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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-03-01 05:38
Subject: [links] Link salad, in the scriptorium, with the marble bookend
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Tags:books, conventions, cool, ebooks, egypt, green, libya, links, movies, personal, photos, politics, process, reviews, science, stories, tech
Speculative Book Review likes Green — Quite a bit, actually.

A review of the recent ebook reprint of my short story "Hitching to Aurora" — I think they liked it.

Style is Story is Style — Jeff VanderMeer is wise.

Launch Pad 2011 is open for applications — Astronomy workshop for writers. I did this in 2008. It was an awesome experience.

From Lab to Red Carpet — Actors who are scientists. Fascinating. (Via David Goldman.)

History of Computers: An Infographic — In case you were wondering. (Via @glynmoody.)

A Window Into the Nuclear FutureTerraPower — with the backing of Bill Gates — has a radical vision for the reactors of tomorrow.

Peeking past RheaBad Astronomy with a ridiculously awesome Cassini photo of two of Saturn's moons.

Blood Spatter Breakthrough For Forensic ScientistsWorking out exactly where projected droplets came from using their spatter pattern has never been possible...until now.

As Regimes Fall in Arab World, Al Qaeda Sees History Fly By — Al Qaeda and the current unrest in the Middle East. Interesting piece.

The Wisconsin Lie Exposed – Taxpayers Actually Contribute Nothing To Public Employee Pensions — Facts are so inconvenient. Look! Bill Clinton!

More Bang, Less Buck than You ThoughtA Tiny Revolution on the stimulus and government spending. I especially like this bit: [W]e talk about government "spending" as though the dollars pour out and into a black hole. This is certainly true for a couple of holes in Asia, but in other cases it's quite mistaken. There are many instances where government outlays may best be understood as investments – and we should talk about them in this way. If only this country had a reality-based political discourse.

The Vacuous Accusation of Elitism — Speaking of non-reality based political discourse. One of the most powerful men in the country, speaking to a group of Republican donors who probably paid thousands of dollars for a seat at the fundraiser, calls public employees unions the "privileged elite." For that matter, does anyone remember John "I don't know how many houses I own"/"Son of an Admiral" McCain calling Obama elite? "Elite" is another base-enraging scare word like "socialist" that the Right has redefined to mean "anyone I don't agree with."

?otD: Who done it?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (3,000 words on Sunspin, a bit of WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Weight: 251.8
Currently reading: Dead Iron by Devon Monk

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Jim Hetley
User: jhetley
Date: 2011-03-01 14:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The butler did it.
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2011-03-01 15:11 (UTC)
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What astonishes me more than anything else is the way the people throwing around the term "elite" are themselves the worst kind of wanna-be aristocrats. They're not shy at all about it. Rush, Beck, Koch, and especially Boehner all live and breathe the assumption that they are better than others-- and that there is a lumpen proletariat who have internalized the message that Rush, et al. are, in fact, wiser, better, more competent, and more capable than they are. That it's natural for those men to lead, and for the tea partiers with their signs to follow.

The complaint, it seems to me, is that the elite want to improve the general state. If you're unhealthy, get healthy; if you're uneducated, get educated. These things take work. The aristos have done a brilliant job of convincing their audience that they've worked enough, that the American dream gives them certain desserts, and that any effort on the part of non-aristos to make them work harder is unfair.
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User: mastadge
Date: 2011-03-01 15:12 (UTC)
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The argument I'm hearing is not that pensions are a government handout to public workers. The problem, as I understand it from those I've discussed it with, and as touched on tangentially here, is that average total compensation for public-sector workers is way higher than average total compensation for private-sector workers, largely because of the political clout of unions, and why are public servants being paid more than the public they serve, etc. Which to me raises the question of why, instead of fighting to lower compensation for public workers, we aren't fighting to raise compensation for private-sector workers, given that the last few decades have seen both a dramatic rise in work productivity and a dramatic decline in private union membership and real minimum wage. . . But the people I discuss it with and I have very different ideas about how wealth flows.
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User: kellymccullough
Date: 2011-03-01 16:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Next time you run into someone making the claim about higher total compensation you might want to point them at this graphic: http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/Indianadem/wisconsin_public_sector.jpg Because it's simply not true if you take into account education levels. This is Wisconsin only data but the national numbers look pretty much the same.
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silvertwi: wicked girls eowyn
User: silvertwi
Date: 2011-03-01 15:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:wicked girls eowyn
Win! I actually have the math background to have an inkling of how they did the blood spatter thing. It's probably not just "simple trig" as the article says--most things in three dimensions require at least multivariable calculus, no matter how simple the trigonometry is. But that is so cool!
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mlerules: gnome
User: mlerules
Date: 2011-03-01 15:48 (UTC)
Subject: Qx o' Day
Miss Scarlett, in the Bedroom, with the Lead Pipe. (Why do you think you slept so soundly ;-) They'll never catch me though...

Edited at 2011-03-01 03:50 pm (UTC)
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MEG: aaargh!
User: djelibeybi
Date: 2011-03-01 17:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It was like that when I got here.
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zxhrue: nuisance
User: zxhrue
Date: 2011-03-02 10:09 (UTC)
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I categorically deny all responsibility for whatever it is that might or might not have been done. besides, even if I were to have done anything, nobody _saw_ me do it and therefore they can't prove a thing.
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