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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-10-25 05:37
Subject: [links] Link salad has labels all around the cans
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Tags:amazon, books, culture, movies, occupy wall street, personal, photos, process, publishing, science, writing

Philip Pullman calls time on the present tense — (Via @lilithsaintcrow.)

The Trouble with Amazon — Amazon as publisher? Worry about it as a bookseller. (Via @angelajames.)

Cul de Sac on the awesome power of a blank sheet of paper

Is reading on the loo bad for you?Filthy habit or blameless bliss? A public health study by Ron Shaoul lifts the lid on toilet reading once and for all.

Cosmic Journey aka Kosmitcheskiy reys: Fantasticheskaya novella — A review of a very interesting Soviet science fiction film from 1936. (Via [info]markbourne.)

9 Chickweed Lane captures the essence of Internet comment sections

Creepy vintage portraits of vaudeville ventriloquists and their dummies

Autistic children have distinct facial features, study suggestsWe may be a step closer in understanding what causes autism, say University of Missouri researchers after finding differences between the facial characteristics of children who have autism and those who don’t. Guess what? It doesn’t involve vaccinations.

Real ‘Sybil’ Admits Multiple Personalities Were Fake — (Via David Goldman.)

Ancient supernova mystery solved

Water Found in Planet-Forming Disc

Habitable Zone Dramatically Bigger Around Red DwarfsThe zone that supports liquid water may be 30 per cent bigger than previously thought, say astrobiologists.

Giant amoebas discovered 6.6 miles down in Pacific sea trench — What could possibly go wrong?

Is my Facebook page a liberal echo chamber? — On political discourse at the grassroots level.

Chemical bomb tossed into Occupy Maine encampment — Looks like someone’s decided to use Second Amendment remedies against the dirty hippies. Hmm, wonder if the attacker might be a conservative. I wonder what the media reaction would be if someone tried this at a Tea Party gathering? Did you see this headlined anywhere in Your Liberal Media?

?otD: Who want to be a painter man?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (fitful)
Weight: 216.2
Currently (re)reading: Sourcery by Terry Pratchett

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User: mastadge
Date: 2011-10-25 13:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
re: the Facebook thing -- yes. I'm about as liberal as they come, but even I get dismayed and occasionally disgusted when they echo chamber effect kicks in. When you're unfriending people you're actually real life friends with because they won't fall in with the political chorus on your facebook, things are getting weird. Happens in real life, too -- at the job I had during the last presidential election, everyone in the office was a liberal democrat or independent except for one person. And everyone was so busy with the smugness and the gloating and so forth that it was becoming an unwelcoming environment for our one Republican friend. I found myself in the awkward position of asking people whose politics I generally agreed with to simmer down. The echo chamber effect happens at either end of a spectrum, and we need to be sure not to drown out discourse on our end if we want to have a foot to stand on when the pendulum swings the other way.
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