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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-01-19 04:45
Subject: [links] Link salad heads out for Confusion
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Tags:books, climate, culture, germany, healthcare, links, mainspring, personal, politics, science, sopa, tech
Die Räder der Welt — Check out Mainspring's cool German cover.

Time experts debate whether to abolish the leap second

Statt Schurkenstaat nun Schurkenseite? ›SOPA‹ und ›PIPA‹ — A German article on the current American Internet kerfuffle, in which I and a number of other American authors are quoted.

Web Protests Piracy Bills, and Senators Change Course

The rise and fall of personal computing — A handy infographic. (Via Curiosity Counts.)

What the GOP's "Market-Based" Health Care Looks Like — This. And I am one one of the lucky ones.

Scotland to the Rescue: Seeks 100% Renewable Energy by 2020Scotland is looking to reduce the cost of offshore wind generation and distribution by 20%, which would make it competitive with hydrocarbons. (Actually it is already competitive because no one takes the dire effects of global warming into account in the price of oil and gas. What would you estimate Miami is worth?)

Migrating Siberian Shrubs — More pesky climate change facts. Warning: Data not valid if you are willfully ignorant.

Japan's push to restart nuclear plants sparks public anger — Gee, I wonder why.

Dear Andrew Sullivan: Why Focus on Obama's Dumbest Critics? — An interesting piece, though I object to the false equivalency drawn between critiques of George W. Bush from the left and critiques of Obama from the right. Bush's most unhinged critics were largely marginalized in the media and the public opinion. Obama's most unhinged critics come from the heart of the GOP establishment, including many sitting senators and congressmen.

The Secret of South CarolinaDavid Frum’s notebook on what the elections in South Carolina may hold for the GOP candidates.

?otd: Are Troy's towers topless?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (revisions to Sunspin)
Body movement: Airport walking to come
Hours slept: 5.75 (solid)
Weight: 223.2
Currently reading: The Atrocity Archive by Charles Stross; The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore<

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User: fledgist
Date: 2012-01-19 14:22 (UTC)
Subject: I must say, Jay
...that your fluency in German is astonishing!

On a more serious point, I find translations of titles intriguing. Why does Mainspring become 'The Wheels of the World'? I've wondered this for years ever since noting that Alejo Carpentier's great El siglo de las luces ('The Age of Enlightenment' or, literally, 'The Century of Lights') has, in English the title 'Explosion in a Cathedral'.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-01-19 18:59 (UTC)
Subject: Re: I must say, Jay
I'm amazing in languages I don't speak. And yes, the mysteries of titling translations lie far beyond my ken.
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