[links] Link salad says TGIF

In case you missed it yesterday, I messed about with a tilt-shift filter [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — This stuff is deeply cool and fun to look at, and I’m not even sure I can explain why.

Strange Horizons with a mixed review of METAtropolis [ audible.com|iTunes]

The 2009 Eustace Tilley Contest — The image on this post is amazing. Click through from there for more New Yorker fun, too.

Mystery Roar from Faraway Space Detected — Wookie! Wookie! Wookie! (Thanks to .)

Did Earth’s Twin Cores Spark Plate Tectonics? — This is a weird one. (Thanks to my brother.)

More entertaining legal quotes from Freakonomics

New Voices in Congress Will Change the Tone of the Democratic Majority — (Thanks to my Dad.)

Bush treated less fairly than Obama, survey says — Apparently no one remembers the free ride Bush got from the media from the late 1990s through about 2006/2007. Negative Gore stories outnumbered negative Bush stories about 4:1 in the 2000 election. The whole handling of Bush’s and Kerry’s respective war records in 2004 absolutely speaks for itself. So now that Bush and the Republican party have ruined the economy, broken the military, turned the United States into a nation of torturers and thugs on the world stage, bred new terrorism on a global scale, trashed the Constitution and generally pissed in every pot this country has, now people think he’s not being treated fairly by the press? If the press had done even a fraction of their jobs over the last ten years, the United States would almost certainly be far, far better off today. Cry me a river, conservative America. The press can piss off, too.

?otD: If pink is the new black, what’s a pink hole?

Body movement: 40 minute ride on the stationary bike
This morning’s weigh-in: 222.2
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville