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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-02-09 05:35
Subject: [links] Link salad is called Maurice by some people
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Tags:cience, climate, cool, culture, funny, healthcare, links, personal, photos, politics, process, religion, weird, writing
Bad Writing — Ta-Nehisi Coates introduces a video.

Fractals, Reverie, and Biofeedback — Art guru James Gurney on something I've often noted but never quite framed into words. Interestingly, I also think (as with many of his observations) that this observation has analogs in the writing of fiction.

Journal of Universal Rejection — For all your self-esteem destroying needs. (Via Asher.)

Meat-Eating Furniture — Ouch. (Thanks, I think, to danjite.)

Photo of the interior of an airship gas bag — Mmmm.

Exoplanets: Answering the Big Questions

Jim Hines is extremely sensible about the healthcare debateI don't get it. I don't understand the fear. I don't understand the greed. No health care system is or ever will be perfect, but we could do so much better. Instead, health insurance companies rake in billions in profits while an estimated "68 adults under age 65 die every day because they don't have coverage." And Jim Van Pelt follows up. I couldn't possibly say it better than these guys already have.

And of course, Elizabeth Moon. If you're a conservative, please tell me why you think the current system is sensible, just and fair. If you don't think so, please tell me what you and your party are doing about it, other than working to undo the partial fix that is HCR.

Colorado GOP Chairman Quits: 'I'm Tired Of The Nuts' — "Tell it like it is..." Everybody sing!

Things Conservatives Don't Want You To Know About Ronald Reagan — Speaking of tiresome nuts. A little more antidote to the Reaganic hagiography. Ah, those pesky little facts.

A conservative Christian leader explains that global warming can't be true because it's snowing too hardHow stupid do these people think we are? The question answers itself, sir. Ah, the dangers of excessive literalism and a practiced aversion to even minimal critical thinking. (Via Dispatches From the Culture Wars.)

Krugman Loses Perspective — A response to the Paul Krugman post I linked to yesterday about climate change, food insecurity and revolution. (Via ericjamesstone.)

What California should learn from the Texas budget crisis The so-called Texas Miracle is in trouble, demonstrating that fashioning fiscal policies strictly along low-tax lines doesn't protect you from budget deficits or business slumps or make your residents necessarily happy or healthy. A piece on the failure of the "Texas miracle", which it turns out was largely propped up by those hated stimulus funds. Governance by conservative principles in action.

?otD: What the heck is the pompatus of love, anyway?

Writing time yesterday: 2.25 hours (500 new words, revisions and editorial to Sunspin, plus 0.5 hours of WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Weight: 251.2
Currently reading: Between books

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User: shsilver
Date: 2011-02-09 14:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
In your conservatives wrong about everything meme, you may have to point out that one of the few rave reviews Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has received is from Glenn Beck.
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User: mastadge
Date: 2011-02-09 15:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I don't know if you'd seen this, but here are 20 Facts About US Inequality that Everyone Should Know.
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User: threeoutside
Date: 2011-02-09 15:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
In the meat-eating furniture article: "I mean quickly ask yourself what could possibly go wrong with this scenario."

Thanks for providing me with my day's first - er - belly-laugh.
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2011-02-09 16:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I got you're global warming right here. Seattle has been having the most mild winter I've experienced in all my years here. It's little more than an extended Autumn, and will probably ease into a gentle Spring.

The plural of anecdote is not data.
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User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-02-09 16:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"The plural of anecdote is not data." Ohhhh, that's brilliant. Can I quote that?

...I take the potshots at global warming for evidence that the people potshooting don't know about geological time, sunspot cycles, or long-term causes and effects in meteorology, let alone the fact that global warming doesn't change our planet's orbit. Since many of them also deny that the world is more than 7,000 years old and a lot of them are looking for attention more than for truth, that would explain their shortsightedness, ne?
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2011-02-09 17:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oddly enough, the origin of the phrase says that "The plural of anecdote is data." But he was an economist.
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User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-02-09 17:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"But he was an economist."

snerk XD

Thanks for the link. Oddly enough, the Mark Twain one mentioned later in the same article will be useful for an essay I'm working on today, so double thanks :)
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mlerules: poly
User: mlerules
Date: 2011-02-09 16:31 (UTC)
Subject: Pompatus of Love
This is my fave explanation thereof.
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