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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
Odin's Day 
1st-Dec-2010 07:40 am
Hearth
Rabbit rabbit!

Administration
Happy birthday to gows!

State of the 'Song
Pretty much okay, helped by staying in last night.

Holiday Shopping
90% done. Still have to figure something out for my cousins and my... demicousins? My cousins' cousins related to me through marriage. There are four of them, and I can give classic books to the wee ones, but the teenagers require more thought. Must Facebook-message their mom.

Link Soup
* XKCD is DEAD ON.
* Bright of the Sky for free on Kindle! I loved this series. You should grab it.
* Methods of communication among activists [h/t vylar_kaftan]. I tend to emote or logic-bomb, often both simulataneously, depending on the crowd - but, then, the thing I'm an activist about is something people regard as deeply personal already, so emoting Gets Results. I have been known to Nuke, but not when I'm wearing my BARCC hat, and only when the person has proven that they're not going to listen anyway.

Daily Science
The latest test in quantum mechanics provides even stronger support than before for the view that nature violates local realism and is thus in contradiction with a classical worldview. By performing an experiment in which photons were sent from one Canary Island to another, physicists have shown that two of three loopholes can be closed simultaneously in a test that violates Bell's inequality (and therefore local realism) by more than 16 standard deviations. Performing a Bell test that closes all three loopholes still remains a challenge, but the physicists predict that such an experiment might be "on the verge of being possible" with state-of-the-art technology.

Plans
Work, home. Knitting my butt off, either in the afternoon or evening; I'm 20 rows from the end of Elayna's shawl and need to jump on something for my birthmother next, to have done by the 20th. Tonight is the first night of Chanukah!
Comments 
1st-Dec-2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing XKCD; this particular sick gal needed it this morning. Much as I would love to believe I could solve my health problems with a dash of spunk, a wink and a grin, I'm pretty sure there is more to it right now. And it's okay to be unhappy about that sometimes.
1st-Dec-2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
You are (many expletives deleted) RIGHT! Americans tend to love us medically-challenged people only when we're brave and display what they deem a Good Attitude (TM). The last thing they want to deal with is, well, what we deal with when our bodies don't work according to script--pain, exhaustion, frustration, depression and the stress of having to deal with a world that doesn't want to deal with us.

Ladies, I recommend Barbara Ehrenreich's Bright Sided. I'll be happy to loan my copy as soon as I unpack it. She got fed up with the enforced happiness meme when she had breast cancer--and zings it really well.
1st-Dec-2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, that xkcd is wonderful! I actually had been trying reiki for my nerve pain back before my surgery until my reiki practitioner tried to tell me that my body was hurting because I was *allowing* it to. I dropped him pretty quick. Wasn't helping much anyway, but that might have had more to do with my practitioner than the practice itself.
1st-Dec-2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
XKCD is DEAD ON.

No SHIT. I gotta say, I'm pleased that such a personally-relevant post was put up on my birthday.

(And thank you for the birthday wishes, BTW! :)
1st-Dec-2010 05:02 pm (UTC) - Movies or Music?
This is my default for teens. Either gift cards to the movie theater or iTunes or a store that I know they like.
1st-Dec-2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
I've been ranting about the evils of that philosophy for about 4 years now. (And that lady wrote that book about it.) Glad to see XKCD decide to join the party.

The communication styles among activists thing won't load.

I wish I understood the significance of the bell's tests better (It has been too long since I did Quantum). From the article description it sounds a lot like just putting tokens in envelopes.

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