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[links] Link salad is easy like Sunday morning

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.

Also, Jim C. Hines reads his very first story in costume as one of the unlocked goal achievements. Hahahaha.

The wrong goodbye of Barnes and Noble — Hmm. Another ‘death of the bookstore’ article. This one might have teeth though.

Saving Lives in Serenity: Can a Fanboy and Physics Change a Movie? — Hah! (Via Lisa Costello.)

Non-paternity event — Interesting term of art for a retroactively obvious concept. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Buy Bigfoot’s gravesite for $270,000 — Snerk.

Did homosexuality kill off the dinosaurs — Questions Christanists ask. Really, deeply stupid Christianists, apparently.

This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For — The White House responds to the petition to build the Death Star. Hahahahah.

“[There is] no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons.” — Guess who said that? Noted Kenyan Muslim socialist activist Ronald Reagan in 1967. We have more guns today. Are we safer?

Since 1979, Firearms have Killed 120,000 US Children, Many more than Troops in Vietnam or Iraq & Afghanistan Wars (Graph) — As a society, we have agreed that this is a small price to pay for gun owners’ Second Amendment rights. Thank God for the NRA and the Republican party, because otherwise liberals would have worked to make sure those kid couldn’t water the tree of liberty with their blood. Are you proud of our country for this?

Change US tax law from citizenship based law to residence based law — Huh. I had no idea. I know many people this affects. (Via [info]danjite.)

The Window for Republican Foreign Policy Reform Won’t Be Open for LongIt is possible that the damage among younger voters has already been done such that these cohorts are lost to the GOP for many elections to come, but there is virtually no chance of winning them and future cohorts of voters if the party’s foreign policy remains what it is. Failing to reform Republican foreign policy will have effects beyond the relatively small portion of the electorate that votes on these issues, because the perception of incompetence and recklessness on these issues will sabotage the party’s efforts to repair its overall reputation. It’s not a perception of Republican incompetence and recklessness, it’s a stone cold fact substantiated heavily by the evidence of the Bush administration and the current GOP House, not to mention the 2011/2013 GOP primary season.

?otD: Are you free?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (stress)
Hours slept: 9.5 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: n/a (forgot to weigh)
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing disability rights: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

[links] Link salad goes hiking

Fanboy squee: The ebook ARC of Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance is now available at Baen for $15.00 — (Shamelessly stolen from [info]oracne.)

Colecção Argonauta — Some awesome 1960s Brazilian SF covers. (Snurched from @jeremiahtolbert.)

Mapping Your End-of-Life Choices

Meditation found to increase brain size — Now if this only applied in other areas of life… (Via Lisa Costello.)

Google launches Endangered Language ProjectGoogle tries to promote info exchange on the world’s 3,000 endangered languages.

Lidar map shows path of Missoula floods that shaped Oregon’s backyards — Cool stuff. (Thanks to Dad.)

Planets worlds apart orbit one distant star

New passenger service to the Moon for $100M — Hmm. :: wants ::

What to make of the Chinese space effort? — In related news, Language Log comments on the term “taikonaut”.

Pope Jim Garlow I joins the Münchhausen martyrdom brigadeSlacktivist Fred Clark on the self-valorizing persecution fantasies of American Christians.
‘Bible Believers’ who do not know, or care, what the Bible says — Because for far too many Americans, being a Christian isn’t about religion or faith, it’s about tribalism and a smug justification for their private bigotries.

Congress Joins List of Things Romney Thinks Don’t ExistThe general theme of Mitt Romney’s campaign is that President Obama is 100 percent responsible for everything that has happened since he took office, including not only worldwide economic events but decisions of the Republican Congress.

The Consequences of Believing Nonsense — The current crop of conservatives will have a great deal to answer for to future generations. So will the rest of us who have let the GOP get away with politicizing utter nonsense and mortgaging the planet’s future for the sake of a few votes.

Yes, Iraq Definitely Had WMD, Vast Majority Of Polled Republicans Insist — Speaking of believing nonsense. This is flatly counterfactual. Untrue. A lie. Yet close to half of America’s voters believe that Iraq had WMDs. This is what comes of the GOP deliberately enabling nonsense, and co-opting Your Liberal Media to spread it. The people who started all this — Atwater, Ailes, Rove, etc. — they know better. They’re just cynical, opportunistic bastards. But they’ve created going on two generations of politicians and voters who are true believers, because listening to your own fears is a hell of lot easier (and more emotionally satisfying) than considering the nuances of things you don’t understand and don’t want to hear.

?otD: Been out to the Rising Gorge?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (brain break)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride, hiking to come
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid)
Weight: 238.8
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate

[links] Link salad is thoughtful

Sunny Skies over the Pacific Northwest — I think I can see my house from here.

New-found exoplanet is evaporating away

Birther controversy: ‘Obama might not make ballot’In a revival of the controversy surrounding US President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, Arizona’s top election official has said it is “possible” Obama may not make the state’s November ballot due to unanswered questions about his birth place. [info]shsilver points to more on this: Once again, Arizona is the nation’s laughingstock.

‘Metrosexual Black Abe Lincoln’ — Charles M. Blow dissects the latest Republican crazy.

