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Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold

The dwarves of yore made mighty spells
While hammers fell like ringing bells
In places deep, where dark things sleep,
In hollow halls beneath the fells.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Weekend Linkee-poo marched with the brave sons of France

Cat Rambo with some notes on book reviews.

So you're published and you got your first bad review. Congrats. Here's an open love note to debut writers about hurtful online reviews. (Grokked from Catherine Schaff-Stump)

"… the next time you get a rejection letter, just remember. Don’t take it personally; it was written by a badger." Badgers, we don't need no stinkin' badgers. (Grokked from Cat Rambo)

Incredibed. Can't sleep, Hello Kitty will eat me.

"… and to do the other things." Like putting an asteroid into Lunar orbit. That's like bringing the mountain to Mohammad. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Grokked from pretty much everyone, the White House response to the Death Star Petition. "Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?" Classic.

"This is why the separation of church and state is vitally important for Christians. When Christians are standing around arguing that Jesus Christ has no particular religious significance to us, then something has gone horribly wrong." While today most "religious" (or those who stand to profit from religion) hold the view that the 1st Amendment and the Separation Clause restrict their practice of religion, when our Founders enacted it they knew they were preserving religion. Because when a government enacts a religion, they don't force people to be Christians, the force them to be Catholics, Church of England, Methodists, Baptists, etc. In the Islamic world, when they make a government based on religion, it isn't Islam. It's Shiite, Sunni, Alawite, etc. But here is the things that disproves the common implications of "We took God/Jesus out of school" as stated by the School Superintendent who believes that continuing to hang a large Sallman’s "Head of Christ" (a painting quit familiar to me) is not a violation of the 1st Amendment. "Hensler insisted that the spirit of Jesus would remain even if the portrait was removed because 'Christ lives within us, we know that.'" And this is why it is impossible to completely "remove" God from schools. But what we can do is make sure your interpretation of God isn't supplanted by the majority collective interpretation of God.

"There’s a pervasive cheerleaderism to modern medicine – a rah-rah-you-can-beat-this-and-it’s-not-so-bad-right? attitude that can be exhausting and demoralizing. So here’s the truth: the physical and inevitable subsequent emotional effects of illness and the medicines we use to treat them are real and they’re frequently horrible." Even in my limited exposure to patients, I've found myself almost falling into the trap. Fortunately I've been able to stop myself so far. Including telling one person that I had to turn their foot a certain way and that was probably going to hurt, but that I had to do it to get the proper x-ray. In some case we have to position you in a certain way, there are occasionally "trauma" positions we can use, but they're still going to hurt. And to show the doctor what's going wrong, we need to take them a certain way. Also linked in that article is an article about a dying nurse using herself as instructional material. Some of this could be that in our society we don't deal with death very well. Some of it is also, "Yes, we're sure you're in pain, but there really isn't much we can do about it. You have to follow this treatment." Also, to save ourselves, we distance from the patients. Do we know our patients' names? Most certainly. But if we need to turn your arm in a way that may be painful, it's much easier if we think of you as "the shoulder" or "the elbow." (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Oh gods, are we still debating Akin's comments about rape? You know, for a ob/gyn, I guess Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga was absent the day they went over how eggs are fertilized.

This is what you call a nutbag. Seriously, you'll start killing people if there's any gun control? How'd that work out for Randy Weaver? When we talk about untreated psychotics, here is an example. Time to turn off Fox News and join the rest of us in reality. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"Windows Phone failed to boot. Please insert your Windows installation disc…" Hahahahahaha. Bag all you want on Apple Maps, 'cause we know the competition still does this. (Pointed to by Dan)

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