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[links] Link salad would like to get some sleep before it travels

Between The Sheets #92 – London Calling — Urban fantasy author J.A. Pitts is interviewed by podcast. This one’s not work- or child-safe.

Poop Strong: Cancer patient whose costs exceeded insurance cap wins victory, via Twitter — (Via Michael Fay.)

Cancer Genomes Let Drugmakers Get PersonalOne startup, H3 Biomedicines, uses genome data to design drugs aimed at small groups of patients. As I’ve said before, cancer isn’t a disease so much as it is a process employed by hundreds, even thousands, of distinct diseases. Ideas like this get at the roots of the problem.

This Is What A 1987 Soviet Invasion Of Western Europe Could Have Looked Like — Mmm, ekranoplan. (Via [info]davidlevine.)

Visualized: a look inside iRobot’s gadget-filled ‘cool stuff room’ — (Via David Goldman.)

Ash and Lightning Above an Icelandic Volcano — Wow.

50-Mile Landslides Spotted on Saturn’s Icy Moon

The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic — The real world has a way of doing that, at least to people open to evidence that contradicts their ideology.

Dick Cheney: Picking Sarah Palin for VP Was ‘A Mistake’ — Transparently true as it was from moment one of the McCain-Palin campaign, that might have been a helpful comment from a major GOP figure, oh, about four years ago.

Mitt Romney is a frequent and blatant liar. Why don’t our guardians of discourse care? — That Mitt Romney lies repeatedly and at length in his campaign discourse is a well-documented, objectively true statement, not a partisan one. Your Liberal Media supports and sustains those lies, because that’s what Your Liberal Media does.

?otD: Got a warrant? Are you coming in?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (60 minutes on Other Me)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 (solid)
Weight: 237.4
Currently reading: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski; Ironskin by Tina Connolly

[links] Link salad heads out for another hike

Hear That? #11: Koelle, Lake, Shehadeh — Sandra Odell reviews, among other things, the recent podcast of my short story, “The American Dead.”

The true secret of love…Marti McKenna makes a funny and neat image out of something I said.

Avengers of Harmony — My Little Pony/Avengers mashup video. Heh. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Heavy ion collisions reveal the earliest instants of our UniverseLHC and RHIC provide a completely different view of fundamental forces.

Is Central Oregon Warming To Gay Culture?

Penn State orders removal of Paterno statue — One very small but symbolic step in the right direction.

The Seven Stages of Gun Violence — Some wise thoughts about the American response to violence. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Dreaming of a World With No Intellectuals — Conservatives and the intellectual life. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Legislator Upset That Muslims Want to Use School-Voucher Program Too — This is actually slightly old news, but I like this particular take on the story. Especially this: [Republican state representative] Hodges mistakenly assumed that ‘religious’ meant ‘Christian.’ Which pretty much in a nutshell explains the conservative view of the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion. More of that justly famed conservative intellectual consistency: absolutists to a point beyond absurdity on the Second Amendment, arrant revisionists and situationalists on the First.

Self-Indulgence and DutyMany of the failures of the Bush [Administration] came about partly because most conservatives fell in line, deferred to party leaders, and did their “duty” to their party by continuing to support it even when it was leading them and the country towards disaster. It doesn’t bode well for the future if conservatives are ready to fall back into that same pattern.

?otD: Got mountain?

Writing time yesterday: 90 minutes (research plus 1,300 words on a requested short story)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride, trail hiking to come
Hours slept: 6.5 (solid)
Weight: 237.8
Currently reading: Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie

[links] Link salad follows Horace Greeley’s advice

Pseudopod 290: The American Dead — A podcast of one of my stories.

Women are people too[info]fjm on the subject of women’s clothes.

Oregon stone tools enliven ‘earliest Americans’ debate

Dinosaur Sex Experts Concur That Animals Mated Front To Back — How the heck does one become a “dinosaur sex expert”, anyway? (Thanks, I think, to Lisa Costello.)

Justin Bieber Blasted Me With His Gondola-Based Sonic Ray Machine

xkcd asks, “what if…?”

