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[links] Link salad still wishes it slept better

Graphing Depression and Anxiety — Jim C. Hines is wise about writing productivity in the face of such widespread challenges.

Candlemen — A character type based on Mainspring. Very cool.

The Paintings of Jason de Graaf — Wow, the light work. I hope this guy is doing SF and fantasy covers. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Presenting the Mid-Century Modern… toothbrush — Because advertising circa 1949.

Fascinating Old Maps of Both Real and Ridiculous NYC Transit Projects — Cool beans. Some alt.hist here. (Via David Goldman.)

22-Pound Housecat Who Trapped Owners After Attacking Baby To Get Therapy — I don’t think it’s the cat that needs therapy. Ah, Portland. (Via Lisa Costello.)

New Jersey Bans Tesla to Ensure Buying a Car Will Always Suck — Ah, the New Jersery Auto Dealer Preservation Act, to better serve your needs without competitive pressure from new business models.

T. rex Had a Small, Cute Cousin — Uh…

First thin films of spin ice reveal cold secrets

U of A solves deep-Earth water mysteryTesting on the tiny mineral sample proves there is water about 400 to 700 kilometres below the Earth’s surface.

The Unfrozen North — Nothing to see here, citizen. Move along.

Recent estimates of low climate sensitivity were flawedBetter accounting for aerosols shows CO2 just as potent as we thought. This is how climate science works. New and contradictory data is absorbed and accounted for, and theories are adjusted. It’s science, after all.

Principled bigotry is still, you know, bigotry — Confidential to religious conservatives in America: Listen up. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia top list of gay-porn watching states — Because good conservative Red State morality trumps Blue State liberal degeneracy, that’s why.

Couple from Black Earth church convicted of child abuse — Ah, the magic of sincerely held religious beliefs. Which really are not a get-out-of-jail-free card for criminal conduct or outright immorality, the fevered dreams of religious conservatives in their persecution of gays and women notwithstanding. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Why We Hate Corporations

The Triumph Of Arrant Bullshit On The Affordable Care Act{T]his quote is immeasurably tragic. It represents a kind of final victory for mean-spirited and uncharitable propaganda over reality, a triumph for misinformation, sabotage, and arrant bullshit in the service of a cruel ideology and faceless oligarchy.

?otD: Yawn much more?


3/13/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (badly interrupted, some daytime napping)
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 will mend your robbing ways

3 to 3: Orycon 2013 interview with Jay Lake — In which Camille Alexa interviews me.

The Church of the Brass Messiah — Hah!

Amazon to deliver by drone? Don’t believe the hypeJeff Bezos’s ‘plan’ for drone deliveries is little more than a publicity stunt – timed for the biggest online shopping day of the year.

Compulsory Monogamy in The Hunger Games — This story has it right. A polyamorous solution, logical and satisfying as it might be, would never have made it on to the pages of the book or into the film.

Robot Handjobs Are The Future, And The Future Is Coming — Uh, yeah. (Thanks, I think, to David Goldman.)

Pheromone Signaling of Male C. elegans Worm Shortens Hermaphrodite Lifespan

Evangelical historian remains key ally of right — More on the profound and knowing intellectual dishonesty of America’s Evangelical Right. That whole not bearing false witness thing in the Bible? It’s one of the optional Ten Commandments. Lying for Jesus is never a sin, I guess. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Dozens of same-sex couples wed in Hawaii as new law takes effect — Another bigotry domino fallen. Just for reference, have any of the Right’s apocalyptic predictions for gay marriage (and repeal of DADT) come true? Even remotely? Anywhere? Not that there is ever any accountability whatsoever for conservative hysteria, but still.

Since rich people don’t create jobs, why are conservatives taken seriously on economics?This isn’t he-said-she-said economic theory. This is known fact, demonstrable time and again through empirical evidence just like evolution or climate science. Since when have facts ever stood in the way of a conservative position? It’s an entire ideology founded on explicit rejection of reality. In their own words conservatives have made it clear they have no interest in evidence-based thinking, except when it supports their interests.

?otD: Was your father a man of wealth and power whom everyone obeyed?


