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How Authors WriteThe technologies of composition, not new media, inspire ­innovations in literary styles and forms.

How Disney Could Make Star Wars Episode VII Awesome — Um.

Japanese Artist Paints Hyper-Realistic Body Modifications — Whoa. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Quantum entanglement shows that reality can’t be localEither that, or faster-than-light communications is a go.

Curiosity Mars rover finds soil similar to Hawaii’s — Aloha Mars?

Killing the Computer to Save It — Rethinking the basics.

A Wind Is Rising — The Bad Astronomer on weather and climate and Hurricane Sandy. Too bad only those of us in the reality-based community will get the message.

Romney on Climate Change: “Spending trillions to reduce CO2 is not the right course” — Old news, essentially, but relevant. I wish we were talking about reality instead of denialism.

Maybe We Should Talk About Climate Change Now — Not while conservatives remain a political force in America. Better to drown than admit reality.

Revisionist memory: White evangelicals have always been at war with abortionWhite American evangelicals are “pro-life.” This is the single most important political aspect of American evangelicalism. It is the single most important theological aspect of American evangelicalism. And it is the paramount factor in evangelical identity for evangelicals themselves. It’s also a very recent development. Thirty years ago, this was not the case. Fifty years ago, it was unimaginable. The problem with moral absolutism, especially when combined with a flat rejection of evidence outside your own carefully selected proof texts and a disdain for nuance or ambiguity, is you lose an understanding of even your own position, let alone anyone else’s.

Hey, remember when evangelicals were pro-choice because of the Bible? What a difference 30 years makesSlacktivist Fred Clark with more on how timeless Biblical truths can be utterly reversed by three decades of cynical conservative politics. Which would of course make a rational person question the notion of timeless Biblical truths, but clearly that’s not an option in our culture. Yet another reason I will never stop being an atheist. I am allowed to use both my brain and my memory.

Bush’s FEMA Director During Katrina Criticizes Obama For Responding To Sandy Too Quickly — Because, uh… Nope. I got nothing. Heck of a job, Brownie. (Via [info]madwriter.)

Romney Camp Going Off The Fact Checking Rails In Ohio — The thing is, it’s a post-truth campaign. The GOP has stopped even pretending about lying. They just don’t care any more, and neither do their voters.

Romney Campaign Training Poll Watchers To Mislead Voters In Wisconsin — Gee, the candidate who defined post-truth campaigning, the party that has raised voter exclusion to a political art form, deliberately misleading their own poll watchers in ways that coincidentally only favor themselves? Must be nice to make your own reality. Must be even nicer never to have to be accountable for your lies.

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10/31/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo)
Body movement: 0.5 hour stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 10.0 hours (eight hours solid overnight plus napping)
Weight: 224.6
Currently reading: Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold

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