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Dan Goodman's prediction and politics journal.

Sunday, June 27, 2004

Saturday June 26, 2004. Writing -- Daily exercise -- Done. Posted to this journal.

"Well Met, Well Met, My Own True Love" -- Added one scene to the zero draft portion. The scene includes a new bit of throwaway background: several of the people in it are Canadian Civil War reenactors.

Changed the name of one important gadget.

"They Might Be Windmills" --

"History Line" --
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Mr. Cheney assured Fox's anxious viewers that he would stay on the ticket and in the White House until January '09. (No four letter words, dear Democrats.) Vice said of W., "he knows I'm there to serve him."

Mr. Bush must have missed that classic "Twilight Zone" episode where the aliens arrive with a book entitled, "To Serve Man." It turns out to be a cookbook.
Maureen Dowd http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/27/opinion/27DOWD.html
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Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who as a legislator opposed the rail line, said that the opposition is water over the bridge and that the goal now is to make it successful.
http://startribune.com/stories/462/4848766.htm

I don't yet know whether the governor actually said that, a reporter got it wrong, or a copy editor "corrected" water under the bridge.
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Cool Magnet: A little bit of iron gives magnetic refrigeration a boost
An improved material moves magnetic refrigeration one step closer to commercial reality.
http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20040626/fob6.asp

Beg Your Indulgence: The Japanese social concept of amae goes global
The Japanese concept of amae, in which one person presumes that another will indulgently grant a special request, may apply to different forms of behavior at different ages, even in Western countries.
http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20040626/bob10.asp

Dogs Catching Frisbees
When navigating to intercept a thrown Frisbee, dogs appear to use the same geometric strategy that a baseball fielder employs to snag a fly ball hit into the outfield.
http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20040626/mathtrek.asp

Public Release: 25-Jun-2004
Natural selection at work in genetic variation to taste
A genetic variation seen worldwide in which people either taste or do not taste a bitter, synthetic compound called PTC has been preserved by natural selection, University of Utah and National Institutes of Health researchers have reported.
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