And they come with no warning,
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Continual crisis!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Linkee-poo will sell it back to you, and that's not what you want to hear, but that's what I'm going to do

A bibliography of reference books for writers.

"Perhaps one day it will, though, and our descendants will wonder why everyone used to be so angry." How and why the period has become a sign of anger. Ah, the internet, such a wonderful cesspool of grammar and diction. (Grokked from Dan)

Hey look, it's been 40 years since women were able to get credit cards in their own name here in the US. Let's see, that would have been 1974, within my lifetime. Just in case you're wondering about the sneer I wear when people talk about how backwards other cultures are when it comes to equal rights for women. Also part of the reason I am a feminist. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"GPI detects infrared (heat) radiation from young Jupiter-like planets in wide orbits around other stars, those equivalent to the giant planets in our own Solar System not long after their formation. Every planet GPI sees can be studied in detail." Ooookay. Sure, it's only a few pixels, but still, direct imaging of exoplanets. Then they other side of my brain says, "yawn, wake me when they make visible light images of moons orbiting exoplanets." Yea, I'm a smart ass some days. (Pointed to by Dan)

"From our observational study, chocolate survival in a hospital ward was relatively short, and was modelled well by an exponential decay model." He he he. Yea. For radiological studies of the salivary glands we used to have chocolates in the departments (long before I even thought of becoming a rad tech). Because of product loss (without enough studies to justify loss), they switched to lollypops. Because of loss, they then switched to lemon juice. So if you ever have to have sialography done and the tech asks you to suck on a lemon, now you know why (actually we use juice packets).

Space weather live. In case you didn't know, we got hit with an X-class flare yesterday (if you had problems with your radio, now you know). In northern latitudes be on the lookout for auroras. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

The Edison. Intel's new super small computer on a chip designed for wearables. "'Wearables are not everywhere today because they aren't yet solving real problems and they aren't yet integrated with our lifestyles,' (Intel CEO Brian Krzanich) told the CES crowd." And he followed up by saying that wherever you don't need a computer, Intel wants to be the computer chip of choice. Or something like that. (Pointed to by Dan)

"Voters in one Louisiana parish will decide Saturday whether to devote funding for their library to a new jail." See, the library did a bad thing by managing their money very well and serving their community well. Well, we can't have that, can we? (Grokked from the Slactivist)

So, if you have to give a presentation and are in need of a laser pointer the one thing you definitely don't want to do is draw your Glock with a laser site and use that. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

The Tea Party Anthem. Hahahahaha. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

100-year old amber preserves flower sex. Who needs mosquitoes, anyway. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"An Arizona state police detective resigned after discovering she’s been living in the U.S. illegally for decades." And that's why immigration reform is necessary. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

"The battle for the fairytale, 13th century Castle Itter was the only time in WWII that American and German troops joined forces in combat, and it was also the only time in American history that U.S. troops defended a medieval castle against sustained attack by enemy forces." (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"And while the (Confederation of British Industry) issues reports about creating a system that helps people avoid the 'benefits trap' by making work more attractive, the U.S. chamber advises its members to chaperone their low-wage employees onto public assistance programs like housing vouchers and food stamps, as a cost-free way of addressing the business problem of high turnover." You know, the Chamber which likes to talk about all those "takers", the ones they're creating. Don't let them fool you. They're all for Social Security if it means that taking it away might mean they'll have to start pensions again. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Oh look, Dr. Frankenstein is having problems with his monster. In this case, Frank Luntz is depressed and at lose ends. Dear Frank, it's called depression, denial, and your worldview shattering. Try psychoanalysis. It kinda sucks having to live in the world you created, Frank. I'm not terribly sorry you're having the problems you've inflicted on the rest of us. Uneasy sits the crown, eh? But I think it's all passive-agressive bullshit anyway. He's a manipulator, and this is more of the same. Poor Frank. We all want too much and that's causing him problems. Crawl back in the hole, Frank, I ain't buying it. The play acting isn't going to help when the revolution you started actually comes. Oh, and really, talk to a shrink, they can help. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

You know how so many of us have commented on how Xmas keeps getting pushed forward with decorations in stores (and I'm not talking about the sale of decorations) and Xmas music everywhere? Apparently, that's also a part of the War on Christmas. "Notice that not wanting to hear Christmas in early November is conflated with not celebrating Christmas and that is conflated with a whole host of identities: not being a 'real' Canadian and being non-Christian, non-white, an immigrant, and of a different 'culture.'" Oh, Canada. You were so cool before Harper. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

"PSYCH! Instead, he is super-pissed the sheriff would dare enforce the law like some kind of law-enforcement guy. Plus, he is super-pissed about what this will do to his family." I just… I dunno… I got nothing. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Tweet of my heart: @sxipshirey Retirement Theft "Nearly $2 of every $5 in potential 401(k) earnings is lost because of bank fees" (ed note: the author is a very, very distant relative, we've never met or exchanged messages, but all of us who spell the last name this way have some relations)

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