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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-05-01 05:01
Subject: [links] Link salad celebrates M'aidez
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Tags:art, books, cool, escapement, healthcare, links, mainspring, mars, nature, personal, photos, politics, process, race, reviews, science, space, tech, television, weird, writing
A reader reacts to Escapement — They liked it better than Mainspring.

Worldbuilding with Maps — Art guru James Gurney (of Dinotopia fame) is interesting.

Rob and Laura: 1963 — I'm not quite old enough to remember this as a prime time series, but it was in regular rerun rotation when I was a little kid, in the year or so I actually watched television during my childhood.

Could Body Armor Have Saved Millions in World War I?The follies that led to poor helmets and a lack of torso protection for men in the trenches. (Snurched from [info]james_nicoll.)

Google Glass: Let the evil commenceGlass has now been 'jailbroken' with a well-documented exploit. So what can you (or others) do with a hacked headset? Apparently, a whole lot.

More than 20,000 people apply for one-way ticket to Mars — Wow.

Would an antimatter apple fall upward from the earth?

Sun Plus Nanotechnology: Can Solar Energy Get Bigger by Thinking Small?

Atoms star in world's smallest movie from IBMResearchers at IBM have created the world's smallest movie by manipulating single atoms on a copper surface.

A Sense of Where You Are — I have an excellent sense of both location and direction. I know people who have very little internal sense of either of those things. Finally, an explanation.

Prenatal DNA SequencingReading the DNA of fetuses is the next frontier of the genome revolution. Do you really want to know the genetic destiny of your unborn child? I sure would. Also note, this story is about the company that did my own Whole Genome Sequencing.

Representing Transracial Adoptions — Wow. As a white parent in an adopted transracial family, just wow.

Pro-Environment Light Bulb Labeling Turns Off Conservatives, Study Finds — Sometimes the jokes just write themselves.

Poll: Democratic edge for 2014Slightly more voters say they’ll vote Democratic in the 2014 congressional elections than Republicans, bucking a historical trend of the president’s party losing seats in his sixth year, a new poll Wednesday shows. I'll believe it when I see it, but if true, this represents a welcome trend away from the fever swamp of destructive insanity that the GOP has become.

QotD?: Est-ce que vous êtes internationale?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA editing work on METAtropolis: Green Space)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 248.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block helping welfare recipients buy cell phones and big screen tvs: 0
Currently reading: The Truth by Terry Pratchett

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asakiyume: feathers on the line
User: asakiyume
Date: 2013-05-01 13:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:feathers on the line
Regarding knowing where you are, there was an interesting segment on the Radio Project about that. A linguist was visiting an Australian Aboriginal community because in the language they speak, instead of "Hello, how are you?" as a typical opening remark, it's "Where are you heading?" and the answer is given in terms that are something like "North by north-northeast," only even more finely graded. Apparently a third of all human languages have this trait, of specifying direction very minutely (though the linguist was quick to emphasize that it's not a third of all people--these are mainly languages with very few speakers).

It means that people always have a very clear, very precise, sense of where they are in relation to their landscape and cardinal directions, etc. The linguist-visitor was feeling like an idiot--and was regarded as something of one--because she had no sense at all of this thing that even the youngest local speaker had.

And then she said one day--her words, "It was as if a new space opened up in my brain" (isn't that a cool way of thinking about what it would be like to get a new sense? to have been blind and suddenly be able to see). She said she could suddenly "see" herself on the landscape, the way you can on an overland map in a video game. She was developing that sense, which native speakers of the language have from the time they begin to talk.
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User: mcjulie
Date: 2013-05-01 15:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have the most hopeless sense of direction of anybody I know, and I've always wondered why that is. If I ever get Alzheimer's, I'm probably done for.
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