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Monthly Archive: January 2009

Jan 22 2009

Lego What?

Thanks to Kelly, my brain has just been somewhat rearranged. Again. So, as usual, I share. More at the Guardian online.

Jan 21 2009

I Love Peter Sagal

Okay, so everyone loves him when he’s being funny. But sometimes I love him better when he’s being serious. The fact is, when people talk about “the great inaugural addresses” they’re really talking about three at most, and from those three, three phrases: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” “Ask not …

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Jan 21 2009

Audiophilia

The internet is just too big. There’s no other way to account for the fact that I hadn’t heard about PodCastle, Escape Pod and Pseudopod yet (except for the facts that my interests are too broad and I’m too involved in generating content myself, but…uh…hey, look over there!). Short fiction in the fantasy, science fiction …

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Jan 20 2009

Today, I Am Hopeful

There were a couple of things that stood out in my day. The president mentioned–lauded–labor: …it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor — who have carried us up the long, rugged path toward prosperity and freedom. And there …

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Jan 20 2009

Whither Allies

I’m back from ScienceOnline09, with an inaccessible laptop hard drive holding all my notes, and I’ve gotten one mostly full night’s sleep in the last four. It would be wiser of me to hold off on blogging contentiously until I’m better rested. In fact, I have a ton of comments I’m dying to respond to. …

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Jan 18 2009

Flamer Bingo

Home again. Must crash for a bit before trying to get conference notes off my laptop hard drive. [sigh] Since y’all like the writing about trolls, maybe this can entertain you until I’m functional again. Teresa at Making Light started a thread about the verbal cues that tell you when someone isn’t looking for real …

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Jan 17 2009

Atheists Talk–Dan Barker

Dan Barker is the co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), based in Madison, Wisconsin. (FFRF has 14,000 members.) He recently authored “Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America’s Leading Atheists.” It is an update of his previous work “Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist.” Dan has participated in more …

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Jan 16 2009

Unshared Social Cues

I was chatting with, oh, let’s call him an old friend of mine the other day. The subject of Asperger’s came up, and he suggested he might have an undiagnosed case. I laughed at him. I told him he was far too adept at picking up social cues for this to be the case. He …

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Jan 15 2009

That Kind of Weather

This is the kind of weather: Where you walk outside, breathe in and immediately cough, because your lungs are smarter than you are. Where your eyelashes freeze together, or to your scarf if they’re that long. Where you instantly detect the smallest shift in wind direction. Where you get brain freeze–from the outside. Where your …

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Jan 14 2009

Why Vaccinate? Pertussis

Apropos of the sudden influx of self-righteous antivax parents suddenly popping up at Greg’s, it’s time for another of these posts. Our local paper noted earlier this year that we were possibly in for a peak year of pertussis, or whooping cough cases in the state. Pertussis is one of those lovely diseases where herd …

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