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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-04-15 06:24
Subject: [links] Link salad knows all about the crime of the century
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Reddit Fantasy AMA — On Thursday, April 18th, I'll be participating in the Reddit Fantasy Ask Me Anything.

Man unveils 1,150-page Bible — written by hand The St. John's Bible, commissioned in 1998, is the first handmade version in 500 years. Wow… (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Ghost sign — These are all over Portland. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Bitcoin Isn’t the Only Cryptocurrency in TownCurrencies designed to fix perceived flaws in Bitcoin could lead to competition that makes the idea of digital “cryptocurrency” stick.

Nanosponges To Suck Up Toxins

Lab-made rat kidneys raise hopes for dialysis patients — No livers yet, sadly.

Will the Supreme Court end human gene patents after three decades?Court considers invalidating breast cancer gene patents—and thousands of others. Yes, this.

Moore’s Law and the Origin of LifeAs life has evolved, its complexity has increased exponentially, just like Moore’s law. Now geneticists have extrapolated this trend backwards and found that by this measure, life is older than the Earth itself. This is exactly the kind of thing that reinforces to me how sadly limited the imaginations of creationists and Intelligent Design proponents must be.

Justin Bieber doesn’t get to second-guess Anne Frank. Nobody does. — Wow, is this a deep and clueless arrogance on Beiber's part.

Orthodox Jew Flies In Plane Covered In Huge Plastic Bag, Possibly To Avoid Cemetery Flyover — First of all, the headline is hilariously misleading. Second of all, the story is the umpteenth example of why public decision making should not be based on religious principles, because religious principles lead to deeply irrational behavior over and over and over. While not all religious principles cause people to wrap themselves in plastic, it becomes very hard to draw the line, especially in a country like this one where irrational religious principles such as evolution denial influence education policy nationwide.

Antarctic warming a tale of two ice coresIce cores taken from two regions of the Antarctic give a mixed story on the impact of human-induced climate change on the icy continent. Summer ice melting on the Antarctic Peninsula is at its highest in 1000 years, report scientists in today's Nature Geoscience journal. But an analysis of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet stretching back 2000 years indicates "rapid ice loss may not be all that unusual" in that area of the continent, report another group of scientists in the same journal. That's what science does. Incorporate contradictory evidence and revise the theory. Unlike dogmatic denialism.

‘Fraidy Cat — Jim Wright is very eloquent on the existential terror that dominates conservative rhetoric and policy thinking.

QotD?: Supertramp?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (60 minutes and 2,000 words on Original Destiny, Manifest Sin plus some WRPA)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (interrupted by a two hour break)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (overslept)
Weight: 248.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block checking the magazine sizes of gun owners: 0
Currently reading: Jingo by Terry Pratchett

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User: barbarienne
Date: 2013-04-15 15:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Lots of ghost signs in New York, too. Also, buildings that are no longer owned by the folks who first built them, yet retain the name of the original company carved into the facade.

And of course locals who refuse to adopt the new names of things, or at least can't be bothered. It will always be the Pan Am building to me. I eventually was able to give up "Interboro" and call it the "Jackie Robinson" [parkway]. Still stuck on "Triboro Bridge" rather than "RFK bridge."


The Bieber situation is just so sad. OT1H, obviously what he did was wrong, wrong, wrong in so many ways. OTOH, the kid has been living in a universe carefully constructed by the adults in his life since he was a child. This universe doesn't include a whole lot of outside education, and does include a whole lot of appearance that the world revolves around him. I can't entirely fault a young man for being exactly what the world made him.


The ultra-orthodox folks who travel in plastic bags bring a whole new level to the concept "living in a bubble."


AotD: I will go on shining, shining like brand new.
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Tim Lieder
User: marlowe1
Date: 2013-04-16 03:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The plastic bag story is old. It's not a majority opinion in Orthodox Judaism. It's not even for all Orthodox Jews - just the Kohains who aren't supposed to go to cemeteries or around dead people. This is taking it to an extreme but there are a lot of newly observant Jews who are looking for extreme ways to behave based on halacha.

Bieber was right. He's still an idiot, but Anne Frank's tragedy is because she WAS the kind of teenage girl who would like vacuous pop music and she never got a chance to grow up into something besides a teenage girl who loved vacuous pop music.

I personally think that she would have been a juggalo.
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