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[links] Link salad for the cutting edge

Jay Lake, The Cancer Journals — Matt Cheney talks about my cancer blogging. This is very moving. Thank you, Matt.

Nanoparticles catch cancer cells that make it into the blood stream

What is this article? — About blogging one’s own death. This made me sad. (Via DM.)

LingBuzzFeed: 5 Linguistically Valuable Uses For Drones — Linguist snark.

Danger: HumansTom Scott explains how terrifyingly dangerous human beings are, in the form of a educational safety video for interstellar travelers who aren’t humans. Hahah. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

The Nose Knows: An Olfactory Map of Newport, RI

Should Men’s Products Fear a Woman’s Touch?Recent research shows that loyal customers often get upset when a brand associated with men expands to include products perceived as feminine. Senior Lecturer Jill J. Avery discusses the problem of “gender contamination.” Cooties! (Snurched from Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

RCA Victor Record Changer 1931 Radiola Automatic Electrola RAE-26 Demonstration — This is some seriously old school tech. Cool. (Via [info]garyomaha.)

The Great Brooklyn House Snooping of 1978

Searching for Time Travelers Probably a Waste of Time — I see what they did there.

What Goes Around Comes AroundWhile North Americans contended with a blast of Arctic air, Europeans found themselves wondering where winter went.

New titleholder? China says it is world’s largest traderChina’s latest trade figures show it is “very likely” to have overtaken the US as the world’s largest trader. It would topple the position that the US has held for much of the last century and cross another milestone in rivalling the biggest economy in the world.

Biblical birth control: The surprisingly contraception-friendly Old Testament Think conservative objections to birth control are enshrined in the Bible? Think again. Ah, but true conservatives don’t read the Bible, any more than they read the Constitution. They already know what’s in there, the actual words don’t matter.

?otD: How sharp are you?


1/10/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (fitful)
Body movement: n/a (on medical restriction)
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
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[links] Link salad lays low on Sunday

Alien Abduction Lamp — I need this. (Via [info]garyomaha.)

4 Things I Learned from the Worst Online Dating Profile Ever — Wow…

100-Million-Year Old Amber Fossil Preserves Ancient Flowers Caught In The Middle Of Sexual Reproduction

Go to Jupiter for the Best French Fries

The helical model – our solar system is a vortex — A cool visualization of the solar system. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Scientists solve mystery of UFO lights appearing just before earthquakesElectrical light shows known as earthquake lights may occur at rifts, or nearly vertical faults in the Earth’s crust, new research suggests.

Living at a Time of Post Natural Ecologies

Methane release around Arctic islands predates recent climate changeAreas where methane bubbles up from seafloor have been around for centuries. Ah, science.

Government Might Deregulate Corn, Soybean Seeds — Uh, we are talking Agent Orange here. Ring any bells? (Via [info]danjite.)

What happens if authorities seize your laptop? — Too bad for you, basically. Though why the BBC is quoting the Heritage Foundation as a source on anything rational or evidence-based is beyond me. (Via Scrivener’s Error.)

The NSA refuses to deny spying on members of Congress — (Via [info]danjite.)

2014 looking to be a gay old year for anti-gay Republican Congressman Aaron SchockSo Aaron Schock is happy to affirmatively harm people based on their sexual orientation, but expects people to not affirmatively harm him based on his sexual orientation. Ah, Republicans.

Something to BeholdIt’s become something of a cliche: disabled, aged or relatively impoverished whites who literally could not survive without federal government assistance in many case nonetheless raging against Washington, “hand outs” and government dependency. It’s there with a vengeance in this article in National Journal by Beth Reinhard on GOP plans to double down on race-based class warfare as the ticket to success in the 2014 elections. When you can’t win on your ideas, fear mongering works almost as well as lying. Hence the GOP’s “generate more angry white guys” strategy, of which this is merely latest iteration. Because basing your governance on divisive hate is the patriotic thing to do!

?otD: Can you hear me, Phil?


1/5/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
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[links] Link salad shivers awake

Learning a language is like learning to drive a car, and studying linguistics is like learning to become a mechanic.

Interactive dialect map

5 lies you were told about grief — (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Let’s Talk About Death — The conservation project. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

How to change the world $1 at a time — Guerrilla bank marketing. This is cool. ([info]danjite.)

The Cubli — Huh? (Via [info]willtumtx.)

New Salt Compounds Challenge the Foundation of Chemistry”The rules of chemistry are not like mathematical theorems, which cannot be broken,” he says. “The rules of chemistry can be broken, because impossible only means ‘softly’ impossible! You just need to find conditions where these rules no longer hold” (Via David Goldman.)

