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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-01-16 05:33
Subject: [links] Link salad is off to see its surgeon
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The Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser and the Lakeside Kickstarter for the documentary about me, [info]the_child, and cancer are still live. Both have made goal, but additional support is always welcome. Please check them out if you have not done so yet.

Time Lapse: Howard draws "Jay Lake Kicking Cancer's Ass" — This picture is so awesome.

Gabrielle Harbowy with another Act of Whimsy — Where are you now, indeed…

Acts of Fashionable Whimsey for Jay Lake — Gail Carriger does it with style.

How You Can Help Peter David Recover — Speaking of people in need of help for medical reasons.

Fasting Might Boost Chemo's Cancer-Busting PropertiesA new animal study suggests that short-term starvation might improve outcomes for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. (Via [info]lillypond.)

Fisher-Price Synesthesia — Huh. And maybe hah. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Why would a biotech company keep a secret herd of goats?Many antibodies get made in a surprising factory—animals.

Crematory claims 18 human heads from U.S. Customs — Wow. Lowering the Bar is Very Funny about this.

Small Factories Give Baxter the Robot a Cautious Once-OverRethink Robotics invented a $22,000 humanoid robot that competes with low-wage workers. I'm rather conflicted over this story.

There's More to Life Than Being Happy — (Via [info]mlerules.)

Bioluminescent leave — I love art. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Penn and Teller on Vaccinations — Speaking hypocritical intellectual dishonesty, anti-vas is one that has taken hold in certain elements of liberal America, a demographic not normally afflicted with the kind of wholesale willful ignorance that pretty much defines American conservatism, reinforced through vigorous data suppression and media-driven epistemic closure. This one makes the good guys look stupid. (At least conservatives have an excuse: almost their entire Weltanschauung collapses in the face of the facts on the ground. Their willful ignorance is sheer self-defense. Liberals have no such excuse for this kind of stupidity.) (Via [info]goulo.)

Long-Term Global Warming Trend Continues — Speaking of facts antithetical to the conservative worldview...

Sandy Hook truthers claim the Newtown massacre never happened — This is just disgusting, vile. But philosophically it's little different from the moral, upstanding citizens who own guns and shrug off the eighty plus deaths a day that occur because of their gun "rights".

The Second Amendment was Ratified to Preserve Slavery — I've been contemplating the link between widespread private gun ownership and slavery for z while (both vigorously defended as Constitutional rights, both defended as necessary social good, both supported by people who considered themselves good and moral, both with vile and immoral consequences completely at odds with their putative justifications), so this is especially timely and fascinating. (Via David Goldman.)

Hard-liners Don’t Speak for All Conservatives — Oh really? This is one of the funniest headlines I've seen in ages. Maybe those not-hard-line conservatives might want to speak up once in a while. Not to mention doing something about the loons and vandals currently running the House and disrupting the Senate. Any takers…? No, I didn't think so.

?otD: Are you a cut-up?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (stress)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 221.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing disability rights: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

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User: jordan179
Date: 2013-01-16 14:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Small Factories Give Baxter the Robot a Cautious Once-Over — Rethink Robotics invented a $22,000 humanoid robot that competes with low-wage workers. I'm rather conflicted over this story

Sounds like we soon may be engaging in less labor exploitation of the Third World. Is there a problem here? I'm sure that the formerly-exploited Third World workers will rejcice in their new-found freedom to starve!
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User: inamac
Date: 2013-01-16 17:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The thing that surprised me most about the goat article was the information that The typical image of a modern biological research lab involves high-tech machinery and table-sized microscopes; at most, there might be some dishes of cells or a few mice floating around.

I must have missed the research papers on levitating mice.
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User: dsgood
Date: 2013-01-17 01:03 (UTC)
Subject: synesthesia
Thanks for that link.

I have several kinds of synesthesia -- not including colored letters. Sound to sight and touch; ticker tape; sight to touch (some women might be rather disconcerted to read my mind....).

Note: Much of my thinking is in kinesthetic/tactile/visual diagrams; usually 3 dimensions, sometimes 4, rarely 5.
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User: cissa
Date: 2013-01-18 04:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I stopped watching Penn & Teller's Bullsh*t when it became clear that they were going for the cheap shot rather than anything like intellectual honesty. That actually turned me off to them in general, and I haven't watched them since.

Edited at 2013-01-18 04:58 am (UTC)
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