[links] Link salad knows it all from Diogenes to the Foucault

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

Sharp-Pointed Tendrils and the Span of Control: A Conversation with Jay Lake — In which I am interviewed at Clarkesworld by Jeremy L.C. Jones.

Kit O’Connell at SF Site reviews my novella The Baby Killers — He liked it a lot.

How ink is made — Eight minutes of chromatic industrial pr0n via art guru James Gurney.

Aerial Bridge: 1908 — It tooks me a minute or two to even interpret this image from Shorpy. It’s a style of bridge I’ve never seen before, sort of the inverse of a drawbridge where the default is permitting water traffic rather than road traffic. Interesting engineering solution.

Desktop 3-D printers are cool. But some people are scaling the technology up. — Also check out the first comment below the article.

Enceladus on full afterburner — Cool image, cool interpretation.

Much more on Gliese 581g — For them as wants. Fascinating read from Centauri Dreams.

Are we raising a generation of nincompoops? — The latest version of the “kids today” rant. Hey, you! Get off my lawn!

GOP pledge reduces deficit less than Obama’s budget — Not that the GOP or the Tea Party will ever notice. So much easier to hate than to think.

Assistant AG in Michigan Acts Like 9 Year Old — More classiness from another conservative in public office.

Assassination — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison with some strong, stark reasoning on the concept and labeling of assassination as a tool of statecraft.

?otD: How many purple clothes do you own?

Writing time yesterday: 60 minutes (OUR LADY, various WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 9.25 hours
This morning’s weigh-in: 237.0
Yesterday’s chemo/post-op stress index: 3/10 (post-op pain, fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: The Exile Kiss by George Alec Effinger

3 thoughts on “[links] Link salad knows it all from Diogenes to the Foucault

  1. Cora says:

    Regarding the Shorpy image, I not only recognized what the image was at once, I have actually ridden on such a contraption once.

    In German, these contraptions are called “Schwebef√§hren” (floating ferries), the English term is “transporter bridge” according to Wikipedia.

    A few years ago, I visited the transporter bridge in Rendsburg in the far North of Germany (it can be seen on the finale photo in the Wikipedia link). The Rendsburg bridge crosses the canal connecting the North and Baltic Sea, which is a very busy route and gets a lot of traffic from big sea-going vessels. A conventional bridge or a drawbridge would have impeded traffic too much, so they came up with a combination of a conventional but very high railway bridge and the ferry gondola for foot and road traffic suspended under the railroad bridge. It’s a cool Steampunky design. The bridge including the ferry gondola is still in use, I made a crossing when I was there.

    If you’ve ever seen the film Billy Elliott, there is a long scene on one of the British transporter bridges – I think the one in Middlesborough – which is basically bridge porn.

  2. Judy R. Johnson says:

    As to “Kids Today” I am reminded of living in farm and ranch country around the 1970s and noticing how rural kids knew so much more than town and city kids did. They were competent with machinery and/or kitchens and had a notion how to properly use and fix most things. Living rural, they didn’t hang out with peers, but with their parents, and learned useful things because that way they could BE useful. In later life, these became the non-coms and foremen, much prized for their resourcefulness.
    Well, these days we ask non-rural kids to set up our cell phones and interpret geek terminology. So they’re also useful. But can they fix a hay baler? Can they even name the field crops they drive by?
    Can anybody nowadays know it all, or need to? It’s all a result of the skillset proliferation due to the seemingly exponentially increasing complexity of technology.

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