A French review of Extraordinary Engines — Including my story, “The Lollygang Save the World on Accident”.
Getting out of the way — Roger Ebert on prodigies and the creative process.
5 Timeless Books of Insight on Fear and the Creative Process — The only time I experience fear in my creative process is immediately before diving into a large scale project.
Led by the child who simply knew — Raising a transgendered child.
Having to think about the unthinkable — Most people don’t like to plan for dying, but in our state of denial, we leave ourselves vulnerable to conditions we would never want. Arrangements for the end of life are essential.
NASA is planning to use a giant crossbow and harpoon to capture samples from an asteroid. — Oh, the opportunities…
How the 10,000-Year Clock Measures Time> — The Earth’s rotation is notoriously unpredictable. So how can a clock keep time for 10,000 years?
Higgs boson: the particle of faith — There are parallels between the search for the ‘God particle’ and the search for God Himself, writes Alister McGrath.
Overnight Makeover for a Kosher First Kitchen — Making the White House kitchen kosher. (Thanks to Dad.)
A common atheist delusion — This is one of my mental failings as an atheist as well. I find religious dogma so preposterous and obviously suspect that I have a lot of trouble believing that other people really believe it. My default assumption is always that they are going through the motions for some other reason. Which is an error-of-thinking on my part, to be sure.
Texas school may build protective wall after 2 students shot while trying out for basketball — See, your your Constitutionally guaranteed right to defense of essential liberties with firearms requires that rather than limit firearms use near schools, or any other sensible measure, we build walls around those schools. Because otherwise students might get shot by people out exercising their constitutional rights, and after all it’s kids’ fault for getting in the way of the bullets. This is yet another reason why I can never be a conservative. I just can’t think myself that twisted and inhumane, to believe that gun rights trump the safety of schoolchildren.
Empathy, Cont. — Ta-Nehisi Coates on culture as a toolbox. I will also note, in parallel to his observation about weight and class, that there are no overweight kids in
Non Sequitur nails contemporary politics — Read the blackboard in the background.
Physics Envy — Creating financial models involving human behavior is like forcing ‘the ugly stepsister’s foot into Cinderella’s pretty glass slipper.’
Panetta formally shuts down US war in Iraq — And we’ll just leave the money on the dresser on out way out, right?
?otd: Some you just can’t tell, right?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.5 (solid, plus plus napping)
Currently (re)reading: Retief! by Keith Laumer