Virgin Galactic announces new launch vehicle

After 14 Years, Furby Has Returned — I had one of those the last time around… (Thanks to Dad.)

The Other Joe Paterno — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the vile evil of Joe Paterno and the Penn State football program. Where are the ones who walk away from State College, PA?

Voters Would Accept Black, Female, Catholic,or Hispanic President — (Via David Goldman.)

What Is Causing The Increase In Political Violence In America? — Conservatives and hate speech. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

The Mystery of John Roberts — More on Supreme Court history and rulings.

?otD: Going west?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (workshop crit and WRPA)
Body movement: n/a (airport walking to come)
Hours slept: 6.0 (fitful)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie

[links] Link salad only let them go so wrong out of kindness, I suppose

Panel Discussion Moderated by Terry Bisson and Interviews with Rudy Rucker, K. W. Jeter, and Jay Lake — Rick Kleffel with a podcast of some of us Being Smart at SF in SF last February.

The Cultivation of ImaginationArt writing guru James Gurney with some interesting thoughts.

Emotionxkcd on cancer.

Monsanto Blamed For Bee Population Collapse, So It Buys Bee Research Firm — (Via [info]danjite.)

Pacific reef shark populations ‘plummeting,’ study says

Space shuttle with horse and rider — I find this photograph striking.

Big Bang Machine Discovers Brand New Particle

Asteroids Could Be Mined for Fuel, Says CompanyOrbiting spacecraft could be refueled with water taken from planetoids—but some experts doubt the economics.

Explaining the CISPA Cybersecurity Bill, the Latest Threat to your Privacy — Hoo boy.

White Privilege — Ta-Nehisi Coates talks about privilege.

Homophobic? Maybe You’re GayWhy are political and religious figures who campaign against gay rights so often implicated in sexual encounters with same-sex partners? Because water is wet. Typical conservative hypocrisy, in the same vein as “The only moral abortion is my own.”

Legal discrimination, but no name-calling, please…a desire to avoid being labeled a bigot while defending legal discrimination Hello, Christian Right. Also, this: Christian petition affirms same-sex relationships.

The Public Doesn’t Share Romney’s Cold War Mentality on Russia — Ya think. Confidential to the Romney campaign: The Soviet Union hasn’t existed for over twenty years. And they’re really not a threat to Czechoslovakia, which hasn’t existed for almost twenty years. Confidential to the rest of America: Tell me again why these GOP morons should be in charge?

John Boehner’s poker faceIn January, John Boehner couldn’t have been more confident about the state of the GOP majority. It was “nearly impossible” that Democrats might win the House back in 2012. In fact, the Speaker said, Republicans were well positioned to hold the House for the next decade. Ah, for the heady days of the Permanent Majority, when the GOP turned a budget surplus into a frightening deficit, reversed our paydown on the national debt, and launched a reckless trillion dollar war of choice. All of which is now Obama’s fault, of course. Just ask any Tea Partier. No wonder people want the Republicans back in power.

?otd: Where did Lefty get the bread to go?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bicycle ride
Hours slept: 8.75 (solid)
Weight: 242.4 (!)
Currently reading: A Game of Thrones (graphic novel), George R.R. Martin with Daniel Abraham and Tommy Patterson

[links] Link salad gets checked for fleas and barricades of embassies

Rick Kleffle, with a podcast including me reading a bit from the beginning of Calamity of So Long a Life

Why I hate the myth of the suffering artistIt is absurd and insulting to assume artists are assisted by despair or hunger in a way that, say, plumbers are not. (Via @ce_murphy.)

Copying Is Not Theft — Hmmm…

The Bacon Coffin — For when John Scalzi becomes a vampire. (Via my Dad.)

Boston University scientists discover evidence humans used fire 1 million years ago

We Can Survive Killer Asteroids — But It Won’t Be Easy — Duck! And cover!

Programmable ‘smart sand’ can assume any shape — If you don’t think this is cool, you are dead to me.

Future telescope array drives development of exabyte processing

Flying car completes its first test flight, could be on sale by end of the year — 1970 called, they want their future back. Now, where’s my jetpack?

