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[links] Link salad gazes across the frigid Atlantic at the sunrise

Come Support the Jay Lake Auction at RadCon, Sunday at 1pm! — Ah, my friends.

Photos: Time Capsule Mansion Opened After 100 Years — Wow… (Via Lisa Costello.)

A Venn diagram cartoon — Hahahah.

The Patient, the Provider, and Participatory Medicine—Are We a House Divided? — (Snurched from Casey Quinlan.)

A Creepy Medical Tour Of The Past — I’m not sure I’d describe all of these as creepy, but they are fascinating.

Apple fires up new furnaces for iPhone 6’s sapphire screenUnbreakable screen tech heading Apple’s way.

Young Salmon Born Knowing Migration Route Without any prior migration experience, juvenile Chinook salmon can find their way to ancestral feeding grounds by using the Earth’s magnetic field and an inherited internal map, according to a new study.

Earliest footprints outside Africa discovered in Norfolk

Nasa’s Mars Curiosity Rover’s First Photo Of EarthThe distance between Earth and Mars when Curiosity took the photo, which includes the moon, was about 99 million miles.

Night Hides the World — Another beautiful night sky image, with an interesting explanation, from APOD.

Thoughts on Planetary Migration

Seeing science: The year’s best visualizationsThe National Science Foundation and Science name 2013’s best.

Calvin & Muad’Dib on religion — I love this piece, and I love this series.

Answers for Creationists — Phil Plait answers the Creationist questionsposted after the Bill Nye-Ken Ham “debate”, with grace and patience.

Alabama Chief Justice Jumps Into Gay Marriage FightMoore said that “a great majority of the American people want to hold to the definition that a marriage is between a man and a woman. Uh, no. Not if you believe the polling or voting patterns. Of course, if you decide to believe that polls are skewed and elections are stolen, then I guess evidence doesn’t matter.

Stupid Irish Homophobes and Their Big Homophobic Fail — This is very similar to conservative dialectic in this country.

Assault on California Power Station Raises Alarm on Potential for TerrorismApril Sniper Attack Knocked Out Substation, Raises Concern for Country’s Power Grid. I have seen coverage on this before, but I’m amazed at how little. Perhaps because firearms were involved, rather than explosives. Somebody was out exercising their right to a theoretical defense of essential liberties. (Via [info]danjite.)

Dread Pirate Roberts 2.0: An interview with Silk Road’s new bossNew leader wants Silk Road to publish gov’t secrets; calls old DPR a “fraud.” This is very strange, as is everything to do with the Deep Web, which is incredibly science fictional while also being quite real.

Lobbying is a Lucrative Investment, Researchers Find Using CRP Data — Duh? (Via [info]danjite.)

Six Economic Benefits of the Affordable Care Act

Still don’t have health insurance? The Obama administration is trying to find you.

GOP Rep: Even Jesus Couldn’t Control House Republicans — Hahaha.

?otD: Did you get weathered out of work or school today?


2/7/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (solid)
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

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[links] Link salad watches the Cadillacs go creeping now through the night and the poison gas

The Science Fiction Author on Trial (NIH trial, that is!) fundraiser made goal. Thank you! Meanwhile, I am still in the hospital recovering from the surgery required for the first phase TIL cell harvest. We are working on some stretch goals, if you’re interested. Keep an eye out.

Jay Lake: Der verborgene Hof – DREIMAL IM PREISRÄTSEL AUF SFBASAR.DE! — More on the German edition of Green.

A Lion in the Garden — The miracle of translation.

Homophonophobia — Ah,linguistics humor.

Antique Phonograph with Stirling Engine Hot Air Motor — Mmm. Alcohol fueled phonograph! What could possibly go wrong? (Via [info]danjite.)

What reviewers said about the first Mac when it debuted 30 years ago

The 25 most common passwords of 2013

American Locomotive: 1943 — Tanks built in a train plant.

Scientific Thinking in Business More than technology, businesses need the scientific method.

Fox News Math Fail: 137% Of Likely NJ Voters Weigh In On Gov. Christie’s GWB Scandal (INFOGRAPHIC) — Hello? FOX wrong about basic things like arithmetic. This just in: water is wet. (Snurched from Steve Buhcheit.)

