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The caption contest voting poll is live — Give it a shot! Some funny stuff there. Prize is an ARC of Green.

A reader reacts to Mainspring — Not so much with the liking. Powell’s | Amazon thb | Audible ]

I Didn’t Dream of Dragons — Another, very thoughtful voice in the current “writing the other” fracas flowing around the blogosphere. This one reaches deeply. (Snurched from .)

From the Typewriter to the Bookstore: A Publishing Story — Macmillan Digital Marketing tells us how a book comes about. Warning: do not watch while drinking coffee, or you will need a new keyboard. (Thanks to .)

New York Times: Fiction Reading Increases for Adults — Huh. Interesting.

What Kids Are Wishing From — Another genius post from Dark Roasted Blend.

DNA Could Illuminate Origins of Medieval Manuscripts“This could help us understand not just things, not just books, not just medieval cows, but people.”

Deep Sea Fish Uses Mirrors to See — Wow, that’s cool. The Intelligent Designer must have been quite busy.

Mars methane discovery hints at presence of life — Wow. (Thanks to .)

Secret inspection satellites boost space intelligence ops — Spooky stuff, this. A bit more Star Wars than we usually think of the space program as being. (Thanks to .)

How one book ignited a culture warThe Guardian talks about Salman Rushdie. This also touches on the “writing the other” issue, albeit from a different perspective.

He’s Leaving. Really. — Some lovely snark in The New York Times about Bush’s farewell address.

?otD: Where have all the flours gone?


1/15/2009
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

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