Fighting Tumors With Tumors — Fascinating, and rather applicable to my recent health history.

Steam discovered on an exoplanet — Man the aetheric dirigibles!

How Pain Can Make You Feel BetterScientists find a strange connection between physical pain and positive emotions. Fascinating. Scientific American comments on the "hitting yourself over the head with a hammer so it feels good when you stop" philosophy of life. Actually, this is far more serious and interesting article than that, but that's what the headline brought to mind. (Via David Goldman.)

Commies and cranberries — More profoundly counterfactual right wing idiocy, this time about the history of Thanksgiving. I guess when the facts are biased against you, you just have to keep making shit up. (Via Dispatches from the Culture Wars.)

?otD: Omaha or Minot?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA and research for Sunspin, no word count)
Body movement: 65 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 3/10 (peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: Between books

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Sean P. Fodera
User: delkytlar
Date: 2010-12-02 15:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
As I understand it, Thanksgiving was heavily promoted by those notoriously socialist Presidents Washington and Lincoln. Only it was FDR who made it a true national holiday with a defined day, and Republicans of his time decried his selection of the date as an affront to Washington and Lincoln. Many of them refused to celebrate it on the Fourth Thursday in November.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose, as they say.
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