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People began to talk about other things, discussing the various business of the day that had been so rudely interrupted, or taking the opportunity to talk about other things. After a half hour or more, one of those conversations got louder; Maya didn’t hear how it began, but suddenly Arkady said, very loudly and in English, “I don’t think we should pay any attention to plans made for us back on Earth!”

Other conversations went silent, and people turned to look at him. He had popped up and was floating under the rotating roof of the chamber, where he could survey them all and speak like some mad flying spirit.

“I think we should make new plans,” he said. “I think we should be making them now. Everything should be redesigned from beginning, with our own thinking expressed. It should extend everywhere, even to first shelters we build.”

“Why bother?” Maya asked, annoyed at his grandstanding. “They’re good designs.” It really was irritating; Arkady often took center stage, and people always looked at her as if

andreparames /
Last active Apr 9, 2016
Store strings on the very useful
import requests
def frombits(s):
bts = (int(s[i:i+8], 2) for i in range(0, len(s), 8))
return str(bytearray(bts))
def tobits(s):
return ''.join(bin(b)[2:].zfill(8) for b in bytearray(s))
def storebit(bit):
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We will find neither national purpose nor personal satisfaction in a mere
continuation of economic progress, in an endless amassing of worldly
goods. We cannot measure national spirit by the Dow Jones Average,
nor national achievement by the Gross National Product. For the Gross
National Product includes air pollution, and ambulances to clear our
highways from carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and jails
for the people who break them. The Gross National Product includes the
destruction of the redwoods and the death of Lake Superior. It grows
with the production of napalm and missiles and nuclear warheads…. It
includes… the broadcasting of television programs which glorify violence
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SAN FRANCISCO — You might want to watch what you say on your way in
and out of court.
According to court papers filed Friday, federal agents placed secret
recording devices in at least three locations around the entrance to
the San Mateo County courthouse in Redwood City without first getting
judicial approval.
The courthouse bugs were used in 2009 and 2010 to investigate bid-rigging
at public foreclosure auctions. Their existence surfaced in a motion

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andreparames / left_hand_of_darkness-intro
Last active Dec 10, 2015
Introduction to Left Hand of Darkness.
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Science fiction is often described, and even defined, as
extrapolative. The science fiction writer is supposed to take a
trend or phenomenon of the here-and-now, purify and intensify it
for dramatic effect, and extend it into the future. ‘If this goes
on, this is what will happen.’ A prediction is made. Method and
results much resemble those of a scientist who feeds large doses
of a purified and concentrated food additive to mice, in order to
predict what may happen to people who eat it in small quantities for
a long time. The outcome seems almost inevitably to be cancer. So
does the outcome of extrapolation. Strictly extrapolative works
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