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[links] Link salad feels a bit better during the lull between assault waves

Bargain Book ClubA reading list for the almost-illiterate Heh.

Aggravated cat is subdued by Portland police after terrorizing family — Life imitates Portlandia.

A History and Account of Daylight Savings

95% of bank ATMs face end of security supportAn estimated 95% of American bank ATMs run on Windows XP, and Microsoft is killing off tech support for that operating system on April 8.

Is the Wolf a Real American Hero?

How elephants react to human voices

Fickle Sun Changed Europe’s Climate for 1,000 Years

Americans have no idea how much water they’re usingThey also think everyone else should be efficient while they simply conserve.

The Relationship Between Hearing and Memory

Bieber Deposed — Can we trade him back to Canada? Maybe for Rob Ford?

Think a hangover will teach you not to drink? Guess againIt only delays the next drink if you’re short on cash.

Microbes and Metabolites Fuel an Ambitious Aging ProjectCraig Venter’s new company wants to improve human longevity by creating the world’s largest, most comprehensive database of genetic and physiological information.

The Fat DrugHow humankind unwittingly joined an experiment on antibiotics and weight gain. (Via David Goldman.)

U.S. Uninsured Rate Continues to FallUninsured rate drops most among lower-income and black Americans. And amazingly, America has yet to collapse into smoking Socialist ruins.

Teens taunted by bullies are more likely to consider, attempt suicide — This just in: water is wet. I know the point of stories like this is that quantifiable study results can prompt official action, but as long-time victim of childhood bullying who had a lot of suicidal ideation and one semi-serious attempt, I have ask why anyone in authority over children needs to wait for academic approval?

Oh Lordy – on the forthcoming Christian film PersecutionBasically, this is a movie in which it’s overtly asserted that in order for Christians to be “free” the government cannot endorse the idea of fairness to all religions. Indeed, it seems that liberty has now been interpreted as a requirement to officially acknowledge that America is a Christian Nation and must adhere to Christian precepts.

When an Undue Burden? — What if gun laws were written like abortion laws? Would those Constitution-loving conservatives embrace the intent of the Founders the same way? (Via Scrivener’s Error.)

Journalists should stop ‘balancing’ stories with Science Denialists: Cosmos’s Neil DeGrasse Tyson — Either that or go all the way. Every time a story runs about a weather satellite, a Flat Earth denialist should get equal time. It would be precisely as intellectually credible as evolution denial and climate denial, as the Bible clearly states that the Earth has four corners, and would help those elements in our culture hell bent on destroying any public understanding of science to further their political ends.

Why men shouldn’t be allowed to vote — Heh.

61% of young Republicans favor same-sex marriage — The Gay Menace strikes again, weakening the minds of young voters.

The Uses and Abuses of ReaganOne of Bush’s flaws is that he governed as more of a hard-line ideologue than Reagan ever pretended to be, and another is that he claimed to be an internationalist while making a mockery of America’s reputation in the world. Republicans should not be deluded into thinking that they are obliged to follow Bush’s example in order to honor Reagan, but neither should they feel compelled to respond to contemporary events as if nothing had changed in the last thirty years. Confidential to GOP in America: Want another Reagan? Elect another senile old fraud who projects a strong Daddy image. It worked for you last time.

?otD: How’s the cough?


3/11/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: 0 minutes (hall walking to come)
Weight: n/a
Number of FEMA troops on my block teaching wives how to be submissive: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad welcomes the travelers home

SFWA Northwest Reading Series — A quick reminder that this event takes place the 15th (in Portland) and the 16th (in Seattle). I’ll be reading at the Portland event along with M.K. Hobson, hosted by Seanan McGuire.

Etymonline — An online etymological dictionary. You weren’t doing anything else this weekend, were you? You’re welcome. (Via a mailing list I’m on.)

A New Contest, Centered Around Usage — Fake linguistic prescriptivism, on the hoof. I think Poe’s Law may apply here.

BREAKING: MAPLE SYRUP FOUND — A follow-up for those of you who fondly remember the recent coverage of the Global Strategic Maple Reserve theft.

Marijuana And Cancer: Scientists Find Cannabis Compound Stops Metastasis In Aggressive Cancers

New Fanged Dwarf Dinosaur Found—”Would Be Nice Pet”Odd, spiky dinosaur likely used self-sharpening teeth for self-defense.

