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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-07-26 08:15
Subject: [links] Link salad stumbles from the depths of time zoned sleep
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Peering Into the Exquisite Life of Rare Books

American Baby Names Are Somehow Getting Even Worse — Hahahah.

You People Quit Bothering Goat Man and Goat Man Mystery Solved! — Just when you thought it was safe to go outside…

Researchers control reactions between just two atomsReactions depend on something called the "hyperfine state."

With Orbiter Glitch Repaired, Mars Rover Curiosity Landing Will Now Be Broadcast Live — (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Spooky: How NSA’s Surveillance Algorithms See Into Your Life — (Via my Aunt Mary.)

With Warming, Peril Underlies Road to Alaska — The Alcan Highway is melting. (Thanks to Dad.)

The Secret Consensus Among EconomistsCongress is gridlocked, as one of the major parties is blocking every effort to improve the economy, using arguments which are so far outside the mainstream that it is hard to find a single economist to agree with them. It's just like evolution denial, climate change denial and all the other hobby horses of the Right. So long as they can find one or two talking heads to support their ridiculous posturing, Your Liberal Media will present Right wing talking points as a balanced issue with two equally credible sides, instead of laughing the conservatives out of the room as they so richly deserve.

Romney, and Aryan Racial Theory as a basis for Foreign Policy — Jes white folks here. You know, real Americans.

Anglo-Saxons and Anglophilia — More from conservative commentator Daniel Larison on one of the Romney campaign's most recent idiocies.

?otD: Get home at a decent hour?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (60 minutes on Other Me)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 (fitful)
Weight: 237.4
Currently reading: Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold

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User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-07-26 21:00 (UTC)
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My parents and I drove the Alaska Highway when I was fourteen, back in 1973 when the Canadian portion was still 1200 miles of gravel. I'm not at all surprised that global warming is affecting it, but it wasn't that great to begin with. Even the paved Alaskan side was so frost-heaved that it was like driving on a roller coaster, and the Canadian side was the best-maintained road I've ever been on -- in the sense that what seemed like every mile was being worked on 24/7, so far as we could tell.

Some places just aren't good places to build roads.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-07-26 21:06 (UTC)
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Keyword:Repeating History
Oh, and a couple of years ago I worked in a school with a kindergartner named D'Artagnan...
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User: dichroic
Date: 2012-07-27 11:21 (UTC)
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Strange. In the baby names article, 3 of the first 5 boy names looked like surnames to me, and giving a baby a family surname as a given name is not exactly a new tradition.
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