December 14th, 2005

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From's newsletter:
The Community Broadband Coalition, a diverse group of businesses, special interest groups and local government organizations, have sent a letter to the US Congress urging the passage of a community Internet bill. Called the Community Broadband Act of 2005, the bill responds to efforts by telephone and cable television firms to pass laws forbidding local governments from providing telecommunications services.

US brokerage regulator NASD has warned investors against reacting to stock tips sent in unsolicited mobile phone text messages. The authority's warning came as email-based spam schemes aimed at hyping share prices started moving beyond email and onto mobile phones. <> [Reuters]
From EurekAlert
Public Release: 14-Dec-2005
Southern Medical Journal
Gender plays role in religious sensitivity for medical students
Can sensitivity to the role religion plays in a patient's life positively affect physician bedside manner and care of the patient? Yes, for female physicians in training; no, for male physicians in training, according to a research letter published in the December issue of the Southern Medical Journal.

Public Release: 14-Dec-2005
BMC Structural Biology
New discovery may improve treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and type 2 diabetes
Protein aggregation is the cause of several neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Creuzfeldt-Jacob disease, as well as pancreatic insufficiency, which causes type 2 diabetes. A team of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona scientists has found a method to identify specific "hot spots" of proteins linked to these diseases that allow aggregation. The research makes it possible to design new drugs to shield these "hot spots" and stabilise the molecules to prevent them from aggregating.

Public Release: 14-Dec-2005
Journal of Food Quality
Cheese study emphasizes consumer opinion over expert assessment
A recent study comparing consumer acceptance of cheeses with quality scores given by expert dairy assessors revealed notable differences between how consumers responded to certain cheeses and how experts predicted they would respond. As a result, researchers highlight the importance of recognizing differences between these two groups, and particularly in giving more weight to the opinions of the consumer when determining food quality standards. This study is published in the Journal of Food Quality.

Public Release: 14-Dec-2005
Ancient glaciers still affect the shape of North America, say scientists
The research team has found that a large swath of territory in the Northeast is slowly moving southward in relation to the rest of the continent. The southward movement calls into question a view that earth scientists have held about crustal plates for decades, namely that these large, rocky chunks of the planet's surface are rigid objects.
US Geological Survey

Fifteen songs and what do you get?

Fifteen songs which currently appeal to me? Two to begin with.

I wish I had never been born
Or had died when I was young.
Wish I never had kissed your sweet red lips
Or listened to your flattering tongue.

Oh, my last gold dollar is gone;
My last gold dollar is gone.
My rent bill's due, and my whisky bill too;
My last gold dollar is gone.
I seen Molly in the crowd, in the crowd
I seen Molly in the crowd, in the crowd
I seen Molly in the crowd,
And I holler right out loud,
"Well now Molly, ain't you proud,
Goddamn your eyes."

And my Jenny dressed in blue, dressed in blue
And my Jenny dressed in blue, dressed in blue
And my Jenny dressed in blue
Said "Sam, your trifling days are through,
Your trifling days are through, Goddamn your eyes!"

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Wednesday December 14, 2005. I liked one story in the January issue of Asimov's Science Fiction: Carol Emshwiller's "World of No Return."

It's easy to figure out why Michael Swanwick's "An Episode of Stardust" didn't appeal to me; Swanwick doesn't do fantasy I like. Some of his science fiction has what I look for in fantasy: Vacuum Flowers and </stations> in particular. But he's trying to do something else in fantasy. (Yes, the magazine's title says "Science Fiction" but not "Fantasy.")

If I hadn't read several versions of the story in the 1950's and more later, I might have liked Allan Steele's "World Without End, Amen."

The January/February Analog has three stories I liked, one of which I'll want to reread: John Barnes's "'The Night is Fine," the Walrus Said." I haven't cared for Barnes's novels set in the same future history; I don't yet know what makes the difference.

The others: Richard A. Lovett's "Dinosaur Blood" and Grey Rollins's "Mop-Up".
Writing: "I Might Have Wed A King's Daughter" -- Minor changes. Deadline: January 15, for critiquing in LinkOnline.

Self-help information:

Decluttering: Some trash picked up.

Selfwork: A bit of body meditation.