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.)
Downgrade: 1943 — Shorpy, with a photo from the much harsher days of railroading.
Boko Haram — Language 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?
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