?otd: How do you feel about teachable moments?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (full day of conferencing and critique)
Body movement: 60 minute walk along San Antonio’s Riverwalk
Hours slept: 7.5 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Light Breaker by Mark Teppo

[child] Holiday wreath sale

It’s that time of the year again. [info]the_child‘s school is offering a holiday fund raiser of fresh-cut wreaths from the Cascade Mountains here in the Pacific Northwest. These can be delivered locally on 12/1, or be shipped nationwide (lower 48 only) by UPS, with delivery in early December. The options include:

Shipped via UPS:

  • 18″ wreath — $35 each (shipped)
  • 22″ wreath — $40 each (shipped)
  • 24″ swag — $40 each (shipped)

Local pickup for Portland area:

  • 18″ wreath — $20 each
  • 22″ wreath — $25 each
  • 24″ swag — $25 each
  • 30″ wreath — $35 each
  • Garland — $2.50 per foot

If you’re interested in wreaths for yourself or a friend or relative, please let me know in comments or via direct email by Wednesday, November 9th.

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[links] Link salad goes back to work, sort of

Gay Weddings: Is There A New Etiquette?

Crop Circles: Biggest and Most Bizarre DesignsScientist says they’ve been improved by lasers and GPS.

NASA going green with solar-powered Jupiter probe

Chinese teachers are on a U.S. missionDozens of teachers from China are in Los Angeles to prepare for the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to teach Mandarin in American schools.

DB Cooper may have lived 30 years after 1971 plane hijack as FBI reveal new suspect only died a decade ago

Vonnegut Banned – Again — As Vonnegut himself said years ago, If you are an American, you must allow all ideas to circulate freely in your community, not merely your own. There’s a lesson lost on Christianists and conservatives alike. The free exchange of ideas strengthens us and opens our minds — both of which are demonstrably antithetical to their worldview, especially when it comes to the deliberate miseducation of children as practiced by Republican dominated school boards and state boards of education across the country. It saddens me that our country comes back to this again and again. (Via @icowrich.)

Wake up GOP: Smashing system doesn’t fix it — Conservative David Frum on the GOP’s recent behavior.

Zakaria: Tea Party Tactics Immoral, Dictatorial — Conservatives are brilliant at enacting the tyranny of the minority.

?otD: Whom?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (post-op recovery)
Body movement: 30 minutes stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 225.4
Currently reading: Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks

[links] Link salad takes out its guitar and plays

A reader reacts to Escapement — And Pinion.

Adam Engst on iPad and ereaders — Interesting thoughts on the ebooks publishing process. (Via a mailing list I’m on.)

Language nudges ArtLanguage Log on linguistic gender and cheese. Mmm.

Similar quake due to hit Northwest — Home, sweet home.

A false color map of the Honshu earthquake’s tsunami wave height — One of the more frightening images I’ve ever seen, in a weird way. (Via Bad Astronomy.)

Japanese official says pumping system caused nuclear plant blast — I really feel for Japan already, but this is a twist that cuts deeply into a unique scar on their cultural psyche.

How Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami Warning Systems WorkThe world’s only earthquake warning system likely helped limit damage and loss of life. Government spending in action.

Coase Goes to War — Bribery as a precision guided munition.

New FAA Rule Turns Airplane Lavatories Into Deadly Traps — To quote [info]danjite “Number of terrorist attacks on US planes per year, average: 0 Number of legitimate deployments of oxygen masks per year: 40-50. FAA: Remove oxygen from toilets to prevent terrorism!”

[info]pecunium on how government regulation saves lives

Dumbing Deficits Down — Paul Krugman on deficits, healthcare and the disingenuousness of politicians.

?otD: Heavy metal or easy listening?

Writing time yesterday: 2.75 hours (2,800 words on Sunspin, much WRPA)
Body movement: Urban hiking to come
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (interrupted)
Weight: n/a (forgot)
Currently reading: Esprit de Corps by Lawrence Durrell

[conventions] Cascade Writers Workshop

The Cascade Writers Workshop (née Writers Weekend) is open for registration now. I’ll be teaching there, along with Hugo Award winning writer David Levine and Tor Books executive editor Beth Meacham. I know registrations are already coming in, so if you’re interested in working with us, sign up soon!


July 21-24, 2011, at the Ocean Crest Resort in scenic Moclips, WA, out on the Pacific side of the Olympic Peninsula

Hope to see you there!

[child] Holiday wreath sale

It’s that time of the year again. the_child’s school is offering a holiday fund raiser of fresh-cut wreaths from the Cascade Mountains here in the Pacific Northwest. These can be delivered locally on 12/3, or be shipped nationwdide (lower 48 only) by UPS, with delivery in early December. The options include:

Shipped via UPS:

  • 18″ wreath — $35 each (shipped)
  • 22″ wreath — $40 each (shipped)
  • 24″ swag — $40 each (shipped)

Local pickup for Portland area:

  • 18″ wreath — $20 each
  • 22″ wreath — $25 each
  • 24″ swag — $25 each
  • 30″ wreath — $35 each

If you’re interested in wreaths for yourself or a friend or relative, please let me know in comments or via direct email by Saturday, November 6th.

[personal] A glimpse inside my mind

In case you were wondering how my mind works, here’s a partial list of the things that I thought about on my pre-dawn walk this morning, in semirandom order as I can recall them an hour later:

  • Why the local police have switched from Crown Vics to Dodge Chargers
  • The value of a passive predation strategy that relies on stupid prey (ie, spiders in their webs)
  • World building and character elements in Sunspin
  • Whatever happened to wooden wheels on cars?
  • some more
  • The question of artifactual intelligence vs nonartifactual intelligence, and whether the human race as a whole is missing the point
  • That I need to go to the grocery store today or tomorrow
  • Where the hell the moon was, since I’d seen it in the sky yesterday morning
  • ‘s new school year
  • What was the animal in the bushes that sounded like a wounded howler monkey
  • Oregon weather
  • The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction