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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-10-19 05:38
Subject: [links] Link salad for a sleepy Wednesday
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Tags:books, cars, christianists, cool, funny, green, occupy wall street, parenting, reviews, science, spain, tech, texas, writing

A thoughtful and rather starkly negative review of Green — One might well imagine my intentions for the book were rather different than this reviewer’s experience of the book.

What are the most interesting societies, alien or otherwise, in SF/F? — Another SF Signal Mind Meld, including comments from me.

Parents Urged Again to Limit TV for Youngest — Yeah, no kidding. Mother of the Child and I have raised [info]the_child without television and with only limited access to video, and she seems to have done just fine.

Android debuts Ice Cream Sandwich — Really, I just love this headline. Context is for the weak.

When Hacking Your Car Is a Civic Duty

Seeing through wallsResearchers at MIT’s Lincoln Lab have developed new radar technology that provides real-time video of what’s going on behind solid walls. I’m sure Harry Potter has a spell for this.

Habitable, Not Earth-likeCentauri Dreams on exoplanets.

Dust storm shrouds Texas cityAn enormous cloud hits Lubbock, where residents compare it to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. The ongoing drought helped produce the storm, an expert says. So where are the Christianists claiming some imagined slight against their deity? If God can punish Orlando or DC, why not Lubbock?

Spain’s stolen babies and the families who lived a lie — The role of the religious leaders of Spain in this story is disgusting. Can you imagine the reaction if atheists were stealing babies from Catholic hospitals?

David Barton and Ken Ham aren’t mistaken, they’re just lying — Creationists lying? Perish the thought.

Ralph Reed: When the Government Helps the Poor, It Takes Away Our Liberty — I’m sure it says exactly that in one of my Bibles here.

Glenn Beck: Occupy Wall Street Protesters Will ‘Kill Everybody’ — Right. Because the first impulse of liberal-progressives is to proclaim the need for Second Amendment remedies and talk about watering the tree of liberty with the blood of tyrants. Oh, and to bomb clinics, too. Projection much, Glenn?

?otD: What questions did you ask today?


10/19/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (fitful)
Weight: 218.6
Currently reading: The Star Fraction by Ken MacLeod

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information throughput device: huana
User: oletheros
Date: 2011-10-19 12:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:huana
I would argue that the Culture is the ultimate example of a civilization built around wish-fulfillment. It's exactly the kind of place that Banks would want to live in; the way he describes it makes it the place I'd want to live in, too.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2011-10-19 13:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Huh. Creationists lying. There's a f'ing surprise.
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Twilight: Daria
User: twilight2000
Date: 2011-10-19 13:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Daria
Like everything else, "Parents Urged Again to Limit TV for Youngest" depends *entirely* on how it's used. Used to teach language, interacted with, made a part of the interaction between child and parent is a very different thing from "used as a babysitter."

Yea, I'm *really* tired of "always" and "never" advice from research that's poorly reported, misunderstood or devised.

Scratch that, I'm just really tired of always and never advice ;>.

I have to admit, I would like to see some research that tries to understand why language modeled on tv or radio is somehow less useful than language modeled by a live person - or if that's just another assumption we make...
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-10-19 13:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have to admit, I would like to see some research that tries to understand why language modeled on tv or radio is somehow less useful than language modeled by a live person - or if that's just another assumption we make...

Actually, it's my understanding that this is very well understood, though I don't have any cites for it. mikigarrison certainly would. I think the issue is interactivity. Language coming from the tv or the radio isn't addressed to the child, and isn't responding to the child.
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Steve: Hal 9000 (2001)
User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2011-10-19 15:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Hal 9000 (2001)
Language coming from the tv or the radio isn't addressed to the child, and isn't responding to the child.

I wonder what the opinion will be about Double Fine's new Sesame Street game, Once Upon A Monster, which uses Kinect to allow kids to play along with the Muppets on screen.

-- Steve's tempted to get that bundle as a Christmas gift for the nieces, ages 4 and 2, actually.
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V's Herbie
User: vsherbie
Date: 2011-10-19 13:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I was in Lubbuck last winter at the start of this drought. Not long after I got there it rained a tiny bit, and everything was suddenly covered in mud. There was so much dust in the air, it was raining mud.

If that's not a circle of hell, it should be.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-10-19 15:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm pretty sure the blood of tyrants would be toxic. Better to catch it in a can and dispose of it hygienically.
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