Should You Go on Google’s Field Trip?The new app is an ingenious way to learn about what’s around you—and points to a potential gold mine in location-based advertising.

A Tax Taxonomy — Interesting and funny little piece from Freakonomics.

Tucker Carlson Fails at Trolling — For those of you who like to pretend the media is overrun with liberal bias, do you think for a moment that the entire media establishment would have spent a day on fast spin over the alleged forthcoming leak of some Romney video? (Though in fairness, since the 47% thing splashed hard, maybe they would now.)

Reruns again? — In which Tucker Carlson, and conservatives in general, prove themselves idiots, yet again. In their own words, yet again, with that stupid video.

Poll: Obama better Represents America!

Akin’s Campaign Stands By Claim Of Abortions On Women Who “Are Not Actually Pregnant” — Not on evil, but also stupid. Really, really stupid. In that special conservative way.

Marriage equality is a gateway to socialism? — Because reasons! Good conservative reasons! Do not trouble my beautiful mind with your stupid liberal “facts” and “definitions” and “dictionaries” and “reality”! Reasons, I tell you.

Attacked — On being mixed race in the GOP’s America.

@BigBirdRomney tweets back

Wonkbook: Everything you need to know about the first debate61 percent said Obama had a worse performance in the debate than they expected; 82 percent said Mitt Romney overperformed their expectations. 18 percent of voters said they were more likely to vote for Obama as a result of the debate, 35 percent said they were more likely to cast a ballot for Romney, and 47 percent said it would have no effect on their vote. To my frank amazement, Romney may have used the debates to find the hook to turn around his campaign.

Romney Did As Well in the Debate As He Could Have HopedAs far as Democrats were concerned, Romney had become such a wounded, joke candidate that he was almost fated to lose the debate no matter what he said. Because most Democrats underestimated Romney, there was a certain amount of shock in how well he was able to perform.

?otD: What’s on your plate for Thursday?


10/4/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hour (brain break)
Body movement: 0.5 hour stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 (interrupted)
Weight: 228.0
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

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[links] Link salad is guaranteed

METAtropolis: Cascadia — An audio review.

Professional Standards — What it takes (or took in 1934) to make it in the news business. (Via Marta Murvosh.)

Five Reasons Cord-Cutting May Not Be For YouAre you ready to ditch cable? It’s not for everyone–yet. I ditched cable tv back in 1994, haven’t regretted it yet.

Spreepark Berlin Sits Abandoned 11 Years After Closing — (Thanks to [info]mlerules.)

Love To Hate Cilantro? It’s In Your Genes And Maybe, In Your Head — (Via [info]garyomaha.)

A First: Organs Tailor-Made With Body’s Own Cells

Atomic bond types discernible in single-molecule images

Bee study lifts lid on hive habitsExperiments on division of labour among honeybees reveal why some worker bees are foragers while others nurse their queens.

World’s Shiniest Fruit — Weird. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

A Solar Filament Erupts — Another awesome APOD image.

From dry rivers to dead deer, drought’s impact felt everywhere — No climate issues here. Move along, citizen.

The staggering decline of sea ice at the frontline of climate changeScientists on board Greenpeace’s vessel exploring the minimum extent of the ice cap are shocked at the speed of the melt. Remember, kids, climate change is a liberal conspiracy. Pay no attention to the facts on the ground, your ideology will always be correct.

He Said, She Said, and the Truth — How come the wrong end of fact checking almost always seems to be the conservative view? You know, the one Your Liberal Media always presents as part of fair, balanced reporting.

Canadian the only illegal alien caught in U.S. fake-voter dragnet[A]fter months of searching, only one alien falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen has been caught, charged and convicted in Florida. And this is why Republicans the nation wide are eager to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of likely Democratic voters. To protect the sanctity of the polls from a single rogue Canadian! No partisan interest here, no sir. (Snurched from the always excellent Lowering the Bar.)

Top Romney Staffer Denies Campaign Disarray

U.S. state officials in stealth mode on health exchanges — Because GOPers at the state level are just as destructive as the national party. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Thank You, Paul Ryan Thanks to Ryan’s very explicit advocacy of scrapping public Medicare in favor of vouchers, seniors are returning to their natural Democratic home. The transparently bogus effort of the Romney-Ryan ticket to walk back Ryan’s voucher proposal — and alter it into a plan where seniors get to choose traditional public Medicare or vouchers — only reinforces the voter perception of Romney as someone who keeps changing his story.

