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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-03-16 05:26
Subject: [links] Link salad just is
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Tags:culture, energy, funny, gay, gender, healthcare, language, links, movies, nature, personal, politics, process, publishing, science, sex, weird
How to Deal with Writers Effectively in One Easy Lesson — (Snurched from [info]kradical here.)

Botanists finally ditch Latin and paper, enter 21st century — That was seriously retrograde. (Snurched from Fragano Ledgister.)

ChronoZoom takes you through 14 billion years of space-time via HTML5

Fundamental Law of High Speed Flying Manoeuvrability DiscoveredThat opens up the possibility of autonomous micro-air vehicles swooping and diving through cluttered environments like sparrowhawks through a forest. And doing it in the not too distant future. What could possibly go wrong?

Giant squid eyes are sperm whale defence

Sexually deprived Drosophila become bar flies[S]exually frustrated flies choose to consume more alcohol than their happily mated peers[.]

Do Statins Make It Tough to Exercise?Why and how exercise interacts with statins to cause muscle problems remains unknown, in part because it’s more difficult to study molecular responses in people than in animals. (People generally dislike muscle biopsies.)

The Forgotten History of Gay MarriageIn ancient church liturgical documents, he found the existence of an “Office of Same Sex Union” (10th and 11th century Greek) and the “Order for Uniting Two Men” (11th and 12th century Slavonic). That old time religion is good enough for me. (Via [info]danjite.)

Feds to Halt Texas Women's Health Program Funding — I am sorry it has come to this in my former home state. Thanks, conservative America, for holding women everywhere hostage to your personal religious beliefs.

Hey, kids! Anybody here not heard the F-word? — Roger Ebert on the movie Bully and MPAA ratings in general.

Mitt Romney meets 'peasants with pitchforks'

Signs of financial stress emerge for Mitt Romney as the long GOP campaign keeps getting longer

Obama compares Republicans to ‘Flat Earth Society’ for stance on green energy“Why would someone who wants to lead the country ignore the facts?” Um, Mr. President, have you paid any attention to the GOP these past few decades? Evolution? Climate change? Supply side economics? Their entire worldview is based on willful ignorance and ignoring the facts.

The World According to Santorum The insinuation that making our society more sustainable is favoring the environment over humans is absurd, especially because environmental activists are among those most concerned for our species’ future. Renewable energy, less reliance on fossil fuels—these are causes that should appeal to any thinking person, regardless of their religious beliefs. "Thinking" would be the key word here. The conservatism of the Republican base is reactionary and fear-driven, and proudly anti-intellectual and anti-science. Thinking really doesn't come into the politics of those GOP voters at all. If it did, we'd live in a much better world right now, because we wouldn't have experienced the economic, social and military disaster that was the Bush administration, and we would be responding far more sensibly to everything from economic pressures to climate change.

?otd: Tired yet?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (Dad time)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.0 (solid)
Weight: 235.6
Currently reading: The Ethical Slut by Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy

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User: shsilver
Date: 2012-03-16 14:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The Forgotten History of Gay Marriage — In ancient church liturgical documents, he found the existence of an “Office of Same Sex Union” (10th and 11th century Greek) and the “Order for Uniting Two Men” (11th and 12th century Slavonic). That old time religion is good enough for me.

I was in graduate school (Medieval history) when John Boswell published Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe in which he postulated that Saints Bacchus and Sergius were gay lovers. It caused quite a stir at the time, not only in the scholarly community, but elsewhere. Garry Trudeau did a series of Doonesbury strips about it the week of June 8, 1994. As with this current week's strip about the Texas anti-woman law, several newspapers chose not to publish the series.

(and 6/9/94 and 6/10/94)

That said, even twenty years after the book was published (in 1994), there is still a lot of debate over Boswell's conclusions regarding Bacchus and Sergius.
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User: radiantlisa
Date: 2012-03-16 14:32 (UTC)
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AotD: Beyond tired. Whatever the next phase beyond that is, I'm in it.

Oh, and I know this misses the point entirely, but this bit from the How to Deal With Writers thing:
“`… We’d like you to be part of our family.’ First of all, I already have a family, and they fucked me up beyond repair. I don’t need another one.”
made me LOL, ROFL, and snort.

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User: deborahjross
Date: 2012-03-16 17:07 (UTC)
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Lotta good linkies here.
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Blair MacGregor
User: blairmacg
Date: 2012-03-16 17:44 (UTC)
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Regarding statins and exercise, I'm not certain why the findings are surprising, or the causes unknown. Statins inhibit CoQ10 production as well as cholesterol production. CoQ10 is a key factor of cellular energy production and is a powerful antioxidant. Low levels make strenuous activity difficult.

Supplementing with CoQ10 shows a benefit in some studies, and little benefit in others. The difference in outcome could be because of the study parameters and/or the quality of the supplement.
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