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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-05-12 05:42
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Joe Haldeman and Jay Lake in ConversationLocus Online presents a podcast interview with Joe and me.

Andrew Wheeler reviews Michael Chabon's The Final Solution — I missed this one the first time it came around on the guitar.

International Fuck Cancer Day — A new holiday in the making...

Life and the Cosmos, Word by Painstaking Word — A conversation with Steven Hawking, including his comments on the idiocy of the American healthcare debate. (Remember when HCR opponents claimed that if Hawking were British, he would have died under their National Health System? Um...)

The Tricky Chemistry of AttractionTaking Birth-Control Pills May Mask the Signals That Draw the Sexes Together, Research Shows. I swear, it is all about the scent. (Via Alex Tillson.)

A Surprising Cause of IQ Gaps

NASA Offers $200 Million for an Orbiting Gas StationRefueling technology will allow smaller and cheaper rockets to be used for many missions.

Enceladus Looms — A very tasty astronomy photo.

I Feel Like a Black Republican — Ta-Nehisi Coates on racial perceptions in politics.

Obi-Wan Kenobi Is Dead, Vader Says — (Snurched from Daily Kos.)

Wisconsin Set To Disenfranchise Likely Democratic Party Voters — By astonishing coincidence, the Wisconsin GOP's efforts to deal with the 20 known cases of voter fraud over the past handful of years will make it much harder for key Democratic constituencies to vote, while costing the state, and voters, millions of dollars. Are you proud of your Republican party yet?

It's Been a Bad Week for GOP Lies About Obama — But it's never a bad week for GOP lies about Obama! Just ask any Republican strategist or FOX News 'reporter'.

GOP Freshmen On Medicare Attacks: Let's Let Bygones Be Bygones — Um, yeah. Let's follow the Golden Rule here, why don't we? Most of the Republican Congressional delegation are professed Christians, they should be just fine with that. The New York Times with more "do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do" whining from the GOP. Honest to god, they're not even pretending to hide the hypocrisy any more.

?otD: Would you miss cheese?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (galley edits to Endurance)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (fitful, Vicodin-assisted)
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Currently reading: Sasha 124 by Alex Tillson

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Amy Sisson
User: amysisson
Date: 2011-05-12 13:18 (UTC)
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(i.e. yes, I would miss cheese!!!!)
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User: mastadge
Date: 2011-05-12 13:20 (UTC)
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That sexual chemistry birth control business is also discussed in last year's wonderful Sex at Dawn by Jethá and Ryan, which is chock full of fun and thoughtful romantic and reproductive science and speculation.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2011-05-12 13:26 (UTC)
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I do miss cheese. Faux cheese is not the same, though I've recently stumbled across a better cooking substitute.

As for the Flynn effect, there's some pretty good neuroscience to explain it. Limbic system effects and all, plus strong evidence that early impacts during some particular developmental windows have significant effects. Prevention is best, remediation is a bitch. Neuroplasticity aside, remediation is much more expensive and tougher to do. I can sometimes have some effect in middle school, but I have to be able to step in at the right age.
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mlerules: dolphins
User: mlerules
Date: 2011-05-12 13:28 (UTC)
Subject: Qx o' Day

Hmm, I may have mentioned that I've got quite a nice wedge of WELL-AGED Gouda direct from Amsterdam currently taking up space in my fridge. Do tell if'n you're up for checking your l-intolerance level this time around sometime and I'll hack off some off and bring it over for testing porpoises.
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shelly_rae: Cheese
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2011-05-12 14:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes, I would miss cheese.
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2011-05-12 19:23 (UTC)
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That article on birth control is just screaming to be (mis)used by conservatives as an explanation for why letting the wimmenz control their reproduction leads to the wussification of Red Blooded American Men.

Re ?otD: I have a subject tag on my blog for "cheese snobbery". Pretty clear my answer is "Fuck, yes!"
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User: kuangning
Date: 2011-05-13 02:05 (UTC)
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You know, what's funny is that the same science that says women look for more masculine mates during their fertile periods also says that those aren't necessarily the men who make good partners the rest of the time. So the men nature says we want to impregnate us are also the men we'd dump after they did the job, and suppressing the urge to choose them means we're breeding up (by breeding with...) more of the men we prefer most of the time. That ought to mightily appeal to any man who thinks he's a "nice guy" instead of the "bad boy".
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User: goulo
Date: 2011-05-13 08:47 (UTC)
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I don't actually miss cheese at all since I went vegan 6 years ago, though I thought I might.

I similarly thought I might miss meat when I went vegetarian decades ago, but I didn't.
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User: cissa
Date: 2011-05-14 22:11 (UTC)
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I do not know that a life without cheese would be worth living. OK, it probably would be- but such a horrible cost!
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