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    Thursday, March 14th, 2013
    11:20 am
    Seven reasons tablets are better than paper
    1 - Tablets can be read in the windiest of conditions. Try that with paper!
    2 - Even in still conditions, I prefer the heft of a solid object to a flimsy sheet of paper.
    3 - Tablets are much more readable in low light, as you can bring your torch or candle close to the surface to better illuminate it. Try doing that with a sheet of paper - you won't try it a second time!
    4 - Tablets are much more secure. You can just scrape the ink off of a piece of paper and write anything in its place - a securely baked tablet can be destroyed, but it can't be rewritten.
    5 - As a corollary, writing on tablets concentrates the mind. Once you've put your tablet in the oven, it's done; no regrets, no scraping off the ink.
    6 - Tablets are much more durable. In proper storage conditions, they could last thousands of years.
    7 - I already have the materials I need to make as many tablets as I want - whittled sticks, a good oven, and honest Euphrates mud. Why should I invest in a new set of tools, spend hours in the messy and unreliable business of making ink, and make myself dependent on Egyptian imports for my writing surface?

    People are talking up the new medium's portability and flexibility, but I think it's doomed to failure unless it can address these shortcomings.
    Friday, January 28th, 2011
    7:04 pm
    Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
    8:31 pm
    Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
    6:29 pm
    Awesome
    3 Bisexual Men sue over disqualification from Gay World Series. The group that organizes the Gay World Series ruled that they were "not gay enough to play".
    Friday, December 4th, 2009
    5:39 pm
    Worried about Afghanistan?
    Specifically, worried that it is a hideously complicated, bloody mess to which there are no good answers?

    Well, worry no longer, as this simple chart clearly illustrates our way forward.
    Thursday, October 8th, 2009
    7:32 pm
    Symbolism
    point
    counterpoint

    Read the mouseover text. (Some of it at least.)
    Friday, October 2nd, 2009
    8:12 pm
    Thursday, September 24th, 2009
    1:07 pm
    Water found on the Moon
    No, really..

    Sept. 23, 2009 -- Shattering a long-held belief that Earth's moon is a dead and dry world, a trio of spacecraft uncovered clear evidence of water and hydrogen-oxygen molecules throughout the lunar surface.

    "There's no question that there is OH [hydroxyl, which is made up of one hydrogen atom and one oxygen atom] and H2O on the moon," University of Maryland senior research scientist Jessica Sunshine told Discovery News.


    Also, "Jessica Sunshine" is the awesomest research scientist name ever.
    Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
    10:13 am
    So who did the kid in Where the Wild Things Are grow up to be?
    Via nancylebov:

    Jonathan Carroll's Blog:
    One of the most famous children's books in America is Maurice Sendak's WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. The story, in short, is about a very bad little boy named Max who is sent to bed without dinner one night because he's been so naughty. But as soon as he gets to his room, The Wild Things-- wonderful monsters of all shapes and sizes-- appear and they all play happily together till morning. Max is delighted and has no fear of them. He's a brave little guy. Sendak has said readers often ask what he thinks happened to Max when he grew up. One night years ago the author was at a dinner party in New York. Seated next to him was the actress Sigourney Weaver. It turned out the glamorous Weaver was a big fan of his work and they chatted throughout the meal. Later she pointed to a man sitting across the table. She said he was her husband and one of the reasons why she fell in love with him was he reminded her so much of Max in WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. Delighted, Sendak said he finally knew what happened to his famous character: Max grew up and married Sigourney Weaver.

    And that’s what he tells anyone now when they ask what happened to the boy.

    Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
    10:24 am
    This explains a lot, actually
    John Crowley, here:
    In general I think novelists should not speak about politics, and if they speak about them we should resist listening. These are people accustomed to creating imaginary worlds and making them go as they like, which can make their opinions tend to the fascistic, even their gentle-hippie or wise-crone opinions. Autocratic maybe rather than fascistic. The relation of cause to effect in fiction, remember, is the reverse of the same relation in life, at least from the novelist’s point of view: endings and conclusions cause the situations that will bring them about, and characters take paths or do deeds because the endings say they must; all writers know they can always change a character’s early life if they find that they need a cause for something in his later life. Doing this every day does not make for a good political sense, which requires a mature and wise sense of actual possibilities.
    9:48 am
    How's it going? I found your profile fascinating, particularly when you mentioned zombies...
    ... I find this kind thing awkward to write, but as an atheist physics grad student who is obsessed with zombie movies and plays in a metal band in his spare time, I pretty much had to message you based on the great taste I noticed in your profile.

    According to OK Cupid's data, the above is the ultimate first-contact message. Use it wisely.

    (Via unfogged.)
    Monday, September 14th, 2009
    4:36 pm
    Daimon Kringle, Son of Santa
    this thread is pure win, speculating on what kinds of powers a superhero by the above name would have.

    My fave is the exchange between me and xiphias in comments:
    (x):
    Anyway, so we now know that Santa Claus is a grim-and-gritty noir hero. He works only by darkness, in the darkest, coldest nights of the year -- stepping out from a frozen fortress at the North Pole, as cold and merciless as his own inflexible code.

    (me):

    The Son of Santa, of course, thinks his dad hasn't gone far enough - it's not enough to reward the nice; the naughty must be PUNISHED.

    (x):

    . . . which, in fact, is more in line with the older legends. So it's actually that the Son of Santa believes that his father has lost the plot and that it's time to go BACK to a time when children lived in FEAR of the darkness -- and where you'd really BETTER not laugh and better not cry.
    11:51 am
    By my age, I really shouldn't be shocked by this kind of stuff
    But damn.

    Two months before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Margaret Thatcher told President Gorbachev that neither Britain nor Western Europe wanted the reunification of Germany and made clear that she wanted the Soviet leader to do what he could to stop it.

    In an extraordinary frank meeting with Mr Gorbachev in Moscow in 1989 — never before fully reported — Mrs Thatcher said the destabilisation of Eastern Europe and the breakdown of the Warsaw Pact were also not in the West’s interests. She noted the huge changes happening across Eastern Europe, but she insisted that the West would not push for its decommunisation. Nor would it do anything to risk the security of the Soviet Union.
    Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
    8:55 am
    So Be Afraid of Terrorists Day is right around the corner
    I wonder what the celebrations will look like this year.
    Sunday, September 6th, 2009
    9:12 pm
    What facebook is good for
    So, right, I got married. Yay for me and evaluna68!

    But anyway, we've been alternately logging in on my laptop to look at/tag/comment on the hundred-fifty or so photos that have ALREADY been put up, the very next day. I'm not a huge fan of the endless quizzes/pointless political causes/mafia wars/li'l green patches et cetera et cetera, but I am now convinced that there's actually a purpose for the damn thing.
    Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
    2:31 pm
    Friday, August 28th, 2009
    10:35 am
    Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
    9:40 am
    9:31 am
    Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
    9:30 am
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