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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-11-05 07:13
Subject: [links] Link salad slopes into Saturday
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Tags:christianists, culture, food, gay, gender, global warming, healthcare, links, personal, politics, publishing, religion, science, tech, videos, writing
The Top 32 Authors to Follow on Google+ — I find this amusing.

Hulk vs. Ewok — Hahahah. A short video well worth a minute of your time.

My Understandings About Death, Let Me Show You Them[info]cathshaffer writes eloquently and emotionally about death in the wake of her mother's recent passing.

Making the Grade: Why the Cheapest Maple Syrup Tastes Best

‘Pox Parties’ and Bioterrorism — The stupid, it not only burns, it can kill. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Blame Ben Franklin for Daylight Saving Time — I've never understood all the moaning about DST messing up people's sleep. You do more disruption to your sleep cycle staying up late Friday night gaming, or going to an evening party, than DST ever will.

Light from alien cities could signal intelligent life out there — Cool idea, but oh, the embedded assumptions.

'A Tourist in Hetero Land' — Ta-Nehisi Coates reflects on what it must mean to grow up gay. Also, some interesting comments on the dialectic of privilege. Speaking as someone who's been beaten pretty thoroughly with the accusation-of-privilege stick, his remarks resonated for me.

Biggest jump ever seen in global warming gases — Whoops. There goes reality with that liberal bias again. If Mother Nature would only listen to Rush Limbaugh, everything would be just fine.

A Dangerous Law and the New Formula of Conservatism — Yes, the victimization of conservative Christians is rampant, isn't it?

Two contests for the GOP nomination — GOP political consultant on the primary process. Our team wants someone authentic, creative, fresh, bold and likeable. And we don’t have much tolerance for too many facts or too much information. In other words, in the GOP we like to be wilfully ignorant. Yep, in conservativeland that pesky reality gets in the way of the anger of the voting base.

?otD: Satyr or faun?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 212.6
Currently (re)reading: Jingo by Terry Pratchett

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User: cathshaffer
Date: 2011-11-05 14:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Whoa, that pox party link is scary!
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User: radiantlisa
Date: 2011-11-05 15:22 (UTC)
Subject: moaning about DST
If you ever want to see what all the moaning's about, come spend the first week after the time change with me, and watch the amazing results. Create a stupidly tired woman, just by changing the time an hour. :)

It just goes to show the downside of being a very routinized person ...
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User: e_bourne
Date: 2011-11-05 16:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Now that they've sold off their cows, my Vermont cousins make most of their yearly income from their sugar bush, which is old and venerable. Maple sugaring having been in the family since they settled on Rochester mountain. The "new" sugar house was build during the Civil War to accommodate the extra demand. Now, it's the only one in use.

Like most people who grew up with real maple sugar, I prefer "C Grade" which is almost impossible to find in stores but can be bought direct. It's used in industrial cooking mostly, and has the strongest flavor.

If you have snow in your region, ever, the best thing in the world is sugar on snow. Bring some maple syrup to a hard boil, then pour it over fresh snow. Instant maple taffy! It was a childhood favorite.

If you buy Vermont maple syrup instead of the Canadian, you are more likely supporting cooperatives of small Vermont farmers instead of industrialized syrup producers. Just sayin'. http://www.vermontmaple.org/buy.php
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User: kellymccullough
Date: 2011-11-05 16:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
How much DST mess with your sleep patterns has a lot to do with when you get your maximum density sleep. I can lose two hours off the front end of a night's sleep without really feeling (at least until I've done it 4-5 days running). It's because my deepest sleep tends to happen in the hour or two before I wake up. Knock even a half hour off the back end of my sleep schedule in the morning and I'm basically screwed for the day.
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User: kuangning
Date: 2011-11-05 17:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am very sad about the probable loss of my Grade B syrup; people's tastes aren't likely to change quickly, so what's very likely to happen instead is that much of the darker syrups, being now all the same grade, will be diluted with lighter to make them more palatable and popular for the masses, and what's left of the darker will then become more expensive as it gets harder to find. Not a win in my book. :(
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Twilight: Imperious
User: twilight2000
Date: 2011-11-05 17:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Light from alien cities could signal intelligent life out there — Cool idea, but oh, the embedded assumptions.

And OH the story ideas in my head right now...
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2011-11-06 00:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's so nice to hear someone else being rational about DST. Thank you.
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