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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-02-05 05:50
Subject: [links] Link salad has a very busy Saturday
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Tags:books, cool, culture, funny, healthcare, links, personal, politics, religion, science, sex
Hidden pornographic poems explain 'bestseller' success of C18 poetical volumes — Dang, that's what I'm doing wrong. (Via io9.com.)

How to build a still-beating heart — (Thanks to danjite.)

A software orrery — (Thanks to sheelangig.)

Pope can no longer donate organs: VaticanVatican officials say that after a pope dies, his body belongs to the entire Church and must be buried intact. Furthermore, if papal organs were donated, they would become relics in other bodies if he were eventually made a saint. Um, oooookaaaaay. And just as I finally learned something I could respect about this pope.

Attention Fox Nation: There Is More Than One Version Of The Bible — Our friends at FOX accuse Obama of misquoting the Bible by citing King James. Obama was quoting from the New International Version, while Fox Nation was pointing to the King James Version to "debunk" him. This would be funny if it weren't so pathetic. Most likely, they won't bother to correct their story, and their goal will be accomplished: the readers that trust them will remember the time Obama "misquoted" the Bible, some more people will question the authenticity of Obama's faith, and the smear machine will move on. Ah, the infallible truth of God's word. Morons.

And bonus! The New International Version is published by a division of News Corp, that owns FOX

Freshman GOPer Didn't Know Government Paid For Her Health Benefits — Mmm, the Tea Party nation: for all your intelligently designed policy needs. Confidential to conservative America: Really, really, really, I swear, no matter how much you cherish it in yourself and in your political leaders, ignorance is not a fucking virtue.

?otD: Whither Saturday?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (3,300 new words on Sunspin book one)
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Weight: 251.8
Currently reading: One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde

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Jim Hetley
User: jhetley
Date: 2011-02-05 13:53 (UTC)
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I don't think Saturday is going anywhere.
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User: autopope
Date: 2011-02-05 14:12 (UTC)
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Apropos the papal organs -- in general, donor organs aren't as useful if the donor is much older than me or thee. As His Popeliness is in his late eighties, any organs harvested from him and transplanted into someone significantly younger would be likely to fail long before the recipient. So it's all kind of moot, anyway. (When was the last time they elected a pope under 70 years of age?)
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2011-02-05 19:19 (UTC)
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Yes, but you have to love PZ Meyer's hack slasher film take on it: crazed lunatic kills the pope and implants the organs in his own body. When the police catch him, Jesuit ninjas then rescue him from the secular cops because his body is now a holy relic.
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User: threeoutside
Date: 2011-02-05 15:30 (UTC)
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I do loves me some orreries, and that IS a beaut! however, i want to know why the designers of these things make the control buttons in 1/1,000,000th size font, AND only about two shades different than the background? i don't care if people think i'm an old crank - do we old cranks not deserve to be able to SEE things? i mean what is WRONG with these people?

Love the orrery, though. thx for the post!
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User: silvertwi
Date: 2011-02-05 15:36 (UTC)
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I don't know if you're following the goings-on in Egypt, but I thought this deviantARTist might interest you. He's posting on-the-ground photos of the revolution happening there.

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User: mlerules
Date: 2011-02-05 17:35 (UTC)
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Oh, I SO want a pope relic in my body...or in somebody's anyway. Okay, there's just gotta be a good Zombie-plot out there featuring holy-bodies coming back from the beyond. Hmm, could a saint become a vampire or would the holiness stop it (like holy water)?
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2011-02-05 19:20 (UTC)
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I love the Orrery! It helps illustrate very clearly the slow pace of progression of the outer planets, and gives those of us who write in-system SF a feel for that pace (if not the distances involved).
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Lisa Deutsch Harrigan
User: lisa_marli
Date: 2011-02-05 19:41 (UTC)
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The Orrery is lovely, and well designed. Earth centric (Earth is huge in comparison to the system), but in a useful way.
Unfortunately the people who watch Fox News think that the King James is the Original Language of the Bible, anything else including the original Hebrew/Greek/Latin are translations of the King James. *headdesk*
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2011-02-06 01:08 (UTC)
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I'm all for shunning Focks Gnus and RepubliKans in general. They're going to hate Mr. Obama no matter what the F he does, so to hell with 'em.
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User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2011-02-06 06:48 (UTC)
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Have you seen the update to the Media Matters story? The ever-so-reliable guardians of accuracy in news reporting didn't bother to carefully compare Obama's quote against the NIV that they claim he was quoting from. He didn't quote the NIV version of the verse properly, either.

Of course, I think the Fox Nation story was stupid in the first place, since unless Obama was claiming to be quoting exactly, he most likely was just paraphrasing the verse in question. Nothing wrong with that.

But any group purporting to be a watchdog for media accuracy ought to take extreme care to be accurate itself.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-02-06 06:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oi. That's special. Their point stands, but they aren't helping themselves with a mistake like that.
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