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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-09-14 05:37
Subject: [links] Link salad is resting down in Cornwall writing up its memoirs
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Tags:books, contests, endurance, gay, healthcare, personal, process, science, tech, writing

Don’t forget the new Endurance ARC contest: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Authors Say Agents Try to “Straighten” Gay Characters in YA — In case you missed it. I’ve written a number of incidentally gay or bi characters (ie, not “gay fiction”, just characters who happen to be people with those orientations) and no one’s said a word yet. Which is exactly how it should be, I think.

Bring Your Questions for Willpower Authors Roy Baumeister and John TierneyFreakonomics with a discussion of willpower. Writing novels, and finishing them, more to the point, is a profound act of willpower.

Why US Pays More for Health Care Than Other Nations

An Objective Way to Measure PainResearchers use brain imaging to detect patterns of brain activity associated with pain—a potential boon for doctors and drug developers. I’ve often wondered about the validity of the pain scale. My calibration of 1-10 changed utterly once I’d undergone abdominal surgery, for example. It’s so subjective.

Giant balloon to be launched to test climate fix hope

Glasgow University in bid to create ‘inorganic life’Scientists in Scotland are undertaking pioneering research to create life from inorganic chemicals. As tipster David Goldman says, what could possibly go wrong?

Soyuz rocket flaw found?

Wait, what? Atheists don’t understand stories?Pharyngula on some very bizarre religious thinking about the non-religious. Some people really are idiots, blindered by the need to justify their own beliefs at the expense of objective reality.

Jimmy Carter: ‘We never dropped a bomb. We never fired a bullet. We never went to war’ — Perhaps the best ex-president we’ve ever had.

After 20 Years, Missing CEO Reappears — Apparently only little people pay taxes. Big people just vanish behind their cloud of money.

A Bit of The Post-American World 2.0[info]madwriter with some interesting comments on Fareed Zakaria’s book.

Shockingly Petty: News Corp. Outlets Attack Obama Over Paper Clip — And conservatives wonder why the rest of us find you guys a little crazy.

Tea party crowd about sick man without insurance: “Let him die” — Ah, family values. Compassionate conservatism in a nutshell. Right there. This reinforces my view that contemporary conservativism arises out of a poverty of imagination and a failure of empathy. The people jeering this man’s death simply can’t imagine themselves or someone they love in his situation.

Deep Thought — Given the GOP fixation with death, how would they treat a fetus whose mother is on Death Row?

?otD: Where were all the sportsmen who always pulled you through?


9/14/2011
Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (revisions to Kalimpura)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 222.0
Currently reading: Inversions by Iain M. Banks

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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Jim Hetley
User: jhetley
Date: 2011-09-14 12:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
On James Earl Carter -- he's the president who approved the aborted hostage rescue in Tehran. That would have involved using AC-130 gunships against massed civilian crowds, if it had gone down . . .
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zyzyly
User: zyzyly
Date: 2011-09-14 14:16 (UTC)
Subject: for a paperback edition of the boy scout manual
--Having attempted to use the pain scale for years and years, I don't have much faith in it either, other than considering it a somewhat bulky yes/no thing. We are required to document in the scale, but most of the time I just ask if the patient needs pain meds.

--I like Jimmy Carter. His work as an ex-president ought to be the role model for how we live our lives.
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Jay Lake: signs-hot
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-09-14 14:24 (UTC)
Subject: Re: for a paperback edition of the boy scout manual
Keyword:signs-hot
I simply don't get the pain scale. It's so utterly subjective. There's a time in my life when I would have rated a stubbed toe a 5 or 6, which I now see as idiotic given how much my cancer experiences have shifted my perception of pan. On the flip side, I'm always in level 1 or 2 pain from my surgical sites, I just ignore it completely. (Don't even bother with ibuprofen or whatever.) And the cancers themselves have never hurt me at all, the entirety of my pain is from the treatments.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2011-09-14 23:12 (UTC)
Subject: Re: for a paperback edition of the boy scout manual
Surgery certainly changed my concept of pain. And as you say it's completely possible to be sick and need help without being in pain, too, which the pain scale seems to make doctors ignore -- or at least pay less attention to.
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Nathan
User: mastadge
Date: 2011-09-14 23:43 (UTC)
Subject: Re: for a paperback edition of the boy scout manual
Yep. When I first went to my GP about my arrhythmia, her first comment was a sarcastic comment about why a 24-year-old was seeing a doctor about his heart. (She is no longer my GP.) Then, once she'd established that I wasn't having chest pains, I visibly ceased to be a priority. No, it didn't hurt, it was merely beating a three or four times a second, sometimes for much longer than others. Did it feel horribly wrong? Yes. Did it make me fear for my life? Yes. Was I in pain? No. Okay then, no immediate problem. Let's just schedule some tests in a few weeks.
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Steve
User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2011-09-14 14:44 (UTC)
Subject: Re: for a paperback edition of the boy scout manual
Having attempted to use the pain scale for years and years, I don't have much faith in it either

There's a quiet movement in my neck of the woods to dump the numerical assignment entirely... in something this subjective, going deeper than "mild, moderate, or severe" is just giving artificial precision to a very approximate number.

-- Steve also likes Pres. Carter for being one of the few political leaders to walk the talk. (And the whole nuclear engineer thing, too.)
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jordan179
User: jordan179
Date: 2011-09-14 14:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Given the GOP fixation with death, how would they treat a fetus whose mother is on Death Row?

I believe that the normal procedure, and still the law, was for the execution to be delayed until the birth of the child.
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Ruthanne Reid
User: ruthannereid
Date: 2011-09-14 18:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Tea party crowd about sick man without insurance: “Let him die”

This is the kind of thing that made me realize I wasn't "conservative," and probably never had been. Ah, labels...
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silvertwi: marbles
User: silvertwi
Date: 2011-09-15 01:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:marbles
...that's not even a paper clip. It's what Google tells me is called a "binder clip."
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