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

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Weekend Linkee-poo still remembers December's foggy freeze

Getting awfully tired. On Friday night we had an interesting case that went into surgery at 11:30pm, I volunteered to stay and help. Didn't get out of the hospital until 2:40am. Still recovering from that. Only two more weeks. Hope I make it.

Medieval manuscript repaired with silk threads (and the conservation attempts to fix a problem they introduced. Because BOOKS! (Grokked from Jay Lake)

TV Tropes Wiki (also good for fiction). A great way to waste the day. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

A course in knife fighting basics for writers. Unfortunately for me it's in Portland. Although, I've been to a few of the "sword play for writers" panels at cons and have been underwhelmed (not from the actual content, but I've read several manuals in sword fighting when I was younger, so not much new info there - although it's sometimes good to see it in person). Also noted, just like guns are often misportrayed in movies, so are swords and sword play (which is why many movies do hire weapons masters to help school the actors so that they don't look like complete fools). An example, you don't want to use an overhand grip using a double-edged knife/dagger unless it's a two-handed plunge into an opponent on the ground. Why? For the simple reason that any block or ever slashing attempt will likely lead to you cutting yourself - also note this is the same for some single-bladed knives which have a curved (clipped or trailing point) or spear point. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Because I follow things named Laughing Coyote and I found this funny, Laughing Coyote Beverages (specifically tequila).

Congratulations, graduate, here's 11 reasons I will never hire you. Also good to note for non-recent graduates. Having hired about 18 people (and maybe my 19th this fall) and been involved in over 50 hiring decisions, yes, this. (Grokked from Mer Haskell)

Lorem Gibson and Riker Ipsum. FOr al your filler text needs. Hahahaha. I don't know how many times I've had the conversation about "this doesn't look like real text in this proof layout." And I reply, "Yes, it's lorem ipsum. I couldn't put real text in because you haven't provided me any content." (Grokked from Tor.com)

Killer whale sprite. An interesting way to waste a few minutes on the internet. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Some of the world's must "beautiful" abandoned places. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Photos of Icelandic lava tubes. Because the world is weirder than we think. (Grokked from Tor.com)

How Skynet took over… it started out looking cute. (Pointed to by Dan)

R'lyeh? Or that vampiric island Pi found? And island in the Coral Sea goes missing. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Fairy Circles solved. But then how do other fairy circles (the ones I know of are rings of mushrooms) formed? (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Fred Clark with a great reposting from his past, Rendering Unto Krugman. Also, sending my best wishes on his 11th blogging anniversary.

Jim Hines on body autonomy and who has it and when.

Food fraud, it's not just for China and horse meat anymore. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

You know how Republicans and conservatives like to claim they're just small government, lower spending, lower-taxes, and all that while not really caring about social conservative issues? Then why is conservative and Tea Party darling, TX Gov. Rick Perry, calling another special session of the Texas Legislature to pass anti-abortion legislation. Oh sure, he also added increased spending on roads (not exactly less government and lower spending there) and a juvenile justice issue (nominally a conservative value). Say, why didn't they work on those instead of trying to pass abortion legislation in the previous special session? Because those other issues are being added in an attempt to "give cover" that this isn't just a social conservative crusade. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"An openly gay state representative was silenced by his colleagues on the Pennsylvania House floor Thursday when he tried to comment on the Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act… (because it was) just open rebellion against God's law." (Pointed to by Dan)

Speaking of God's Law (as I did recently), here's what happens when the daughter of Zelophechad challenge Moshe to inherit their father's land (Zelophechad died without a male heir, required to transfer his properties according to custom and what many thought was law). Turns out, God is a pretty fair being (at least for that time). (Grokked from the Slactivist)

"The experience of death is changing in America, gradually shifting from costly, high-tech battles against death in hospitals into hospices that gently accept the inevitable end." (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"So the IRS was targeting Tea Party groups, but it was also targeting progressive groups, which means it wasn’t really singling out anyone. And remember the only group actually denied tax-exempt status was a progressive one." But I expect it will continue to return again as people slowly forget that there wasn't any fire and all the smoke was caused by the hot air being blown all over it. And it'll appear in the context of "send Obama a message and send us money." (Grokked from the Slactivist)

So much for the vaunted internal intellectual consistency of conservative positions. Yes, Justice Scalia, you're a dick. Any credibility you might have had an an intellectual jurist has been destroyed in the years following Bush v. Gore. At least now other people are seeing you for the political hack you are. History won't be kind. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

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