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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-12-06 08:32
Subject: [links] Link salad is the keeper of the keys, it will put your mind at ease
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Nelson Mandela, hero of South Africa, dies at 95 — Sic transit gloria mundi.

United States, Israel opposed Mandela, supported ApartheidThe attempt to make Nelson Mandela respectable is an ongoing effort of Western government spokesmen and the Western media. He wasn’t respectable in the business circles of twentieth-century New York or Atlanta, or inside the Beltway of Washington, D.C. He wasn’t respectable for many of the allies of the United States in the Cold War, including Britain and Israel. And yet he prevailed anyway, and we were wrong.

'Tis More Blessed - Week 1 — In which I am part of a holiday raffle. (Well, one of my books is.)

Typists who clear 70 wpm can’t even say where the keys areWe don't have much explicit knowledge of our good friend, the QWERTY keyboard.

What the English alphabet used to look like — Cool.

The Coolest Music in the World: Listen to Siberian Ice Drummers Use Frozen Lake Baikal as an Incredible Musical Instrument — Wow. (Via David Goldman.)

China's first lunar probe 'Chang'e-3' enters Moon's orbit

23andMe Puts Health Reports on Hold Personal genetics company 23andMe will only sell ancestry reports and raw data as controversy with regulators continues.

10 Things Traditional Christians Got Terribly WrongAlthough progressive Christians have been at the forefront of social justice, conservative Christians are often on the wrong side of history. I’m pretty sure “often on the wrong side of history” is far too kind. Every one of these things was a cherished religious belief, a Biblical injunction which must be obeyed by all of society, not just the believers in question. Every one of these things was once the eternal and inviolate word of God. Every one of these things by happy coincidence sustained the prejudices of the Christians of the time. Every one of these things is now considered wrong. How do you suppose the current Christianist views on the prosperity gospel, evolution, climate change, homosexuality and abortion will hold up over time? (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Of Myths and ModestyFeminist Mormon Housewives on whether or not to wear a bikini top. That intelligent adults of faith can be consumed by questions like this is one very good reason I am an atheist.

Confederates Look To Win 'Second Battle Of Olustee' In Florida — I will never understand the conservative need to support and defend their profoundly racist rebellion against their allegedly beloved Constitution.

Fox's Latest Christmas Scare Deemed A "Vicious Dissemination Of Untrue Information" — That would pretty much describe everything that ever is said on FOX about any subject, insofar as I can tell. Your Liberal Media, hard at work sustaining the conservative narrative since forever.

How a Frustrated Blogger Made Expanding Social Security a Respectable Idea — Yup. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

What would the Union Jack look like if the Scottish bit were removed? — Huh. (Via my brother.)

California GOP defends its fake health insurance web site — When you can’t win on your ideas, lie. The GOP’s core mantra is proven over and over and over again.

?otD: When did Johnny strike up the band?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (very fitful)
Body movement: n/a (traveling)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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Angie: New Me
User: aiela
Date: 2013-12-06 15:24 (UTC)
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Keyword:New Me
The typing thing is interesting to me. I type 90+ and while I could get the top row, and probably the second, I'm pretty sure I'd have to pretend to type something to figure out the bottom or punctuation.

I had a typing teacher tell me once that she found that kids that learned to read "whole word" instead of phonetically did better at typing because your brain focused on typing the word, rather than the letters. Of course, that was in 1988, who knows what's changed since then.
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They Didn't Ask Me: steampunk-royal-keyboard
User: dr_phil_physics
Date: 2013-12-06 18:05 (UTC)
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The typing thing makes sense. I've been doing a lot of "typing" on the virtual keyboard of a Kindle Fire HD and transitioning to a keyboard requires thought, since normally the comma isn't to the left if the space bar.

Way back in Neanderthal times, when I took typing class the typewriters we had had no markings on the keys. That way you couldn't cheat by looking down. Previously I could type very fast with one finger -- maybe 60-80 wpm. Touch typing was slow at first. Eventually I got to 100-120 wpm, though thank goodness for computers which make correcting errors so much easier. (grin)

Dr. Phil
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-12-06 19:37 (UTC)
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As it happens, when I was a little more mentally focused than I am these days, I was a two-fingered typist who could produce about 65 wpm (corrected) with just my index fingers.
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