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Video: SWITL magic goop scoop — Weird robotics. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Spaceflight: Risky Business — From the blog Vintage Space. (Via Centauri Dreams.)

Geopolitics in First-Person Shooter Video Games — Weird and interesting squib from Sociological Images.

Radiation Dosage ChartInformation Is Beautiful with a visualization of dosage levels and consequences.

Libya and the Conservative ConundrumA fair percentage of [conservatives] reject the president’s policy of bombing Libya while being in favor of bombing Libya.

Who’s Really Behind Recent Republican Legislation in Wisconsin and Elsewhere? (Hint: It Didn’t Start Here) — An essay from embattled historian William Cronon. The GOP may have bitten off more than they can chew in trying to intimidate this guy. (Thanks to [info]shsilver.)

Haley Barbour Comes Out Against Slavery — Nice to see the leading lights of the GOP catching up on current events. Also some interesting historical counterfactuals in this piece.

Gingrich fears ‘atheist country … dominated by radical Islamists’Hours after declaring Sunday that he expects to be running for president within a month, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he’s worried the United States could be “a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists,” in the foreseeable future, according to Politico. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Are conservatives really this stupid? This is nothing but scare word bingo. In what conceivable universe are radical Islamists also secular atheists? (Via Pharyngula.)

?otD: Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?


3/29/2011
Writing time yesterday: 2.25 hours (revisions on Sunspin, net 600 word gain to manuscript)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 249.6
Currently reading: A Bard’s Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella; Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts

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Biomedical news in brief — Brief, interesting qquibs about autism and cancer, among another things.

The Bowery: 1905 — Mmm, trains.

The Future of Air Travel — Ca. 1910, at any rate.

Criggo on helicopter tours — What a business model! The flight is free, but the landings cost extra.

WAG RageLanguage Log on some peculiarities of British sport culture.

Do You Have Free Will? Yes, It’s the Only Choice

Media Coverage of the Fukishima Nuclear Reactor Crisis

The Ego Advantage — David Brooks of The New York Times on Qadaffi’s decades-long grip on power.

Who’s in hell? Pastor’s book sparks eternal debate — Nice religion you people have there. Proud of it, are you?

Indiana Prosecutor Encouraged ‘False Flag’ Assault On Walker To Discredit Wisconsin Unions — Nothing to see here, citizen, move along.

Smaller government, smaller dreams, smaller peopleWe seem to have become a small-minded people obsessed with smaller government, smaller visions, smaller aspirations — a crimped, cramped people from whom it seems unimaginable to expect or ask for this kind of hard work and investment and long-term foresight. Regardless of their own rhetoric, that is observably the conservative vision in a nutshell. “To each their own, and those who don’t have enough deserve what they didn’t get.” One of the most important reasons that I’m a liberal-progressive is that I profoundly oppose the divisive closing of the American spirit that the GOP has been driving us towards all my lifetime.

?otD: Is Mars cold as hell?


3/25/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (2,500 words on Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 250.4
Currently reading: A Bard’s Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella; Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts

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