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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-03-30 06:01
Subject: [links] Link salad wraps the draft
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A review of Visitants, ed. Stephen Jones — Including favorable mentions of my little collection of linked tales therein.

MIND MELD: How Important is Plausible Science In Science Fiction? — Another squib from SF Signal and assorted authors.

Deciphering Old Texts, One Woozy, Curvy Word at a Time — The true secret of captchas. Fascinating stuff about extremely distributed computing. (Thanks to Dad.)

Complaining About the Smartphone: a Lesson in Diminishing Returns

Changing corporate gender: a case studyNo Fear of the Future with a fascinating essay on high risk occupations.

How Western Diets Are Making The World Sick — Comparing local combat casualties Afghanistan with U.S. and Canadian casualties.

Using Heat to Cool BuildingsNovel materials could make practical air conditioners and refrigerators that use little or no electricity. Some cool materials science here.

Quadrocopter Ball Juggling — This video is pretty bizarre. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

First Image of Mercury From Orbit — I think I've seen that face before...

Asteroid Mining: A Marker for SETI?

Who Wrote The Bible and Why It Matters — Pseudographia and faith.

Bryan Fischer is a Dolt (Constitution for Me but Not for Thee Edition) — Words from the Founders on religious freedom and Constitutional protections. Oddly, the original Originalists don't conform to the modern conservative position. Rush Limbaugh can surely explain this away.

Top Fox News Executive Admits Lying On-Air About Obama — Fox News knowingly lying. Who knew? Also, who knew water was wet? They distort, you decide.

?otD: What did you finish yesterday?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (revisions on Sunspin, net 200 word gain to manuscript; plus extensive WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 248.8
Currently reading: A Bard's Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella; Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts

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User: magentamn
Date: 2011-03-30 17:01 (UTC)
Subject: My opinion
On the link about smartphones. He is assuming you are buying all of these devices at once, from scratch, and WANT to have all of them. I think his reasoning is way off base.

My cellphone costs $7-10 a month, prepaid; I don't use it much. My local calls cost around $25 a month, unlimited, on my landline. I don't really make many long distance calls anyway. YMMV on this one.

I don't want a email reader, camera, camcorder, portable DVD player or GPS unit. I already have an iPod, watch, and calculator. And a PDA that I already know how to use. I don't want to try to read or watch anything on a screen that small anyway.

Is he shilling for Apple?
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2011-03-30 20:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
A note on the case study regarding corporate gender: I don't know any of those guys on that oil rig, I have no idea what any of them look like, and yet every single one of them just became incredibly sexy to me. Real women want men who are realistic.
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User: davehill47
Date: 2011-04-03 22:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm glad you enjoyed the Bryan Fischer post. I'm sure Rush would simply handwave it all away with more selective quotations.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-04-04 00:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's the problem with reality. People won't believe their lying eyes...
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