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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-04-19 05:16
Subject: [links] Link salad hurts its foot
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The Digital Public Library of America Opens its DoorsA new website is the start of a bold project to digitize America’s cultural heritage.

Trigger Happy: roleplaying in a World Which Hates You. — Caias Ward is running a gaming Kickstarter.

Terminal Illness: Readers’ Best and Worst Airports — In which my opinion of the Newark airport is quoted.

When oversharing online can get you arrested

Startup uBiome Will Catalog Your Microbes, Again and Again

Illegal loggers continue to threaten Amazonian tribe

When Dinner Has a Gleam in Its EyeChina's economic boom is driving a culinary revival, as chefs rediscover dishes that haven?t been seen for decades. (Via Dad.)

Fish’s DNA May Explain How Fins Turned to Feet

Opalized woodPetrified wood is basically fossilized wood that has had it’s organic matter replaced by a mineral such as agate, bit by bit, as it decomposes. The wood structure is maintained, but the wood fibers are slowly changed into stone. Sometimes a jasper, quartz, pyrite or even opal(shown above) can be found fossilized in wood. Wow. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Super Storm Sandy Produced Tiny Vibrations in Earth’s Crust

Dust over the Four Corners Region — My pareidolia caused me to see this as a cowboy waving his hat, even before I realized what region of the world the orbital photograph covers.

Samsung Demos a Tablet Controlled by Your BrainAn easy-to-use EEG cap could expand the number of ways to interact with your mobile devices.

Small Government: Texas Fertilizer Plant that blew up not inspected for yearsThe Texas fertilizer plant that suffered a massive explosion had not been subject to an OSHA inspection for many years. The current American obsession with deregulation and ending inspections has claimed yet more victims, as The Nation shows. And Texas has also cut funding for first responders like firemen. See? The Republican party is right. Regulation is bad for business, and taxes to pay for things like fire departments are an evil theft of your hard-earned money. Too bad about all those dead people, but at least they died for conservative principles.

Conservative radio host: Families of Newtown shooting victims can ‘go to hell’ — Ah, compassionate conservatism intersects with the measured, rational tenor of the American gun culture. You guys must be so proud of yourselves.

QotD?: Ow?

Writing time yesterday: 4.0 hours (60 minutes and 1,600 words on Original Destiny, Manifest Sin, plus 30 minutes of WRPA to produce 1,100 words of nonfiction, and 2.5 hours of Reddit interviewing)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (injured foot)
Weight: n/a (couldn't stand on scale due to injured foot)
Number of FEMA troops on my block checking the magazine sizes of gun owners: 0
Currently reading: The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett

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scarlettina: Airplane
User: scarlettina
Date: 2013-04-19 13:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've traveled through so many airports and my impressions--whether for good or ill--are few and far between, and they're not nearly so specific. I don't remember Schipol at all. I remember Vilnius International Airport primarily for being small, very close to the city, and little else. DeGaulle seemed to go on forever and it was French. :-) My impressions of Chicago and Denver are good, but not at all specific. I will say this, though: Whenever I fly into New York, I dread the airport, no matter which one it is. They're all big, noisy, and dirty. Even if it's my hometown, it's like someone forgot to clean the foyer--for decades.

That opalized wood is just gorgeous; it's also beautifully lit, which helps. But thank you for that. Our world is full of tiny wonders.

And you're not the only one who saw a cowboy in that Four Corners image. I don't see how you can't see one there.

Sorry about the toe. Ouch indeed.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2013-04-19 22:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I don't know if anyone else has noticed, but it's quite amazing how often when there's some sort of explosion or other catastrophe that could have been prevented/contained better, it's almost always in politically conservative states?

Maybe it's persecution [wry g].
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asakiyume: Julia Set
User: asakiyume
Date: 2013-04-20 18:42 (UTC)
Subject: opalized wood
Keyword:Julia Set
So I was thinking, what if we could opalize parts of our body, or at least mineralize them in some way. And then I realized that that's why we take fluoride--to reinforce our teeth (though I guess it's not exactly the same, because our teeth don't become made of fluoride). I can imagine an SF story in which people do this with their bones or with, say, nephrons in one of their kidneys--or maybe both kidneys, if the mineralized structures were able to do the job as well as the organic tissue used to. A form of cyborg-ism. I guess all that mineralized beauty would be wasted on the inside, though.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-04-21 21:39 (UTC)
Subject: Re: opalized wood
I think it's a beautiful idea. But then, you're talking to a guy who has pieces of his liver and his colon lying around his house in formalin...
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asakiyume: nevermore
User: asakiyume
Date: 2013-04-21 21:47 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Re: opalized wood
Did you hear about the woman who makes 3D-photocopies of breast cancer patients' excised breast tumors? This is for the crowd that are sick of pink ribbons. (And man, those tumors are every bit as ugly as you'd expect.)
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