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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-12-16 07:41
Subject: [links] Link salad heads for the last chemo session
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The Evolved Self-Management SystemThe placebo effect is a particular kind of priming effect. And what I want to do now is to explain a whole range of other priming effects by invoking the existence of an “evolved self-management system”… I want to know why individual human beings turn out like they do, why we respond to “messages” from our social and physical environments in such interesting ways… (Via Curiosity Counts.)

NASA unravels mystery of rare supernova image

Red Moon Rising — This APOD photo reminds me of Heinlein's "Lifeline".

Good Climate News: The “Methane Time Bomb” Apparently Isn’t — Thus climate science marches on, not with irrational ideological denialism but with a continued evaluation of the data. Which itself is a form of liberal bias these days.

Why hospital rooms don't work

Christopher Hitchens, militant pundit, dies at 62 Cancer weakened but did not soften Christopher Hitchens. He did not repent or forgive or ask for pity. I resent the assumption that one is seriously ill, one will naturally turn to God. For some people, faith is an essential part of coping. But there's nothing inherent in the universe or automatic in the human condition about holding faith. When and if cancer takes me, I plan to go like Hitch. Proud and true to my principles. If I am reported to have a deathbed conversion to some religious tradition, mourn the fact that I lost my mind and my integrity before I lost my body.

St Matthews unveils provocative Christmas billboard — (Via Bill M.)

Three shot at courthouse in northern Minnesota — Another patriotic American exercising their Constitutional right to defense of their essential liberties. No need for gun control in this country. Move along, citizen, nothing to see here.

Revealed: huge increase in executive pay for America's top bosses — Glad the economy has improved for someone. (Via [info]danjite.)

Why Does Romney Lie? — Because anyone who would vote Republican after surviving the disasters of the Bush administration has no functional political memory anyway. Viz the Tea Party who blame Bush's deficit and bank bailouts on Obama.

?otd: Chemo much?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 11.25 (solid)
Weight: 209.6
Currently (re)reading: Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

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Matthew S. Rotundo: Radioactive
User: matthewsrotundo
Date: 2011-12-16 18:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I resent the assumption that one is seriously ill, one will naturally turn to God.

Or, as a friend of mine--a career army guy--once put it, "Anyone who says there are no atheists in foxholes has never been in a foxhole."
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mlerules: bunny clock
User: mlerules
Date: 2011-12-16 19:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:bunny clock
Oh, I could see you doing a deathbed conversion to Klingon, just to give us something to talk about. ;-)
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User: brownkitty
Date: 2011-12-17 02:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Repentance can't mean deathbed apologies to others? It has to have a religious connotation?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-12-17 16:55 (UTC)
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In my experience, repentance, especially in a deathbed sense, almost always means 'getting right with the Lord.' Also, I should hope I've lived my life well enough not to need to make deathbed apologies to others. If I've done something that needs apologizing more, I try to make amends in a timely manner.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2011-12-19 18:46 (UTC)
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This reminds me of a series of letters I wrote a few years ago called my "Deathbed Confessions". Each letter--and they were all positive--told people what I would want to tell them if I were on my deathbed. I figured it would be easier to do it at that point than under the literal circumstance, assuming I even got a chance.
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User: msconduct
Date: 2011-12-18 11:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I resent the assumption that one is seriously ill, one will naturally turn to God.

A+++++++ would quote again.

St Matthews-in-the-City Church has again rolled out a provocative billboard in time for Christmas - their latest showing Mary with a positive pregnancy test.

Ha, this is nothing compared to the one they did a couple of years ago showing Mary and Joseph in bed, Mary looking dissatisfied and Joseph sheepish with a captain saying God was a tough act to follow. That really got the local worthies harrumphing. St Matthews is an inner-city church which does a lot of great work for the needy in the area and is also gorgeous. I got married there despite being a cradle atheist, which goes to show that a pretty building can make a hypocrite out of anyone. (Actually I have other non-religious connections with the church, but that doesn't make as good a story.)
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