Research spotlight: microbubbles for therapeutic delivery. — Theranostic microbubbles? (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Into the Bitcoin Mines — Via Dad, an article about BitCoin. And from Charlie Stross,a counterpoint.

Researchers Find Factors Tied To Voting Restriction Bills Are ‘Basically All Racial’ — Wow. A non-evidence-based conservative hobby horse having racial implications? No one could possibly have foreseen this!

The other America — Scraping by on $140,000 a year is so hard. This is why rural America votes so solidly Republican, to help people trapped in those low six-figure jobs by supporting tax cuts for the wealthy.

?otD: How cold do you feel?


12/22/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 235.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block falsifying climate change data: 0
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[links] Link salad could be another Lincoln

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Tolkien — Daniel Larison is very unhappy with Peter Jackson. I pretty much agree with his points, though I am perhaps less vociferous in my articulation thereof.

Literary self-loathing: How Jonathan Franzen, Elizabeth Gilbert and more keep it at bay — Really? Yeah, maybe for them, but I’m with Scalzi on this one. Doubts are one thing, we all have those, but if you do struggle with genuine self-loathing, see a doctor, get that fixed, and write more. If you don’t struggle with genuine self-loathing, quit posing and write more.

Just in time for Santa!

Taxidermy mouse chess set — For all your gift giving needs. (Via [info]lillypond, a/k/a my sister.)

Repent now. Geographers map 7 deadly sins. — Mmm, lust. (Via [info]lillypond, a/k/a my sister.)

New attack steals e-mail decryption keys by capturing computer soundsScientists use smartphone to extract secret key of nearby PC running PGP app. (Via David Goldman.)

Full-size car made of 500,000 Legos really drives — Whee!

Video shows stunning penguin ‘traveling wave’ — Simulating penguins? (Via David Goldman.)

DNA from Neanderthal toe links ancestors to inbreeding — Headline of the week.

Possible Planet in Nearby Brown Dwarf System

The Big SqueezeWhat happens if you crush an organic substance between diamond anvils? Researchers are finding out, with ramifications for our knowledge of Earth’s core. (Via my Dad.)

A quantum revolution against Feynman diagramsWe all love Richard Feynman, but his diagrams may have to go.

Did Rock Weathering Trigger ‘Snowball Earth’?

The Gangs of Chicago — Ta-Nehisi Coates about being black on the street. Sigh,

Tolerating ChristiansThere’s a persistent, pernicious sentiment from certain Christian conservatives that they’re being persecuted or oppressed for their religious beliefs. It’s a very comforting and self-valorizing perspective that doesn’t need to be rooted in reality to feel real to the people who hold. Rather like pretty much every conservative position I could name. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Pope Francis and the Naked Christ

Good Grief and Great Tits” Sitting Down to Read Sarah Palin’s Christmas Book While I Bake Christmas Cookies for My FamilyModern conservatives have made “merry Christmas” toxic by associating it with Christian fundamentalism, religious intolerance, and the politics of imagined persecution. Yep. This exactly. I never say it any more, because I don’t want someone to accidentally think I’m a Christianist asshole. Unlike so many Bible-believing Christian conservatives, I actually think it’s important to love my neighbor rather than hate them. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Hobby Lobby is fine with forced abortions and mandatory contraception in China, but balks at voluntary contraception for American women — To which I say, which part of “religious conservative” do you not understand? The term is literally and irretrievably synonymous with sanctimonious hypocrisy. Smug Republican Jesus wouldn’t have it any other way, after all.

My abstinence-only educationI was 17 before I found an adult who told me the simple truth about sex. Until then, I heard some crazy things. But abstinence education makes smug Republican Jesus smile! And that’s way more important than protecting and enabling our kids to live in the reality-based world. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Is Edward Snowden a modern Martin Luther? — There’s an angle I never thought of.

GOP Rep Hartzler has flag moved so that it blocks Obama portrait — Now imagine if you will for a moment the reaction if some moderate Democrat had done such a thing during the Bush administration. I mean, I know hypocrisy is more natural to conservatives than breathing, but just think about the firestorm in Your Liberal Media. Versus this chuckling little story.

The death of the American Dream in a single image — Burgeoning income inequality, shrinking social mobility. All a very logical outcome of decades of Republican economy policy. We’re living in conservative paradise.

?otD: Got MRI?