12/2/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 241.2
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 will not count the cost

A reader review of my novel Mainspring

A review of my single title novella The Baby Killers

Riddick 3: You Are Not Manly Enough To Read This Review Of This Very Manly Movie — Best movie review EVAR! Go read this just for the review, regardless of whether or not you care about the film.

Google Might Need to Re-Scan Plato’s Laws — Snerk.

Little Rock school district will now make teachers wear underwear — I, um… Uh. So, what do you think the enforcement protocols will be? (Via Ellen Eades.)

Giant first world war gun on the move across southern England this weekBritain’s last surviving railway howitzer, completed too late for WWI, to make slow road journey to Hampshire artillery museum. Mmm, rail guns. (Thanks to BBB.)

Poop, there it is: New test for exotic civet coffee — Hmm. Looks like shit. Smells like shit. Tastes like shit. Good thing we didn’t brew up a cup of it.

Inside the Battle Over a Strip-Mine CemeteryA mine, a family cemetery, and a struggle over heritage and jobs.

In South Africa, a Deadly New Drug Is Made With HIV MedicationsNyaope — “crack with a sickening twist” — combines heroin, detergents, and ARVs into a lethal cocktail that’s ravaging the country’s townships. Sigh. And then there’s the concept of an “austerity drug”. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Does torture work well as an interrogation technique? — (Via David Goldman.)

Qotd?: Would you like fries with that?


9/8/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: 30 minutes (stationary bike)
Weight: 245.0
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 returns from some other hemisphere

A reader review of “The Stars Do Not Lie”

Cesta kolem světa aneb přečteno za červenec — A nice review in Czech of Mainspring.

Mainspring – A review — Given his comments about the female characters, I hope the reviewer gets a chance to read the next two books in the series.

Jay Lake Pre-Mortem Read-a-thon, Review the Sixth: Madness of Flowers

Richard Derus Talks About His Jay Lake Reading Project

What Excites You Most About This Year’s Worldcon? — Including comments from me.

Jay’s Genome Project — Part 3 — More on the genome scarves from creator Astrid Bear.

F Cancer — On me, and cancer.

The Newly Discovered Fossil Snake That Makes an Anaconda Look Small — Wow. (Thank to MS.)

Tips on How to Become a Fossil

The bad faith of climate-deniers cannot be deniedIf what this senior member of the House Science Committee says is true, then by necessity, it must therefore be true that inanimate objects are acting in bad faith. Arctic sea ice must be acting, willfully, out of malevolent motives. Permafrost — non-sentient cryotic dirt — must be capable of duplicity and malice, secretly harboring a desire for “more and bigger control … by higher levels of government.”

Obamacare works where state officials want it to work — Gee, there’s a shock. A program opposed by Republican officials in Republican-dominated states will fail on implementation. That’s been the GOP’s governing style in all the years since “drown it in the bathtub” become their political ethos. Politically profitable for them, but a social and cultural disaster for all Americans. (Via [info]shsilver.)

Missouri Citizens Face Obstacles to Coverage — Because being a patriotic American conservative means you never have to make any fucking sense at all.

The ‘Refuse to Enroll’ campaign gets to workDesperate right-wing activists know the law won’t be repealed; they know it can’t be stopped in the courts; and they know there’s a limit to Republican efforts to sabotage the federal health care system. So they’ve been reduced to one last-ditch effort: convince people with no health care coverage to voluntarily turn down affordable insurance so as to advance their ideological cause. And why do conservative activists want this? It’s not altogether clear, exactly, but apparently their hatred for President Obama has overwhelmed their judgment and basic sense of morality to a degree that can only be considered alarming. As with virtually all conservative ideals, Republicans cannot win on the merits. So they cheat and deceive, as always.

Susan B. Anthony List Petitions Supreme Court for Right to Lie in Political Ads — Once again, conservative who cannot win on the merits of their position must lie. In this case suing all the way to the Supreme Court for that “right”. Unfortunately for truth, justice and the American people, with this Supreme Court they will almost certainly get their right to lie endorsed. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Social Conservatives’ 2016 Plea: Double Down!AMES, Iowa — Facing a generational divide that is sapping their relevance, a group of evangelical conservatives argued Saturday that they need to become even more vocal in their support for often unpopular social positions. Go for it, dudes. Anything that helps drub the modern conservative movement into its inevitable political irrelevancy all the more quickly can only be of powerful benefit to the entire nation, red and blue states alike.

