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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-07-17 06:10
Subject: [links] Link salad knows you can't sleep alone in a strange place
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Audible.com has two more of my books up: Rocket Science & Death of a Starship

Rowling and "Galbraith": an authorial analysis — This is pretty interesting stuff around language geekery and automated textual analysis.

Your Favorite Movies Laid Out as Vintage Treasure Maps — This is weird and cool. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

31 More Images Of Hot Steampunk Girls & Guys — Ah, costuming. (Via [info]martang.)

U.S. Pat. No. 1,926,420: Monkey Dog Saddle — I've been on dates like that.

Exercise in a Pill? The Search Continues — (Via David Goldman.)

Scientists put nature’s infinite playlist on iPods to monitor wildlifeWireless listening posts allow remote real-time IDs of tropical species.

North Sentinel Island — I've heard of this place. Very strange.

Growing Your Own Bridge — These are elegant and beautiful. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Flying with a little help from friends — This is crazy cool robotics. (Via Steve Buchheit.)

Space-Time Loops May Explain Black Holes — Also the state of my sock drawer.

British space penetrator passes icy test — Bang bang, shoot shoot? Somehow this is very Buck Rogers (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

A Waterspout in Florida — I have always wanted to see one of these. I have been through fires, foods, hurricanes. I've even seen a volcanic eruption. But never a tornado or a waterspout.

Why Ancient Earth Was So WarmGreenhouse gases in the atmosphere kept the planet toasty, model shows.

Thousands of Years of Rising SeasA study estimates the ultimate effect of greenhouse gases on ice sheets, after the gases have persisted for hundreds of years.

Behold, the six types of atheists — Hmm. Interesting but simplistic. (Via [info]garyomaha.)

One hell of a deal: Pope Francis offers reduced time in Purgatory for Catholics that follow him on Twitter — Is that really how God does things? I'm damned glad I'm an atheist, so I don't have to keep up with this kind of ludicrous score keeping.

Robertson Wonders If Obama Is A 'Crypto-Muslim' — This isn't a difference of opinion. This isn't contrasting governing philosophies. This is lunacy, pure and simple. This is your Republican party.

The Banality Of Richard Cohen And Racist Profiling — Ta-Nehisi Coates hits hard on the more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger strain of racism.

Health Plan Cost for New Yorkers Set to Fall 50% — Obamacare is a real disaster, isn't it? What's this country coming too when people pay less for a better service from a conservative ideal that happened to be sponsored by a Democratic president? This is the very definition of creeping Socialism.

Titles of Laws as Propaganda — This is a function of soundbite culture as much as any thing, I think.

US ties outweigh intelligence 'squabbles' - PutinRussian President Vladimir Putin has said bilateral relations with the US are more important than "squabbles between special services".

QotD?: Can you sleep with somebody else?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (away from home)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block supplying black kids with Skittles: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

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User: mmegaera
Date: 2013-07-17 17:35 (UTC)
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I saw a waterspout once. But it was in Lake Erie, and this was back when I lived less than a mile from its shore.

And I've been less than 20 miles from a tornado in the Black Hills in South Dakota, and we were in a spot where we couldn't see it (driving along a scenic highway through The Needles, when a very large tree went down in front of us, forcing us to retrace our way all the way back, even though we were less than five miles from the campground if we could have gone forward). Saw the damage, though. Like someone had taken an enormous portable mixer and run it in a swath along the ground. It hit ground less than a mile from the campground where we'd left the trailer but it didn't hit the campground itself, thank goodness. We'd left my cat in the trailer with all the windows open because it was a hot day, and when we got back, the trailer was absolutely full of dust and the cat was cowered down by the trailer door, because it was as far away from the windows as she could get. But she was physically okay, and very, very glad to see us.
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User: saoba
Date: 2013-07-17 20:41 (UTC)
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From a reasonable distance the thin ropy tornadoes look kind of like snakes. The wide or wedge shaped ones look like the sky has decided it hates you.

Up closer they are noisy. They sound, as people say, like a freight train. A very large very angry freight train that is looking specifically to fuck up someone's shit.

They're also often almost impossible to see close up- wind, hail, rain, sometimes lightening plus the debris field if it gets that close. They throw things.

One of the things I do not miss having moved to the PNW is sleeping within earshot of the weather radio part of every year.
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