12/19/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 237.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block falsifying climate change data: 0
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[links] Link salad watches the snow fall like soft memories liberated from the failing mind of God

If Only for a Second — Remaking cancer patients. This made me cry. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

From Tudors to Turducken: An Engastration Tale — Engastration? (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Seams Geeky | Items Sewn with Love for the Chic Geek — A Kickstarter for some high quality embroidered geek gear. Me, I’m down for the Schlock Mercenary stuff.

Google Glass prescription frames spotted but concerns linger — Yay for this. If I were not so sick as to make the project more or less pointless, I’d be very actively pursuing a prescription version of Google Glass.

Nymi Is A Heartwave-Sensing Wristband That Wants To Replace All Your Passwords & Keys — And more than that. From the department of weird future tech. (Via David Goldman.)

Microsoft designs smart bra to combat emotional eating — What happens when your smart bra has a blue screen of death? I guess that would be the ultimate Nerd World problem.

Wafer-scale production of graphene devices to become a reality

NASA May Test Its Lunar Green Thumb

Everest Panorama from Mars — Mars!

Solar would be Cheaper: US Pentagon has spent $8 Trillion to Guard Gulf Oil — Imagine what we could have done in alternative energy with an eight trillion dollar research budget. Instead of warring for oil, destroying whole countries, and slaughtering people wholesale.

Top 25 Censored Stories from 2012-2013 — (Via [info]danjite.)

The Mandela Problem of the Angry White Male Wing of the GOP — Wing? That’s the whole GOP. Duh.

?otD: How deep is your slush?


12/8/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
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[links] Link salad really doesn’t mind if you sit this one out

Heroines in an ancient film called the flame of the west — How it all looks lately from the point of view of Lisa Costello.

How I Thank God[info]theferrett on illness, faith and science.

The Strength of Wild Horses — A Kickstarter by Sandra Tayler. Check it out.

25 Everyday Things You Never Knew Had Names — I knew about half of these. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Bend’s First Fire Engine Will Be Home For Christmas — A little bit of Oregon history.

Moving Stars: The Shkadov Thruster

What scared H. P. Lovecraft — Charlie Stross is (as usual) clever and cool.

2D or Not 2D — Facial art. Wow. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

The Front of This House Is Sliding Onto the Street — I love public art. (Thanks to Lezli Robyn.)

Winners of the Dance Your PhD Competition Revealed — Hahah. (Via David Goldman.)

Solving the neural code conundrum: digital or analogue?Physicists have developed a technique that can tell which parts of the brain rely on analogue signals and which rely in digital signals.

Tracking Fecal TransplantsA long-term study confirms transplants of stool microbes from healthy donors can successfully clear recurrent Clostridium difficile infections.

Modern life ‘turning people off sex’ — Hmm.

Restaurants may seat guests according to looks. Surprise, surprise

Google Earth spies unreported fish traps, study reveals — Satellite surveillance from your armchair.

US Working Overtime Behind The Scenes To Kill UN Plan To Protect Online Privacy From Snooping — Because security, you commie. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

48% of U.S. Schoolchildren Live in Poverty — A rising tide lifts only yachts.

Pope Denounces Trickle-Down Economics ‘Which Has Never Been Confirmed By The Facts’ — Wow. That’s a big old ‘fuck you’ to the GOP-Church axis in America. A great smackdown to the smug Republican Jesus who dominates the public face of religion in America.

Slacktivist Fred Clark on (among other things) Senate politicsDistrict court nominations by white presidents filibustered in U.S. Senate in all of American history: 3. District court nominations by black presidents filibustered in U.S. Senate: 20. Senate filibusters of executive nominees by white presidents since World War II: 20. Senate filibusters of executive nominees by black presidents since World War II: 54 From the department of painfully true things you will never, ever hear any conservative admit. Tell me again about that unprecedented Democratic power grab in the Senate?

?otD: Do my words make you whisper?


11/27/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 241.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing down donut shops: 0
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[links] Link salad gets ready to go clean house

We Are All Strange — The final video edit.

The 2014 John Picacio Calendar — A Kickstarter for a project of which I am a small part.

14 Ways to Tick off a Writer — Because reasons.

Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin rules out sharing Westeros — (Via Scrivener’s Error.)

★What are some of the funniest and most clever advertisements? — Heh. (Via David Goldman.)

This Device Lets You Order A Pizza With The Push Of A Button — Mmmm. Pizza. (Thanks to [info]garyomaha.)

Someone Just Got $237,000 in Debt Forgiven! — Strike Debt does good, in the Biblical sense of Jubilee. (Thanks to [info]daveraines.)

