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On the side of a hill in the deep forest green, tracing a sparrow on snow-crested ground,
blankets and bedclothes the child of the mountain sleeps unaware of the clarion call.
On the side of a hill, a sprinkling of leaves washes the grave with silvery tears,
a soldier cleans and polishes a gun.
War bellows, blazing in scarlet battalions, generals order their soldiers to kill
and to fight for a cause they've long ago forgotten

Friday, March 1, 2013

Linkee-poo has been trying to do it right

The Oatmeal on going extinct. How so very true. As with most Oatmeals, somewhat NSFW (for language in large type). (Grokked from Dan)

The top 10 time killers, their causes, and ways to compensate. A long infographic on the subject, mostly for the design industry but also works well for most creatives.

"I know that doesn’t make a lot of sense. I think that’s the point." Robinson Wells shares his own struggles with mental illness. (Grokked from Writing Excuses)

The most insane rope swing. The point where I knew I was an old man was going to Nelsons Ledges with the nephews. The ledges are a limestone formation with lots of deep crevices and fractures. I looked at a 10' wide crack and one side of my brain said, "you could jump that with a running start." Then a newer side of my brain said, "That's a 30' dead-drop, the best you could hope for is a broken leg." Yea. I'm an old man.

Random Michelle's article on the Bitter-End. It's important to have those difficult discussion with loved ones about what you really want. Also, as we discussed in class with week, the joints where your ribs meet your spine aren't exactly meant to move that much. When you put a rib spreader on someone, besides cracking the chest, you're also moving those joints. Which is why people who have open heart surgery, or direct massaged hearts, their backs are also very sore for a very long time.

Gee, the prevalence of increased sugar in our diets is leading to Type 2 Diabetes. When you correct for other factors, it's the strongest correlation. Of relation to the previous linked to article regarding the Bliss Point in manufactured foods. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

Wiring rats' brains together. I wonder if they're serial or parallel? (Grokked form Miranda Suri)

"Evidence exists that a large natural nuclear reactor formed and operated on Mars… and apparently underwent explosive disassembly, ejecting large amounts of radioactive material over Mars' surface." More evidence our universe continues to hold surprises for us all. Plus, what a fantastic story bone. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)… lectured today’s workers that they needed to learn responsibility like she did when she worked retail as a teenager… Trouble is, she forgot about that old debbil inflation, and didn’t… realize the $2.15 an hour she was getting paid… in today’s dollars be worth significantly more than the wage Obama is calling for now. Even the minimum wage of $1.60 in 1968-70 was the equivalent of $10.56 today. So Blackburn was inadvertantly making Obama’s point for him." (Grokked from the Slactivist)

"For these conservative think-tankers, pundits and politicians, obscuring America's grinding poverty and spiraling inequality is an exercise in service of a status quo that works pretty well for them, but not for most families." Four conservative myths that were designed to keep us from dealing effectively with poverty in this nation. Make a post about Being Poor and you'll see all four pop up in the comments. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Good thing to know that Crazy Uncle Pat is still truckin' on. This time, apparently demons can attach themselves to inanimate objects and be bought and sold. So it's a good idea to pray over your purchases before bringing them into the house. Also good to know it's still not to late for the WIP. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

The printable gun. (Pointed to by Dan)

"Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) has joined the growing list of Republican governors pushing income tax cuts for the wealthiest citizens of his state, and like those other governors, his plan would raise taxes on the poor to pay for it." Welcome to the class war. Alabama has one of the most regressive tax schemes in the US. How's their economy doing. Okay, how about when you delete tourism? (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Star Fish Cities. A little more weirdness of war. This time about WW II. Or if you like water, how about the town that spent 25 years underwater and is now re-emerging. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

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