Writing and Mortality — Rachel Swirsky on a topic a bit close to home for me, also the myth of compulsion.
Ecuadorean Villagers May Hold Secret to Longevity — This is a curious story about mutation, growth factors and cancer.
Record Melting in Greenland during 2010 — This image, made from microwave measurements, maps Greenland’s melt season in 2010, which lasted 50 days longer than average. Tide goes in, tide goes out. Never a miscommunication. Global warming, though, that’s a liberal plot that’s only supported by the data.
In Defense of Elites — Yes, I would like my political leaders to be smarter and better informed than me, thank you very much. That isn’t threatening to a rational human being, that is reassuring.
Agnotology — Culturally induced ignorance or doubt. My view is that Quiggin is right as far as right-wing politicians are concerned: for the most part they know that Obama was born here, that he isn’t a socialist,that there are no death panels, and so on, but feel compelled to pretend to be crazy as a career move. (From @RivetNZ via danjite.)
?otD: Would you Tri-Cities?
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (2,500 words on a short fiction project, WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (interrupted)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Currently reading: Dead Iron by Devon Monk