[links] Link salad slides into another week of work and writing

A review of several books, including Mainspring and Escapement — Good stuff.

Lifesaving drugs may be killing health workers — A darker side to chemotherapy. (Via shelly_rae.)

The pool at Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore — Um, no. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Adolfo Farsari – The Man Who Shot Old Japan — This is fascinating. Photos from 19th century Japan. (Indirectly via willyumtx.)

Seeing Infrared in MapsInfrared imagery in online maps lets homeowners see their energy efficiency. This is kind of cool.

Online, We Pay With Our Time Spent Searching — An interesting look at time/value calculations for our leisure and entertainment efforts. (Thanks to my dad.)

The third Bush termThe Edge of the American West on where Obama continues to fail those of us who believed in him. Not just environmental policy, but the war, Guantanamo, civil liberties — a wide array of that peculiar Bush-era admixture of idiocy and evil continues to be propagated by the man we elected to reverse the damage.

?otD: What’s your word for world?

Writing time yesterday: 4.25 hours (6,000 new words, plus WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.5 (decent)
This morning’s weigh-in: 231.6
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 2/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert

6 thoughts on “[links] Link salad slides into another week of work and writing

  1. Cora says:

    Regarding the infrared thing, I have never seen the full map version, but in Germany you can get an energy efficiency analyst to take an infrared photo of your house and point out spots where the isolation could be improved to you. You could probably do it yourself, provided you have the right equipment.

    That rooftop pool is fascinating. I spent a few months in Singapore at the age of ten, back when the best hotel in the city was an pseudo-Chinese tower called the Dynasty. If that rooftop pool had existed back then, I would have been all over my parents, begging them to take me swimming there. As an adult, I find the whole thing rather freaky. I also worry about kids trying to climb over the edge (you know some will try). Even if there’s some kind of catchment area below the edge, it’s still dangerous for kids and too many idiot parents do nothing to stop their kids from plainly dangerous behaviour.

    Though even without vertigo inducing rooftop pools, I had a freaky pool experience in Singapore back in the day. We often went swimming at a place called the Swiss Club, which was basically a colonial style mansion with a few tennis courts and an outdoor pool set directly into the jungle. Which was awesome in itself. But in the jungle, there were monkeys. Whole bands of wild monkeys. And they’d sometimes come to the pool. When the monkeys came to the pool, we were told not to approach them, because they were wild and likely to bite and quite dangerous. Instead, we were supposed to keep our distance or get into the water, where the monkeys wouldn’t go. Once I spent an hour or so stuck in the pool waiting for the monkeys to get bored and go back into the jungle. I couldn’t even swim to the edge because of the monkeys. Oh yes, and they’d steal your stuff, too, if you weren’t careful. There was one young man who lost his car keys to a horde of raging monkeys.

    1. Jay says:

      We had baboon issues when I lived in Nigeria as a kid… I know whereof you speak.

      1. Cora says:

        Kids growing up in the West usually only know monkeys as cute fun-loving animals in zoos and circuses as well as those trained chimps that are presented as perfect pets on certain TV shows. So of course, we assume that real life monkeys will be friendly and tame animals, when they’re anything but.

        1. Jay says:

          Oh yeah. Baboons will rip your arms off and beat you with them…

  2. JulieB says:

    Thank you for the link love, Jay. And yes, I really did enjoy those books!

    1. Jay says:

      I’m pleased. 😉

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