Romney enters critical phase, will talk up economic plan — Because those very same policies worked out so well under Dubya.

?otD: Special for you today only? Or every day?


9/17/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (day off)
Body movement: 60 minute urban walk
Hours slept: 7.75 (fitful)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

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[links] Link salad wanders through Sunday morning

This ain’t no witch hunt — Ridiculous defenses of sock puppeting.

Who Stole the Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve? And How?

NASA’s Opportunity discovers ‘blueberries’ on Mars

“Wasteful” science that wasn’t: New prize honors US-funded basic researchThe award emphasizes how federal science funding boosts the economy. The tide “always comes in, and always goes out. You can’t explain that.” That’s all the science conservatives need.

Do you weigh more or less after you fart? — A Straight Dope classic, and a subject on which I have actually spent some meaningful time thinking.

The Stamp that Almost Caused a War Philately is a tried and tested means for countries to vent their irredentist feelings.

Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan: could 2012 be like 1980?A Reagan myth is that he roared back to a late win against Carter. But Romney may take more heart from Ford’s 1976 loss.

Conservatives bash media for being mean to Mitt RomneyBut all of this skirts the thing that made Romney’s comments problematic, which is what he said: His accusation that the Obama administration sympathized with the embassy attackers.

Mitt Romney, LiquidationistSo where are Romney and his party coming from? Basically, they’ve thrown out 80 years of economic analysis and evidence because it doesn’t fit their ideological preconceptions. That would be true of almost all conservative positions: ignoring evidence in favor of ideological preconceptions. At least they’re consistent…

?otD: Off today? Off everyday?


9/16/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (day off)
Body movement: 60 minute urban walk
Hours slept: 7.75 (fitful)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

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[links] Link salad used to be in a barbershop quartet in Skokie, Illinois

Guest orders ‘pillow fort’ suite and Winnipeg hotel delivers — Canada, eh? (Via [info]danjite.)

Why I love Mars — Greg Bear waxes eloquent on cnn.com.

Curiosity rover hit the perfect spot on Mars, scientists sayThe Mars Curiosity rover is in the most scientifically exciting place of its target zone, an alluvial fan in ancient Gale Crater.

NASA Primes Mars Rover Curiosity for Software Upgrade — How do you hit the reset button from 100 million miles away?

Perseid Below — A meteor shower seen from the ISS.

Open-air quantum teleportation performed across a 97km lakeIt only works at night, but the technique sets a new distance record. I love living in the future.

In Israel, new modesty glasses for Orthodox Jewish men blur women out of their line of sightThe ultra-Orthodox community’s unofficial “modesty patrols” are selling glasses with special blur-inducing stickers on their lenses, so that men don’t have to see women they consider to be immodestly dressed. Um, wow. Cultural questions aside, this is technologically interesting. Essentially, analog Augmented Reality.

Scenes From a Multiverse nails Christianist bigotry

The Cognitive Dissonance Here Is AppallingChristianity Today encompasses the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Christianist perspective on gay rights in two sentences. You sure as hell will know that they are Christians by their love. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

No…Not “Goodbye Dad.” A Dad Loves His Son. You Are Not A Dad.Think about the kind of person who teaches parents to hate their children and considers it righteous. Think about the kind of person who does it as a campaign strategy and considers it patriotic. What do you say to someone like that when they tell you about their deeply held moral values? By their love, by their love. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

The death of the Kansas moderate? — In which the GOP eats its own young.

Both Mars and Rembrandt — John Aravosis is both funny and smart about Grover Norquist being neither funny nor smart.

Women, white people: Is that what campaign 2012 is coming down to?President Obama appeals to women by pushing the issue of access to contraceptives, while Mitt Romney accuses him of watering down welfare reform — an issue that tends to stir up feelings about race among whites.

If Mitt Romney were running a “post-truth” campaign, would the political press report it?No, they would not. This falls under: too big to tell. Your Liberal Media, enabling and supporting conservative lies since, well, pretty much forever. And make no mistake. This is not partisan bickering. Romney flat out lies, repeatedly, on matters which are clearly documented, and is rewarded for it with press coverage and pundit reaction. So why should he stop?

