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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-12-09 05:28
Subject: [links] Link salad is the size of the entire universe man
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Tags:art, calendula, cancer, cool, healthcare, links, personal, politics, science, stories, tech, travel
Short Story Giveaway! — Oddly, two books with stories from me and calendula_witch in them.

Offhand Flourishing — Art guru James Gurney on an art form of which I had never heard. I don't think there's a writerly equivalent to this one.

Storied American jetliner languishes in obscurity — in South Korea — Sic air transit gloria mundi.

Do We Travel to Get There or Get There to Travel? — Measuring the utility of travel. I'm an outlier on this particular bell curve.

Anonymous Doc with some observations on what it means to die of cancer[T]here are still a lot of diseases that don't discriminate, that don't care how good your doctors are and how much money you have. You still lose. Interesting. And, um, yeah.

The Economics of a Space InfrastructureCentauri Dreams on mining the sky.

Everything You Need to Know About WikileaksTwo experts lay out the facts surrounding the controversy.

"Forbidden" Archaeology — Anatomies of scam. As lt260 said, "His subject matter pertains to archaeology but it could easily, and he states this, apply to politics, creationism, tea bagging, [or] economics." My favorite example of this, by the way, is Formenko's New Chronology, which, not to put too fine a point on it, is every bit as intellectually and culturally bugfuck as Creationism or Flat Earthism. (Thanks to lt260.)

?otD: Particle man: What's he like?

Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.00 hours (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 250.8
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 4/10 (peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: Between books

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User: barbarienne
Date: 2010-12-09 16:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
When I was a kid, we used to joke that my mom was "taking the car out for exercise" in the same tone as one talks about taking the dog out for a walk. She would go out for an hour or two, sometimes with a destination, sometimes not.

One might be tempted to suggest she did it for the alone time, but often she brought the kids with her. We would drive around in some neighborhood and check out the houses, and she might tell us about the history or politics of the area if she happened to know it. It was just a thing to do.

I still do that myself, sometimes. With gas at $3+/gallon, it's not a frequent occurrence, but I do enjoy just doodling around in the car and discovering new places.
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2010-12-09 17:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ungh, yeah. I dated a woman who was seriously into that whole Forbidden Archeology stuff. The most salient fact about the original book, Forbidden Archeology, was that it was written by a group with a religious agenda, mostly to prove that the Earth is much, much older than the Archeology Conspiracy would have us believe. FA is paid for by Hindu archeologists, who believe the universe is eternal and the Earth has always been here, and any field of study that shows anything other than an eternal "cycle" is false and wrong. It's like Biblical Inerrancy Biology, only backwards.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-12-09 20:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sheesh. Anything to "prove" the Earth is younger than it really is and thereby deny reality. Bugfuck indeed.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2010-12-10 02:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The term is "tootling," and it's one of my alltime favorite things to do. There is nothing like being behind the wheel of a car, being between places. I once was between places (Tacoma, Washington, and Tacoma, Washington, for the record) for over 2 1/2 months and 14,000 miles. All the way from coast to coast and back. It was sheer roaring paradise.

Which is why my fondest dream is a vehicle that gets incredible mileage out of an environmentally friendly, renewable fuel [sigh].
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