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This is the last day of the Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser. It has made goal, but additional support is always welcome, especially given my new complications. Please check it out if you have not done so yet. And my thanks to the over 1,200 people who have contributed.

Genetically engineered virus kills liver cancer — Huh. (Via [info]mlerules and Lupa Bi, as well as Kate Elliott.)

Why Even Radiologists Can Miss A Gorilla Hiding In Plain Sight — Wow… (Via Nate Lee.)

Due to changes in my cancer treatment protocols, I will be at Paradise Lost after all

Every Step You Take, Tracked AutomaticallyA new app called Moves logs walking, biking, and running—no extra effort required. It’s how self-tracking is meant to be.

Space Marines, Water War, and Uplifted Elephants — Howard Tayler Is Wise on MCA Hogarth, Games Workshop and the naming of things in fiction.

How to take a great author photo — Hahahah.

Explore a Living Map of Ankh-Morpork! — Wow.

Computer program roots out ancestors of modern tonguesAutomated reconstruction of long-extinct languages can test theories on how words evolve.

The best bar in the world that I know about — Another of Roger Ebert’s gorgeous meditations on life.

Wing-Assisted Incline Running — Because bird reasons! (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Vintage Maidenform ad. Totally creepy. — Can’t sleep, clowns will eat my underwear.

Tesla says New York Times electric car review ‘fake’

How “Bullet Time” Will Revolutionise Exascale ComputingThe famous Hollywood filming technique will change the way we access the huge computer simulations of the future, say computer scientists.

Reflected Aurora Over Alaska — Mmm.

Landsat Data Continuity Mission Takes Off — I love the photo. The article is interesting, too.

An autochrome of a yellow dirigible in Paris, early 20th C. dirigible – Paris — (Thanks to [info]threeoutside.)

Chiune Sugihara: The Hero Who Didn’t Walk Away — Wow. Another story of the WWII era that I had never heard. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

A Call for Drastic Changes in Educating New Lawyers

It’s Aliiiiiiive!…. Sort OfScrivener’s Error on (mostly) corporate personhood. Interesting stuff, especially the last few ‘grads.

New Pope has Opportunity to Improve Christian-Muslim Relations

Can the Pope Legally Resign?Lowering the Bar weighs in.

On being white in a white white world. What’s a person to do? — A curious but encouraging post from Feminist Mormon Housewives.

Pentagon expands military benefits for same-sex couplesOutgoing Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta signs an order allowing partners wider use of family-oriented facilities on U.S. bases, including child care and counseling. Another step in morality and justice overcoming the institutionalized Christianist bigotry in our country.

Armed Pro-Gun Protesters Occupy Oregon State Capitol — Sigh.

Op-ed of the day: a depression sufferer begs, “Please take my gun away”The Big Lie about guns is this: that they will keep you safe. But facts are facts, and actually, the opposite is true. Owning a gun will make you less safe. Ah, truth, of so little use to the conservative mind when cherished beliefs are challenged. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

The Ignorance Caucus — Paul Krugman on the state of the GOP.

Can GOP end the ‘carnival of the crazy’? — In a word, no. The crazy is how they keep manufacturing more angry white men. Conservative politics is hooked on the crazy like a junkie on smack.

QotD?: Are you in a yellow taxi?


2/12/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (1,200 words on novella in progress, to 6,200 words)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 231.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block helping illegal immigrants infiltrate America: 0
Currently reading: Mort by Terry Pratchett

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[links] Link salad is young but getting old before its time

The Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser is still live. It has made goal, but additional support is always welcome, especially given my new complications. Please check it out if you have not done so yet.

Mass Production for GenomicsSequencing a complete human genome may soon cost less than an iPhone. Will China’s BGI-Shenzhen decode yours? Mine cost $13,000. The perils of being an early adopter…

Rock Type — Petroglyphs as literature?

PAL — Interesting research neepery from Language Log.

Lewis Cass Technical High School — Haunting photos of the decay of a school. (Thanks to [info]molecules.)