QotD?: Did you miss me while I was gone?


8/15/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (too jet lagged)
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 rises up into the air and explodes

Jay Lake Pre-Mortem Readathon, review the second: Mainspring

Beth Zuckerman reviews the Hugo-nominated novellas

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope — Hahahah! (Thanks to Mom.)

Jane Austen, Game Theorist

What Do Women Want?Discovering What Ignites Female Desire

You are entering a reconstruction zone — Breast cancer survivor Diane Mapes on reconstruction.

The Weird New World of Girl Cheese — Gendered cheese. Because reasons. (Thanks, I think, to Lisa Costello.)

America’s BBQ Battle: an Eater’s Guide — :: wants :: (Via [info]garyomaha.)

Man catches 200-year-old fish — Hmmm.

How Should We Respond When Humans and Sharks Collide?

Meet the Baby Liligers Born in a Russian ZooThe cubs are three parts lion, one part tiger — and 100% adorable. (Snurched from Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Genetic History of Great Apes Over 15 Million Years Could Lead to Medical Advances

Tiny stem-cell livers grown in laboratory

Brain’s ‘Garbage Truck’ May Hold Key to Treating Alzheimer’s and Other Disorders — Interesting. (Via David Goldman.)

Why good deeds don’t go unpunishedBeing overly generous can get you punished as a nonconformist.

Mars Rover Curiosity Captures Video of Martian Moonrise — Mmmm.

Too Much Wind Energy? Save it Underground in Volcanic Rock Reservoirs — Write your own joke here.

No Atheists in Foxholes, no Climate Change Deniers at front Lines of Wildfires — Actually, there are plenty of atheists in the foxholes, but still.

The insane things people still try to bring on airplanes

Neil Steinberg & Dave Gushee on the damaging idea that ‘hating gays is a bedrock of Christian faith’The question remains: How can McDonald’s sell cheeseburgers, violating Jewish law? Not a toughie. Answer: Because the laws of kosher don’t matter to anyone but observant Jews. … Jewish dietary law has no bearing on secular law. Neither does a sectarian interpretation of Biblical law. Ever.

Huge document dump shows how Church protected abusers What is despicable isn’t just that these abuses occurred in the first place, or even that in so many cases, church administration knew about the abuse and actively endeavored to cover it up with apparently zero regard for the welfare of victims. It’s also that so many of the guys who let this happen remain in positions of authority in the church today. But without religion in our lives, how shall we find a moral compass? Suffer the little children, indeed.

Mystery in killings at Oakland Wingstop — Remember, an armed society is a polite society. Those thirty thousand gun deaths a year are a small price to pay for your Second Amendment right to mistakenly shoot restaurant workers. I’m sure everyone is much safer now.

LeVar Burton explains his ritual to prevent being shot by police — Sigh. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement — Wow. This is disturbing.

QotD?: Are you celebrating something today?


7/4/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (vacation)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (away from home)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block building mandatory gay marriage halls: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Snuff by Terry Pratchett

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[events] Went down to the library, fell down on my knees

Actually, I went down to the library and sat in a big comfy chair. But all writers feel a bit like Robert Johnson, somewhere in our stained and tattered little souls.

Yesterday evening was the monthly book group at Milwaukie Ledding Library. We discussed my multiple award nominated novella, “The Stars Do Not Lie“, as well as my novel Green and some of my other work. It wasn’t a group of SF/F fans (with one or two exceptions), but it was absolutely a group of literature fans. Also, some of my family came: Lisa Costello, (step)Mom, Dad, [info]lillypond (a/k/a my sister), and [info]the_child her own self.

It was a lot of fun. I’m normally talking either to writers, fans or educational audiences. General readers have a different take than those demographics. This was very q/a driven — I wasn’t lecturing or instructing — and reflected the opinions and experience of this long-established book club. I fielded questions about the creative process, publishing, and steampunk, as well as getting into specifics about “The Stars Do Not Lie”, Green and Mainspring. Not to mention a bit of autobiographical discussion. [info]the_child offered some commentary, and at one point Dad got drawn into the discussion as well.