Progressive Kristallnacht Coming?I would call attention to the parallels of Nazi Germany to its war on its “one percent,” namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the “rich.” This is in the Wall Street Journal. Sometimes there simply are no words.

The Brittle Grip, Part 2 — Josh Marshall with some analysis of the Perkins piece. The extremely wealthy are objectively far wealthier, far more politically powerful and find a far more indulgent political class than at any time in almost a century – at least. And yet at the same time they palpably feel more isolated, abused and powerless than at any time over the same period and sense some genuine peril to the whole mix of privileges, power and wealth they hold. There is a disconnect there that is so massive and glaring that it demands some sociocultural explanation.

GOProud co-founder gives up, leaves Republican Party[T]his is a man who has spent five years with his hand on an oven burner suddenly phoning up a reporter and saying “You know what? Fire hot.”

Long Grove plan may pave way to privatize public roads — Living in Libertarian paradise… Me, I am the kind of pinko who likes the fire department to be able to reach my house, and the food distributors to reach my neighborhood grocery stores. (Snurched from Steve Buhcheit.)

Time To Start Asking Republicans Directly: How Much Sex Is Too Much Sex? — Since Mike Huckabee raised the issue, it’s time to start discussing it. This is a terrific beginning.

?otD: All these hunters who are shrieking now, oh do they speak for us?


1/26/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 5.0 hours (badly interrupted)
Body movement: n/a (in hospital)
Weight: n/a (in hospital)
Number of FEMA troops on my block inventing polar vortices: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad has a mysterious ache in its side

The Science Fiction Author on Trial (NIH trial, that is!) fundraiser made goal. Thank you! We are working on some stretch goals, if you’re interested. Keep an eye out.

A map showing lexical distance (how much similarity there is between vocabularies) among the languages of Europe — Cool…

The Ancient Ghost City of Ani — Haunting photos.

The pending demise of Facebook (and Princeton) — This is hilarious in a very geeky way.

1984 Macintosh vs. Apple iMac: Spec Showdown

Here’s What It Looked Like When Marijuana Was Growing All Over Brooklyn — (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

6 reasons female nudity can be powerfulA reporter’s question about Lena Dunham’s nudity pointed to a bigger issue: Naked women can threaten the status quo.

Behold, the Kindle of the 16th CenturyJust one of the “various and ingenious machines” of Captain Agostino Ramelli. (Thanks to [info]threeoutside.)

Inside Monopoly’s secret war against the Third Reich “Ask and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find.” Fascinating. (Via David Goldman.)

Workers of the World, Faint! — I got nothing. (Via David Goldman.)

Astrobiology Underground — Deep, hot life.

Biodiversity can flourish on an urban planetFor instance, cities now support 20 percent of the world’s bird species.

Source of water ice on dark side of the Moon revealed?Interplanetary dust regularly showers the Earth and other Solar System bodies.

Rover’s decade on Mars surprises NASA A decade after landing on Mars, the rover Opportunity is still chugging along.

China Installed More Solar Power in 2013 than the US has in its Whole History — Lux fiat, baby.

The Penance of Glenn Beck — He’s a little tiny bit sorry now.

Michigan GOP official: ‘Herd all the Indians’ to Detroit, build a fence and throw in corn

Mike Huckabee and women’s uncontrolled libido, or, Uncle Sugar — This one pretty much speaks for itself. I don’t need to snark.

Why Republicans Keep Calling Women Sluts — A helpful exegesis on Huckabee’s unfortunate remarks.

?otD: Did you see them? It was dark, they were big.


1/25/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (badly interrupted)
Body movement: n/a (in hospital)
Weight: n/a (in hospital)
Number of FEMA troops on my block inventing polar vortices: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad trudges back to the medical trenches

The Nine Trillion Names of Jay Lake — My friend [info]ericjamesstone gives me a gift (again).

Best of 2013: Million-Year Data Storage Disk Unveiled

OK, Glass, Find a Killer AppDevelopers hope apps that improve upon their smartphone versions will help Google’s head-worn computer catch on.

So Valuable, It Could Almost Be Real — The price of fakes.

Scientists tell the truth… — A little honesty goes a long way. Hahaha.

Spared Winter Freeze, Florida’s Mangroves Are Marching North — Climate change? What climate change?

Nailing down climate uncertainty hints at greater future warmingHalf of the differences in climate models come down to trouble with clouds. Ah, science, a giant self-correcting mechanism. Unlike ideology, which is always correct regardless of the evidence.