?otD: Who is Keyser Söze?


8/10/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.0 (solid)
Weight: 237.2
Currently reading: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski

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[links] Link salad heads for the Piedmont

Same Book, Different…Book (includes spoilers) — Editor Gabrielle Harbowy talks about her reactions to my novel Green, and compares those reactions to a number of other reviews.

Steampunk themed cruise to be held on Navigator of the Seas — Including yours truly. USA Today blogs about this as well.

In an old furniture store far, far away… — More from Waterloo Productions, this time involving [info]the_child.

How not to talk to someone about their feelings…[info]alumiere is both wise and angry. Me, I despise the cult of optimism, so, what she said.

Space smells like seared steak, hot metal, astronauts reportAstronauts returning from spacewalks frequently report a distinct odor clinging to their spacesuits and equipment. In space, no one can hear you dream?

NASA tests ‘inflatable heat shield’ which unfurls in space and helps space ships float gently down to a planet’s surface

Catholic priest victims: NCAA too light on Penn StateWhen money was misspent at SMU, play is suspended. But when boys are raped and crimes are concealed at PSU, play continues. This sends absolutely the wrong signal. Football. Just like Wall Street, the money’s too big for there ever to be true accountability. Ain’t that America?

Loading the Climate Dice — Paul Krugman is thoughtful on climate change.

Deniers, disgust, and defamationWhenever I post about the reality of climate change, I get the usual chorus of denialist outrage. This includes the odd ad hominem or two, like the sneering “What does an astronomer know about the climate?”, because apparently not having an advanced degree in science makes someone a better judge of the data.

Fox News Banned From Canada – Law Forbids Lying On Broadcast NewsHarper’s attempts to make lying legal on Canadian television are a stark admission that right-wing political ideology can only dominate national debate through dishonest propaganda. Got it in one. (Snurched from [info]jess_ka.)

What I Learned in Law School — An attorney’s perspective on the Second Amendment and the Aurora shootings.

Guns versus cars — Philip Brewer responds to some discussions on my blog.

Romney to Olympians: ‘You didn’t get here solely on your own’ — So when Obama says that to businesspeople, that’s socialism, but when Romney says the same thing to athletes, it’s, um, what? More of that justly famed conservative intellectual consistency.

GOP Rep. Stands Up For Huma Abedin & Freedom Of Religion At Town Hall — Props to him for getting it right. The First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion really does protect everyone.

GOP’s Obama obsession will lose it the election — A lot of people, including me, hated President Bush for a lot of reasons. Most of them were reality-based, whether or not they were objectively worthy of vilification. Most of what the GOP hates Obama for isn’t even particularly connected to reality. It’s just weird. And these are the people who used to mock “Bush derangement syndrome”.

?otD: Carolina in the morning?


7/24/2012
Writing time yesterday: 90 minutes (1,900 words to complete first draft of a requested short story, plus some revision time)
Body movement: n/a (airport walking to come)
Hours slept: 5.75 (solid)
Weight: 238.0
Currently reading: Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie

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[links] Link salad for a tea tinny Thursday

Awesome Deal with Sky Warrior Books! : $20 worth of E-books for only $10 — Check out The Feathered Edge, available under this sale. There’s a story by [info]calendula_witch and me.

Why I Like Speculative Fiction[info]jimvanpelt is interesting.

Once Upon a TimeThe lure of the fairy tale. (Via Gene Stewart.)

[info]anghara with with a magnificent rant on the snobbery of reading lists

Q&A: The Gourmand Behind New York’s $666 ‘Douche Burger’ — Wow. Hahahaha. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Genetic Aberrations Seen as Path to Stop Colon Cancer

Nanoparticle Completely Eradicates Hepatitis C Virus — We are indeed living in the future. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Hubble spots spiral galaxy that shouldn’t exist

Resolving the Pioneer Anomaly“The effect is something like when you’re driving a car and the photons from your headlights are pushing you backward. It is very subtle.” I am always amazed at what we can measure.

The Average Canadian is Now Richer than the Average American — We’re number one! Except for those damned hockey playing socialists up north. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Limbaugh’s Dark Knight Rises/Romney Conspiracy: “Do You Think That It Is Accidental” The Villain Is Called “Bane”? — Wow, that is profoundly dumb, even for Limbaugh and his low information audience.

