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

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Linkee-poo sings the virtues of the Red Solo Cup

A Flash-based clock that's kinda cool. (Pointed to by John)

Ten things to remember when publishing in multiple genres. It's a topic that has been trending in things I've been reading (how not to get type cast as a writer is the most common topic).

A story about bookstores (I and) the author would like to read. But more than likely will never be reported on because it's pretty deep and would require work on the part of the reporter and reader. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

Because all the cool kids are doing it. Geek and Sundry. When I first saw them burst onto the screen, I looked for them in the iTunes store, still not there. And I don't have much time to "watch" a video cast (I typically listen to the podcasts I subscribe to at work). And I don't yet watch YouTube the way others do. (Grokked from, oh, let's say it was the John Scalzi link that got me to finally check it out)

Something I've talked about before; are sugar substitutes worse than the real thing? Dr. Jampolis' answers? Mostly, "not enough data to say one way or the other" (Please note, that's the intermediate state going from, "no connection has been shown" to "why, yes, there might be a causality here, warrants further study"). Some good things on how animal tests don't always translate to human reactions, etc. Notice his caution on giving these substitutes to children, however. And his cautionary statements on pops/sugary drinks. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Those Florida Stand-Your-Ground Laws don't apply when it comes to domestic violence. Hey, great. Okay, that's the way they want it. Tip for girls, when you draw a firearm on someone, don't shoot to warn, don't shoot to wound, shoot to kill. Unfortunately Marissa Alexander fired the weapon into the ceiling, and for that she'll get 20 years. If she had shot her abusing husband dead, she might have qualified for the stand-your-ground. Dear Florida Legislature, you have a fucked-up system because you did't think these things through. (Grokked from ChiaLynn)

Jesus Heals Cancer. Except when he doesn't. The advertising council made the right decision, the sign made an empirical statement that was demonstrably false. Be glad the FDA wasn't brought into it, they could have fined the church for false statements of efficacy (yes, there have been studies, nope, the Jesus hasn't been shown to effect health outcomes any more than "positive thought" by the patient). The church wanted to make the choice about the offended (we upset some people, we're sorry they're upset, but we have a 1st Amendment right to say what we want), the council looked right by that and went to the law. The 1st Amendment doesn't grant you the right to lie to people. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Sometimes it's about the truth and how to screw it over. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

The oldest living thing on earth is 6-tons of grass, man. And not that grass either. Although, it does look a little like Cthulhu spawn, if you tilt your head. (Grokked from Camille Alexa)

"That kind of validation of women’s right to be free, independent human beings is and always has been what (the War on Women) is over, which is why anti-choicers have to create this elaborate code language… it’s just politically unfeasible to state outright that you think it’s better to keep the patriarchal boot on women’s necks… This is why I doubt that Republican Party leaders are going to be able to put a lid on the overflow of misogyny we’ve been witnessing… It’s hard to say… why these past couple of years have seemed like the breaking point for reactionaries, causing them to lose all sense of what they look like… But if you step back and look at the big picture, why they’re so upset seems crystal clear: All their worst fears about feminism are coming to pass." Personally, I think it's because they're so close to their goals, but are now seeing that as they grip harder, the sand runs out faster. So at the same time they feel they can be more honest with themselves (the war is almost over), they're also feeling like they could lose everything (it should have been a done deal by now). But I am glad to see more and more people realize what I did back in the late 80's, that the anti-abortion movement is not really about limiting abortions, it about rolling back feminism and the sexual revolution. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Alligator Quotient: Whistling past the gator farm only works if they aren't piled on top of you.

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