What if Kurzweil doesn't make it?
What if all the switches get stuck on destroy?
When the shuttle goes, we won't take it
When the final counter-measures are deployed
All we'll have is all this time

Monday, December 2, 2013

Linkee-poo is on a procrastination break

Charlie Stross on what scared H.P. Lovecraft. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Picturing Ray Bradbury.

Novelist error messages. Bwahahahaha. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Elizabeth Bear shares some pictures of The Alnwick Poison Garden.

Make lots of noise, kiss lots of boys, kiss lots of girls if that's something you're into. Except UK couples aren't making lots of noise. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Thirty must see powerful photos. The power of photography. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

I wish I had someplace to put this. A miniature printing press. So wants. (Grokked from Irene Gallo)

The good war for military design. Ah, World War II, the good war, as it were. But I've always loved these informational graphics, especially the silhouette recognition charts.

Patients given fecal microbiota transplants (FMTs) to treat recurrent Clostridium difficile infections (RCDI) cleared the bacteria in just days, and their intestinal microbiota were restored nearly to a pre-C. diff state within a year, according to a longitudinal study published in PLOS ONE today (November 26)." I know lots of people think it's disgusting, but I've seen lots of other things considered normal medicine that are just as gross, if not worse. Also, while fecal transplants are being used for C. diff, they're also be researched for other diseases. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"But I’ve learned a lot of lessons on the way to being 40. And one of those is that I don’t owe anyone an explanation for the way I look." It's a good lesson if you can internalize it. (Grokked from Mer Haskell)

"'Doctors do terminate the lives of children as well as adults, but today it's done in a gray zone or in the dark because it's illegal,' he said. 'This means that there's a lot of room to do things the wrong way.'" I find myself at both ends of this argument about allowing children with terminal diseases to choose euthanasia (actually, to have their parents choose it for them). Seeing people in the final, painful throws of life, I would never wish that pain on anyone. But then I also know that not all parents have their children's best interests at heart (that's a rough truth). (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"In August, Science published a landmark study concluding that poverty, itself, hurts our ability to make decisions about school, finances, and life, imposing a mental burden similar to losing 13 IQ points." Some times circumstances dictate behavior. Some times situations can only make sense if you're in those situations. (Grokked from Janiece)

From a Slactivist's 7 things post, "5. District court nominations by white presidents filibustered in U.S. Senate in all of American history: 3… District court nominations by black presidents filibustered in U.S. Senate: 20… Senate filibusters of executive nominees by white presidents since World War II: 20… Senate filibusters of executive nominees by black presidents since World War II: 54" Just in case you didn't have an idea why Harry Reid pulled the trigger on the nuclear option.

The growth of children living in poverty since the early 2000s. A rising tide tends to drown those who are tied to the bottom. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

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