On Pins and Needles: Stylist Turns Ancient Hairdo Debate on Its HeadMs. Stephens Says Ornate Coiffures Weren’t Wigs After All; The Vestal Virgin Challenge. (Via Marta Murvosh.)

Researchers Control Animals’ Movements with Lighthe response is not dependent on the fish perceiving the light—embryonic fish treated with the chemical react to light even before their eyes develop, and decapitated adults respond as well. Wow, working in that lab must be a barrel of laughs.

Bionic Muscles Toughen UpHybrid materials made of cardiac cells and carbon nanotubes might patch damaged hearts and provide muscle for robots made of living tissues.

Bend man shot by wife’s gun improvingCarney said a preliminary investigation revealed that Richard Lee Cooper, 47, and wife Barbara Annette Masters, 48, were sitting in the restaurant’s dining area when Masters leaned forward and the gun fell out of her pocket and hit the floor. The impact with the floor caused the gun to go off, with the bullet striking Cooper in the abdomen, he said. Think how much less safe he would have been if his wife hadn’t been carrying a handgun. A bullet in the gut is a small price to pay for self-defense. Moar gunz!

Proper response to the State of the Union addressGOP needs fresh method to deliver message. And maybe a fresh message, too.

The Excellent Age of No-Fuss Drones and Remarkable War — Ta-Nehisi Coates on American exceptionalism. But our real problem is that we somehow think we’re above our own interests, that our virtue is divine. Our problem is we think we’re better than we actually are. We’ve gotten so good at telling ourselves this. This.

Will Obama Stand up to the Keystone XL Pipeline & Climate-Destroying Tar Sands?

QotD?: Are you stepping out into the night?


2/11/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (1,000 words on novella in progress, to 5,000 words)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 232.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block helping illegal immigrants infiltrate America: 0
Currently reading: Mort by Terry Pratchett

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[links] Link salad wonders who took the money away

The Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser is still live. It has made goal, but additional support is always welcome, especially given my new complications. Please check it out if you have not done so yet.

Vanilla Ceiling: Magazines Still Shades Of White — Race in publishing. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

And Then There Was OneScrivener’s Error on the Macmillan settlement in the DOJ’s antitrust case.

Don’t Take Medical Advice From the New York Times MagazineThe dangerous chemophobia behind its popular story about childhood arthritis. (Via David Goldman.)

The Funniest Traffic Jam Outside of Hollywood — (Via [info]willyumtx.)

It’s Not You, It’s Quantitative Cost-Benefit Analysis. — Hahaha. Umm…

How the Gun-Control Movement Got SmartWhy are advocates so optimistic now when reform has failed so many times before? Because they have a totally new strategy.

QotD?: Is it showtime here on the edge of the stage?


2/10/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (1,000 words on novella in progress, to 4,000 words)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (fitful)
Body movement: n/a (away from home)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block protecting women from violence: 0
Currently reading: Mort by Terry Pratchett

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[links] Link salad wakes up in Seattle

The Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser is still live. It has made goal, but additional support is always welcome, especially given my new complications. Please check it out if you have not done so yet.

Living With Cancer: Waking in the Dark — (Via [info]tillyjane,a/k/a my Mom.)

Apple is lone holdout in DOJ e-book pricing case after Macmillan settles

Scenes From a Multiverse on religion and copy editing — Hahahah.

Calvin and Hobbes in photography — These are cool.

How can I access the deep, dark Web? — Department of things I did not know.

Mysterious metal object found on Mars — A piece of Dr. Manhattan’s palace, methinks.

Interstellar Flight: Adapting Humans for Space

Nexus One could be one of the first Android smartphones to go into orbitHandset will strap to satellite and test whether or not you can scream in space. ET phone home?

How Geologists Unraveled the Mystery of Japanese
Vengeance Balloon Bombs in World War II
— An odd, old story with an Oregon connections. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Fox News: Solar only works in Germany because it gets more sunlight than US (false) — Gee, conservatives lying about something they disagree with. Unpossible! Everyone knows character counts!

Texas school board searching for “another side” to theory of evolutionNow threatening to pressure biology textbook publishers.A s usual, those liberal “facts” and “data” do not align with the conservative position. Too bad for reality, and too bad for the schoolchildren of Texas and of America, whose education is being deliberately stunted by conservatives.

