[links] Link salad wakes up in its own bed for a change

Another favorable Polish review of Trial of Flowers, a/k/a Próba kwiatów

Urban fantasy author J.A. Pitts is featured in the Seattle Times

Book Marketing 101: Getting Into the Right Shelf Category — Andrew Wheeler is educational.

New Yorker‘s unfinished cover contest

Calling America: Phone Zones as Alternate States — Interesting, and also impinging slightly on my Day Jobbe.

How Seawater Can Power the World — Mmm, fusion.

Argentus on the completion of the first Neptunian year since the planet’s discovery — (Via [info]shsilver.)

Chemists discover freezing point of supercooled water — Vitrified water? What? Huh?

New for Aspiring Doctors, the People Skills Test — For the most part, the doctors on my multiple rounds of cancer care have been excellent in this regard.

The Science of Beauty — Weird. (Thanks to [info]e_bourne.)

How did the hamsters even *get* jet lag? — The Bloggess on hamsters and Viagra. (Via AH.)

Hidden Beneficiaries of Federal Programs — A look at how people don’t recognize that they benefit from Federal programs, especially middle and upper class people. (And there’s an implicit issue of privilege in why food stamp receipients have to be closely supervised by program administrators but mortgage interest deduction recipients do not, but that’s a topic for another time.) The article ties this to class rather than political leanings, but I’d be shocked if this didn’t bias far to the Right. “Keep your government hands off my Medicare” indeed. Also, see this old post of mine on the topic of benefiting from government: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Moral leper Senator Orrin Hatch digs himself in deeper explaining his remarks about the poor taking their fair share — You, sir, confirm my every belief about the ethical untenability of conservative positions.

Bachmann Responds To Slavery Controversy With Another Slavery Analogy — Speaking of conservative ethical untenability.

Qualifications — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on Michele Bachmann’s absurdly thin political resume, with comparisons to Obama.

Is Sarah Palin sending mixed messages in her Newsweek article? — Isn’t she always?

Tea Party groups to target lawmakers on debt ceilingTea Party activists will be going after 21 Democrats — mostly moderate-to-conservative members in swing districts, organizers say. They also said they would go after Republicans but did not name them. Ah, yes, the politically independent Tea Party once again demonstrates how it is not part and parcel of the GOP machine.

?otD: If this Tuesday, this must be where?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (short fiction, Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (badly interrupted)
Weight: 227.4
Currently reading: Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord