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How Books Are Made (1947 video) — “This man is an author. He writes stories. He has just finished writing a story. He thinks many people will like to read it. So he must have the story made into a book.” Encyclopedia Britannica with a video on how books are made. Or were in 1947. With bonus hot type action. (Via AH.)

Amazon’s $23,698,655.93 book about flies — Ah, pricing algorithms. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Poor Jane’s Almanac — The life and hard times of Ben Franklin’s sister Jane Mecom.

Tim Wu, historian of information empires — This is worth reading just for the opening squib on magnetic tape alone.

Discovery Could Make Fuel Cells Much Cheaper

Does More Education Lead to Less Religion? — Depends on the quality and goal of the education, I should think. If one is trained to conduct magical thinking, one will continue to do so. If one is trained to analyze the world as it is, one will do that.

Protests mount over fast track for John Paul’s beatificationSex abuse controversy refuses to go away as Catholics prepare for ceremony in Rome.

Fischer Brings the Crazy, Part…InfinityDispatches From the Culture Wars with more on the Right’s bizarre perception of a link between secular liberals and Islamic fundamentalists. When we defend the right of Muslims to practice their religion, we are defending the constitutional values that conservatives so often claim to support but reject in reality. It’s called intellectual consistency; you really should try it some time.

Red Cross study finds 60 percent of young people support torture — Our friends on the Right in politics and media have succeeded in demonizing ourselves.

Glenn Beck called Mike Huckabee a progressive — You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Honest to god, that’s even weirder than calling Obama a Socialist.

Sen. Kyl Erases His False Statement On Planned Parenthood From Congressional Record — See! Republicans don’t lie! Memory hole for the win. And I love the closer on this piece, too. So even though Kyl has had his remarks removed from the official legislative record, his legacy as Archduke Ferdinand’s assassin and the saboteur of the Apollo 13 space mission lives on.

?otD: Bicuspids or biceps?


4/26/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (1,700 words on a new short fiction project)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Weight: 245.4
Currently reading: Nifft the Lean by Michael Shea

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