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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-01-27 05:36
Subject: [links] Link salad wishes things were different
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Tags:books, conventions, funny, healthcare, links, nature, personal, politics, process, religion, science
I will be writer in residence at Paradise Lost — A weekend retreat this April.

Waiting for Godot for Wii breaks first week sales records — Snerk. (Via danjite.)

Nabokov Theory on Butterfly Evolution Is Vindicated — Yes, that Nabokov. Author by day, lepidopterist by night. Or perhaps the other way around.

Epilepsy vs. Creativitye_bourne responds to yesterday's link about Chopin and epilepsy.

Lack of Sex Among Grapes Tangles a Family Vine — Oh, such a headline.

Hyperlink Placement — Art guru James Gurney with some interesting thoughts on the information design of Web pages.

A Fighting Spirit Won’t Save Your LifeIt is difficult enough to be injured or gravely ill. To add to this the burden of guilt over a supposed failure to have the right attitude toward one's illness is unconscionable. Linking health to personal virtue and vice not only is bad science, it's bad medicine. Yep. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Fantasy role-playing games — Slacktivist on Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Evangelical analogy between abortion and slavery. Fascinating, tough reading.

Oklahoma's New Anti-Evolution Bill — I can understand why conservatives might want to sabotage their own kids' education to privilege a specific worldview (well, actually, I can't, but that's a different issue), but why do you guys so consistently want to sabotage the education of everyone's children? Where do you expect tomorrow's leaders and innovators to come from, when they're competing against a world full of kids with a reality-based education?

Shiny Lazy People — Paul Krugman on Rep. Ryan and the GOP response to the SOTU. As usual with conservatives these days, the facts are biased against them. As usual with conservatives these days, they make up new non-reality-based facts. As usual with conservatives these days, they are believed.

?otD: From what do you run?

Writing time yesterday: 2.25 hours (2,900 new words on Sunspin book one, plus some WRPA.)
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 251.2
Currently reading: One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde

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Elizabeth Coleman
User: criada
Date: 2011-01-27 14:25 (UTC)
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Say hello to my fellow VPers!
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User: shsilver
Date: 2011-01-27 14:44 (UTC)
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Waiting for Godot for Wii breaks first week sales records

I pre-ordered this weeks ago. Amazon said it shipped a while back, but it still hasn't arrived.
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ubiquitous_a: Obama-ivoteteaparty
User: ubiquitous_a
Date: 2011-01-27 16:26 (UTC)
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I read a post written by Reverend Tom Davis just over a year ago, and it stuck with me. Many don't realize that the fight for safe reproductive medical services (including abortion) was actually supported for decades by.....*gasp*, the CHURCH.


It makes for interesting reading, and really turned on its head many the currently held notions regarding the relationship between religion and womens health issues.
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User: mastadge
Date: 2011-01-27 17:26 (UTC)
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I was reading about that recently, but I can't remember where. This is going to bug me all day, and then I'll probably wake up in the middle of the night and remember. Along those lines, I'm currently reading Whose America?, the first half of which is basically the history of the fights over what goes into our history textbooks over the last century, and I'm once again amazed at how often the positions taken for granted now were at one time held by opposite sides in the fight, how political changes shift whole ideologies without people even realizing it, for the most part, and how these ideological wars can make for some very unlikely bedfellows.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2011-01-28 01:09 (UTC)
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Actually, President Obama's lefthanded (like me!) (http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_Barack_Obama_left_handed) Or was that your point?
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2011-01-28 01:58 (UTC)
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>>...but why do you guys so consistently want to sabotage the education of everyone's children?<<

This strikes me as coming back to "We want the government to stay out of everyone's business!, until there's something we want the government to make everyone do or not do."
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