Oil Scare Turns FedEx On To Energy Efficiency — Electric vehicles? Come on. Any Republican can tell you that’s total Kenyan Muslim socialism. Even when one of American’s leading companies is doing the investing.

Gay pride flag raised at a US base in Afghanistan — Go, go, go!

Charlie debunks 2012 nonsense — Why does this even need debunking? As profoundly counterfactual and willfully ignorant as evolution denial and climate change denial are, at least I can see where they’re coming from in a cultural and political sense. But 2012 paranoia?

Wisconsin Planned Parenthood attacked with ‘explosive device’ — Remember kids, according to the Republican party, it’s not terrorism if good conservative white people are doing the bombing and the killing.

Six dead in shooting at Oakland university; suspect arrested in Alameda — Thank god for the NRA and the GOP standing up for everyone’s right to their defense of essential liberties.

A Return to… You Call This Sanity?Scrivener’s Error is interesting on ebooks and the politics of education. To start with, if you call anything that does not meet your preconceived notion from the hard Right “liberal” — including centrist positions a liberal might well call “conservative” — you’re going to get a rather distorted picture. Then, too, exactly how does one judge the political orientation of introductory calculus-based physics? Is it a “liberal-oriented” course if it includes “modern physics”? How about if you offer a non-calculus-based alternative that mentions energy production as an example for study? Is a linguistics course that includes consideration of non-Western languages inherently “liberal”, especially if it is not based on Latin and ancient Greek?

Permitted handguns will be allowed in RNC’s ‘clean zone’oping to head off violent protesters during the Republican National Convention, Mayor Bob Buckhorn has proposed a litany of items that will be considered security threats during the week-long event. The list runs from air pistols to water pistols and also includes items such as masks, plastic or metal pipe and string more than six inches long. Conspicuously absent from the list of potential weapons: Firearms. Nice to see that conservative America still has its priorities straight. (Via [info]danjite.)

Social issues are not the Republican Party’s problem – the gender gap is about healthcare, not sex — A British perspective, with a strong conservative bias.

Republicans are causing a moral crisis in AmericaIt’s hard to point to a single priority of the Republican Party these days that isn’t steeped in moral failing while being dressed up in moral righteousness. […] It is a very strange thing that the people who lecture most fervently about morality are those who are most willing to fight for policies that are so immoral. This is an emperor-has-no-clothes argument, one I’ve been making for years in vain given the conservative dominance of the “liberal” media and our political discourse.

Pink Slime Economics[A] lasting budget deal can only work if both parties can be counted on to be both responsible and honest — and House Republicans have just demonstrated, as clearly as anyone could wish, that they are neither. This is news how?

Pressure grows for Rick Santorum to drop out as Obama surges in pollsMitt Romney expected to win Tuesday primaries as GOP eager to end contest and shift campaign against the president. Amazingly enough, bugfuck conservative lunacy doesn’t poll well with people who haven’t already drunk the Kool-Aid. I know this will come as a shock to many Republican voters, but their worldview as expressed by Santorum is neither rational nor popular.

Obama Cautions Against ‘Judicial Activism’ On Health Care“Ultimately I’m confident the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected congress,” Obama said at a Rose Garden press conference. “And I just remind conservative commentators that for years, what we’ve heard is the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint. An unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law. Well, this is a good example. And I’m pretty confident this court will recognize that and not take that step.” Silly president, assuming the remotest intellectual consistency or good faith from Republicans. It’s only judicial activism when conservatives disagree with the outcome. Legislation from the bench is fine when it supports the conservative worldview.

?otd: Do you ever ever ever wanna be young again?

Writing time yesterday: 4.25 hours (2.75 hours of reviewing existing draft of Their Currents Turn Awry, added 1,300 words; 1.5 hours of WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.75 (solid)
Weight: 238.6
Currently reading: The Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Flewelling

[links] Link salad is working for the weekend

DIALOGUE: Between the Lines — Podcast of yesterday’s radio interview of me with Susan Wingate and Joshua Graham.

