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Rick Kleffel with a podcast interview of me at SF in SF

In other news, I seem to have eleven Honorable Mentions in the Dozois-edited YBSF, according to a little birdie. No linkie, unfortunately.

Are SF conventions doomed? — (Link via Bad Astronomy Blog.)

Tips for meeting your future self — (Link via Bad Astronomy Blog.)

Running for office, XKCD style — I sent him $8.34, just for the sheer enterainment value. After all, I’ve spent more for books I enjoyed less than that link. (Thanks to danjite.)

Italian space pod babes! — Or as chriswjohnson puts it, “the return of the fall bag.” I’ll try to find some less Page 3 style coverage of this.

Detecting Life in Enceladus’ Plume — Astrobiology, baby!

How do you weigh a supermassive black hole?

Renegade parents teach old math on the sly — I especially like the part about having the wrong appendix taken out. (Thanks to lt260.)

SF officials locked out of computer network — Weird doings here. A different class of information vulnerability. (Thanks to danjite.)

Monkey Business: Keith Chen’s Monkey Research — An old article on monkeys and economics. Money shot: The data generated by the capuchin monkeys, Chen says, “make them statistically indistinguishable from most stock-market investors.” (Thanks to danjite.)

Barack Obama’s super marketing machine — The politics of marketing and the marketing of politics.

American inequality highlighted by 30-year gap in life expectancy — “The US finds itself ranked 42nd in global life expectancy and 34th in survival of infants to age.” Yep, that market-based healthcare finance we have is really paying off. I’d hate to live in a country with socialized medicine, where all they get is increased life expectancy and decreased infant mortality. We get profit margins. I’m glad the GOP has done such a good job of protecting me from those evils.


7/17/08
Time in saddle: 5 minutes
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 249.4
Currently reading: n/a

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