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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-05-05 06:31
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The last post — A final blog message from a man who died two days ago of the same cancer I am now battling. I can only hope to pass in my turn with a fraction of his grace. (Via Bad Astronomy.)

How Sugar Affects the Body in Motion — Activity, sugar and (among other things) the liver. Of particular interest to me just lately.

The Last Two Veterans Of WW I — (Snurched from [info]susansugarspun here.)

Unthinking MachinesArtificial intelligence needs a reboot, say experts. Interesting article, though I was struck by this: Winston speculated that the magic ingredient that makes humans unique is our ability to create and understand stories using the faculties that support language: "Once you have stories, you have the kind of creativity that makes the species different to any other." This was an obvious point back when I was in college in the early 1980s.

Arctic ice melt 'alarming' Ice in Greenland and the rest of the Arctic is melting dramatically faster than was earlier projected and could raise global sea levels by as much as 1.6 metres by 2100, says a new study. Reality's liberal bias rears its ugly head again.

An Analysis of the Accuracy of Forecasts in the Political Media — This is both thought provoking and hilarious. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Doctor, Patient and Politician[Mitch Daniels] is a real prototype of the peculiar strain in the political right that trusts people to make their own informed decisions without government intervention except when it comes to the most exquisitely personal choice a woman could ever face. Ah, yes, conservatism, whose mantra is "no government interference in private life, except for controlling people and things we disapprove of."

Blackwater's New Ethics Chief: John Ashcroft — Sometimes the jokes just write themselves. Sometimes the jokes get high profile jobs.

?otD: Do you prefer the beach or the mountains? Show your work.

Writing time yesterday: 3.5 hours (revisions to Kalimpura, WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 4.5 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 242.4
Currently reading: Sasha 124 by Alex Tillson

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Jim Hetley
User: jhetley
Date: 2011-05-05 13:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
!otD -- You can have both.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2011-05-05 14:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Mountains. Beaches in summer trigger my allergies (a part-summer in Florence, Oregon proved that one). Plus there's a lot of mold around beaches. And sand sucks for skiing.

Not bad for riding horse on, however.

But still, mountains.
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User: mlerules
Date: 2011-05-05 15:26 (UTC)
Subject: Qx o' Day
Both. Or alternating. One of my fave aha moments 'bout moving to the PacNW was when I stumbled upon a beach covered w/fall foliage, a nice combo of beach 'n' trees (usually more associated in my mind w/mountains).


The title "Unthinking Machines" reminds me of this:

“The real question is not whether machines think but whether men do. The mystery which surrounds a thinking machine already surrounds a thinking man.”– B. F. Skinner
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mlerules: bunny clock
User: mlerules
Date: 2011-05-05 15:32 (UTC)
Subject: The Last Post
Keyword:bunny clock
Thx for posting. Wow. *sniff*
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2011-05-05 19:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I wish they'd analyzed the folks on McLoughlin Group for accuracy. Ever since Monica Crowley came on the show it's become unwatchable. (Monica, please note: When you make Pat Buchanan seem like the logical one, it's a bad sign.) I would like to see how Mort Zuckerman stacks up in predictions.

?otD: Generally mountains, but I was quite taken with Malta, which is much with the beaches.
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User: randy_smith2
Date: 2011-05-05 22:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Since the article on WWI veterans was posted, Claude Choules has died. Now there's only one left.
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russ: zen
User: goulo
Date: 2011-05-06 08:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The Last Post link seems mangled and should apparently be:


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