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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-03-02 04:28
Subject: [links] Link salad wakes up in Houston, wonders what the heck happened
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My Green novelette "A Stranger Comes to Kalimpura" is now available at Subterranean Online — It concerns an older Green, and an outside context problem.

Frank's Compulsive Guide to Postal Addresses: Britain and Ireland — Obsessive doesn't even begin to cover it. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

LOL, texting, and txt-speak: Linguistic miraclesA linguist surprises the TED crowd; apparently txt-speak really is special.

Should sex be like jazz?

M-497 Black Beetle — Wow. Just wow. Talk about your hurtling fever train.

How to Spend 47 Hours on a Train and Not Go Crazy

Screech Owl Cam’ is Down — Oi. My friend Chris Johnson has been frozen out of his long-term bird education project.

After Initial Problems, SpaceX Dragon Now Looking Good On Orbit

Volcanic eruptions halted global warming during 2000-10

A Mother's Death Tested Reporter's Thinking About End-Of-Life Care — (Via Jennifer Danvers.)

Taking on Creeping Creationism in Public Schools The US will fall behind other countries in bio-technology if this wave of obscurantism is allowed to continue. And, note that biotech jobs are increasing, but concentrated in seven states. They are the ones where anti-evolution thinking is unpopular among the public, and they emphatically do not include Louisiana, which limps along with among the worst poverty, employment and health rankings among US states.

Obama’s 'Jedi mind meld' reference ridiculed by sci-fi fans — Oops.

Vigilante Walmart shopper shoots at shoplifter, hits 3 cars, almost hits innocent — Yep. More guns. Definitely need more of this kind of responsible citizen protecting us all. What could possibly go wrong?

QotD?: Oilers much?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (1,000 new words to draft complete on the current nonfiction project at 7,900 words, plus some light editing.)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (traveling)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block converting golf course to concentration campsi: 0
Currently reading: Pyramids by Terry Pratchett

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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2013-03-02 14:17 (UTC)
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Although I very much disliked the title, thanks for sharing "How to Spend 47 Hours on a Train and Not Go Crazy."

I have never heard the term "GERF" before.

I would like to meet Steve King. He likes transportation and lemon meringue pie -- my kind of guy!
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User: daveraines
Date: 2013-03-02 15:41 (UTC)
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Re: Jedi Mind-meld

If George Takei is okay with it, I'm okay with it.

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They Didn't Ask Me: metroliner
User: dr_phil_physics
Date: 2013-03-02 16:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've always loved the story of M-497. In fact just the other week I found a new photo on the web with a side view. And the official New York Central film. The test begins at the 7:05 mark and it really takes off at the 8:30 mark.

Amazes me that the PRR/DOT Metroliner tests at 160mph and the United Aircraft/New Haven/DOT TurboTrain tests at 170mph were done on continuously welded rail, while the M-497 test in Ohio was well-maintained standard bolt joined rails. At 183mph. (GRIN)

The Budd RDC-3 uses a direct drive diesel truck engine -- I am told the first test was cancelled when they forgot to disconnect the drive shafts. From the video, it looks like they used the jet engined M-497 to haul the rest of the people and gear out to the test area -- New York Central was cheap, practical, and, like its flagship 20th Century Limited, could do things with style.

Dr. Phil

Edited at 2013-03-02 04:44 pm (UTC)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-03-04 17:25 (UTC)
What I cannot figure out is whether that was ever going to be fuel efficient?
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2013-03-02 19:02 (UTC)
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Only 47 hours? Hah. Back in 1990, I took a train trip that was rather like the one those German Baptist women took. Caught the Cardinal in Kentucky (the closest station to the small town in SE Ohio where I was living at the time), took it to Chicago, where I boarded the Desert Wind to Los Angeles via Denver, Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas, then the Coast Starlight to the Bay Area, Oregon and Seattle, then the Empire Builder back to Chicago and the Cardinal back to Kentucky. All in the space of a month.

The ostensible reason was to visit my three sisters in California who I hadn't seen in ten years and to visit my parents who were living in Oregon at the time, hence the train instead of flying -- buying a railpass was a lot cheaper than all those flights would have been -- but the main reason so far as I was concerned was to make the trip, and to spend some time in the Northwest (I spent a week in western Washington).

It was one of those events in my life that I dated things from for years on either side. I'd love to do it again.

That article brought back some really good memories. His descriptions were just right.
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