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March of the Spring Ram

Kick Blood

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Oy! This journal ain't friends-only!

Alright, I think I finally figured out how to crosspost stuff correctly, so here goes:

I read a lot. I read almost everything. You'll find ramblings about many subjects here - expect a lot of non-fannish content. I limit how many shows I watch and how many fandoms I'm involved in, but that doesn't always work - expect non-HP non-GoT entries. I rarely post non-public entries, so this journal will be public until further notice.

I crosspost from Dreamwidth. Comment wherever you want (though I prefer Dreamwidth). No biggie.

I think that's all. Yep yep.

Happy reading!

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Masterlist of... Stuff
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A to-do listA work in progress:

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Hello 2014
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2013 was shit for 7 months and great for 4.

2014 will be different. No more of this not moving forward business.

That's my new year's resolution, I guess.

Hello friends!
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How's everyone doing? I started a full time job and fell out of fandom again. Even the odd visit to [dreamwidth.org profile] fandomsecrets (which I used to get ideas of what's hot in fandom) was too much to keep up with. It was nice seeing some of you there though!

I don't think I'll be back doing fannish things any time soon. Unless one of you can give me a time-turner, there won't be enough time in a day for writing and everything else *g*!

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Happy Canada Day! (and early 4th of July)
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Canadian flag flapping over a gold and purple sunset
(photo by loneprimate on flickr)

Hope y'all and your loved ones are happy and well!

I'm alive and okay, just have a lot of real life matters to take care of at the moment. Hopefully I'll be back in a week or two. *crosses fingers*

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North Carolina's proposed sea level measurement policy
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I have a headache and I don't know whether I'm interpreting this correctly or not but...

Is "GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA. SESSION 2011. H. D. HOUSE BILL 819" a real proposal? I don't think the bill is a bad idea per se - it will regulate how the rising sea-level is measured, for insurance purposes (I think) - but I do not agree with this excerpt from Section 2. (e):
"Rates of sea-level rise may be extrapolated linearly to estimate future rates of rise but shall not include scenarios of accelerated rates of sea-level rise."
I'm fine with the gov stepping in and making sure the insurance companies ain't running amok with each company quoting their own figures. But to deny the possibility of a more realistic model by legalizing only one way of extrapolation data and thereby making all other methods illegal? I don't get it. If the data say exponential growth, it doesn't not happen just because the governing body says so.

Is this what the NC government is actually proposing? Unfortunately, the .pdf file is the only non-reactionary source I found. Does anyone have other sources?

For some reason, I'm reminded of Twoflower and Inn-Sewer-Ants in Ankh-Morpork.

And now for something completely different, here be an awesome .gif:

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Fun links - possibly NSFW for discussion of Roman sexuality
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( You are about to view content that may only be appropriate for adults. )
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What is this I don't even
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I blame my friends.

Not mein. Never ever.

(Just dropping in. Still behind. Be back soon? *hopeful*)

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RIP Canadian Penny
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It has been a good 150+ year run. Even though you're older than Canada itself, inflation and hoarding (and other methods of keeping you from circulation, like being stuck in storm sewers) have sounded your death knoll. Alas, you're the only coin with maple leaves on its tail side. There are no others like you.

So long and farewell, "one-cent piece".

[*cue bagpipes*]

Here's the National Post's infoposter about the penny.

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Our weird and wonderful brains
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Since the "dead" comp is still dead and the "working" comp is behaving itself amazingly, here are some fun and interesting neuroscience blog posts from Steven Novella, MD. (Just for the record, I don't remember how I got from dead harddrives to brain science. ^_^;;)

And no, I started reading these after writing all those zombie fics.

1. A step forward in Alzheimer's Disease detection. Still need a lot more work though.
2. Survey finds that many patients without the ability to move their bodies except eyelids (locked-in syndrome) report being happy. Our ability to adapt to our circumstances never fails to amaze me.
3. Paraplegic patients who still have some partial sensation in their limbs can walk with the aide of electronic stimulation directly to the spinal cord.
4. Crossing arms/legs confuses the brain's perception of which body parts are which, and thus reduces pain perception.
5. When given two products/things that are similar to each other without any obvious advantages and disadvantages, we will choose the item closest to our dominant hand.
6. Some deaf people have learned to navigate and ride bikes by using claps, clicks, and/or artificial noise makers. Holy human batman!
7. Mammals started out with two colour cones, but apes later developed a third cone carried by the x-chromosome. This is why red/green colour blindness is so common among males, and why some humans females have four cones. Yes, a small number of the 4-coned folks have significant differences in colour perception. Is this why some girls take forever to decide which cloths to wear? =P
8. We can fool our brain into thinking other body parts are ours, or that our body parts are not there. You know, I've always wanted to pilot a giant robot. This is so much better - I can now be a giant robot and be myself at the same time!

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