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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-02-02 05:21
Subject: [links] Link salad wishes it were more productive
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Tags:cool, culture, egypt, games, links, personal, photos, politics, process, religion, science, steampunk, videos, weird
Steampunk blogging at Babel Clash is under way — Some worthwhile entries by three of us from yesterday.

We've Spent 5.93M Years Playing WoW...?!? — Um... Um... Amazing. No wonder I get a lot of writing done. I believe this speaker, Jane McGonigal, is addressing an upcoming OMSI Science Pub on this topic. (Thanks to lt260.)

How animals and humans quench thirst in the desert. — "As the mucus dries, it forms a secure body bag." Who needs science fiction? (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Moon and Venus Over Switzerland — Wow. APOD strikes again.

Extraterrestrials now live among us in China and in U.S.A., newspapers report — Read all about it in the weekly Midnight Star!

Why Egypt 2011 is not Iran 1979 — Detailed and interesting social comparison from Juan Cole.

Frances Fox Piven — Concerning one of the Right's weirder moments of late. (Via Scrivener's Error, also worth the read on this one.)

Religion and 2012 — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on religious voters and the mooted Huntsman candidacy. And yes, they have the same party identification issues us strong liberal-progressives do. Even when we know we're being had, who else are we going to vote for?

?otD: How many hours did you play video or online games last month? How many hours did you spend writing?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (3,500 new words on Sunspin book one.)
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 251.0
Currently reading: One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde

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User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2011-02-02 17:03 (UTC)
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Jane McGonigal is worth seeing. If you can go, go.

?otD: Well, last month is an abnormal sample as I bought Fallout: New Vegas and Risk: Factions with leftover Christmas money... I spent something like 100 hours between the two. Much less on writing, alas, even if you count the Day Job and blogging.

-- Steve participated briefly in the Alternate Reality Game community, of which Jane is a member. Memorable stuff happened.
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User: silvertwi
Date: 2011-02-02 21:57 (UTC)
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?otD: How many hours did you play video or online games last month? How many hours did you spend writing?

I think the video/online games might actually be zero for last month! I finally started blocking all fb games, partly out of concern for my wrists (not that I played for long, just that I have a medical condition that using the computer makes worse) and partly because I realized there are more productive things (or even *fun* things) to do with my time.

As for writing, well, not much. I have two short-stories I started but never finished. On the other hand, I read a lot of books, while I could. That doesn't happen much during the semester; most of my time is taken up with speed-reading textbooks. For example, I spent about 3 1/2 hours yesterday reading 5 books of the Iliad for a class that was cancelled today.

Today I took almost 300 photos of the ice on things around campus though. Creative endeavors ftw! ...I did it during a cancelled class-period (not the one I'm reading the Iliad for, although that one was cancelled too).

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User: mmegaera
Date: 2011-02-03 01:01 (UTC)
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I don't play video or online games, except for a round of solitaire occasionally to keep my fingers busy while I'm thinking.

But I have enough other timesinks that I don't need them [sigh].
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