The Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser and the Lakeside Kickstarter for the documentary about me,
Time Lapse: Howard draws “Jay Lake Kicking Cancer’s Ass” — This picture is so awesome.
Gabrielle Harbowy with another Act of Whimsy — Where are you now, indeed…
Acts of Fashionable Whimsey for Jay Lake — Gail Carriger does it with style.
How You Can Help Peter David Recover — Speaking of people in need of help for medical reasons.
Fasting Might Boost Chemo’s Cancer-Busting Properties — A new animal study suggests that short-term starvation might improve outcomes for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. (Via
Why would a biotech company keep a secret herd of goats? — Many antibodies get made in a surprising factory—animals.
Small Factories Give Baxter the Robot a Cautious Once-Over — Rethink Robotics invented a $22,000 humanoid robot that competes with low-wage workers. I’m rather conflicted over this story.
Penn and Teller on Vaccinations — Speaking hypocritical intellectual dishonesty, anti-vas is one that has taken hold in certain elements of liberal America, a demographic not normally afflicted with the kind of wholesale willful ignorance that pretty much defines American conservatism, reinforced through vigorous data suppression and media-driven epistemic closure. This one makes the good guys look stupid. (At least conservatives have an excuse: almost their entire Weltanschauung collapses in the face of the facts on the ground. Their willful ignorance is sheer self-defense. Liberals have no such excuse for this kind of stupidity.) (Via
Long-Term Global Warming Trend Continues — Speaking of facts antithetical to the conservative worldview…
Sandy Hook truthers claim the Newtown massacre never happened — This is just disgusting, vile. But philosophically it’s little different from the moral, upstanding citizens who own guns and shrug off the eighty plus deaths a day that occur because of their gun “rights”.
The Second Amendment was Ratified to Preserve Slavery — I’ve been contemplating the link between widespread private gun ownership and slavery for z while (both vigorously defended as Constitutional rights, both defended as necessary social good, both supported by people who considered themselves good and moral, both with vile and immoral consequences completely at odds with their putative justifications), so this is especially timely and fascinating. (Via David Goldman.)
Hard-liners Don’t Speak for All Conservatives — Oh really? This is one of the funniest headlines I’ve seen in ages. Maybe those not-hard-line conservatives might want to speak up once in a while. Not to mention doing something about the loons and vandals currently running the House and disrupting the Senate. Any takers…? No, I didn’t think so.
?otD: Are you a cut-up?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (stress)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing disability rights: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks