What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Linkee-poo is trying to get out of this place

A lifehacker interview with Warren Ellis. (Grokked from Tor.com)

Wither the library, and its books. Why in our beloved SciFi is the library and books so often denigrated and considered merely "antiques"? (Grokked from Tor.com)

Well, at least one of the Kellogg's Avenger Flyers has Black Widow on it. Too bad the ad agency promoting it decided not to include a "daughter" in the family who could become a super hero.

Ten world building tips for "The Worlds of Tomorrow." You know, those future histories you're gonna write. (Grokked from Tor.com)

Just in case you thought we knew everything, a newly discovered stone circle on Dartmoor. Well, okay, it was discovered in 2007, but is still pretty recent. Plus, I love this sentence, "Mr Crabb said the circle was discovered by Mr Endacott after undergrowth was destroyed in a controlled burn by commoners, exposing the stones."(Grokked from Terri Windling)

"Like many viruses, measles is known to suppress the immune system for a few weeks after an infection. But previous studies in monkeys have suggested that measles takes this suppression to a whole new level: It erases immune protection to other diseases…" "Well, say you get the chicken pox when you're 4 years old. Your immune system figures out how to fight it. So you don't get it again. But if you get measles when you're 5 years old, it could wipe out the memory of how to beat back the chicken pox." Well, that sucks. But, Good News People™, we have a vaccine. (Grokked from Mary Robinette Kowal)

I like his products, that doesn't mean I like the man. Elon Musk writes an email to an employee who missed a business event to witness their birth of their child. Yea, that's a dick move. As one recovering workaholic to another unexamined workaholic, nothing, Elon, nothing is more important that those we love. Unless you're a complete narcissist. In which case you will be constantly disappointed to find out the movie ain't about you. No one dies thinking, "Damn, if only I had made that one meeting." Also noted because of having to attend business meeting today while wife is recovering from surgery. I'm still a little steamed about it.

"Fracking wells in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region are disproportionately located in poor rural communities, which bear the brunt of associated pollution, according to a new study." Shocked, shocked I am than an exploitive industry who choose to operate in areas where people are more desperate and/or unable to defend themselves (money and legal access). (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

Making $15 an hour work. Or not, as the case may be.

"(M)andatory gay marriage…". Well, I guess we now know why conservatives are so dead set against extending basic human rights to everyone. They believe once gay marriage is legal they must then have a gay marriage. It's just like I said before, it's Soviet Union thinking. "What is not against the law is mandatory."

What I really think is hilarious about the conspiracy nuts ("ZOMG, America is about to take over Texas!") is the miss the actual "conspiracies" going on. An article about your government buying hacking tools to bypass your encryption schemes. (Grokked from Vince O'Conner)

So, the Texas lawmaker(s) (I put the "s" there because there's gotta be more than one on this) who was arrested for carrying a loaded pistol into a TSA checkpoint is trying to pass a law to make it okay to carry a weapon into the airport. But only if you walk away once you're discovered. This is the point in the story where the person throws the book at the wall and says, "that's just no believable." (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

How we count the poor children. We used to use the enrollment list of the student lunch program (full disclosure, I was on the student lunch program), but changes to that program, whom is eligible, whom chooses to apply (and not to apply), and getting it right.

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