?otD: Whachoo talkin’ ‘about, Willis?


7/19/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0 minutes
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 (solid)
Weight: 238.6
Currently reading: The Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie

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[links] Link salad was downtown on Saturday night working for the FBI

“It’s Full of Stars”Scrivener’s Error is curmudgeonly about the Nebulas.

H.P. Lovecraft and Nikola Tesla: Paranormal Investigators — Hahaha. (Via [info]goulo.)

U.S. could lose aging eyes in the sky

European Physicists Smash Chinese Teleportation RecordThe battle over distance records sets up a fascinating race to be the first to teleport to an orbiting satellite. God, I love living in the future.

A Close Pass of Saturn’s Moon Dione

For troops on Siachen Glacier, the elements are the enemyVeterans of the India-Pakistan conflict on Siachen Glacier in Kashmir do not tell stories of battle, but of battling subzero temperatures, the wind and the altitude.

Criminal Exonerations: 2,000 Convicted Then Exonerated In U.S. Over Last 23 Years, Says Study — Does our criminal justice system make you feel safer? How safe would you feel if you were one of the wrongfully convicted? Or wrongfully executed? I’ve often said conservativism is a failure of both empathy and imagination. The way most American conservatives think about crime and punishment is one of the clearest examples of this.

B.C. student’s bra artwork sparks controversy over portrayal of Muslim dress — Ah, tolerance.

Faculty leave Baptist school, Shorter University, over “lifestyle” statement — Sometimes even Christianists and their enablers get it right. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Tribalism and the cruelly weird idea of zero-sum human rights — Welcome to the world of conservative thought.

Compare and Contrast — Over at Editorial Explanations, Andrew Wheeler nails the difference between conservatives and liberals.

Obama could have a prayer among Ohio’s white evangelicalsA recent gathering of religious leaders in Ohio indicates that churches don’t necessarily march in lock step with the Republican Party. Could have fooled me.

A peek into an alternate reality — Rachel Maddow on Mittens. I don’t think Mitt Romney is stupid. I do think Romney is operating from the assumption that voters are stupid.

?otd: Why did your temperature start to rise?


5/21/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (full day of conferencing and critique)
Body movement: 30 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Light Breaker by Mark Teppo

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[links] Link salad plans travel

Honesty and depression — Mur Lafferty on mental health.

A Future HistoryCentauri Dreams with a history of space exploration yet to come.

Ohio earthquake was not a natural event, expert says — Frack, baby, frack.

Dallol – The World’s Weirdest Volcanic Crater — (Via [info]danjite.)

Hairy-chested crabs seen in Antarctic deep-sea vents

First Hybrid Shark FoundThe first-ever observed hybrid may be a sign the predators are adapting to climate change.

Wildlife find path to safety under US roads — (Via the Infrastructurist.)

Canada-US border crossed by man using iPad as ID — Huh.

It’s Over — Writer and war veteran Myke Cole on the US withdrawal from Iraq.

Top Tea Party Republican admits it: We’ve been employing hostage strategy — And that’s why people vote Republican: they value good, principled leadership.

Campaign Countdown: Final Report — The Iowa caucus results, in case you missed it elsewhere. Eight votes. Wow.

Three Republican Bears and none Just Right

?otd: How many US states have you visited?


1/4/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.25 (fitful)
Weight: 211.6
Currently reading: Daughter of the Sword by Steve Bein

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[personal] Miscellaneous updatery redux

Today is my last day in San Francisco for this trip. Back to Portland this afternoon. My flight is scheduled to arrive during President Obama’s downtown political rally, so depending on how paranoid the Secret Service is feeling airspace may be restricted or closed. In other words, I have no idea when I’m actually getting in.

Tomorrow calendula_witch and I are off to Surrey International Writers’ Conference for the weekend. We are taking the_child with us. She turns 13 on Friday, so the trip to BC is sort of a birthday present as well.

calendula_witch and I have been having a lot of challenging conversations lately in this post-chemo environment. Productive but difficult, especially since we’ve seen each other exactly once over the past two weeks. In person would have been a lot easier.

Also, my mom, a/k/a tillyjane, has been in the hospital since Monday. Major surgery is scheduled for next Monday. Please keep her in your thoughts.

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