Satisfactory Sub-plots, Now With Pictures — Howard Tayler blogs at Inkpunks.

Science Finds Fiction Is Good for Us — Nancy Jane Moore is interesting over at Book View Cafe.

GAMA Announces 38th Annual Origins Awards Nominees — This is cool. A Wizards of the Coast anthology that I have a novelette in has been nominated.

Supercomputer Watson takes on cancer care with Memorial Sloan-Kettering

What Happens When A 35-Year-Old Man Retakes The SAT?

In Texas Tradition, Museums That Enshrine the Quirky — (Thanks to my Dad.)

Twitter Data Scientist Takes on McDonald’s Entire Menu, SurvivesMining thousands of calories of food isn’t so different from parsing terabytes of tweets.

Is It Time to Embrace Pink Slime?

The White Savior Industrial Complex — (Via [info]danjite.)

Starbucks’ Gay Marriage Support Endorsed By HRC Despite National Organization For Marriage Protest — To quote Shanna Germain: “We will not tolerate an international company attempting to force its misguided values on citizens. The majority of Americans and virtually every consumer in some countries in which Starbucks operates believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. They will not be pleased to learn that their money is being used to advance gay marriage in society.” ~NOM President Brian Brown — I love how he makes it sound like Starbucks is going to go into foreign countries and try to convert people to a specific belief system. Because, you know, what kind of assholes do that?

Mischief follows in partisan Bible translationsAmerican politics had changed between 1977 and 1995. It had polarized and radicalized millions of American Protestants, rallying them around a single issue and thus, as intended, rallying them behind a single political party. In 1977, the sort of American Protestants who purchased most Bibles couldn’t be summed up in a single word. But by 1995, they could be: “abortion.” And for anti-abortion American evangelicals, Exodus 21:12-27 was unacceptable. It suggested that striking and killing an unborn fetus was in a separate category from striking and killing a “person.” Strike and kill a free person, you get the death penalty. Strike and kill an unborn fetus, you get a fine. And so in 1995, like those earlier translators who invented and inserted “Junias,” the translators of the NASB reshaped this passage. Yep, the infallible and inerrant word of God.

Tennessee legislature boldly sets the science clocks back 150 yearsI also wonder how the Tennessee lawmakers would feel if, say, teachers used this potential law to teach about Islam, or astrology, or Wiccan beliefs. I do not understand why conservatives hate America so much that they’re intent on destroying the education of everyone’s children.

The Republican Base ExposedCharles Johnson at LGF once again dives into the comments at so the rest of us don’t have to. This time it’s about the murder of Trayvon Martin, and we get to see the real driving animus behind the politics of Fox News viewers. To my conservative friends still wonder why the rest of America thinks your party is utterly nuts: this disgusting evil is a core portion of your Republican voting base, validated and cultivated carefully by years of your party’s political and media strategy.

Komen foundation continues to see fallout from Planned Parenthood controversy — It’s so rare to see any meaningful consequences for typical conservative dishonesty and shenanigans.

The Utter Incompetence Of Romney’s Rivals

Barack Obama and the oddballs — An Australian view of the US presidential race. Conservatives claim they are not hobbled by doctrine and ideology. Wow is that a bizarre statement. Conservatives will demonstrably choose doctrine and ideology over facts on the ground every single time. The political history of the last 20 years has proven this ad nauseam.

?otd: Tomato or tomahto?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (WRPA (Norwescon workshop critique))
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bicycle ride
Hours slept: 8.75 (solid)
Weight: 238.4
Currently reading: Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

[links] Link salad flies away like a little bird

My story “The Speed of Time” is up in podcast and Web reprint at Escape Pod

Darth Vader In A Kilt On A Unicycle Playing Bagpipes — This video will make your brain hurt, I promise. (Thanks to Scrivener’s Error.)

How to piss off a frog — Hahahahahahah.

Examining His Own Body, Stanford Geneticist Stops Diabetes in Its Tracks (Via Emily Siskin.)

The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say) — (Via my aunt.)

How Not to Attract Tourists — Ah, the romance of cross-border travel. I will observe that in my experience entering the US is a more intimidating and unfriendly process than anywhere else I’ve been in my adult life, including various Communist countries.