Apple denies any knowledge of NSA hacking its iPhones

Egyptian Military Junta Jumps the Shark, Interrogates Islamist Muppet — This is as weird as the Bert thing back in 2002 or so.

2013, An Extraordinary Year for Marriage Equality — And the rising tide of bigotry begins to recede. Remember when the anti-gay bigots used to brag about how they had never lost a vote on the subject, as evidence of the rightness of their position? Suddenly winning popular votes is a lot less important to them. The much vaunted intellectual consistency of conservative America on display once more.

?otD: Got prognosis?


1/2/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad scurries back to NIH

Every argument you’ll ever need for singular ‘they’ — More on an evergreen topic.

The 38 Most Haunting Abandoned Places On Earth. For Some Reason, I Can’t Look Away… — Wow. Some of these are new to me. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Court refuses trial by combat — For a vehicle registration violation. Hahaha. Ah, tradition. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Dolphins ‘deliberately get high’ on puffer fish nerve toxins by carefully chewing and passing them around — (Via [info]martang.)

Caterpillar Puffs Out Toxic Nicotine in Breath

Full atmosphere-ocean model of a rotationally locked exoplanet

This iPad App Wants to Be Your New AssistantMindMeld analyzes your conversations and tries to offer helpful info from the Web. It’s a cool idea, but it doesn’t work as well as it needs to. I’m pretty much a technophile, but I don’t think I would want this much involvement from one of my devices.

The NSA Reportedly Has Total Access To The Apple iPhone — (Thanks to David Goldman.)

NSA reportedly intercepting laptops purchased online to install spy malware — Uh. Yeah. You weren’t using those civil liberties, were you? And here I thought Obama was supposed to be one of the good guys. (Via David Goldman.)

The Intellectual Civil War within Evangelicalism: An Interview with Molly WorthenEvangelicals sincerely try to please all the sources of authority in those three questions that I mentioned. They try to satisfy the standards of secular reason and spiritual experience and scripture and do right by the public square. I like this article a lot, but that bit, about Evangelicals, or at least those in the American Right, is very far off. Evangelicals have become the group most concerned with dismantling the public square and remaking into an extension of their churches. They are every bit as insidious and immoral enemies of freedom as the most wildly imagined Shariate bogeyman, and they do so with joy in their hearts and a patriotic smile on their faces. That sinister fruitiness on the part of people who work very hard at dismantling American freedoms and civil rights is part of why I can never, ever be a conservative. The fact that they cannot recognize this most basic characteristic in themselves, but in turn work very hard to project it onto liberals, progressives and atheists is an intellectually dishonest icing on the cake of Christianist willful ignorance. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Public’s Views on Human Evolution — Willful idiocy continues to burgeon on the American Right. Ah, the intellectual marvel that is American conservatism. Tribalism for the win, I guess, and the evidence-based world be damned.

?otD: Got healthcare?


12/31/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: n/a (up too early for hotel gym)
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad boogies back to Stumptown

”The Speed of Time’ – by Jay Lake — A reader reacts to my short story, “The Speed of Time”, with a fairly profound “Huh? Meh.”

Celebrated Apple design far beyond ‘shelf appeal’Apple is focused more on physical feel and user interaction with its new Retina iPad mini and the thinner, lighter iPad Air. The latter seems to Jeff Carlson to have achieved all that the company must have envisioned with its original iPad.

Why You Shouldn’t Say “You’re Welcome” — Ah, the intersection of culture and society. (Via David Goldman.)

Early care for psychosis catches on, raises questions

The Gayest Place in America?

Growing Clamor About Inequities of Climate Crisis

Why Obamacare? 3 Charts — Because as always, the reality is very different from what the conservative shills in Your Liberal Media would have you believe.

?otD: Where did you wake up today? Where will you go to sleep?


11/17/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing down donut shops: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad heads for the coast

Time tourism — Charlie Stross Is Interesting on time travel.

Apple: We’re Not Storing An Image Of Your Fingerprint On The New iPhone

Hacking Consumer Devices — Nice… (Via David Goldman.)

Roman brothel token discovered in ThamesA Roman coin that was probably used by soldiers to pay for sex in brothels has been discovered on the banks of the River Thames. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Vaccine ‘clears HIV-like virus’ in monkeys — Hometown news. (Via my brother.)

Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?

First Self-Assembling Diamond Quantum Devices Unveiled The ability to self-assemble quantum components on the nanometre scale could revolutionise the future of computing.

Finding Biomarkers on M-dwarf Planets

Creationists Once Again Threaten to Make a Mockery of Texas Science EducationThe children of today are the voting public of tomorrow. If we don’t break this cycle of willful ignorance, it may never stop on its own. Duh. Where do you think the Republican voter base comes from? Intellectual honesty and clear-eyed analysis of one’s own self-interest is death to modern conservative politics. That’s why Republicans fight so hard to distort education and twist the media. Willful ignorance is the GOP’s only real asset among 99% of the electorate.

Clean Air Act was boon to Appalachian forestsSulfur pollution shown to have slowed tree growth. Bullshit. Everybody knows Federal regulations are nothing but job-destroying Socialism. Ask any conservative, especially those who live in places like West, Texas.

Qotd?: How far are you from the beach?


9/12/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minutes (stationary bike)
Weight: n/a (forgot)
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing golf courses for Agenda 21: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad coughs the night away

HANNAH GREEN: Propelling Technology Through Fiction — A young journalist covers the Hyperloop, in part by interviewing SF writers, myself included.

What kills cancer patients — It’s not what you think. But yes, this. One reason I’ve lived so long with Stage IV metastatic colon cancer is that these things have been done properly to, by, and for me.

Sprites over Nebraska — Some cool stuff! (Thanks to [info]threeoutside.)

Eating the AppleOn being baptized into a technological religion. Interesting piece from a Jesuit writer on technology as religion. (Via [info]mikigarrison.)

95% chance that humans caused global warming, new report says — Ya think? All those liberal “facts” and “data”, and the overwhelming consensus of scientists with expertise in the field are all just liberal lies, after all.

While Your Child Is Still Alive: A Letter to Parents Who Aren’t Ready to March in the Pride Parade I wish someone had told me what I did not know: that having a living, breathing gay child who challenged me and caused me to be uncomfortable and uneasy, and whose desires caused me to lose sleep at night because of fear and worry, was vastly, immeasurably, infinitely better than having a gay child who is dead.

Dundee boy, 3, dies after shooting himself in the head — Guns. More guns.

Ex-GOP Operative’s Cancer Struggles Make Him An Obamacare Supporter — How come it always takes a personal disaster to open a conservative’s eye to human needs other than their own personal desires? As I keep saying, one of the defining characteristics of conservatism is a combination of lack of empathy and failure of imagination.

Detaining my partner: a failed attempt at intimidationThe detention of [Glenn Greenwald’s] partner, David Miranda, by UK authorities will have the opposite effect of the one intended. The UK government fights back against the Edward Snpwdem reporting. In an abusive and illegal manner completely consistent with the original charges. ([info]danjite.)

And No Warrants Shall Issue, Unless the King Says SoLowering the Bar on the Miranda detention.

Business groups aren’t too happy about Tea Party mania they helped unleashNational Journal’s Jill Lawrence has a good piece in which she interviews some of the top officials at these organizations, and finds they are shocked and dismayed by what they have wrought. You bought those idiot Republicans in office fair and square, guys. Welcome to the world we all have to live with them because of that empowerment of the Dunning-Kruger effect via Ayn Rand.

QotD?: Got sick?


8/20/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (sick)
Weight: 246.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing conservatives to enroll in Obamacare: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg

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[links] Link salad wakes up in a heat wave

Jay Lake Pre-Mortem Readathon, review the first — A review of my novel Rocket Science.

Saturn’s Hyperion: A Moon with Odd Craters — It looks like a wasp’s nest to me. Which leads to some very disturbing story ideas…

Memorial for dead bees at Wilsonville Target — That’s my Oregon.

Japanese earthquake literally made waves in NorwayThe magnitude 9.0 Tohoku quake in 2011 turned fjords into giant resonators.

BIG Plans To Snap Together An Homage To Lego

Apple seeks ‘iWatch’ trademark in Japan

Falling chain of beads — A cool science video from smart people in the UK. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Ladybusiness Anthropologist Throws Up Hands, Concedes Men Are the Reason for Everything Interesting in Human Evolution — Snerk.

