“Quoth” the raven? The heartwarming tale of a defective verb — I’ve never before heard of this class of words.
Google puts prescription lenses in Glass’ frame — If I live so long, and if I have the money, man would I want these.
In South Korea, Spam Is the Stuff Gifts Are Made Of — (Thanks to Dad.)
One of the strangest animals on earth gets a little weirder — Despite having 12 photoreceptors, mantis shrimp aren’t great at sensing color.
The Sloth’s Busy Inner Life — Every week or so, the sloth descends from its favorite tree to defecate. I know the feeling. (Via David Goldman.)
From Warheads to Cheap Energy — Thomas L. Neff’s Idea Turned Russian Warheads Into American Electricity. Reading by bombsight. (Via David Goldman.)
A Cross-National Investigation into the Effects of Religiosity on the Pervasiveness of Corruption — It is found that even after controlling for the effects of socioeconomic development, communist heritage and religiosity tend to promote corruption. Interesting if true. Not sure this isn’t some kind of elaborate trolling which happens to cater to my personal confirmation bias. (Via
Tom Perkins Is The Hitler of Making Accurate Comparisons — Oh, the burden of the wealthy.
The Text that Changed the World — On Tuesday the Ukrainian government sent the following text message to thousands of protesters in the streets of Kiev: “Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.” This short text belied a far more radical message. For the first time, a government was able to identify individual protesters and privately communicate to them that it knew who they were and where they were located. Well. I certainly have a thorough understanding of this technology, and a thorough-going fear of these politics. (Via Lisa Costello.)
Republicans unveil Obamacare replacement plan: Everybody pays more — Ah, market forces.
Meet 330 Lawmakers Who Made 2013 “A Terrible Year for Women’s Health” — 94% of them are Republicans.
Thinking Like a Conservative (Part Five): Epistemology and Empathy — In their own words, of course.
Rand Paul’s Mixed Inheritance — (Via Dad.)
?otD: Had any holes cut in you lately?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 4.0 hours (badly fitful)
Body movement: n/a (post-operative)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block inventing polar vortices: 0
Currently reading: Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett