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Dude, Where’s My Accent?Why the California Vowel Shift may have us all by the tongue. Also this. Snerk. (Via David Goldman.)

Lovebible.pl — Charlie Stross is very funny.

Why Do We Call People Redheads Instead of Orangeheads?

Who Put the O in Portland? — More on the ‘round maps’. I was also struck by this comment: [T]here’s scientific evidence for the fact that GPS technology is making us less, rather than more spatially aware. When we rely, as is now so commonplace, on satellite-guided driving instructions tailored to our specific trip, we’re preventing our brain from doing what it should do naturally: making ‘mental maps’ of our surroundings. That’s been exactly my experience of using GPS.

How to Talk to a Live Person: Every Customer Support Number You’ll Ever Need — A holiday calling guide. (Thanks to my Dad.)

Soylent hits its 1.0 formula, nears releaseWe talk with Soylent’s creator on what’s changed since we slurped down the beta. Soylent peen is greople!

You Can’t Get Entangled Without a Wormhole: Physicist Finds Entanglement Instantly Gives Rise to a Wormhole — (Via Bruce Taylor.)

Die, selfish gene, dieThe selfish gene is one of the most successful science metaphors ever invented. Unfortunately, it’s wrong. This is freaking fascinating. (Thanks to AH via [info]tillyjane.)

Animal Locomotion: Reanimating Muybridge’s 19th Century Illustrations with GIFs — Zoopraxography indeed. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Tolkien gesture – scientist maps climate of Lord of the RingsMount Doom is like LA and the Shire like Lincolnshire, so says a climate model based on author’s famously detailed maps. (Via [info]danjite.)

The Most Important Command in the Old Testament isn’t what you think — A little linguistic analysis for you. And guess what? It’s not about teh gayz or sex or the abomination of widely available, affordable healthcare. Not at all. (Via [info]daveraines.)

Australia’s first gay marriages conducted — Another bigotry domino falls, at least temporarily. Sadly, the forces of religiously-cloaked conservative intolerance are still very strong.

Iceland in shock as cops kills a man for 1st time in history — Clearly they need more guns to be safe. No, wait, they have more guns.

South Carolina Sheriff Refuses To Lower Flag For Mandela — Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best.

Special Report: Thailand secretly supplies Myanmar refugees to trafficking rings — As Daniel says, this is stunningly evil. Sigh. (Via [info]danjite.)

Apartheid’s Useful Idiots For many years, a large swath of this country failed Nelson Mandela, failed its own alleged morality, and failed the majority of people living in South Africa. Ah, we are again reminded of the much vaunted moral consistency of American conservatives.

A reminder of what Republicans thought of MandelaIt’s a constant theme of conservatism to falsely take credit for the progressive causes of yesteryear while attempting to destroy contemporary ones. You have to give the GOP a break here. When their own record is a nearly unbroken string of failures and policy disasters, they can claim no credit at all except false credit.

Santorum: Fight Against Obamacare Like Fight Against Apartheid — You don’t have to be bone-stupid to be a conservative, but demonstrably it sure as hell helps. Really, what can any rational, moral human being say to something like this?

“History? We don’t know. We’ll all be dead.”The conservative project in general really, truly doesn’t give a damn about human suffering. They live in an abstract universe in which their dedication to their rigid ideology simply trumps all moral concerns about real human beings in the here and now. They just don’t give a damn.

?otD: Where was that one night?


12/7/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (very fitful)
Body movement: n/a (traveling)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad goes under the knife tomorrow

The Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser and the Lakeside Kickstarter for the documentary about me, [info]the_child, and cancer are still live. Both have made goal, but additional support is always welcome. Please check them out if you have not done so yet. Note that the next unlock goal at $44,000 is [info]the_child‘s video, “How to Write Like My Dad”. We’re almost there!

PayPal: ‘Aggressive changes’ coming to frozen funds policyCNNMoney covers the recent PayPal kerfuffle, with comments from me.

The ‘quadruple helix’ in the human genome that could lead to new drugs to fight cancerStructure only seen in test tubes found in human cancer cells Really? I’ve had Stage IV multiply metastatic colon cancer since 2008, and no one’s found any test tubes in my cancer cells yet.

Counting wordsLanguage Log rants about Microsoft Word and word counts. Which as all writers know is a huge can of worms.

Icelandic Phallological Museum — Wow… (Via Elizabeth Bourne.)

Scientists find evidence of Martian lake

Crashing Through Dark Matter WallsThe Earth is “constantly crashing through huge walls of dark matter,” New Scientist explains, “and we already have the tools to detect them.” Whoa! Intensely strange and cool.

Separate And Unequal In The U.S. Military — Ta-Nehisi Coates (and the New York Times) on gay spouses in the military.

Dear Mr. President: Time to Deal with Climate ChangeIn a letter to President Obama, the editors of MIT Technology Review argue that addressing climate change must take top priority in the next four years. Unfortunately for the entire planet, Republican political ideology trumps reality every single time. An obstreperous and defiant American political minority is leading the entire globe further down the path to long-term ruin, all for the sake of a few votes and their campaign cash from the fossil fuel industry.

Agreeing on the problem (but not agreeing that it is a problem)If you really believe that “unbounded” scholarship “poses a serious threat to ongoing scriptural fidelity,” then you have already conceded that you do not believe the scripture can withstand intellectual scrutiny. This “threat” only makes sense if you believe that the scriptures are a fraud, vulnerable to exposure. I’ve always said if your faith cannot stand up to the scrutiny of the wider world, it is a poor faith indeed. Which is why the religious conservative mania for controlling education never really made sense to me. That’s a flat-out admission their faith is weak and false.

Officials: N.M. teen gunman kills 5 inside home — Did guns in the home keep these people safer? Without access to firearms, this child could not have killed so many people. We are taught the lie of “gun safety” every single day, but we never learn. Once again, the tree of liberty is watered with the blood of children, and the gun culture takes no responsibility for what it has wrought.

QotD?: Got surgery?


1/21/2013
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours of WRPA (revisions to “Monsters in the Mountains at the Edge of the World”)
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: n/a (scale still out of batteries)
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing disability rights: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

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