[links] Link salad considers forswearing fructose

Don’t forget the new caption contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Sheep take over the old Lord of the Rings set — Baah.

Cancer cells slurp up fructose, US study finds — Hmm. So my long-term aversion to high fructose corn syrup may be even more helpful. However, if this is borne out, I’ll need to cut way back on juice and fruit. (Via danjite and tillyjane.)

A Strange New Take on TelepresenceCould a blob-like robot better convey the presence of a remote user? Uncanny valley, my ass. That’s more like the uncanny ravine.

Worker Issues Vex Deepwater DrillingGetting Enough Trained, Rested Employees Is Persistent Problem for Offshore Oil Industry as the Number Of Rigs Soar. Tell me again why industry self-regulation is the conservative solution?

Professor Newt’s Distorted History Lesson — What really happened in Medieval Cordoba. Confidential to Gingrich: If you’re going to use history to make your point, you might want to try to get it at least a little bit right.

Same-Sex Marriage Decision: “Far From Over”There simply wasn’t any evidence, there weren’t any of those studies. There weren’t any empirical studies. That’s just made up. That’s junk science. It’s easy to say that on television. But a witness stand is a lonely place to lie. And when you come into court you can’t do that. […] That’s what we proved: We put fear and prejudice on trial, and fear and prejudice lost,” Boies said.

?otD: Apples or pears?


8/9/2010
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (revisions)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 (solid)
This morning’s weigh-in: 242.8
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 2/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Inheritor by C.J. Cherryh

One thought on “[links] Link salad considers forswearing fructose

  1. Judy R. Johnson says:

    On Worker Issues Vex Deepwater Drilling, maybe they need to quit hiring off the barroom floor.
    Back in the 1980s, I tried to get high-paying jobs in the oil industry, and quickly found that hiring was completely up to whether the other workers wanted you as a playmate. Nearly all of the workers, on the few jobs I did get, were either alcoholics or else faking it so that they would be found acceptable. If you weren’t, well.
    I thought that I could cook on the off-shore tenders – I was clean and competent and reliable – because the tenders were regularly burning to the waterline when drunken incompetent cooks mismanaged the deep-fat fryers. No, I was told, the only way I could be hired was to first approach the crew on shoreleave and be “approved.” Well, interviews on the barroom floor were not what I had in mind, so I gave up.
    I talked to a few executives in the industry met by chance in later years, and mentioned that hiring for remote sites only those people who couldn’t live without bright lights and self-destructive lifestyles was not a good idea. I was told, obliquely, that the present workforce would revolt en masse if any attempt were to be made to change this. Nobody was ready to grasp the nettle. I waited for hiring to change after the Exxon Valdiz disaster, and it wavered a bit, but now perhaps at last there might be an industry-wide reassessment.
    Please note, I’m not blaming the people who died in the Gulf oil rig fire. But I do wonder how many of the BP middle managers who made the decisions to leave out so many of the well’s safety features were graduates of the barroom floor hiring practices, i.e., bright-lights self-destructive lifestyle type people.
    Thoughtful regulators really ought to be taking a look at the situration. Maybe they will, now, at last.

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