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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-11-02 05:20
Subject: [links] Link salad won't go out tonight
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Tags:business, cool, culture, england, history, iraq, links, occupy wall street, personal, politics, process, science, tech, writing
"Remember, Harlan!" said the driftglassman — Harlan Ellison and a copyright problem.

Junot Diaz and Min Jin Lee Tell it Like it is #origins #doubt #why people want to become writers — (Via @literaryanimal.)

Why Fingernails on Blackboards Sound So Horrible — Heh.

Scientists: Modern humans mated with different species — Rishathra, anyone?

China Launches Shenzhou-8 To Test Docking For Chinese Space Station

Are Bendable Smart Phones the Future? — For you near-term futurists.

System D: The Shadow Economy is the Second Largest in the World — Huh. Real life version of what we see in cyberpunk and elsewhere.

The medieval, unaccountable Corporation of London is ripe for protestWorking beyond the authority of parliament, the Corporation of London undermines all attempts to curb the excesses of finance. A strange and fascinating squib on a British legal oddity that affects us all. Plus bonus China Mieville references. Plutocracy on the hoof. (Via multiple sources.)

Dr. Livingstone's lost 1871 'massacre' diary recovered; discovery rewrites history — Interesting stuff about digital imaging. (Via [info]danjite.)

Are big banks feeling pressure from Occupy Wall Street? — Hmmm.

Major Parties Struggle for Popularity; Broad Interest in an Alternative

Wartime Contracting Commission Classifies Findings for Next 20 YearsAlthough the Commission on Wartime Contracting was created to expose waste and abuse, their records are sealed until 2031. Come on, Obama, we elected you to be better than the GOP. And that is a low, low bar.

Remember when Romney said he wouldn’t put a Muslim in the cabinet? He made his Mormonism relevant. — Interesting point. Up til now I've maintained Romney's religion isn't relevant to his run for the presidency, being a fundamentally private matter. But why should he be exempted from the same religious test he would place on people he would name to his own cabinet? We all know the answer, of course, because Republicans can always have it both ways. I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning.

Bruce Bartlett, Ex-Reagan Economist: Idea That Deregulation Leads To Jobs 'Just Made Up' — Well, that's what the facts say, but unlike those of us in the reality-base community, facts never got in the way of a good red meat to the base conservative talking point. (Via [info]madwriter.)

?otD: Is it bound to take your life?

Writing time yesterday: 0.25 hours (chemo fatigue, tiny bit of WRPA)
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Currently (re)reading: Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett

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User: mymatedave
Date: 2011-11-02 12:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Really glad to see driftglass getting some linkage, he's one of my favourite US bloggers, next to you that is.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2011-11-02 12:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
A knife squeaking as it cuts through cardboard slays me.
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scarlettina: Writing
User: scarlettina
Date: 2011-11-02 15:29 (UTC)
Subject: A few items
The bendable smartphone thing seems, to me, like a good but misguided idea and I'm still not sure why; it's an instinctive reaction. I feel like touchscreens are more intuitive than the bendy interface. I can see there being other applications for such an interface besides smartphones, but as a smartphone solution, I'm not buying it -- at least, not yet. I wasn't impressed with the proofs-of-concept that the videos in the article demonstrated.

The piece about Livingstone's recovered diary is fascinating. I found myself wondering about how much longer such research would be applicable, given how few people write on paper at length anymore, and how much original work is lost by use of electronic devices. I've thought about this a great deal, actually, how different hard drive archeology is, and how much more disposable and how anonymously disposable hard drives are. Authors are in much more control of their legacy these days in some respects than historical authors were. Fascinating stuff. The change in original sourcing for this generation's authors, politicians, and other historical figures will almost certainly change the way historical research and preservation is done in coming decades.

Re: Romney's religious tests for office: I am not surprised. As the author points out, the Mormons always want us all to do as they say, not as they do.
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User: lil_shepherd
Date: 2011-11-02 15:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The Corporation of the City of London is, indeed, totally undemocratic and a bit of an oddity.

But all the laws passed by parliament apply just as completely in the City as elsewhere. Its police force is just as answerable to the Home Secretary as anyone else. The 'Old Bailey' - the Central Criminal Court - is within its boundaries and the law is applied in the same way there as anywhere else in England and Wales (some Scottish laws are different).

It is thanks to the City of London that the great tract of green land called Epping Forest, which it still owns and administers, is preserved and accessible to all.

Undemocratic, yes. Wealthy, of course. But outside the law? No. And sometimes useful.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2011-11-02 18:37 (UTC)
Subject: Fingernails and chalkboards
For some reason, this sound never bothered me. I wonder if it's akin to the smell of skunks not bothering me either.

If you really want to drive me up the wall with a sound, though, all you have to do is chew your food or gum with your mouth open.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-11-02 18:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The BBC, in their infinite wisdom, broadcast a piece about the chalkboard thing on Radio 4 yesterday. With sound bites.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2011-11-03 02:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And it sounds just like one of my kittens trying to sharpen her claws on the refrigerator, too (no, I don't know why she does that, but she does).
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