alumiere (alumiere) wrote,
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some good stuff

* health care reform as proposed currently is imperfect, but it would be a very good thing none-the-less (and hey, it would make sure i didn't have such ridiculous costs even though i *have* a "good" plan) http://www.alternet.org/healthwellness/141916/10_awesome_things_that_would_happen_if_health_reform_passes/?page=entire (from karnythia)

* beautiful sand animation (well worth the full eight minutes) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=518XP8prwZo - link courtesy of eddie_campbell - an article in the guardian UK tells us that the last phrase means “you are always near: 1945”

* clean water for the world at a reasonable price - brilliant (when i have a job again i'll probably buy several of these - given my non-functional immune system if i'm in a situation where clean water isn't available i'd catch something deadly quite quickly - i do have an in-line 20nanometer filter on my drinking water at home, and i drink bottled when i'm out) http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_pritchard_invents_a_water_filter.html (from ed_dirt)

* the world science festival on the magic of the pentatonic scale... http://coilhouse.net/2009/08/12/the-power-of-the-pentatonic-scale/

* a beautiful five minute history of johnny walker scotch whiskey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5QknFnqhhs (from warren_ellis)

* raceism, sexism, rape is funny, homophobia, and more fail is everywhere this week (although it's prevalence in sf/f authors/artists is particularly disgusting), but it's depressing as hell, so i'm watching and reading but i'll skip sharing it here (see angry black woman, karnythia, yuki_onna, fugitivus, etc for intelligent discourse)
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