[links] Link salad for a Thursday

7 Random and/or Weird Things About Me [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

SF Signal‘s “Mind Meld” asks about the future of written SF — I answer, among many others.

Mixed cardboard only: a subtle case of nerdviewLanguage Log on how things get lost in translation from specialist vocabularies to general application. Makes me realize I have perpetrated examples of this in both my professional lives.

India launches first Moon mission — It can’t hurt to get more countries into space. Ballistic missiles and faith-based idiocy we already have. Maybe some more outward-facing thought will help. (Thanks to lt260.)

Selectively Deleting MemoriesResearch in mice suggests that it might be possible to delete specific painful memories. That really makes me go hmm. Some of my most important memories are the most painful.

A molecule with a momentous effect — microRNA and Peter Pan worms. Cool, weird science here. (Thanks to lt260.)

Tensions on the ticket? The Grauniad with an interesting roundup of US election news. My favorite: Never mind 2008: get ready for Palin 2012! “Sarah’s the one,” said one leading conservative who is convinced Mr McCain will lose this election. “The party is broken and only she can fix it.”

POLL-Obama takes 10-point lead on McCain — That might even be enough to keep him ahead of both the Bradley Effect and McCain’s continuing slime campaign.

Indiana judge allows early voting to go on — Keep trying, guys. I’d say it’s funny, but it’s not. In addition to usual, decades-long GOP tactic of wholesale voter suppression (that’s not vitriol, it’s perfectly well documented), they’re now desperate to undermine the legitimacy of the upcoming election. So far, the only actual voter fraud which has been found has been on the part of the GOP. Sooner or later they’ll find one example, somewhere, and Your Liberal Media will gleefully bolster the conservative narrative once again.

McCain Is No Straight-Talker on Foreign Affairs The Wall Street Journal (of all newspapers!) actually looks at the reality of McCain’s rhetoric. Mmmm, I loves me some principled consistency. And for a change, Your Conservative Media is sustaining the reality-based narrative, though I’m sure they’ll get over it very quickly.


10/23/08
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 228.8
Currently reading: The Best of C.M. Kornbluth

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

  1. tetar says:

    Selectively Deleting Memories — Research in mice suggests that it might be possible to delete specific painful memories. That really makes me go hmm. Some of my most important memories are the most painful.

    ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

  2. tetar says:

    Selectively Deleting Memories — Research in mice suggests that it might be possible to delete specific painful memories. That really makes me go hmm. Some of my most important memories are the most painful.

    –Me, too. Only I didn’t get a nifty bio slug; how’d that work? lol

  3. Robert E. Porter says:

    The “outward-facing thought” a ruse, propaganda:

    India’s space program to show how effectively they can launch a nuclear strike, should a major power — Pakistan, China, the US… — try to stop their push for lebensraum.

    So long as there is inequality and injustice and ecological/economic exploitation, no space program can be sustained, no claims of “scientific” motivation should be taken seriously.

    It is mundane.

  4. tetar says:

    Too many life-changing spin-offs from manned space flight and other space program research benefits everyone it touches, so would not limiting any analysis to geopolitical posturing be to remove from the discussion any serious retort?

    Isn’t it like saying, as long as guns kill, no good aspect of them can be taken seriously.

    Well, yes it can. And yes, scientific curiosity suffices, always. Only by funding, supporting, and encouraging pure research can we advance, there being literally no way of knowing what we might find.

    Is not, then, labeling anything with such a sweepingly dismissive requirements, and calling it mundane, propaganda again? Is it not the manipulation of potential opposition by defining, and severely limiting, the terms of the discussion?

    If so, one would demur.

  5. Robert E. Porter says:

    “Too many life-changing spin-offs from manned space flight and other space program research benefits everyone it touches…”

    Manned! That’s for sure. The US space program didn’t admit women for decades. Even today, male WASPs are overrepresented. I think better science education — with a focus on skepticism and creative problem solving — would help us wipe out the bigotry and superstition that have held us back for so long.

    “Is not, then, labeling anything with such a sweepingly dismissive requirements, and calling it mundane, propaganda again?”

    It’s all propaganda. But is it rational, are there facts to back it up? Or is it only what we wish/fear was true?

    For my part, I prefer the mundane to any space opera.

    But thanks for the feedback. If you want to discuss this further, I can be found at bearleyport.livejournal.com

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