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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-02-23 05:29
Subject: [links] Link salad contemplates the shores of Tripoli
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I will be on Twitter tonight at #sffwrtcht from 6 pm to 7 pm Pacific — Tune in for a live interview and discussion moderated by @BryanThomasS.

SFWA with the 2010 Nebula Nominees — Congratulations to all my friends and colleagues on the ballot!

Scrivener's Error with yet more on Borders — With a very specific comment (and citation) on the question of book inventory as consignment.

Are You Smarter Than an Eighth Grader (From 1895)? — In my case, hell no. That's what I have the Googles for.

Hung Out to Dry: A Taxonomy of City BlocksStrange Maps with a rather curious interpretation of urban cartography.

Why Earth And Titan Share Twin AtmospheresEarth and Titan have thick, nitrogen-rich atmospheres. That's because both formed from the leftovers of cometary impacts, say planetary geologists.

The Threatening Scent of Fertile Women — Interesting squib on human sexuality. (Via David Goldman.)

Language Log on spelling the name of Libya's leaderAnd The Straight Dope's classic column on the same topic.

30% of Libya in Hands of Youth Movement

George Lakoff on what conservatives really want — I continue boggled at the political flimflam that has managed to make the interests of the top 1% of American society (economically) the overwhelming obsession of so many millions of poor and middle class 'values voters'.

Firefighter refused call to Tucson shootingA veteran firefighter refused to respond to last month's deadly shooting spree that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords wounded because he had different political views than his colleagues and "did not want to be part of it," according to internal city memos. Good thing he was there to stand up for family values!

?otD: Ever been to North Africa?

Writing time yesterday: 2.5 hours (Endurance copy edits, 2,000 words on a collab, review of Sunspin outline)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 252.6
Currently reading: Dead Iron by Devon Monk

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User: shsilver
Date: 2011-02-23 14:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Firefighter refused call to Tucson shooting

There's no indication that the Firefighter was a Family Values Republican, or even a Republican in the article. In fact, he notes that he had voted for Giffords.

It seems to be a matter of the Firefighter simply being an asshole.
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User: fledgist
Date: 2011-02-23 14:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have been to the Canary Islands, twice. Both times in my childhood. Does that count?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-02-23 14:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I should think so.

Did you tweet while you were there?
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User: fledgist
Date: 2011-02-23 16:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Not in 1963 nor even in 1968.
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mlerules: Safe Travels
User: mlerules
Date: 2011-02-23 15:13 (UTC)
Subject: Qx o' Day
Keyword:Safe Travels
Ayup. Spent three (3) glorious weeks in Egypt (Nov-Dec 1996). (Proof in Pudding) Glad I went when I did...
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Jay Lake: sanguine-Elizabethtown_NM_ruins
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-02-23 15:17 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Qx o' Day
Not now, that's for sure...
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User: madrobins
Date: 2011-02-23 16:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I spent a week in Morocco in 1976. Waaay before tweeting.
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2011-02-23 20:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
?otD: the closest I've ever been is Malta, which is Europe with North African climate and geology. I imagine it's rather busy there right now...

The 8th grade test from the 19th century is quite funny! I particularly like the word problems that reflect the reality that most students lived in. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold? Thought I knew where that one was going and then the whole "I don't know the volume of a bushel of wheat" thing hit me upside the head.
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User: willyumtx
Date: 2011-02-24 00:37 (UTC)
Subject: Eight grade exam.

From the comments in the link.
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dinogrl: powered by tofu
User: dinogrl
Date: 2011-02-24 05:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:powered by tofu
Dang! Someone beat me to it...http://www.snopes.com/language/document/1895exam.asp

But Freakanomics didn't check their sources, that's really pause for thought right there.
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