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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Linkee-poo knows it's a hundred years to Macondo

For those six of you who haven't heard, if you're in the Northern Hemisphere, and you have clear skies tonight, you might want to keep a sharp eye out for auroras. We're getting hit with a major electrical storm (CME - coronal mass ejection) today. This is after another large one rang the Van Allen Belt's bell on Monday/Tuesday. Of course, in NE Ohio, it looks like cloud cover tonight. Sigh. But I did finally get to see the Northern Lights earlier this year.

Want to write near future military scifi? Then http://defensetech.org/2012/03/06/seven-deadly-trends-for-ground-vehicles/">knowing what keeps the DoD up at nights might be a good place to start. That's a presentation that outlines seven trends that military ground vehicles will have to deal with in the future. Note, we're still pretty much fighting the last war with all of those.

John Scalzi comments about the "collusion" action by the DoJ. JOhn pretty much wrote what I would have (except for the hanging a dog in the fight at this point). So just go read him.

More proof the world is weirder that our imaginations. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Robot UAVs play the Theme to James Bond. (Grokked from Tor.com, I think)

"And this is the point. There is no Left left in America. There is only the moderate Right, which is most Democrats, and the merged Religious/Financial Right, which is most Republicans." A view from across the pond on our American politics. When a president passes a health care bill mostly written by the Heritage Foundation only 15 years before is then excoriated for it being "socialist", well, you know just how far to the right we've gone. The car of state needs an alignment adjustment. Unfortunately, while the fringe-right aren't driving, they're pulling heavily on the arm that is driving. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

While the conservative propaganda machine churns on about how global warming is a hoax, on the other side of the island Kiribatians are in talks with Fiji to buy land so they have land to live on now that their island is being over washed because of rising ocean levels. IIRC, there's another island state which has already negotiated a homeland settlement in Australia and is currently sending their college age students tho the Aussies to help with the transition. Good thing we're not falling for all this panic talk here in the US. That would mean we would have to do something other than "Drill, baby, drill." We won't discuss the coral reefs dying because they can't grow fast enough to compensate for the ocean's rise and are getting deeper and deeper. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

Good thing we have that Equal Pay Act so we don't have to deal with women lawyers being paid $0.77 on the $1. Hey, it's an improvement. When I was a kid women in the workplace were lucky to make $0.63 on the $1. So everybody can slack off now, like the conservatives tell us there's no problem here anymore. (Grokked from Chia Lynn)

Tweet of my heart:
Well, not really:
@kaimac: I need a freelance non profit online marketing person for a six week assignment, starting ASAP. Know anyone? PLS RT

Let's see, they want someone who is an online marketing professional to do some freelance. And, oh, they need to both to be available instantly and for the next 6 weeks and they need to work "non-profit"? Now, I'm hoping they meant they needed someone who has experience working with non-profits. In that case, what they really need is a writer.

Alligator Quotient: I remember the sun. Haven't seen it in days.

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