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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-08-18 06:11
Subject: [links] Link salad knows there is water underground
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Tags:cancer, climate, cool, culture, economy, healthcare, links, nature, oregon, personal, politics, process, publishing, tech, weird
The Choosatron: Interactive Fiction Arcade Machine — Wow, this is weirdly cool. (Via [info]garyomaha.)

A New Chapter in the Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksNIH finally invites her family to discuss the use of her extraordinary cells.

Researchers invent a new approach to assembling big structures out of LEGO-like blocks

Methane Ice Worms: Hesiocaeca methanicola Colonizing Fossil Fuel Reserves — Methane ice worms? That's some pretty alien life right there, here on Earth. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

New Hot Zones now cover 5% of Earth; Only Fix is Halting CO2 — Nothing to see here, citizen. Move along. Just liberal lies masquerading as "facts" and "data", as most liberal lies do.

Victor Hugo’s theory for why the rich resent the poor — Thus presaging the modern Republican party with frightening accuracy.

Oregon's GOP Chair Wants to Sprinkle Nuclear Waste From Airplanes — Because… I don't know. Every time I think I've seen the depths of conservative lunacy, something new, weirder and even more stupid comes along. In my adoptive home state, no less… (Snurched from [info]james_nicoll.)

QotD?: What happens once in a lifetime?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 246.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing conservatives to enroll in Obamacare: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg

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User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2013-08-18 20:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
> ...the study tracks trends in heat increases, finding that
> “3-sigma” heat wave events, in which climates are warmed to 3 times
> their normal temperature for over 3 weeks in a row, have been on
> the rise since the 1950s and today cover approximately 5 percent of
> the earth’s land surface.

Jay, are you so converted to the anthropogenic global warming religion that sentences like this don't set off alarm bells in your mind? I don't mean the "oh no, we're all going to die" type of alarm bell; I mean the "this writer hasn't got a clue what he or she is writing about" type of alarm bell.

From a scientific standpoint, the only meaningful interpretation of "3 times their normal temperature" would be referring to the Kelvin scale, because the Celsius and Fahrenheit scales are arbitrary (e.g., 96 F is three times 32 F, so does that make 35.55 C three times 0 C?).

On checking the original scientific paper, I discovered that the scientists were looking at events where the temperature was at least three standard deviations warmer than normal for a period of several weeks, which makes sense. But if you're going to link to scientific ignoramuses like the author of the the blog post you linked to, I think you should do it because you're making fun of them, not because you believe what they're saying.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-08-19 00:33 (UTC)
Actually, I plead very ill and not paying full attention. :\
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User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2013-08-19 13:50 (UTC)
Subject: Re:
I'll accept that plea. :(
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