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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-04-24 05:35
Subject: [links] Link salad knows your history
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Jay Lake. The Weight of History, the Lightness of the FutureBest SF with a review of my recent Sunspin novella at Subterranean Online.

Talking pineapple question on state exam stumps ... everyone! — And more on this. Plus a hilarious response from author Daniel Pinkwater, who wrote the original source material from which the test was extracted. Weird stuff. (Via [info]corwynofamber.)

Rhetological FallaciesErrors and manipulations of rhetoric and logical thinking. Oddly, the second chart I saw yesterday illustrating this point. (Via [info]tillyjane.)

Sticking hand into bee colony and moving them — A nifty video. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Quantum decision affects results of measurements taken earlier in time

'History of Space Photography' is out of this world

Rosetta Approaches Asteroid Lutitea What would it look like to approach an asteroid in a spaceship? Though I also love this comment: Lutetian is currently the largest asteroid or comet nucleus that has been visited by a human-launched spacecraft. Since when have we needed to qualify the noun "spacecraft" with the adjective "human-launched"?

Private company does indeed plan to mine asteroids… and I think they can do itBad Astronomer Phil Plait on some very cool stuff.

Primate Change — Hahahaha.

Facts, 360 B.C.-A.D. 2012In memoriam: After years of health problems, Facts has finally died.

Legal Theory Lexicon: Persons and Personhood — In case you were wondering. (Via Scrivener's Error.)

The day-to-day reality of enforcing immigration laws

Shift on Executive Power Lets Obama Bypass Rivals — Strangely enough, this story in Your Liberal Media makes it sound as if Obama had come up with this all on his own, for his own reasons, without ever actually mentioning deliberate Republican obstructionism or the GOP's stated highest legislative priority of making Obama a one-term president. Nope, he's just a power mad liberal, apparently.

The Amnesia CandidateMr. Romney wants you to attribute all of the shortfalls in economic policy since 2009 (and some that happened in 2008) to the man in the White House, and forget both the role of Republican-controlled state governments and the fact that Mr. Obama has faced scorched-earth political opposition since his first day in office. Basically, the G.O.P. has blocked the administration’s efforts to the maximum extent possible, then turned around and blamed the administration for not doing enough. But, but, Tea Party!

Jon Huntsman and the Grand Old Communist Party — Hahahah.

Rubio: George W. Bush Was a “Fantastic” President — By what conceivable standard? National security? 9-11 happened on his watch, and we were drawn into the Iraq war on blatantly false pretenses. Domestic security? The response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans should have been the scandal of the decade. The economy? That's a farce that goes without saying. The Bush administration was one of the most colossal political failures since at least Herbert Hoover, proudly following conservative philosophies while driving this nation as deep into the ditch as we've been since the Great Depression. And Republicans think it was a success? Unfortunately for reality-based Americans, we really do get the government that we deserve.

RNC spokesman says Republicans will follow Bush economic policies, 'just updated' — Yeah, because that worked out so well during the Bush administration. I realize that all likely GOP voters blame Obama for everything that's happened to the economy over the last twelve years, but here in reality land, some of us remember what the state of the economy, the Federal budget, and the deficit were when Bush took office, and what state they were in when he left.

?otd: Where were you born?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (3,000 words on Their Currents Turn Awry)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid)
Weight: 240.2 (!)
Currently reading: Between books

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russ: carcassonne
User: goulo
Date: 2012-04-24 14:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Some more possibly amusing/interesting discussion of the pineapple story occurred here:
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scarlettina: Huh?
User: scarlettina
Date: 2012-04-24 14:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I was born in Flushing, NY.

On the subject of the pineapple question, strange questions don't appear to be limited to high-stakes testing. My sister-in-law is a pediatric speech pathologist, a subject I admit I know nothing about. Recently she quoted me some of the diagnostic questions she asks students to help assess their skills. One was, "If a ball bounces, does it break?" The answer is no, but I had to take a moment, because as an adult living in the real world, I've seen things bounce and crack. Things that may seem logical to the creators of these assessment questions may bypass the rest of us as a result of the assumption of a shared set of perceptions/ideas/cultural and historical knowledge. But sometimes, what may seem obvious to a test-writer living in the halls of academe may not bear any actual relationship to those of us who don't live and breathe high-stakes test planning. There's such a thing as trying to be too clever.

Or maybe, the writers inserted that question just to see if anyone was paying attention, like sticking a brownie recipe in the middle of a paper on the Senate of ancient Rome.
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User: threeoutside
Date: 2012-04-24 15:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"Delayed-choice Entanglement Swapping" is the name of my next band.
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