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Jun. 24th, 2017 11:16 pm
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It takes roughly 3 hours to pack 4000 MMPB.

I had an amusing thought: donate them to UW, to keep the B. P. Nichol Library of Science Fiction company.

06/22/17 PHD comic: 'Technically'

Jun. 24th, 2017 08:34 am
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Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham
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title: "Technically" - originally published 6/22/2017

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Why YouTube did this seems unclear so I am just going to jump to a conclusion completely unsupported by the available evidence and assume this is yet another example of right-wing trolls gaming a site's complaint mechanisms.
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Without spoiling the title, it's old timey SF from a series set on the worlds of the nearer stars. Wikipedia has a current list. In my day, the right hand column would have been filled with "here there be dragons," not lists of exoplanets.

That one KSR about how if you send a generation ship filled with the learnedly ignorant, colonization will surely fail aside, are there any SF novels recent enough to use the exoplanets we now know of as settings?

Fake Amber Alert: Plate 72B 381

Jun. 24th, 2017 07:58 am
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Posted by David Mikkelson

A long-circulating report of an Amber Alert issued for three-year-old girl taken by man in a grey car is not valid.
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Posted by Alex Kasprak

A controversial 2014 study used survey data to demonstrate that 38 people might have voted as non-citizens in 2008, and web sites subsequently did a lot of extrapolating.
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Posted by Bethania Palma

What caused the "Satanic Panic" phenomenon to begin in the 1980s, and how did a husband and wife who started a daycare center get swept into the center of it?
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Posted by David Emery

The "Atlas Shrugged" author called government handouts "immoral," but there is evidence that she accepted Social Security benefits in her later years — and that it was consistent with her worldview to do so.

a not very successful book hunt

Jun. 23rd, 2017 09:01 pm
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*sigh* I just spent about 40 minutes trying to get some ebooks onto my ereader, which didn’t work very well because it’s been a while since I’d done it and I’d kind of forgotten how. It’s not hard. It used to be hard, and I defaulted to the much harder version, which obviously took more time than the newer easy way, and also the USB port I first plugged it into on the computer wasn’t working and it took longer than reasonable to figure that out, so that was just, yeah.

I wanted to re-read the very comforting BLUE SWORD, but didn’t want to read my 30 year old worn-to-bits paperback. Finally got the books onto the e-reader. Discovered THE BLUE SWORD wasn’t there. Furthermore, it’s not available on kobo’s website, either, at least not on this side of the pond. Gave up in despair, deciding to read Daniel Keys Moran’s THE LONG RUN again, as it’s pretty well equally comfort reading.

And then I remembered I had specifically asked for a bunch of Robin McKinley books in hardback so I could read them at my leisure without wrecking my old worn to bits paperbacks, and of course THE BLUE SWORD is one of them, so I have a lovely hardback edition and now I’m too tired to read it.

So here it is, 5 to 9 on a Friday, and I’m going to bed, because I’m a real party animal. :p

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Sassy John

Jun. 23rd, 2017 07:03 pm
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I like Sarcastic John, I just wish he wouldn't let his evil twin vote all the votes.

Also, they really should have filmed this one on the move, like a West Wing scene.

Dear suspiciously rotund cat

Jun. 23rd, 2017 01:56 pm
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Not my cat, not my house. Please don't be pregnant.
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Posted by Dan Evon

A Snapchat addition that allows people to locate one another on an interactive map has raised some concerns about user privacy.

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