Nancy Lebovitz

Nancy Lebovitz

  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Has anyone else read Moonwise by Greer Gilman? Some of it's in dialect, and it's not easy going generally. I did a partial careful read, with commentary. https://reading-moonwise.dreamwidth.org/ I feel as though I'm in the wrong timeline. I'd have sworn...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Workplace quality is a huge asymmetrical information quality problem. It's difficult to identify what are good places to work, but workplace quality has a large effect on quality of life....
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    I'm reading _Seeds of Life_ about the very challenging effort it took to figure out how human reproduction works on the anatomical and cellular level. It was very difficult, especially since at the beginning, people didn't even know about the...
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    I taught myself to read at age five from a "This is a cat, this is a bat" book. However, it was a phonetic alphabet for a language I knew. I don't see how you get around that for a...
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    What about geothermal for climate control (all that lovely 50F air) rather than for energy production? As for transmitting knowledge to the future, there's a lot of guesswork involved. How much is remembered anyway? What do they need? How long...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    "My personal theory: death by COVID is now a type of Death of Despair, like the opioid addiction was. In both cases, they were done by people who consider suicide un-Christian, I doubt that this is a majority of anti-vaxxers,...
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    In re diabetes: I need to review it, but there's a book called _Diabetes Rising_ which claims that both sorts of diabetes were rare about a century ago, and have gone up quite a bit. And that there's a mixture...
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    Who the hell is writing this timeline, Robert Sheckley? https://theconversation.com/excel-autocorrect-errors-still-plague-genetic-research-raising-concerns-over-scientific-rigour-166554?fbclid=IwAR37CouaSiplt81RVTVI1c4YTq2HHdq1tTNiIdTu9K6KDPGnwCFrlsq5g7Q? "Our research shows autocorrect errors, particularly in Excel spreadsheets, can also make a mess of gene names in genetic research. We surveyed more than 10,000 papers with Excel gene lists...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    No apology needed-- I wasn't offended, possibly because I wasn't entirely sure what you meant. There are quite a lot of Americans who call themselves progressives. I may have solved my problems with reliably being able to post here. It...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    While I'm horrified at the description of football fans making hissing noises to express antisemitism (simulating gas in death camps), and none too pleased at Alice Waters' gross antisemitism getting a pass, the thing that chilled me most was the...
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    I really need some more specificity. While I seem to have been exposed to much less antisemitism than the other American Jews I know, the stories I hear are more like having pennies thrown at them as children rather than...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    "No ovens but plenty of "none allowed" here." When and where are you talking about? David Baddiel talks about English antisemitism, which strikes me as considerably worse than the background level of American antisemitism. Fair warning-- his angle is about...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    I'm not sure which of my several statements you're agreeing with. America has a much better record on antisemitism than Europe....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Part of what's wrong with the world is that there's no place for refugees in general to go. This makes the existence of Israel seem rather crucial. I actually have less connection to the Holocaust than a lot of other...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    I refer to the Holocaust as killing 11 million people. I think some Jews find this irritating, but I haven't run into a hard pushback....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    How much does sheep's lung contribute to the haggis experience?...
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    Two more from British English: "Poll" for what I'd call an election. "Jab" for what I'd call a vaccination. I think there was a piece by GK Chesterton mocking the self-proclaimed efficient Americans for using longer words than the English....
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    How about "All bellow and no battleax"? Hypothetically, a tusk is still a weapon, though I grant I've never heard of orcs attacking with them. From the Britpicker's link: ""Plush" in America appears to mean luxurious, comfortable or similar. In...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Doing language changes by era would be a major challenge, but worthwhile for people who want to get their historical fiction right. I realize that torch means flashlight, but I just don't visualize it that way. Marmalade has been a...
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    People in the UK mostly don't use "gotten". I was shocked when I heard that. How do you live? I think "got" is used instead. "Gaol" rather than jail. A biscuit is something like a cookie, but the boundaries aren't...
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    I've been wondering whether people could get a little slack for handling heat though genetic engineering for big ears (preferably foldable in case of cold) and/or a liftable fin on the back. My hypothesis is that the super-duper rich might...
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    What was involved in being taught to write idiomatic American English? Bolsonaro reminds me of a hiccough cure I just read about-- try to make yourself hiccough immediately after you hiccoughed. The description made it sound effective, but I haven't...
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    What happens if a train has 257 axles? Does it register as having one axle?...
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    See Gladstone's _Three Parts Dead_ for magic entangled with law. I loved the first book, but never got further with the series. Do people recommend the rest of the series?...
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    One more about world turning honest, though the change is more offstage than in most: "Leg. Forst." by Clifford Simak. It's the one about the galactic stamp collector. I'm wondering whether a lot of Simak should be filed under dream...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Might mocking Cthulhu count as undercutting belief in him?...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-zt9pn-fe18f6?utm_campaign=w_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=w_share Ada Palmer talks about the Inquisitions, and part of it is about the complex relationship between the Catholic church and the various governments....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    The problem from my point of view is that I have Catholic friends who seem to be benign people generally. I really don't want to stomp on their feelings, and some of them are worried about anti-Catholic prejudice. Do you...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/church-residential-school-compensation-1.6082935?fbclid=IwAR1eHCORHbUP2ZKYjBniZPbQ4Bn0mz8jGBxGJV9ZDwp9FkqkBdo_tfvJyqs "Residential school survivor Rick Daniels and his wife, Judy Greyeyes, live in a small apartment just a few kilometres from Saskatoon's towering $28.5-million Holy Family Cathedral." "Roman Catholic churches in Saskatoon and across Canada had also signed an agreement...
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    https://www.vice.com/en/article/y3dnyk/more-churches-torched-in-canada-as-outrage-against-catholics-grows https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/04/canada-burned-churches-indigenous-catholicism...
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