TOC: The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures — In which I have a reprint novelette, “Benedice Te”.
Worst Day of the Year Ride Canceled Because of Bad Weather — Ah, Portland. (Via my sister.)
Put a monocle on anything and it looks classy — Mr. Peanut, is that you?
That’s “Heavy”: The Mind-Body-Metaphor Connection — This is fascinating. In English, and several other languages as well, weight is used as metaphor to signify importance. The authors hypothesized that this abstraction can be triggered by concrete experiences of weight, like holding something heavy. They call this “embodied cognition.”
The Evidence Piles Up: Antioxidant Supplements Are Bad For You — Ooops. (Via David Goldman.)
Crowdfunding’s Effect on Venerable Nonprofits Raises Concern — Websites now let people ask for charitable support for their own causes, but some fear that such sites will drain donations from established nonprofits. (Via Dad.)
Plate tectonics set the thermostat for early animal life — Switch from snowball to hothouse conditions driven by continental collisions.
What Noise Does the Electric Car Make? — I was nearly struck by an electric scooter in China, the rider moving fast at night with his headlight off, presumably to conserve battery. Fast and all but noiseless.
Hamline professor’s post on student loan debt goes viral — When I started at the University of Texas at Austin in 1982, tuition and fees for a full 18 semester hour load were about $360. When I graduated in 1986, thanks to conservative-driven cuts in subsidies for higher education, it was well over $2,000 per semester. Costs have soared many times over since then, because we as a society have explicitly chosen to make higher education less and less accessible to each succeeding cohort of youth.
(GOP) Rep. Has Cordial Chat About Whether Obama ‘Should Be Executed’ — This piece is just creepy. Now try imagining the firestorm in Your Liberal Media if a Democratic congressman had had this conversation about Bush or Reagan.
?otD: Did buy it off the shelf? Did you grow it from the seed?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (fitful)
Body movement: n/a (post-operative)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block who aren’t descended from monkeys: 0
Currently reading: n/a