We ran about 30 minutes overtime, which seemed just fine with everybody there. It was fun for me, a very on-the-ground form of immediacy in interacting with my ultimate audience: the reader.

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[links] Link salad takes its place with the lord of the hills

The Adjustable Cosmos — An animated short film with certain affinities to my Mainspring trilogy. (Via [info]bedii.)

Early stop-motion with real insect characters — Uh…

Watch A Robotic Cheetah-Cub Run

Materials Scientists Build Chlorophyll-based Phototransistor

The Faulty Logic of the ‘Math Wars’

Global Attitudes toward HomosexualityGenerally, the more religious a country, the less accepting its citizens are of homosexuality: Ah, the magical link between bigotry and faith.

IRS scandal: Is partisanship overshadowing facts? — Is the sky blue? Is water wet? When you have one party explicitly dedicated to inventing its own facts regardless of objective reality, then by definition partisanship overshadows.

QotD?: Are you in neat little rows sporting canvas frills?


6/18/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (restoring dead computer)
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 247.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block installing Islamic footwashing sinks: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett

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[links] Link salad wakes up with a JayCon hangover

No, That’s Not Too Much JayFile 770 is both kind and funny about me.

Mainspring (Jay Lake, Clockwork Earth #1) — A review of my novel by a readeer who really, really didn’t care for it.

Superman: Flying to a church near you — Well, ok then. (Via [info]shsilver.)

A Pocket-Sized Micro House Built To Withstand Severe Weather

Could a Surplus of California Milk Fulfill China’s Cheese Needs? — I was not aware that China had cheese needs.

Restoring Trees to Save the World’s Rarest Parrot

South Africa’s Cape parrot needs more yellowwood trees to survive.

La Salle’s long-lost ship?

QotD?: Are you as stonkered as I am?


6/16/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (too many errands, not enough time)
Hours slept: 5.75 hours solid
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 248.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block leaking intelligence secrets: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett

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[links] Link salad celebrates M’aidez

A reader reacts to Escapement — They liked it better than Mainspring.

Worldbuilding with Maps — Art guru James Gurney (of Dinotopia fame) is interesting.

Rob and Laura: 1963 — I’m not quite old enough to remember this as a prime time series, but it was in regular rerun rotation when I was a little kid, in the year or so I actually watched television during my childhood.

Could Body Armor Have Saved Millions in World War I?The follies that led to poor helmets and a lack of torso protection for men in the trenches. (Snurched from [info]james_nicoll.)

Google Glass: Let the evil commenceGlass has now been ‘jailbroken’ with a well-documented exploit. So what can you (or others) do with a hacked headset? Apparently, a whole lot.

More than 20,000 people apply for one-way ticket to Mars — Wow.

Would an antimatter apple fall upward from the earth?

Sun Plus Nanotechnology: Can Solar Energy Get Bigger by Thinking Small?

Atoms star in world’s smallest movie from IBMResearchers at IBM have created the world’s smallest movie by manipulating single atoms on a copper surface.

A Sense of Where You Are — I have an excellent sense of both location and direction. I know people who have very little internal sense of either of those things. Finally, an explanation.

Prenatal DNA SequencingReading the DNA of fetuses is the next frontier of the genome revolution. Do you really want to know the genetic destiny of your unborn child? I sure would. Also note, this story is about the company that did my own Whole Genome Sequencing.

Representing Transracial Adoptions — Wow. As a white parent in an adopted transracial family, just wow.

Pro-Environment Light Bulb Labeling Turns Off Conservatives, Study Finds — Sometimes the jokes just write themselves.

Poll: Democratic edge for 2014Slightly more voters say they’ll vote Democratic in the 2014 congressional elections than Republicans, bucking a historical trend of the president’s party losing seats in his sixth year, a new poll Wednesday shows. I’ll believe it when I see it, but if true, this represents a welcome trend away from the fever swamp of destructive insanity that the GOP has become.

QotD?: Est-ce que vous êtes internationale?