Liberals With GunsIt is important for both sides to see the other for who they are: Real people, with real, relevant, and above all legitimate concerns. Except my real and legitimate concerns as a gun control advocate involve people not dying, while the real and legitimate concerns of gun rights advocates involve enabling 30,000 deaths a year. I just don’t see the moral calculus as equivalent. It can’t be equivalent in any sane, just and moral society.

In aftermath of Swiss shooting, echoes of U.S. gun-control debate

The Scientific Case for Outlawing Guns A new study suggests that U.S. laws should go further to limit gun ownership and improve enforcement. As usual, those liberal “facts” and “data” do not align with the conservative position. Too bad for reality, and too bad for the 80 or so people a day killed by the gun culture in this country.

Manhunt: Newspaper carrier, 71, in ICU after being shot by police — Yes, we definitely need more guns.

QotD?: Sleepless much?


2/9/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (travel day, away from home)
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (fitful)
Body movement: n/a (away from home)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block protecting women from violence: 0
Currently reading: Mort by Terry Pratchett

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[links] Link salad takes a hit and its mind goes ping

The Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser is still live. It has made goal, but additional support is always welcome, especially given my new complications. Please check it out if you have not done so yet.

A final update from Waterloo Productions on their Kickstarter — Including a video segment I find very hard to watch. Last day for the Kickstarter, so if you were considering giving, go now.

Con or BustHelping Fans of Color Attend SFF Cons. Consider contributing or supporting through bids. Ghu knows we need more diversity in the field.

The World SF Travel Fund — Another worthy cause, for a slightly different flavor of diversity.

Two Guys and Guy on the price of literary success — Heh.

Dilbert on the 10,000 hours of practice required for excellence — Well, duh.

Grammar police: Vibrating pen warns of handwriting mistakesA specialized pen under development is designed to catch writing mistakes and vibrate as a warning. Could it revive the dying art of handwriting? I can think of some entertaining abuses of this thing… (Snurched from James Aquiline.)

Wi-Fi “as free as air”—the totally false story that refuses to dieJournalism goes wrong and just keeps getting worse. No free wi-fi for you! (Via David Goldman.)

Facebook is malware, people suddenly realize

Fat Dads’ Epigenetic LegacyChildren with obese fathers show epigenetic changes that may affect their health.

Cancer reprograms immune cells to avoid an attackCause a specific type of white blood cell to change its identity.

Superomniphobic Material Vigorously Repels All Fluids — (Snurched from Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Moth Drives Robot, Cruising for a LadyThe insect’s mate-seeking behavior could help researchers program self-driving robots to track airborne chemicals. — I’ve been on dates like that.

“Aggressive Pizza-Stealing Dog” Makes Bail — Ah, Oregon.

The Sockeye’s Secret Compass — Magnetic fish?

Asteroid to Make Closest Flyby in HistoryResearchers keeping an eye on trajectory that will bring it within 18,000 miles of Earth. Recorded history, to be more accurate.

35 Ancient Pyramids Discovered in Sudan Necropolis

Dinosaur extinction: Scientists estimate ‘most accurate’ dateScientists believe they have determined the most precise date yet for the extinction of dinosaurs.

A Cheap and Easy Plan to Stop Global WarmingIntentionally engineering Earth’s atmosphere to offset rising temperatures could be far more doable than you imagine, says David Keith. But is it a good idea?

Marco Rubio: Another Senator Who Doubts Global WarmingRubio goes on, saying, “I understand people say there’s a significant scientific consensus on that issue, but I’ve actually seen reasonable debate on that principle.” Actually, no he hasn’t. There has been no reasonable debate, at least not from the deniers, who for the overwhelmingly most part are not climate scientists, who twist data, who leave out critical information, who use cherry-picked graphs, and who resort to outrageous ad hominems to cast doubt on the reality of global warming. Rhat’s because he’s a conservative. “Reasonable debate” means to a Republican, “anything which might support my ideological convictions, no matter how false or outrageous.” Rubio probably does know better, but he also knows that telling the truth will cost him vote in the lunatic asylum that is the Republican base.

Tendency to fear is strong political influenceEducation, they found, had an equally large influence on out-group attitudes, with more highly educated people displaying more supportive attitudes toward out-groups and education having a substantial mediating influence on the correlation between parental fear and child out-group attitudes. Which is precisely why conservatives work so very hard to stunt public education, and control as much of the process as they can.

A Short Note on Mormon Theology and Transgender Identities

Choose Now. Which Side of History Will You Be On? — I wish every conservative in America would read this article. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark

New Rove Effort Has G.O.P. AflameTheir battle with Democrats will have to wait. For now, Republicans have their hands full fighting one another. The party of “legitimate rape” is trying to purge its cranks and bigots. Which would leave the GOP small enough to hold its national convention inside a Denny’s restaurant. Whither the poor, neglected angry white man so beloved of generations of GOP pols?

The Persistence of Racial Resentment — Without racism fueling angry white men, the GOP would not exist as a meaningful political party.

QotD?: Will your heart pump? Will your blood sing?


2/8/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.75 hours (1,000 words on a spec novella to 3,000 words, plus some WRPA)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bicycle
Weight: 230.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block protecting women from violence: 0
Currently reading: Mort by Terry Pratchett

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[links] Link salad thinks about fiction some more

The Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser is still live. It has made goal, but additional support is always welcome, especially given my new complications. Please check it out if you have not done so yet.

A final update from Waterloo Productions on their Kickstarter — Including a video segment I find very hard to watch.

Quiet deaths don’t come easyA study finds that Medicare patients near death are increasingly choosing hospice or palliative care over heroic measures in their last days — but that many go through futile hospitalizations and treatments first. I want my death to be quiet, when the timm comes.

Let’s talk about sex … and cancer — This. (Thanks to [info]aiela.)

Over the Hedge on conflict in fiction — Heh.

Down and Give Me Twenty-Five PagesScrivener’s Error with a legal analysis of MCA Hogarth’s trademark woes with the idiots at Games Workshop.

The Forgotten Zeppelin Knot — Cool, and a bit odd. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

A Letter of Thanks – by volunteer Chris Trone — Science education in Portland gets funky, maybe gets fixed. More here, along with a fundraising link to support this process.

Caustic EngineeringNew milling techniques applied to glass and plexiglass panels could be used to “create windows that are also cryptic projectors, summoning ghostly images from sunlight.” Weird stuff from BLDG BLOG.

Bose-Einstein condensate created at room temperatureInstead of atoms, condensation was achieved using quasiparticles.

NASA deep space probe sends back video of ‘Comet of the Century’

Antarctic research base can ski across ice

Can You Smell Yourself? — And thus we come closer to my long observed phenomenon of “pheromone lock”. (Via David Goldman.)

A Gift to TSA Headquarters — The TSA policy and statement generator. Hahaha. (Via Scott Frey.)

Recursive fury: Conspiracist ideation in the blogosphere in response to research on conspiracist ideation — Well, I guess this is what living in the future is all about. (Via [info]danjite.)

Former Westboro Baptist member: We prayed for people to die — As I understand it, they are pretty much a lawsuit factory using the guise of religious freedom to provoke incidents. (Via [info]shsilver.)

Catholic Church enslaved 30,000 Irish women as forced unpaid labor in Magdalene Laundries until 1996 — This is the kind of thing that happens when you govern from religious principles. I will take secularism every time.

Angry Dallas Neighbor Allegedly Kills 2 Over Dog Poop — Thank God for the Republican party and the NRA standing up the shooter’s right to a theoretical defense of his essential liberties, because otherwise the two victims would still be alive, and how safe would we be without guns?

Members won’t talk about Scout banRepublican lawmakers are reluctant to weigh in on the Boy Scouts of America’s decision on whether to open its ranks to gays, which was delayed on Wednesday until May. It’s awfully hard to do the right thing when your party and personal political fortunes rest solidly on institutionalized bigotry and hate-fueled anger in your voting base.

Republicans Mask Their Conservative AgendaIn the months since President Obama’s re-election, Republican operatives have become practitioners of a new kind of alchemy, attempting to convince voters that the right’s long-standing agenda is actually an array of policies that coincidentally meets the needs of the middle class. It’s what we saw from conservatives in the last election cycle: if you can’t win on your ideas, lie.

The Drone Memo: More Comedy About the Death of FreedomLowering the Bar goes to town on the recent release of the Obama administration’s drone memo.

QotD?: Do you tell good stories?


2/7/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.75 hours (1,000 words on a spec novella to 2,000 words, plus some WRPA)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bicycle
Weight: 228.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block protecting women from violence: 0
Currently reading: Gulp by Mary Roach

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[links] Link salad trudges back to the hospital

The Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser is still live. It has made goal, but additional support is always welcome, especially given my new complications. Please check it out if you have not done so yet.

A final update from Waterloo Productions on their Kickstarter — Including a video segment I find very hard to watch.

Digital Doesn’t Matter: Reinventing the Advertising Industry — A friend of mine from a long time ago has an interesting Kickstarter project about advertising and media in the digital age.

Release Schedule Shift — Apocalypse Ink Productions announces my nonfiction book on the craft of writing is scheduled for an August release.

Disney developing new ‘Star Wars’ stand-alone movieshese movies will not be part of the new trilogy announced last fall when Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion. Last month, “Star Trek” director J.J. Abrams was named director of the new “Star Wars: Episode VII,” which will kick off the next three movies in the saga and is tentatively scheduled for release in 2015.

Site plagiarizes blog posts, then files DMCA takedown on originals — Wow. And way to go, WordPress hosting. Smooth move.

How enigmatic ribbon formed at edge of solar system

Evidence moles can smell in stereo — Really?

Venezuelan poodle moth — Wow. I got nothing. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

From Manly to Sexy: The History of the High Heel

York fights Leicester for right to Richard III remains — It’s the War of the Rose all over again!

Huge gay marriage victory in the UK Parliament — Nice to see my cousins across the pond doing the right thing and saying “no” to senseless bigotry.

Mormons join religious right bigots in filing brief in support of Prop 8 — Wrong verb in that headline. Are religious bigots, not join religious bigots.

Pentagon to extend certain benefits to same-sex spouses — Another anti-gay bigotry domino falls.

Colorado Creationism Bill Dies in Committee — Color me mildly surprised. Reality-denying conservative loons have had plenty of traction in recent years.

The Threat of SilenceMeet the groundbreaking new encryption app set to revolutionize privacy and freak out the feds. (Via @jackwilliambell.)

Top Five Objections to the White House’s Drone Killing Memo — And then some, methinks. Hey, Obama, you’re supposed to be one of the good guys, damn it. Ta-Nehisi Coates with more on this, starting from a literally Orwellian perspective.

QotD?: Got doctors? Want some?


2/6/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (1,000 words on a spec novella)
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bicycle
Weight: 228.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block protecting women from violence: 0
Currently reading: Gulp by Mary Roach

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[links] Link salad looks to the future, finds itself myopic

The Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser is still live. It has made goal, but additional support is always welcome, especially given my new complications. Please check it out if you have not done so yet.

The Lakeside Kickstarter has expanded its stretch goals to include documenting the science around my genomic testing by traveling to the testing lab and interviewing the scientists there. They’v also posted a new trailer for the movie, which is very striking. So give a little to support SCIENCE!

The Great Lake Conspiracy — A Mustache and the Mutt Mystery (Audio Drama for Jay Lake) — Skiffy and Fanty perpetrate another Act of Whimsy.

Genomic Analysis, the Office Edition — More on genetic sequencing and interpretation. (Via my Dad.)

Medical Self Defense — Really? (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated

GIVEAWAY REMINDER: Win a Complete Set of Jay Lake’s “GREEN” Trilogy!

A reader reacts to Mainspring — Luke warm review.

Amazing Future Tales — Heh heh.

China’s Chicken Syndrome, and the Man in the Iron CurtainStrange Maps gets a little weird.

