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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-03-23 04:54
Subject: [links] Link salad is still in the Sunshine State
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Tags:cancer, culture, france, gender, health, healthcare, links, nature, politics, race, religion, science, tags: personal, tech
Nerd Nite #1: Sex, Dying, and the FUTURE! — A reminder, I'll be talking about cancer and genomics next Tuesday evening in Portland.

Departures Cont. — Ta-Nehisi Coates writes beautifully about being in Paris, race, language and life.

The Feather Atlas — Huh. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Huge Ice Spheres Along Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore — Wow. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Extinction that paved way for dinosaurs definitively linked to volcanism

Doctors Should Tell Patients About Some, But Not All, Unexpected Genetic FindingsA professional medical geneticists group recommends that certain genetic risk factors be examined in all medical DNA sequence tests. I have real issues with the idea of concealing known health information from patients.

105 US kids died of flu; most didn't get vaccine — Vaccinations save lives.

Female techie fired after tweeting about sexual comments — It's hard to know what to say here.

How do I talk to my mom about pants? — This kind of religious mindset just baffles me.

The Gingrich-Santorum “Unity Ticket” That Wasn’t — The bog mindles.

QotD?: Orange you glad I'm here?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (WRPA, revisions)
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bike
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block building solar arrays to undermine the American fossil fuel industry: 0
Currently reading: Guards, Guards by Terry Pratchett

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Kerry aka Trouble
User: controuble
Date: 2013-03-23 12:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Regarding the PyCon tweeting business, I recommend reading this: http://amandablumwords.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/3/
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Debbie N.
User: wild_irises
Date: 2013-03-23 15:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
On the genetic findings link, less than a week ago I had a conversation with a friend who bought one of those paid-DNA readings and discovered that she has six times the average risk of developing Alzheimers (mentioned in the article; no known treatments are available). There is no history of Alzheimers or other serious dementia on either side of her family.

Being an open and analytical person (I think if she had cancer, she would be rather like you about it), she is not flailing or panicking, but is investigating everything that is known about delaying or escaping Alzheimers. And she's talking about it. I think, given that this is true, she would much rather know it. Everyone is different, of course, but I prefer to skew medical choices toward the needs of aware patients, rather than towards the needs of unaware patients.

On Adria Richards, there are some fine defenses of her around the web, not all of which start with what the blogger doesn't like about her.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2013-03-24 00:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wow, those are big hailstones [g].
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2013-03-24 16:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am croggled at the pants thing. I suppose it counts as a sort of privilege that I never, ever, ever think about whether pants are appropriate for me in any venue. The very most I think about is which pants are appropriate.

About the only thing I wouldn't wear pants to is a formal ball, but that's not about appropriateness, but rather about having a excuse to wear a formal ballgown!
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