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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-07-06 05:13
Subject: [links] Link salad wishes Omaha had better weather
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Tags:art, books, cool, culture, escapement, funny, gender, healthcare, links, music, personal, photos, politics, publishing, religion, science, tech, videos
...Jennifer McGee...365 project... — Wow. Someone is using my book Escapement as the basis of an art project. Wow.

Nothing happens over 4th of July weekend, except this year — Some significant publishing tidbits. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Forget Diet Coke and Mentos: Singing Bowls Excite Droplet Fountains [Video] — (Thanks to David Goldman.)

The colorectal surgeon song — Hey, mine saved my life. (Snurched from @willshetterly.)

Spacetime Beyond the Planck Scale — For your morning pleasure.

The Soviet Superplane Program That Rattled Area 51 — One of my old favorites. (Reminder courtesy of Chris W. Johnson.)

B-36 engines (1955)

Thirst for Fairness May Have Helped Us Survive — (Thanks to Dad.)

No 'him' or 'her'; preschool fights gender bias — Hmmm. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

10 Ways Arab Democracies Can Avoid American Mistakes — Juan Cole is fascinating.

Mormonism and 2012 — Specifically, Romney and Huntsman. Mormonism suffers from the same problem Scientology does; neither is any more or less silly than any other religion at the root, but neither has been around long enough for the faith-based narrative of the religion's founding to fully obscure the far grubbier objective reality of its founding.

Republicans Falsely Claim Obama Advisers Burying Data 'Proving' Stimulus Is Hurting Economy — I find it inconceivable that those sterling ethicists on the American Right could lie about anything. Why, when have they ever-- Never mind.

The Mother of All No-Brainers — The now-infamous David Brooks column on GOP intransigence, in case you missed it.

?otD: What the hail?

Writing time yesterday: 60 minutes (short fiction and WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (interrupted)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2011-07-06 15:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Just a quick take on the publishing note--

If Pearson (owner of Penguin, etc) is going into the e-book business, that has huge implications for education e-book apps. Pearson is HUGE in the K-12 ed market, especially remedial. One of my friends is a consultant for them and she's idly pitched me as a possibility (however, she's in ELL and endorsed in Reading which is much more interesting to work in at that level of product consultation than SPED. I've thought about doing it but that would mean I'd have to buy into the product to sell it, and so far I'm mixed on their SPED products).

So look for a much bigger push for e-book products in the education lines with this purchase.
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User: cissa
Date: 2011-07-08 00:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think one of the reasons my daughter was not impressed by or accepting of sexual stereotypes is that we consistently saw her as a "kid", not as a "girl". I'm sure it helped that my many measures, we her parents were not stereotypical... but i think she'd have FELT differently if we thought of her as a "girl" rather than as a "kid".
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