5/1/2013
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA editing work on METAtropolis: Green Space)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 248.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block helping welfare recipients buy cell phones and big screen tvs: 0
Currently reading: The Truth by Terry Pratchett

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[links] Link salad has been telling you it’s a genius since it was seventeen

Omega Coaxial Ad — Which very much puts me (and others) in mind of my novel Mainspring. (Via OldMiser.)

Amazing potato salad minus the WOW factorJersey Girl in Portland on her potato salad and mine.

20 of the world’s most beautiful World Heritage Sites — Bucket list stuff, if I had time and money for a bucket list before I die.

Army Airship: 1922 — A cool photo from Shorpy.

Crystal Puzzle Solved with Sea Squirt — The story’s interesting in its own right if you’re into biology or materials science, but you have to love the headline regardless.

Memory ImplantsA maverick neuroscientist believes he has deciphered the code by which the brain forms long-term memories.

Privately Financed Spaceship Roars Closer to Space — SpaceShip Two breaks the sound barrier.

ESA: Herschel space telescope blinded by heat, retires for good

The World’s First Website Gets Its Original Web Address Back — It’s not often you can follow something back right to the beginning.

Your Mac, iPhone or iPad may have left the Apple store with a serious security risk — This is mildly boggling. (Via [info]goulo.)

Seattle Police And Phoenix Jones – A New Chapter — Because, um, reasons. Nope. Come to think of it, I got nothing. (Thanks to my brother.)

About HistoryShortpacked is making fun of a specific subset of geekdom, but this pretty much captures the conservative mind in general.

Report: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s repeated requests for a lawyer were ignoredThere is zero legal or ethical justification for denying a suspect in custody this fundamental right Because reasons! After all, we treat white conservative terrorists exactly the same. Or we would, if there were any white conservative terrorists. “Patriots” like McVeigh and Rudolph certainly had a right to counsel. (Via David Goldman.)

Congress tries to reset science grants, wants every one to be “groundbreaking”If lawmakers get their way, research like recent Higgs findings could disappear. That’s what happens when you put anti-science willful idiots in charge of national science policy.

Justice O’Connor: Maybe Bush V. Gore Was A Mistake — Gee. Ya think? Note: If you don’t know who John Ellis is and when and why George W. Bush called him on election night, you really don’t understand what happened in Florida and why people like me are still pissed about it. And believe you me, if the situation had been reversed, and a cousin of Al Gore’s was involving in the media calling the election results prematurely in Gore’s favor, this would still be a daily topic on conservative media over a decade later. Meanwhile, back in the reality-based community, Your Liberal Media never covered Ellis much, even at the time.

House Republicans Eyeing New Hostage OpportunityThe House Republicans are contemplating a new budget-hostage strategy, the the Washington Post reports in a story that is both highly useful and inadvertently Onion-esque. The hallmark of Onion news reporting is conveying insanity as if it were sane in a completely deadpan way. The Republican party isn’t even pretending to govern any more, and no one cares. At least no one conservative. And they call themselves patriotic?

Maker of Useless Dowsing Rod for Bombs Convicted for FraudThere are an infinite number of flavors of this sort of nonsense, from astrology to homeopathy, from the antivaccination movement to global warming denial. While you might think some of these are harmless, they all have very serious ramifications: they lead to magical thinking. They tell people it’s OK to stop putting their trust in reality and science, and instead abandon it for nonsense. And that’s my fundamental objection to the Republican party. Not to the theoretical foundation of conservatism, which in many ways is an admirable philosophy, but to the conservatism that requires the magical thinking of evolution denial and climate change denial and supply side economics to function politically, while proudly and explicitly rejecting the evidence-based world. How can you possibly make useful policy decisions when your entire intellectual infrastructure is a fraudulent house of cards? Yes, magical thinking is everywhere (the anti-vax movement is not a conservative fixation), but only in the Republican party and its annexes such as FOX News and Tea Party has such magical thinking been institutionalized and glorified.

QotD?: Are you quite sure what it means?


4/30/2013
Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (WRPA editing work on METAtropolis: Green Space)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 247.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block helping welfare recipients buy cell phones and big screen tvs: 0
Currently reading: The Truth by Terry Pratchett

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