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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-01-18 05:04
Subject: [links] Link salad is coldly apocalyptic
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How I make it work… — Myke Cole on the sacrifices he makes to be an author.

FarfetchedSci-Ence on "minimally counterintuitive ideas". (Read the text below the comics.) This is related to some very important concepts in fiction, which I'll probably blog about soon.

The original 1811 Commissioner’s Plan for Manhattan’s famous street grid and the fascinating story of how it came to be

Human head found at Hollywood sign: The myths and legends of the famous Los Angeles landmark

Special Relativity for Dummies, I mean writers

Meteorite found in Morocco came from MarsFragments of a meteorite which landed in Morocco last summer are extremely rare chunks of the planet Mars, scientists have announced.

'Biohackers' Get Their Own Space to Create — (Via [info]bravado111.)

First Demonstration of Actuation-At-A-Distance Effect For Labs-On-A-ChipMicroelectromechanical devices could soon be remotely controlled using light thanks to a proof-of-concept experiment demonstrating 'photoelectrowetting'. Not spooky action at a distance, unfortunately.

Researchers evolve a multicellular yeast in the lab in 2 months — Or maybe the so-called Intelligent Designer leaned in and created it while no one was looking.

Talk cancelled. Threats of violence found persuasive.Pharyngula passes on reports of some especially disgusting religious behavior on the part of a Muslim man.

Portland City Council approves anti-war and corporate-personhood resolutions

What's A 'Discouraged Worker?' — Why Oregon's unemployment rate had declined despite a lack of significant job growth.

China report spells out "grim" climate change risks — Global warming denial, just like evolution denial, is found only among people of a certain ideology that explicitly rejects actual data in favor of the filter of their worldviews. Neither of those conservative hobbyhorses has any basis in actual reality. Virtually no one comes to either view on the face of objective evidence. China is not so afflicted.

Polls: Republican Voter Enthusiasm Drops, Dems Not Far Behind

?otd: Why do they call it thimble winter?

Writing time yesterday: 2.25 hours (revisions to Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid)
Weight: 222.4
Currently reading: The Atrocity Archive by Charles Stross<

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User: magentamn
Date: 2012-01-18 13:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Several of your links are blacked out because of the boycott today. It would be useful, to me anyway, if tomorrow you put a link back to today's links in your link salad.

I check out your links almost every day. They are interesting, amusing, and useful. Thank you for posting them every day - your stamina is amazing!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-01-18 13:31 (UTC)
Subject: [process] Writing the second (or third) book
You are welcome. And I feel vaguely guilty for not joining the SOPA blackout...
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Larry Sanderson
User: lsanderson
Date: 2012-01-18 14:05 (UTC)
Subject: Thimble winter?
I had thought it wuz from Fimbulvetr, but it appears that I may be deluded.
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Jay Lake: signs-bad_English
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-01-18 14:11 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Thimble winter?
Mostly I am attempting an humorous sally with that one.
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Larry Sanderson
User: lsanderson
Date: 2012-01-18 14:30 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Thimble winter?
All the mondegreened myths o' my youth?
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User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2012-01-18 15:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Why do they call it thimble winter?

It's snappier than "apocalypse in a teacup"?

-- Steve's looking forward to reading some of the links once Blackout Wednesday (which is not a thimble-winter) is done.
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User: gabrielle_h
Date: 2012-01-18 16:01 (UTC)
Subject: Biohacking
I went to a class at Biocurious with hbergeronx a few months ago.

We got to splice bioluminescent cells into e coli. I was impressed with the experiment design for the class - they really explained what we were doing and what it all meant (and to QUESTION what it all meant), rather than just leading us blindly through a bunch of steps. It was an experiment, not a demo, because the point of the classes is to give people the basic skills needed to explore their own questions and design their own research.

Best date ever!

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User: shsilver
Date: 2012-01-18 16:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
A bit of Hollywood Sign trivia. The article you link to mentions Peg Entwhistle's suicide. Peg was married to Robert Keith and was stepmother to Brian Keith, who starred in Family Affair, Hardcastle and McCormick, and the original The Parent Trap.
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User: biomekanic
Date: 2012-01-18 21:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thought you'd enjoy this: The MPAA says blackout protests are an abuse of power.

That much irony before coffee hurts my head.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-01-19 03:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've only ever heard of a Thimble Summer, as in the children's book by that title by Elizabeth Enright.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-01-19 03:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, and when I was laid off in Oregon back in the mid-80s, I attended a "dislocated workers' program." Which was basically a two-week bootcamp, held at a local community college, on resume writing and interviewing and where to find openings and so forth. Then I wound up getting hired at the public library, where I'd been volunteering for a couple of years.
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