June 14th, 2009

SSuiseiseki

Things fall apart.

Devolution in the USA: what if our future is to break up like the USSR? Apparently there are groups working toward this, if only as an academic exercise.

Needless to say, as a Falangist I disapprove. There is little in the ambitions of these groups hat couldn't be satisfied by a return of the US to a more decentralized federalism instead of the increasingly statist polity we're speeding toward under the Obama administration.
SSuiseiseki

Sleep, the Army, and crocodiles. Among other things.

Megan McArdle agrees: lack of sleep makes you stupid.
This is in the context of an argument over whether it's smarter to let interns get more sleep, as opposed to the current training regimen which has them getting screwed out of sleep as badly as MASH surgeons during a big push. It's times like this that I wish I knew when Sue Page-Phillips disappeared to; as the only doctor I knew personally, she'd have some insights on this that nobody in my current tribe of friends has. Oh well.

Hermes is breeding its own crocodiles, because the natural supply can't keep up with demand. I wonder whether there is now a subsidiary market in Aussie croc meat. (Marginal Revolution)

Jules Crittenden reminds us that today is the Army's 234th birthday; also, a link roundup on the mess in Iran.
SSuiseiseki

Replenishing the blood supply

I think it's a cliche that people join fandom looking for community. Traditionally, this has certainly been the case, and to some extent continues to be the case for some people, but now that SF and fantasy have become part of the mainstream I don't think it's quite as common as it used to be. The result of this is that fandom is less of a ghetto than it used to be, and some of the social aspects have weakened as a result.
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SSuiseiseki

You! Back in the ghetto!

Finished William Gibson's Spook Country this morning before breakfast, more because I wanted to get it over with than for any expectation that there would be a good ending to a monotonous drone of a novel.
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