British Railways Locomotives — This is cool. From 1948.

Wounded QR codes — Some serious geekery for you. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Meteorite impacts capture time capsules of the ecosystems they destroyBiological molecules from the site of impact get preserved by molten rock. I’ve been on dates like that.

Oldest signs of life on Earth foundScientists discover potentially oldest signs of life on Earth – 3.5 billion-year-old microbe traces in rocks in Australia.

It was hard to stomach David Cameron preaching austerity from a golden throneAs a waitress at the lord mayor’s banquet, the contrast between what Cameron was saying and where he was saying it felt particularly chilling. Scenes from the class war. (Via Lisa Costello.)

?otD: Where did you hide the silver?


11/14/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
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Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing children to learn critical thinking skills: 0
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[links] Link salad bumbles into a faraway weekend

Jade — A middling review of the French edition of my novel Green.

The Jay Wake Book is Complete — Hooray for Sandra Tayler, hero of the revolution!

Classic TV show maps – in picturesAt first the arrangements seem random, but with Monty Python’s Flying Circus across the road from Fawlty Towers, and The Killing adjacent to The Bridge (and The Tunnel), this street map for TV addicts includes more than 700 television shows, linked by a multifarious set of connections. (Thanks to AH.)

What makes creativity tick?While some believe creativity is spontaneous, Michigan State University neuroscientist Jeremy Gray suspects there’s a lot of hard work going on in the brain even when the proverbial light bulb going off feels effortless. Like hell creativity is spontaneous. I mean, of course it can be, but any working creative professional can tell you that there’s a lot of discipline, structure and work involved. As a society, we have such odd notions about writers and artists. (Via David Goldman.)

100 Diagrams That Changed the WorldA visual history of human sensemaking, from cave paintings to the world wide web. (Via Lisa Costello.)

10 of the world’s most scenic cemeteries — A subject of some personal interest to me lately.

Sick mum ‘belittled’ by Air New Zealand — Wow, I thought Air New Zealand had treated me poorly, but this is just depraved. And an update here; apparently the airline has apologized, but the horribly discriminatory policy did and does exist, so it obviously seemed like a good idea to Air New Zealand right up until they were publicly embarrassed in the media. (Via [info]danjite.)

13 Horrifying Ways to Die (If You’re an Arthropod) — Fascinatingly weird images and story, but trigger warning if you’re icked out by insects, spiders, or nature red of tooth and claw. (Thanks, I think, to [info]willyumtx.)

A partial eclipse will bring a strange sunrise SundaySunday morning, everyone on or near the Eastern Seaboard has a rare chance to watch an eerie celestial spectacle at sunrise. The sun will come up over the east horizon while in a partial solar eclipse. Instead of a golden ball, the sun will be a weird, upside-down thick crescent with, as seen from New England, a big bite missing from its lower right. That is, it will if the weather permits. I saw the total eclipse in 1991 with a completely clear sky. It was amazing.

Les Johnson: Big Projects and Deep Time

Slow-moving zombie technologies that refuse to dieJust when you think they’re obsolete, they rise from your desk and bite.

Climate Change Seen Posing Risk to Food Supplies — Another day, another liberal lie. Thank God for Rush Limbaugh and the Republican party, or we might actually have to worry about this stuff.

What’s the greatest threat to economic growth? It’s climate change. — Amazing, the lengths liberals will go to for their hoax. Even to maybe crashing the world economy.

Another Obamacare horror story debunked — Huh. A conservative talking point that turns out not to be true. Who could possibly imagine a Republican bearing false witness about healthcare? (Via Davis Goldman.)

SecDef orders 9 rogue red-state National Guards to recognize spouses of gay US troops — Conservatives just can’t help themselves. They have to hurt somebody to feel good. I’m only amazed that there’s meaningful pushback on this particular bit of Republican bigotry.

Neo-Bircher apocalyptic politics harms the people who embrace itOur politics is hobbled by a determined, motivated, vindictive bloc of voters driven by fear, ignorance and resentment of the Other. That’s a problem for all of us and it’s a big reason why we can’t have nice things. It does real harm and causes real pain to those it demonizes and targets — usually vulnerable outsiders and poor people. Yes, this. They’re called conservatives.

?otD: Who are you helping today?


11/2/2013
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[links] Link salad wishes the Child a Happy Birthday

Unusable Words — Auto-antonyms and other peccadilloes of the English language. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

A Tale of Two Drugs — How ultra high priced pharmaceuticals work in the market. For comparison, my core cancer drug costs $116,400 per year, face value before carrier contracts and discounting.

