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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-01-02 07:50
Subject: [links] Link salad slopes into Monday
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Tags:china, culture, gender, guns, language, links, nigeria, personal, politics, process, science, writing
Advice on Writing from Modernity’s Greatest Writers — I like (but do not agree with) Mark Twain's: "Write without pay until somebody offers pay; if nobody offers within three years, sawing wood is what you were intended for." (Snurched from Curiosity Counts.)

Defining Words, Without the Arbiters — Unmediated lexicography. (Thanks to Dad.)

BFTP: The myth of bra burning feminists — (Via @tansyrr.)

A Nigerian criticizes the 'First World problems' meme — As I have as well. (Via [info]danjite.)

Boston's Brain Drain: The Cost of Being America's Drunkest City — Speaking of legal drugs.

States say it's time to rethink medical marijuana — I haven't bothered with recreational drugs in over a quarter century, but I still strongly favor legalization. Prohibition has been a disaster for everyone except law enforcement budgets and criminal profits.

12 Hangover Cures From Famous Heavy Drinkers — And speaking of drinking… Back when I occasionally drank enough to worry about hangovers, my cure was some vitamin C or orange juice, two aspirin or Advil, a Pepcid AC and a huge glass of water before going to sleep. Seemed to work pretty well for me. How about you?

International Linear Collider race starts in physics — Ah, big science. Too bad the US abandoned our leadership role in this stuff with the SSCL cancellation.

Will China Outsmart the U.S.? — The value of research and intellectual property. You know, that science stuff that the GOP voting base hates.

Manhunt in Mount Rainier park after US ranger shot dead — Another fine citizen exercising his Second Amendment rights to his defense of essential liberties. Aren't you proud of your NRA for helping make this kind of patriotism so much easier?

?otd: Back to work today?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 10.5 (solid)
Weight: 210.4
Currently (re)reading: The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey

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User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2012-01-02 17:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
re: hangover cures

I've never cured a hangover, but I managed to prevent a lot in college by sticking to a strict rule of having one non-alcoholic drink for every alcoholic drink (usually by alternating to keep the accounting simple enough to handle while tipsy) and making sure I had food before or while drinking. The few hangovers I've had all came after breaking that rule... though I will admit that I managed to break the rule a few times without suffering, either.

When struck by a hangover, I guess I've felt better after sipping a lot of water and downing a couple of Tylenol (not Aspirin... tummy don't need more acid... and the fizzy stuff just added pressure to the gastric distress for me) and something bland to eat.

-- Steve never was a heavy drinker... seeing the aftermath in his first-year roommate inclined him to caution in that.
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User: a_cubed
Date: 2012-01-03 03:53 (UTC)
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On "Will China Outsmart the U.S.? — The value of research and intellectual property. You know, that science stuff that the GOP voting base hates."

The writer of that piece makes the standard error of equating leadership in R&D to "owning the intellectual property" (sic). In the days where a product's lifespan is a few years, the "ownership" of IP is just a minefield where innovation is stifled. Look at the various examples of who is suing whom in the mobile phone industry at present and imagine all the staff hours spent (wasted) on dealing with those claims instead of researching, developing, building and selling your product. Companies now have an attitude that once tey have "invented" something the world owes them a living and no one else should be able to compete with them in any way.
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User: lupagreenwolf
Date: 2012-01-03 05:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'll bet the ranger was killed by poachers. Who aren't exactly all about sticking to the law in general.
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