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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-02-27 04:33
Subject: [links] Link salad's mind is not for rent
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Some Lists Apropos of NothingRelated to book discovery and social media.

The Wunder Project — Raising money to beat colon cancer. Um, yes. (Via Jo Maurer.)

Thoughts on being broken[info]alumiere responds to my recent comments with a description of her own experience.

Radiation while flying — Oooh. Someone does the numbers by direct observation. (Via [info]reynardo.)

Kardashev scale — An oldie but a goodie. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Asperatus Clouds Over New Zealand — Whoa…

To save science, try celebrating “high quality ignorance”Getting the public excited about science means changing perceptions.

Shark Relative Had Buzz Saw Mouth

North Korean citizens told: Socialist haircuts are a thing... go get some — Ah, life in the People's Paradise. (Snurched from @jackwilliambell.)

Marginal Cost of the 26th Naked Actor — Because reasons.

Cardinal Who Resigned Over ‘Inappropriate Acts’ Was Harsh Foe Of Gay Rights — Golly. Another closet case anti-gay bigot. With religious conservatives, it's hard to know where the morality ends and the hypocrisy begins.

Reflections on Racism, Both Individual and Systemic — This story depresses me profoundly.

What Researchers Learned About Gun Violence Before Congress Killed FundingWhat the research showed was not only did having a firearm in your home not protect you, but it hugely increased the risk that someone in your family would die from a firearm homicide. It increased the risk almost 300 percent, almost three times as high. Silly old liberal "facts" and "data". (Via [info]danjite.)

Liberal Super PAC Goes After Mitch McConnell's 'Chinese' Wife — Really? Does the American Left truly need to sink into the moral quagmire the Right perpetually inhabits? Liberal-progressives are better than this.

The Republican Leadership Deficit — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on the GOP's efforts to rebrand its losing ideology.

QotD?: Shall we put you down as arrogant?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (Research for the current non-fiction project, plus 2,000 new words of draft, to 3,300.)
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 236.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block converting golf course to concentration campsi: 0
Currently reading: Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

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User: lil_shepherd
Date: 2013-02-27 12:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You probably know this, but just to note that last year the Scottish branch of Stonewall voted Cardinal O'Brian their 'Bigot of the Year' award....
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Magenta: Witch's Hat
User: magentamn
Date: 2013-02-27 13:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Witch's Hat
I have no idea if you have seen this, but I thought that since it's about a possible cancer cure, you might want to:
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User: daveraines
Date: 2013-02-27 19:05 (UTC)
Subject: To save science
The author says promoting "high quality ignorance" as the result of science (rather than the accumulation of fact) may be the key to sparking interest in science, especially with school-age children.

This relates, a little bit, to what drove me out of science (physics major for two years). The whole story is 'way complicated, but one of the significant things was the impression I got that to be a scientist, I would have to accept the fact that I would be just dinking around for years, repeating experiments others had done, reciting facts others had gathered, learning to solve equations first solved in 1905. The most fun I had was in astrophysics; the class looked at what caused the gaps in the rings of Saturn, so for my paper, I tried to figure out if there would be similar gaps in the solar system. That felt intuitive and creative and exciting, but also minor, and no doubt unoriginal, and probably false as a hypothesis or comparison.

So I shifted to fields where I could do meaningful things.

(Another part of the issue: science wasn't like science fiction; where were the spacecraft circling black holes? The twins, one of whom is moving at relativistic speeds?!)
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Tim Lieder
User: marlowe1
Date: 2013-02-27 19:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Actually it makes sense that the bishop would be against gay marriage if he wants to have sex with priests. After all, a married gay dude is not participating in the papal orgy.
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