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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-08-13 05:32
Subject: [links] Link salad walks into the blood lab, says, "What is this, a joke?"
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The joke threads are pretty funny: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Check them out.

Half-Drag — Some very curious portraits. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

What’s So Bad About a Boy Who Wants to Wear a Dress? — Nothing whatsoever.

My life with schizophrenia

Hopkins Treats Patient with Unknown Skin Disease — This is very strange. (Via David Goldman.)

The Velveteen RobotResearchers at MIT, Harvard, and Seoul National University have created a robotic worm. “So what?” you ask. They’re also making robotic horses—and robot hummingbirds, for goodness sake. What’s promising about the new robot worm, though—the Meshworm, as it’s called—is that it’s a different kind of robot.

Putting the brakes on climate change with... diamonds?Picking which substance to put in the stratosphere to cool the planet. Mmm. Geo-engineering. What could possibly go wrong?

You might be Paul Ryan if…. — Juan Cole is snarky, but with documentation. The justly famed intellectual consistency of the American Right precludes any possibility of hypocrisy on the part of a major Republican figure, so I'm sure Rush Limbaugh can explain all this away just fine.

Romney-Ryan and Religious Conservatives

Paul Ryan: An Inspired Choice That Says “We Can Fix This” — After eight years of breaking it under Bush, breaking things so badly that the country will be years recovering, why should any voter trust the GOP to fix what they broke?

?otD: Can you think of a better hobby than cancer?

Writing time yesterday: 0.25 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.0 (solid)
Weight: 238.4
Currently reading: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski

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User: jordan179
Date: 2012-08-13 13:06 (UTC)
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Putting the brakes on climate change with... diamonds? — Picking which substance to put in the stratosphere to cool the planet. Mmm. Geo-engineering. What could possibly go wrong?

Ever see the final episode of a 1980's comedy called Dinosaurs? That's about geo-engineering ...

Having said that, in the long run we have to engage in some sort of "geo-engineering" if we're going to prevent our climate from making an unpleasant excursion in either direction (not only a return to, say, Miocene or even Paleocene temperatures on the one hand, but possibly a return to the glacial statat that has characterized most of the Pleistocene).

I have problems with atmospheric aerosol plans because they are unspecific (they affect large portions of the atmosphere as a whole) and they are very hard to steer if it turns out that a mistake is being made (if, for instance, we try to lower global temperatures and it turns out we are lowering them all the way into the next Ice Age). I think that the best long-term plan is orbital solettes, lunettes and shades, which among other things allow (relatively) easy steering and fine tuning.

One problem with orbital solutions, of course, is that they require a space infrastructure far beyond what we possess today. Which is one of the reasons I think it's so dangerously misguided to view the human expansion into space as in the long run competing with repairing the ecosystem for available resources: I think that each winds up resulting in scientific and technological advances which make both tasks easier to accomplish.
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User: jordan179
Date: 2012-08-13 13:11 (UTC)
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What’s So Bad About a Boy Who Wants to Wear a Dress? — Nothing whatsoever.

One of the strangest, most visceral and saddest things about our culture (and perhaps most human cultures) is that we find it acceptable for women to wear male attire but not men to wear female attire. I share the prejudice -- the idea of wearing a dress fundamentally squicks me -- but I know that it's irrational, and probably based upon a vestigal concept of the female as being inferior.

Want to know something worse? Until the last half-century, the idea of women wearing male attire bothered us almost as much as the idea of men wearing female attire, and in many cultures women wearing male attire is still unacceptable. Heck, it used to be illegal for women to wear male attire -- there was a whole lesbian subculture issue in the 1950's and earlier about whether or not one should dare to wear male underpants (which could get you in trouble if you were arrested and searched) or female. (Admittedly, aside from arrests, by the nature of things this was something that other lesbians wouldn't discover unless they liked you ...)
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User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2012-08-13 15:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re; the Johns Hopkins article: I was talking with someone last week about the Batman continutiy (particularly Nolan's influence) and considered having Killer Croc show up as a wrestler with severe keratosis.* It's very weird to see an actual case show up.

-- Steve's always amazed, awed, and creeped out at the complexity of our bodies.

* I'm not claiming to have thought up the idea; it was mentioned as a tangent in the animated "Batman: Gotham Knight" anthology which I somehow managed to recall.
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User: jetse
Date: 2012-08-13 19:43 (UTC)
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Quick remark about the Baltimore Magazine article about the Hopkins patient with an unknown disease: the links in that article that supposedly link to the S.A.I. foundation that supports Shanyna Isom do not actually link there: they either link to the same article within the Baltimore Magazine website (and call it the S.I.A. foundations, which gets the A and I in the wrong sequence).

The actual link to the S.A.I. foundation on Facebook is this: http://www.facebook.com/pages/SAI-Foundation/289378571141835 .

Which works if you--like I just did--want to donate.

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