Hitchhiking virus confirms saga of ancient human migration

Ghost advertising on old buildings — There used to be more of these in Portland, but they’ve been slowly disappearing.

Burlesque Dancer Twerks To Beethoven, Which Is As Amazing As It Sounds — Because reasons! (Via David Goldman.)

George Washington University misrepresented admissions and financial aid policy for yearsThe University admitted publicly for the first time Friday that it puts hundreds of undergraduate applicants on its waitlist each year because they cannot pay GW’s tuition. Administrators now say the admissions process has always factored in financial need. But that contradicts messaging from the admissions and financial aid offices that, as recently as Saturday, have regularly attested that the University remained need-blind. Classy. Very classy.

Goblin Toppler Files Personal Injury Lawsuit Prior to Incident — So one of those “real American” Utah vandals is also a lawsuit cheat? I wonder what he thinks of people who receive welfare or food stamps. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

How much warming does new IPCC report see in our future?Understanding how the report’s projections are generated and what they tell us. Amazing what you learn about the world when you listen to reality instead of ideology.

One Big Problem With Heritage’s New Obamacare StudyThe conservative Heritage Foundation released last week a new report on insurance premiums under Obamacare, and the conclusion was that favorite of conservative talking points: people are going to pay more for insurance under Obamacare. Only the foundation left out one key variable in the equation, one that undermines their conclusion that “individuals in most states will end up spending more on the exchanges.” As always with conservatives, they cannot win the on the merits, so they flat out lie. It’s a good strategy for them, because people remember the lie, not the later mumbled retraction, if it even ever occurs.

Inhofe: Obamacare would have killed me because of ‘my age’ — So if this is news, how come the media doesn’t report on the thousands of people like me who would be dead if the GOP got its way and repealed Obamacare? The ACA’s lifting of spending caps is what has kept me in treatment at all. Not only that, Inhofe is either lying about how Obamacare works or seriously confused. Given that he’s a Republican, I know which one I believe.

The real reason that 500,000 people died in Iraq — This comment from the Bush White House will make you ashamed to be an American, and a human being. Unless you’re a Republican, in which case you’ll likely approve, just like you have all along.

How Texas’ Voter ID Laws Affect WomenSusan B. Anthony once said, “No self-respecting woman would wish or work for the success of a party which ignores her political rights.” It’s times like these that one has to wonder how there can be a single woman left supporting the Republican Party as it goes out of its way to deny minorities and women their constitutional rights.

Texas Judge Quits GOP Over Social Issues, ShutdownAs the smallest minds continue to make the loudest noise in the Republican Party, true leaders will be driven by their principles and values to become Texas Democrats,” he said in the statement. Wow is that well put. America surely needs a conservative party for the sake of political balance, but not the Christianist, hate-fueled, reality-denying freakshow that the GOP has become. (For that matter, American needs a liberal party, too. The current Democrats are essentially Richard Nixon’s GOP, and everyone else in the political mainstream has run to the right: that redefinition of the political center is the ultimate victory of Ronald Reagan, and the ultimate punishment this country has had to endure for the sake of the senile old fraud’s success.)

?otD: How old are you today?


10/22/2013
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Hours slept: 7.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 241.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block reopening National Parks: 0
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[links] Link salad has no courage

12 Bar Blues – Piano Duet with Peter the Elephant – Thailand — Wow, this is neat.

Kentucky’s Case of the Missing Bourbon

Kennedy’s Vision for Mental Health Never Realized

As midnight strikes, same-sex couples wed across New Jersey — Strangely enough, nowhere in America have the hysterical predictions of conservative bigots about DADT, DOMA and gay marriage come true. Strangely enough, while Your Liberal Media was happy to give those cynical, knowing lies a full airing before such changes, there’s never any follow up or accountability after the fact for conservative lies.

Sanders: Climate Change more Menacing than Terrorism — So are firearms, by any metric you care to name except lives lost per incident. We don’t do anything either of these huge threats to our national interest, as neither the climate nor the gun industry is promoted by Muslim terrorists, apparently.

Republicans blame each other after shutdown fiasco Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Jeb Bush say the party needs to pick better battles, but Sen. Ted Cruz vows to fight on. We can only hope this goes on.

Virtual secessionism — Yes, this discussion of GOP dynamics rings very true for me.

?otD: WHat about brains and a heart?


10/21/2013
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Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
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