[links] Link salad stumbles into Thursday, apologizes

First Contact: A Talk with Ursula K. Le GuinThe New Yorker interviews Le Guin. (Snurched from Scrivener’s Error.)

Another Word on Word Count — Agent Caren Johnson on genres, structure and word count, including this little gem comparing SF to mystery: There is a set formula for science fiction, westerns and horror as well. I can’t speak for westerns and horror, but a comment like that leads me to conclude that Caren hasn’t read much science fiction published in the last forty years, at least. (Via the Twitterfeed of @colleenlindsay.)

The toilet mystery remains unresolved thus far: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — swears she is innocent.

Downgrade: 1943Shorpy, with a photo from the much harsher days of railroading.

Boko HaramLanguage Log on Nigerian Islamic radicals and framing. I was struck by this phrase in the article, a quote from the faction’s leader: “[Western] education ‘spoils the belief in one God’.” That’s an attitude these Islamic extremists share with a wide swathe of American Christians, unfortunately for everyone involved.

Scott Adams claims that “First, 80% of healthcare costs go toward chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.” — I have no idea if this is true (and he provides no supporting cites), but anecdotally, since the first onset of my cancer in April, 2008, more healthcare dollars have been spent on me than the previous 43 years of my life combined.

?otD: I’ll shout it out, who killed the Kennedys?


7/30/2009
Body movement: 10 minutes of stretching and meditation; 30 minutes on stationary bike
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (forgot)
Currently reading: Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold

2 thoughts on “[links] Link salad stumbles into Thursday, apologizes

  1. Jaws says:

    Perhaps some of Adams’ wildly-out-of-proportion “80%” is coming from the fact that many of these chronic conditions now can be treated, instead of merely endured… and that the rest of our lives (e.g., decent nutrition, freedom from wolves, avoiding the very real dangers of working in agriculture) aren’t killing us so soon that we survive to have “chronic” conditions instead of dying from acute conditions (like, say, starvation, or loss of limb).

    Or perhaps — just perhaps — it’s Adams’s own ill will toward science poking its way through. Again.

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