[links] Link salad feels vernal

I will be at PDX GEAR Con — A new steampunk con for Portland, this coming July.

Google Books Settlement rejected — Maybe a step in the right direction. Scrivener’s Error comments.

Where No Map Has Gone Before: A History of Science Fiction — I believe I linked to this graphic before, but in this case, Strange Maps has provided a nifty exegesis.

Cosmonaut Crashed Into Earth ‘Crying In Rage’ — An NPR blog post on a strange topic, indeed.

What Is Consciousness? — This is a fairly nifty little piece from Information Is Beautiful.

Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says — Speaking as an atheist, I have trouble believing in this.

What Are the Economic Consequences of the Japanese Disaster?

[UK] Government faces calls to overhaul visa rules for foreign performers — And I thought the US immigration was nuts. (Snurched from Scrivener’s Error.)

Wisconsin’s Radical Break — A bit of labor history for you. Interesting to see documentation about how much conservatives have changed in their demonization of both government and labor.

Meeting the challenges of explaining health reform — This bit is classic: The Kaiser Family Foundation had a great “data note” recently establishing just how little the American people know about reform. (The lack of knowledge apparently did not correlate with the intensity of political feeling). That would be the Palinite/Tea Party end of the conservative movement in a nutshell.

How Democrats, Republicans compare — Comparison shopping and blind tests. Heh. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

?otD: Springing into action today? Or are you falling back antipodealistically?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (2,600 words on Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Weight: 253.0
Currently reading: A Bard’s Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella; Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts