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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-11-28 05:21
Subject: [links] Link salad polishes its brightly colored yeo
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Tags:culture, links, movies, nature, personal, politics, reviews, science, sex, tech
For those who missed it over the weekend, my review of the new movie Hugo: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — A comment that I couldn't fit into the review is that I really admire how the script handled the station inspector's character. He could have been a cheapjack Disneyfied villain, and very nearly is, but at the end, even he is redeemed, with enough foreshadowing of his redemption for it to be believable. Also, I saw it in 3D, which was worth the effort.

Life began with a planetary mega-organism — This is cool.

Deep IntellectInside the mind of the octopus.

Russia's Troubled Mars Probe Highlights Falling Space Debris Hazard

Smart-Phone App Warns Pedestrians of Oncoming Cars — I personally have eyes and ears for this purpose.

Does marriage equal monogamy?

Wal-Mart pepper-spraying customer may not be charged: report — Ah, real Americans.

Bank at Walmart? Cheap Prepaid Debit Cards Lure the Fee-Frustrated and Unbanked

Who said that? Match the Republican candidates with the quotes. — Go on. Take a bath in the crazy. You know you want to.

?otd: Where did you come from, where did you go?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.5 (solid sleep plus napping)
Weight: 210.0
Currently (re)reading: Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold

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mlerules: Safe Travels
User: mlerules
Date: 2011-11-28 16:42 (UTC)
Subject: Qx o' Day
Keyword:Safe Travels
From: CA, To: OR. Both/all're Home (as in I'm welcome and loved), but my stuff and strongest desire now is to live my homebase in Portland.
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russ: lyles constant
User: goulo
Date: 2011-11-28 17:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:lyles constant
Damn, I can't be the only one who misread that as "planetary mega-orgasm", right?
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Jay Lake: graffiti-cheetohs
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-11-28 17:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You are talking to the guy who lives in the state of Orgone...
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User: msconduct
Date: 2011-11-28 20:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I personally have eyes and ears for this purpose

Well, yeah, you do, and it's obviously designed for people on the phone and not paying attention, but it immediately struck me how useful this would be for people with limited vision to detect oncoming electric vehicles (which don't always make enough noise to hear). This has been a vexed question and the suggestion has been made to make some sort of noisemaker in electric cars mandatory, which has always seemed a heavy-handed approach to me given the benefits to a community of quieter traffic. This may solve that problem.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-11-28 20:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
In all fairness to the electric vehicle question, it's not just people of limited vision. When I was in China in 2009, electric scooters were everywhere. Little bikes with the form factor of a Vespa or similar, that made no noise whatsoever other than incidental tire hiss. Walking about at night in a Chinese city has acquired a whole new terror because of these things swooping silently out of the darkness, often driving on the sidewalk.
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User: msconduct
Date: 2011-11-28 21:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes, that's true. I was impressed by the massive cycle/scooter lanes in big cities there, but they're not in them all the time, and I saw the aftermath of several accidents, some fatal, just in five weeks (mostly car vs scooter rather than scooter vs pedestrian, however, to be fair). So this app would be even *more* useful!
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User: jtdiii
Date: 2011-11-29 00:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

I seem to remember someone who could get so engrossed in his thoughts that he occasionally walked in front of oncoming cars... :)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-11-29 00:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have no idea what you're talking abo--
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