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

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Linkee-poo, if the sky that we look upon should tumble and fall, or the mountains should crumble to the sea

Because it's almost that time of year, the NaNoWriMo website. Every year I think about doing this, but right now what I should be working on are a series of shorter pieces. However several novels keep knocking on my brain (including the WIP I should be working on).

"Aboriginal elders explained to her how they encode knowledge in song, dance, story and place. This led to a theory that may revolutionise archaeology." How oral cultures could memorize so much information. Personally I think it's because they didn't have TV. (Grokked from Warren Ellis)

Lipedema. Another disease that most doctors don't know how to diagnose or treat. It's also another disease that those of us in healthcare can look at someone and say, "this is what they have." It's a weird dichotomy, but once you know the body habitus profiles it's easy to see. I know I've seen this in at least two patients who came in for other complaints.

"Moore was just one of hundreds of pseudonyms employed in a sophisticated 'catfishing' scheme run by Valeriy Shershnyov, whose Vancouver-based business hoodwinked Amazon customers into buying low-quality ebooks, which were boosted on the online marketplace by an unscrupulous system of bots, scripts, and virtual servers." (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

Dear HP, please stop screwing over your customer base by requiring "genuine HP ink cartridges" and using software to reject non-HP ink cartridges. That would be a real nice thing. While the article talks about an old firmware patch that had a time bomb in it, I've dealt with this issue for the past 2 years between 2 HP printers. (Grokked from Dan)

"People who have reached their later years may think it's primarily a time to relax, not to increase their physical activity. Not so. Previous research has suggested that exercise can improve memory and reverse muscle loss in older adults, among other benefits. And a study out Monday finds that a regular program of physical activity reduces the time spent with mobility-limiting disability." And here is something people who work in healthcare know that we don't often say, once someone starts falling, that's getting close to the end, especially if they end up with a hip fracture. Remaining sedentary is one quick way to falling.

GQ magazine published a sexist piece on rock climbing (we'll it's GQ, it was about men's fashion, and that ever important - to GQ - fashion accessory, chicks). Outdoor Research made a pretty good response. (Grokked for nearly everyone, but Julie finally got me to look at it)

"…In fact, that future is gravely threatened, not by the budget cuts that NASA speaks speaks often and candidly about, but by climate change. If humans keep putting carbon in the atmosphere, eventually, Kennedy won’t be sending anybody into space. It’ll be underwater." I'm sure the GOP and the United States House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology can explain this all away. (Grokked from Julie)

"It’s a banner week for the end of the world, because we’ve officially pushed atmospheric carbon levels past their dreaded 400 parts per million. Permanently." We're boned. (Grokked from Deborah Beale)

Conservatives are all for the government getting out of running things and interfering with businesses, until it comes to cutting ICANN lose, and then they're all for government controlling the internet and the business that helps register addresses.

Now that's she's become a talking point in the election Alicia Machado is speaking out. "She told reporters that she has 'trying to forget all about that year, about the abuse, and the bad moments with him.' She described the election as a 'bad dream,' saying she never thought she would again see Trump making 'misogynous' and 'stupid' comments." For those who haven't been through a particular hell, this is a classic abuse response. She also said that she didn't complain or attempt to get better treatment because she was afraid of Trump. Just as extra salt, he treated her like he's treated a lot of his suppliers. "Machado also claimed that Trump did not pay her in full for her publicity tour after she won the Miss Universe pageant." And she is still afraid of him.

"A radical shake-up of Russia’s security agencies will see the mostly-domestic FSB merged with the country's foreign intelligence service (the SVR), forming a new centralised organisation called the Ministry of State Security (MGB) that resembles the size and scope of the original KGB…" Although all this Cold War restarts were giving me the warm fuzzies, I didn't miss the 80s this much. Yet another example of Putin centralizing and consolidating his power. My guess on what's next, renamed "political officers" to help purge the military and police of corruption. (Grokked from John)

I didn't post many of the many, many, many responses to Monday's debate. But here's the annotated/fact checked NPR transcript of the debate. Or you can read a quick rundown of the highlights. What is hilarious is the Trumpster's supporters attempting to spin this as anything close to a Trump victory. He came out of the gate calm and prepared, and within 5 minutes Clinton had got his goat. At about 45 minutes he started to get back on track, and she kept nudging him and derailing him. After the opening statement it was just a matter of degree on how unhinged the Trumpster was. Clinton stumbled a bit on some answers, but she kept landing the punches and dancing out of his reach. But then I'm not exactly unbiased at this point.

Tweet of my heart: ‏@MissDahlELama New authors: in case no one remembers to tell you, for like 98% of authors, the second book is the hardest book. Your struggle is SO NORMAL. (Grokked from Saladin Ahmed)

I needed to hear that.

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