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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-06-20 05:19
Subject: [links] Link salad crawls like a viper through these suburban streets
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Welcome to Beautiful Jay Lake Family Campground and R.V. Park — My name is legion, baby.

Taming Sentences — On the fine art of diagramming.

Navy scoops up 10 tons of pot dumped in Pacific

Gamification helps orphaned intellectual property find a homeBritish PhDs are trying to reward tech transfer with "marbles". And ownership.

Ancient Antarctica Was Ringed With Plant Life

Scientists: If We Don't Act Now We're ScrewedScientists warn that the Earth may be reaching a planetary tipping point due to a unsustainable human pressures, while the UN releases a new report that finds global society has made significant progress on only four environmental issues out of ninety in the last twenty years. (Thanks to [info]tillyjane.)

Anatomy of a Republican lie — Another one, just like all the other ones.

?otD: Are you languid and bittersweet?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (WRPA and revisions for the League of S.T.E.A.M.)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid)
Weight: 239.8
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2012-06-20 15:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
WRT to sentence diagramming, what the author says about sentence diagramming and special ed classes is true, true, true. Some of my most challenging reluctant writers get grammar presented through sentence diagramming at a deeper level than their typically more skilled peers. It gives them a chance to excel when their peers are scratching their heads and so not understanding it.

Extending the application to writing good sentences, though, is the big challenge. It doesn't always carry over, sadly enough. I've toyed with the idea of developing a unit based on sentence diagramming as visual art. But I've not had the right class to develop that unit...yet. I have hopes for this next school year.

The easiest way I've found to describe the process is that a sentence diagram is just a graphic organizer on a sentence level.
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User: jordan179
Date: 2012-06-20 15:25 (UTC)
Subject: The Atom Is Your Friend
Here is the problem with fighting anthropogenic global warming.

At present, humanity's energy production system is air-breathing. This means that in order to dump less greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, we must produce and use less energy. Since energy production is required for wealth production, this means that in order to dump less greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere we must accept having less wealth.

The Greens are mostly trying to convince nations and indivdiuals to separately accept less wealth. This is a classic Tragedy of the Commons situtation, because what any one nation or individual does has a major effect on the fortunes of that nation or individual, and only a minor (perhaps inconsequential) effect on the overall situation.

The main solution proposed for this is a treaty. The flaw is that there is no requirement to sign onto any treaty, and no realistic enforcement mechanism for any proposed treaties, and in consequence all this treaty-proposing and making is a mere distraction from actually solving the problem of anthropogenic global warming. While we debate, we continue to pump CO2 into the Earth's atmosphere.

The real solution is to decouple power (and hence wealth) production from the emission ofgreenhouse gasses, which means that we need to develop non-airbreathing power systems and to the point that they are LESS expensive per watt generated than airbreathing ones. In general terms, this requires that we develop and deploy many cheap nuclear reactors to handle baseload, and solar panels to handle auxiliary power requirements.

Since power suppply has to be flexible to deal with changes in demand, these nuclear reactors need to either be fundamentally more flexible designs, or they need to be backed-up by large power sinks so that we can run them at an "average" load while producing extra power during low-demand hours and supplementing their energy by discharging the power sinks during peak-load hours. Alternately, we need to back them up with air-breathing power systems for peak-load capacity: this will cause some anthropogenic warming but not as much as is running a primarily airbreathing power system.

As for our (mostly-superstitious) fears regarding atomic energy, we have to lose them. We can't afford them any more. If we cower in fear of the Atom Demons, we will still be cowering in fear of them when the Antarctic icecaps slide into the sea and the oceans rise to drown our coastal cities.

It's that serious.
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