[links] Link salad for a Thursday

kaiberie with the 10,000 hour theory of expertise

Government suggests those over 75 do not need colonoscopies — Hmm. (Thanks to lt260.)

Nanotech comes alive — Viruses and bacteria act as factories for nanostructures. Cool stuff. (Thanks to lt260.)

lonfiction with a link to America’s lost monarchy — With bonus Howard Waldrop!

Subprime SuspectsThe right blames the credit crisis on poor minority homeowners. This is not merely offensive, but entirely wrong. Darned liberals with their “fair housing” socialism, helping brown people take Wall Street’s money. Palin all the way!

Factcheck: McCain on Taliban — Juan Cole on McCain and the Taliban. As usual, Mr. Straight Talk gets it wrong, and distorts his own record. Remember, kids, character counts! (At least so long as you’re criticizing liberals.)

McCain and the politics of rageThe Edge of the American West asks questions about the GOP’s win at any cost tactics. My favorite bit, though somewhat lateral to the main point of the post: “If working-class white people were to stop voting against their class interests, this would fast become a one-party nation.”

Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 231.4
Currently reading: Back issues of Fortean Times

3 thoughts on “[links] Link salad for a Thursday

  1. Kathy Turski says:

    Regarding the article about colonoscopies–it’d be nice not to actually need them at some time. I have a feeling they’ll still make you go on the liquid fast/prep, just to be annoying. And face it, the real ‘ahem’–scoping–comes later from billing. As a Crohn’s patient, I’ve dealt with all this fun stuff for some years now.

    If you get the time, you might check out the website “Gordon Kirkland at Large”. He’s a Canadian humorist with a funny piece on colonoscopies. I must agree that whatever life throws at writers just becomes material. All grist to the mill, etc. I’ve used it myself, delicately, mind you, in an essay I recently submitted to Abilities magazine. Haven’t heard back, so I have yet to see if they agree with my humor.

    It was good seeing you again at Fencon, hope to see you at future cons.

  2. tetar says:

    Regarding 10,000 hours, or a million words; neither’s a magic guarantee of anyone learning anything. Some produce millions upon millions of words and never learn a thing about fiction, others seem born to write it.

    It was always just a rule of thumb to cool the jets of enthusiastic beginners. Taking it much more seriously than that leads to madness of one form or another.

  3. How can you be so negative on Mcpain, he is your friend, isn’t he? I think we all are, according to him, or his writers. I’d buy a used car from him any day.

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