The Author Himself Was a Cat in the Hat — Ted Geisel’s toppers.

Court Rules Icelandic “Girl” Can Use Her Own Name — Weird.

How to Build a Nanotube ComputerIBM creates a new way to make faster and smaller transistors.

Last-stand Neanderthals queriedWe may need to look again at the idea that a late Neanderthal population existed in southern Spain as recently as 35,000 years ago, a study suggests.

Noisy Sex Really Is Better Sex, Study Reveals — So much for my duct tape.

Britain’s PM faces gay marriage revolt as plots swirl

Tree ring history spurs actual climate science debateScientists argue about errors in tree ring records vs. cooling from volcanoes. This is science, constantly self-correcting based on new facts and data. Unlike ideology, which is right by definition regardless of facts and data. Guess which I choose?

Health Care’s Trick Cointhe entire evidence base for medicine has been undermined by a casual lack of transparency. (Via [info]danjite.)

Krugman: The NRA Is An ‘Insane Organization’ They have this vision that we’re living in a ‘Mad Max’ movie and that nothing can be done about it. Gun culture.

Memo Cites Legal Basis for Killing U.S. Citizens in Al Qaeda — In other words, summary execution without due process of law. No.

QotD?: Whither hope?


2/5/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.25 hours (WRPA)
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.33 hours stationary bicycle (still in post-operative recovery)
Weight: 227.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block protecting women from violence: 0
Currently reading: Gulp by Mary Roach

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[links] Link salad goes back to work

The Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser is still live. It has made goal, but additional support is always welcome, especially given my new complications. Please check it out if you have not done so yet.

The Lakeside Kickstarter has expanded its stretch goals to include documenting the science around my genomic testing by traveling to the testing lab and interviewing the scientists there. They’v also posted a new trailer for the movie, which is very striking. So give a little to support SCIENCE!

What to expect when someone is expecting death — Steve Buchheit with an extended riff on death and dying, using some of my recent blog posts as a launching point. (Yes, this link is a bit meta.)

Bookmarks: Q&A with Cory Doctorow, science fiction and Internet activist — An interview with Cory, in which he is asked about me and says nice things. (Via my Dad.)

Get Fuzzy on success in publishing — Hahahah.

Syd Mead on design for Bladerunner — Oooh. One of my favorite movies, ever.

Lawyer Analyzes Hobbit’s Contract — Hahahah.

Semantic satiation — I always knew this as “neural fatigue”. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Why Do Grandmothers Exist? Solving an evolutionary mystery — (Via [info]tillyjane, a/k/a my mom and [info]the_child‘s grandmother.)

Robohand: How cheap 3D printers built a replacement hand for a five-year old boyCreators make the design public domain to help people who can’t afford prostheses.

Researchers crack olfactory code for partner selection, synthesise first biologically effective perfume — Yep. This. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Men Go on “Guyets” Because Girls are StupidSociological Images on androcentrism.

Doonesbury nail it to the wall on gun control

Dangerous Gun MythsFor every instance in which a gun in the home was shot in self-defense, there were seven criminal assaults or homicides, four accidental shootings, and 11 attempted or successful suicides. That would be, you know, actual scholarship, as opposed to gun culture myth-making. The kind of scholarship the NRA has all but succeeded in banning, so that gun culture myth-making can prevail. Feel safer now?

LaPierre: They’re Coming For Our Guns No Matter What They Say — In other words, paranoid and delusional, blissfully untroubled by liberal “facts” and “data”, like most of the gun culture. Frankly, as much as I’d love to live in a zero gun society, where conservatives and liberals alike would be much safer and healthier (assuming you count not being one of the 30,000 people every year killed by a firearm as healthier), it ain’t gonna happen. Not with 300 million firearms in circulation. Not in this generation or the next. So while I might dream of wholesale confiscation, I could just as easily dream of sprouting wings, with as much likelihood of success.

Former Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle shot dead at Texas gun range — Guns sure kept him safe, didn’t they?

Christianism And Violence just read a post on National Review arguing that Christianity is in part about armed self-defense and the Second Amendment. I kid you not. Christianity is now apparently compatible with the gun lobby (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)


As Extremists Invaded, Timbuktu Hid Artifacts of a Golden Age
— Ah, the principled rationality of government by religious precept. There’s a lesson here that American Christianists will never learn.

Geeks are the New Guardians of Our Civil LibertiesRecent events have highlighted the fact that hackers, coders, and geeks are behind a vibrant political culture.

Will a declining America Start Having to Obey the same Rules as Everybody Else? (Chomsky)

QotD?: Was there an organized sporting event yesterday?


2/4/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (WRPA)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.33 hours stationary bicycle (still in post-operative recovery)
Weight: 225.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block protecting women from violence: 0
Currently reading: Gulp by Mary Roach

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[links] Link salad digests Peking duck

The Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser is still live. It has made goal, but additional support is always welcome, especially given my new complications. Please check it out if you have not done so yet.

The Lakeside Kickstarter has expanded its stretch goals to include documenting the science around my genomic testing by traveling to the testing lab and interviewing the scientists there. They’v also posted a new trailer for the movie, which is very striking. So give a little to support SCIENCE!

A very nice poster made from some of my recent words on cancer — Thank you, Nicole.

F.E.A.R. — Another cancer survivor talks about fear and loss and coping.

The Girl on the Glider and Other Stories — A roundup of reviews from a reader, including a very kind mention of my short story, “The Cancer Catechism”.

The Best Shots Fired in the Oxford Comma Wars — (Via [info]danjite.)

The last roll of Kodachrome — “Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away.”

The Physics of… Face Slapping — Um… yay, science? (Via David Goldman.)

In science today, a genius never works aloneFuture discoveries are more likely to be made by scientists sharing ideas than a lone genius

Cat gapThe cat gap is a period in the fossil record of approximately 25 to 18.5 million years ago in which there are few fossils of cats or cat-like species found in North America. No cat gap on the Internet! (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

App Feeds Scientists Atmospheric Data from Thousands of SmartphonesPressureNet shows the potential of distributed sensing with mobile devices.

East African Railways and Harbours — For all you infrastructure geeks. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

The Museum of Online Museums — Hah! (Also via [info]threeoutside.)

You Moist Remember This — Tom Robbins on rain. (Via Marta Murvosh.)

Richard III: unveiling day arrives for skeleton that would be kingLeicester University prepares to show carpark remains to the world as scientists work round the clock to finish ID tests.

The Last Places — Henry VIII’s wine cellar, under Britain’s Ministry of Defense building. This is cool. (Snurched from Cameo Wood.)

No Pictures. Only Words. — Peter Watts on his father’s life and death as a deeply closeted gay man. Sobering reading. (Via Tim Keating.)

Activists hail a watershed moment in gay rights movement

Do White evangelicals have a delusional persecution complex? — In a word: yes. It feeds the Christianist narrative quite nicely. Unfortunately for my Evangelical friends, having your absolute cultural supremacy replaced by merely overwhelming dominance isn’t persecution; it’s progress for the rest of us. In other words, a smidgen of fairness. Do unto others, and whatnot, not that the Golden Rule holds much water for American Christianists.

NRA likens universal checks to gun registry — That would be the same NRA that used to support background checks, before they decided the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of children.

Obama gun photo triggers mocking comments — Of course it did. Conservatives hate him no matter what he does. At least those of us who deposed Bush had ample reason to do so, rather than paranoia and self-valorizing fantasies. Unless, of course, you think ruining the economy, crashing the Dow-Jones, reversing the budget surplus, and launching a trillion-dollar war of choice under knowingly false pretenses were good for the country.

Smart dumb quote of the day: “American democracy is the greatest institution on Earth” edition — Ah, Senate rules. (Snurched Steve Buchheit.)

QotD?: Is it pure quackery?


2/3/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.25 hours (minor revisions to an accepted story)
Hours slept: 10.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.2 hours stationary bicycle (still in post-operative recovery)
Weight: 225.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block protecting women from violence: 0
Currently reading: Gulp by Mary Roach

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