Log in

No account? Create an account
An author of no particular popularity

Jay Lake
Date: 2011-10-08 07:10
Subject: [links] Link salad dreams of pizza
Security: Public
Tags:christianism, culture, gender, personal, politics, process, religion, science, writing

Simpleminded Writing for Terminal Smartypantses[info]cathshaffer is rather wise.

How [Steve] Jobs Put Passion Into Products

Against Nostalgia — The New York Times with a contrarian view on Steve Jobs. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

The Power of Taking the Big Chance — More on Steve Jobs and Apple.

Why Apple’s Amazing Siri May Herald the End of the iPhoneTechnology Review with more on this.

Replacement for Soyuz rocket canned by Russia — Hmmm.

Menstruation is just blood and tissue you ended up not using — A curious and interesting essay on biases in science in medicine, using “menotoxins” as an example. This might be a bit triggery depending on your gender experience. (Via Science Sushi.)

The Nephilim fossil of upstate New YorkSlacktivist Fred Clark on the Evangelical mindset when it comes to evidence based science, and, you know, actual scientific evidence.

Who Knew that Armageddon Actually Matters in American Politics? Matthew Sutton Explains. — Apocalyptic thinking on the Right.

Repeating the same mistake, expecting new resultsThe president has pleaded with congressional Republicans, more times than the White House would like to admit, to work with him on good faith — not just on economic issues, but on anything. It’s proven to be pointless. It’s hard to compromise with a party whose stated primary goal is to hound you out of office.

Romney vows to reverse Obama’s ‘massive defense cuts’ … that never happened — Ah, conservativeland, where facts never get in the way of a good outrage.

?otD: What food group is hardest on you?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (revisions and WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 218.6
Currently reading: The Stone Canal by Ken MacLeod

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

Post A Comment | 6 Comments | | Link

User: dichroic
Date: 2011-10-08 14:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am fairly shocked to find the following sentence in Scientific American: "Thankfully, the most accepted idea is that menstruation did not evolve at all, but is a byproduct of the evolution of terminal differentiation of endometrial cells."

I'd expect a writer for SA to grasp evolution at least as well as I do. Mutations are random, mutations that don't diminish the possibility of reproducing can be retained, mutations that enhance the possibility of reproducing tend to be preferentially retained. I think what the writer meant what that we didn't evolve menstruation because it has benefits in itself. Now, given that menopause can cause health issues from anemia to often feeling like you have a cold before your period (sounds weird, but it's personal experience) I'd have to guess it does actually have some greater benefits to balance those out. But even in context of the article, I can't see how eliminating unneeded enodmetrial cells before they start to rot wouldn't be a benefit.
Reply | Thread | Link

User: threeoutside
Date: 2011-10-08 14:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
In "The Power of Taking Big Chances" article, I was interested to see this:

"For example, he favored one model of a disk drive — for reading computer programs stored on small, removable so-called floppy disks — while other members of the team championed another design."

What interested me was that the author knew s/he (sorry, didn't check the writer's name) needed to explain what a floppy disk drive is/was. It reminded me that there are probably millions of computer users out there who have never *handled* a floppy disk...going to hobble off into my rocking chair now...
Reply | Thread | Link

User: jordan179
Date: 2011-10-08 14:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Obama did massively cut certain key systems, especially strategic anti-missile defenses, which are very important to our future survival in a world where smaller Powers are getting hold of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. He wasn't as destructive in this regard as was Clinton, though, largely because by Obama's time the utility of ABM's was no longer as questionable. Science Marches On.
Reply | Thread | Link

Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-10-08 14:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Still, to Romney's rhetoric, reallocating resources between programs while raising overall defense spending levels isn't "massive cuts" on by any rational measure.
Reply | Parent | Thread | Link

User: jordan179
Date: 2011-10-08 14:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I agree with you on that.
Reply | Parent | Thread | Link

User: mmegaera
Date: 2011-10-09 00:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That has been my most enormous frustration with Obama. He's too logical.
Reply | Thread | Link

my journal
January 2014
2012 appearances