Sci Fi Wire with your guide to punks — In which I make an appearance. (Via
Nordenfelt class Turkish submarine — For those of you fans of Escapement and Pinion, real life Victorian era submarines, and some odd history. (Via
Roundhouse: 1943 — Because I can’t resist a good dose of Shorpy train pr0n. And neither can you!
Obousy’s ‘Interstellar Journey’ Site Debuts — Centauri Dreams highlights a terrific resource for (nearly) realworld interstellar travel.
How to Create Quantum Superpositions of Living Things — Well, sort of. Still cool as hell. What could possibly go wrong?
I guess I’m a conservative, too — Ta-Nehisi Coates on Obama, conservatism and the recent school speech furor.
Hank Williams, Jr., political sachem — “If it wasn’t for the Electoral College, Obama wouldn’t be president,” he said. “Let’s face it. That’s the problem right there.” Um, no. Wrong president. Wonder what he thought about the election of George W. Bush?
Newt Gingrich, on NPR criticizing the healthcare bills as complex legislation — Because the minute you start putting together a 1,300-page bill, you have no idea what the different sections are like, how they interact with each other. And, in order to get enough votes, you end up buying people in for bizarre reasons and giving away goodies, and all of a sudden you have a political monstrosity. Gee, how did he feel about the 342 page USA PATRIOT Act, passed in two days through both the House and Senate?
Massachusetts Democrats trying to change the law back to allow Governor Patrick to name a replacement for the late Senator Kennedy — You guys are full of shit. Changing the rules when it suits you then changing them back when it suits you again is precisely the kind of opportunistic bullshit the other team does all the time. (Take a gander at the way Senate procedures regarding the role of the minority party changed as the GOP came in and out of power this past decade if you don’t know what I’m talking about.) How the hell can anyone be accountable in politics if no one plays a cleaner game? Confidential to Massachusetts Dems: You’re hypocrites. Get over yourselves. After all, what would you be saying right now if the GOP were pulling precisely this stunt?
?otD: Did you turn the tap dance into your parade?
Body movement: 10 minutes of stretching & meditation, 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (forgot to weigh)
Currently reading: The Real Wizard of Oz by Rebecca Loncraine; The Other Lands by David Anthony Durham