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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-02-06 05:50
Subject: [links] Link salad is gonna cook today
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Tags:culture, egypt, language, links, personal, photos, politics, process, religion, science, tech
Orbital Mechanics for Werewolves — The title of this Science In My Fiction post pretty much says it all.

Mr. Tact still thinks I'm an idiot — But he has some good advice about backing up your work.

Language Log on unusual words for precipitation — Including "graupel", a word I've been seeking for a long time, as we very occasionally see this in the Pacific Northwest. It describes "small soft white ice particles that fall as hail or snow". When that happens, it's sort of like the sky is gently pouring down vermiculite, or shredded styrofoam.

Princesse Ghislaine de Polignac — Now that's a hell of an obituary. (Via danjite.)

An Egyptian artists photographs the protests — (Via silvertwi.)

Archaeology and the Flood of Irrationality — A rather nice squib on faith-based thinking and evidence. (Thanks to lt260.)

Five myths about Ronald Reagan's legacyThe Washington Post on the Republicans' greatest imaginary president.

Sarah Palin is no Ronald Reagan, says Reagan's son Ron, Jr. — Frankly, neither was Ronald Reagan. So many things wrong with the assumptions in that lede.

?otD: Do you prefer to start down and hike up, or start up and hike down?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (3,400 new words on Sunspin book one)
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Weight: 252.0
Currently reading: Between books

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scarlettina: Fountain of smart
User: scarlettina
Date: 2011-02-06 16:58 (UTC)
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Keyword:Fountain of smart
Re: Princesse Ghislaine de Polignac: I'd never heard of this woman until reading her obit. The comments thread is just vicious. If the obit had been about a man with twenty or thirty lovers, there would have probably been a lot of "Now there was a guy who knew how to live!" and so on. I think the one truth I saw in all the comments was that, if she had done any good, any charitable work or anything like that, it was left unmentioned in favor of salacious detail. I wonder what, if anything, got lost in all that gossip.

Re: Ronald Reagan: There's been quite a bit of demythologizing of the late president in the media these days. I wonder if the conservarati are picking up any of it at all, or have covered their ears and are singing, "Lalalalala!" Oh wait, that question kind of answers itself, doesn't it? ::sigh::
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User: emmainfiniti
Date: 2011-02-07 00:07 (UTC)
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I agree 100% with scarlettina's comments.

AotD: I like to take the round trip, starting from down, then hiking (or biking or swimming or kayaking) up, then going back down again.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2011-02-06 18:40 (UTC)
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To celebrate Saint Reagan's birthday I'm going to sell arms for hostages and have an adultrous affair on Jane Wyman with Nancy Davis because I'm such a great Christian family man.

Oh, and then I'll slam the budget with a trillion dollar deficit and tell schoolchildren ketchup is a vegetable WHILE I am kicking veterans and mentally disabled people to die alone out on the street. And while I am doing THAT I must not forget to play race-based politics and use the code phrase "Welfare Queen."

Yep. It's gonna be a great birthday for Der Gipper.
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They Didn't Ask Me: kate-winter-coat
User: dr_phil_physics
Date: 2011-02-06 19:01 (UTC)
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Ah, graupel -- having lived in the lake effect snow shadow of 4 of the 5 Great Lakes, quite experienced with the funny soft bouncy stuff. Quite frankly, it looks fake. (grin) But as long as you catch it before it melts, it brushes off the car real easy. (double-grin)

Dr. Phil
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User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-02-07 01:51 (UTC)
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"Currently reading: Between books"

Ordinary Horror by David Searcy! Praised by Russell Hoban, this short, chiaroscuroed story about living one day at a time between memory and fear of decline captures a creeping sense of terror arising from a change in the environment, then climaxes with two people who have taken different meanings from that change not deliberately, but definitely dangerously, at odds. A very big idea, writ small and with deep love of language and deep compassion as well. And bibliophilia. I wish the book within the book were real.
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