[links] Link salad watches the moon ride the sky of a morning

Walk The Fire: a shared-world SF anthology series — An interesting Kickstarter.

Willie Nelson’s Audition Tape for “The Hobbit” — Hahahahah.

The ultimate cancer taboo: Sometimes it kills you We keep talking about battles, warriors, miracles and hope. Meanwhile, those with metastatic cancers are ignored. That would be me.

In Germany, a U.S. beer invasion — This seems improbable.

The World’s Largest Rubber Duck Arrives in Hong Kong — Wow! Hahah. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

The Data Made Me Do ItThe next frontier for big data is the individual.

5 Ways to Make Google Glass Better — Number 6, make it possible to use them with prescription lenses.

High-tech camera acts like a bug’s eye

Space Ape Parody Shows Why Aquatic Ape Theory Is All Wet — (Via David Goldman.)

Religious Knowledge QuizYou answered 14 out of 15 questions correctly for a score of 93%. Which puts me in the 99% percentile. Not bad for an atheist. I also note that when this survey was done with the general public on an outbound basis, atheists came in second only to Jews in their knowledge, well ahead of a number of different identified Christian groups, though the Mormons were a close third. This is parallel to the science quiz I recently posted. (I missed the First Great Awakening question.)

Man shot and killed at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport, authorities say — Thank god for the NRA and the Republican party, or the shooter wouldn’t have had the right to exercise his theoretical defense of essential liberties in such a fashion. Where would we be as a society without our guns?

Even Counting Votes too Scientific for North Carolina — Typical conservatives. They cannot win on their ideas, so they cheat. Egregiously, in this case. (Via [info]corwynofamber.)

QotD?: Would you go to the moon if you could?


5/3/2013
Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (WRPA editing work on METAtropolis: Green Space, plus audiobook prep)
Hours slept: 8.75 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (foot hurts)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block digging for fossils in the yards of God-fearing Republicans: 0
Currently reading: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

6 thoughts on “[links] Link salad watches the moon ride the sky of a morning

  1. Alexis says:

    14 out of 15 too. I missed which religion has Nirvana. Not bad for an atheist.

  2. Cora says:

    About the supposed invasion of American beer in Germany, I’m not seeing any of that here. I can get Budweiser or Miller at bigger supermarkets, but that’s about it. And American beer has a horrendous reputation in Germany – Miller, Budweiser, Coors, etc… are often referred to as “Ami Pisse”. The Washington Post article makes the common mistake of confusing Berlin with Germany and treats a story about some hipster bars and liquor stores in Prenzlauer Berg selling imported American craft beer as a story about Germans drinking more American beer. Now I don’t doubt that many of those microbrews are good, but the whole article also had a touch of American foodie arrogance, i.e. if Americans suddenly discover the proper version of some kind of food or drink after subsisting on inferior versions for decades, they suddenly begin insisting that their version is better than the good versions of the food/drink that have been made for ages abroad. We’ve seen it with coffee, cheese, chocolate and now with beer. American craftbrewers discover how beer is supposed to taste (i.e. not like Coors, Miller, Budweiser, etc…) and suddenly they are the experts and worldleaders.

    As for the religion quiz, I got 15 of 15, though I guessed on the first religious revival question and one of the constitution questions.

    Answer of the day: If I could get back, why not? Though I suspect health issues would preclude space travel.

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