God, cancer, and Jay #2: The easy questions — More from my friend [info]daveraines, a UMC pastor.

Heatwave grounds US flightsSeveral flights have been cancelled due to the record-breaking heatwave affecting parts of the US. It’s too hot in some places for the airplanes to fly. Weather is not climate, but the aggregate of weather is. Nothing to see here, citizens. Just move along and stay tuned to Rush Limbaugh.

Sorry Now?What do the liberal and moderate lawyers who supported John Roberts’ nomination say today?

Don’t let DOMA fool you — the Supreme Court is restricting your rights — This is Bush’s enduring legacy: making America safe for angry white men.

Justice Kennedy Denies Motion To Halt Gay Marriage — Where’s. The. Harm? The only harm gay marriage has ever offered is to expose the moralizing bigotry of religious zealots as lies.

My Gay Mormon Dad — Another painful post from Feminist Mormon Housewives trying to reconcile the illogical diktats of faith with reason, morality and plain old common sense.

Milwaukee Priest Sex Abuse Records to Be Released deal reached in federal bankruptcy court between the archdiocese and victims suing it for fraud called for the documents to be made public by July 1. Victims say the archdiocese transferred problem priests to new churches without warning parishioners and covered up priests’ crimes for decades. Proving once again that the Catholic Church’s favorite Bible verse is Matthew 19:14, “Suffer the little children.” They just forgot the rest of the verse.

Penn. Lawmaker Censored On House Floor From Speaking On Gay RightsState Rep. Brian Sims’ (D) remarks during a part of the House session where representatives are allowed to speak openly were cut off almost immediately by a procedural maneuver. State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R) objected to the remarks on the grounds that Sims was speaking out “against God’s law.” See, if you’re a conservative, that whole First Amendment religion thing only applies to Christians. The right kind of Christians. And that whole separation of church and state thing is just a liberal lie. Are you proud of your Republican party?

Paula Deen And A Certain Kind Of Racism — Yeah, well. (Via [info]danjite.)

How Other Countries Handle ImmigrationCountries struggle to find the best way to deal with immigrants knocking at their doors.

The Anatomy of the Occupy Wall Street Movement on TwitterA study of the social network behind the Occupy movement shows that the most vocal participants were highly connected before the protests began but have now largely lost interest, say social network researchers.

Is WikiLeaks Now An International Political Party?

Kerry: Spying ‘not unusual’ in international relations — Yeah, well. Good luck with that.

QotD?: How hot is it where you are?


7/1/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (breakfast meeting about literary estate)
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 247.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block attempting to secure minority voting rights despite the recent Supreme Court ruling: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Snuff by Terry Pratchett

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[links] Link salad wakes up in the Midwest covered in clown makeup

Jay Lake: The Stars Do Not Lie — A Finnish review, which insofar as I can tell through the good offices of Google Translate is rather tepid.

Apple, betrayed by its own law firmLawyer-turned-“troll” started planning patent suit six days after iPhone launch. Because ethics!

Iron in Egyptian relics came from spaceMeteorite impacts thousands of years ago may have helped to inspire ancient religion.

A Roll Cloud Over Uruguay — These are so cool. I’ve never seen one.

Unapproved genetically modified wheat from Monsanto found in Oregon field — Sigh. As it happens, I think GMO panic is significantly overblown (unless you’re also afraid of livestock breeding and crop varieties), but this isn’t how it should work.

Study sees climate upside in greening arid regionsRising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has a “fertilization effect” on plants in arid regions that has contributed to the flourishing of foliage there, Australian researchers report.

Shame on a Paddy — More on the Magdalen Laundries of Ireland, and Catholic apologist Bill Donohue. In case after all the high level pedophilia coverups you still somehow thought the Catholic Church was a force for good in the world.

Former chair of TX GOP: Grover Norquist is a Muslim because he has a beard — The conservative stupid, it burns. On the other hand, it’s kind of fun to watch them eat each other’s young.

Far-Right Extremists Chased Through London by Women Dressed as Badgers — Because we live in the future! (Thanks to [info]threeoutside.)

QotD?: Ever wear a pair of size 65s?


6/2/2013
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (revisions to “Rock of Ages”)
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (feet hurt)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block creating tornadoes for political distraction: 0
Currently reading: Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett

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