This Explains a Lot — A trenchant LA graffito. (Via [info]mlerules.)

The Abominable ShellfishWhy some Christians hate gays but love bacon.

What now for Republicans? — Between oppressing gays and waging war on science and pushing women back into the nineteenth century and making sure kids grow up undereducated and proudly ignorant, how’s a busy Republican to find time to get back to ruining the economy and creating new military disasters, just like our last GOP administration?

Ariz. bill could require reason for birth control — Because conservatives are so rational, and have your best interests at heart. (Speaking of pushing women back to the nineteenth century…)

The Limits of Santorum’s Politics of Resentment — Who knew there were limits to the politics of resentment? Surely not the GOP.

2012 or NeverRepublicans are worried this election could be their last chance to stop history. This is fear talking. But not paranoia. (Via [info]ilya187

?otd: Ever been part of an emergency landing?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (trip prep)
Body movement: Airport walking to come
Hours slept: 6.0 (solid)
Weight: 238.0
Currently reading: The Ethical Slut by Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy

[links] Link salad says never never on a Sunday

My multiple Year’s Best story “On the Human Plan” is live at Escape Pod as a podcast

“Light washing” in gaming — A discussion of portrayals of characters of color, with passing references to the cover art of Justine Larbalestier’s Liar and my own Green.

Verne’s Right Half — A fascinating look at Jules Verne’s manuscripts, and the publishing process of his times, courtesy of art writing guru James Gurney.

The Beatles: A Retrospective From The Year 3000 — Hilarious video. (Thanks to Bill M.)

Poetica Vaginal — (Thanks to .)

The Secret Cities of Yemen — (Via Dark Roasted Blend.)

Milne: Haiti’s poverty is treated as some baffling quirk of history…when in reality it is the direct consequence of colonial exploitation

?otD: When do you do it, if not on a Sunday?

Body movement: n/a (some walking later today, hopefully)
Hours slept: 9.0
This morning’s weigh-in: 227.6
Currently reading: Bangkok 8 by John Burdett

[links] Link salad wants to be called Deacon Blues

Mary Robinette Kowal is most kind to Green Powell’s | Amazon | Kindle | Barnes & Noble | Borders ] — An old post which I’d missed the first time around, it popped up in her year in review.

My Interzone story, “Dreams of the White City”, is now a podcast

Artists, thank the automobile — Art guru James Gurney with an interesting connection between the automotive industry and the visual arts.

A Little DecadenceBad Astronomy pisses on the “when does the decade end” fire.

Exoplanetary thoughts for 2010Centauri Dreams on one of my favorite topics.

The Casimir EffectAPOD with a microphotograph illustrating the Casimir Effect (which is explained in the caption).

?otD: Do you want a name when you lose?

Body movement: n/a (60 minute urban walk forthcoming)
Hours slept: 6.5
This morning’s weigh-in: 224.5
Currently reading: Bangkok Tattoo by John Burdett

[podcasting] Recorded some audio

just departed Nuevo Rancho Lake. He’d dropped by to record a podcast with me for, and we shared pizza and salad with . Neither of us was in top form, but the podcasts came out well, and it was good to connect. Me, bushed, sleeping Real Soon Now.

[links] Link salad tapers off the opiates, starts posting again

The Clockwork Jungle Book is out!

Shimmer author spotlight on me — Including a podcast of me reading my story from Clockwork Jungle Book, “Shedding Skin: Or How the World Came to Be”.

Jay Lake’s Get Well Audio Fiction — A full cast reading of two of my stories at Orycon by Jeff Soesbe, M. K. Hobbson, Dave Goldman, David D. Levine, Camille Alexa, and Mary Robinette Kowal. Thank you so much, guys.

on characters and the monkeysphere — I appear to have an elevated Dunbar number. And more on Dunbar numbers, via writerjeremy on Facebook.

Skxawng! — On created languages. (Thanks to .)

?otD: Where have you guys been, anyway?

Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride (long walk planned later)
Hours slept: 8.75
This morning’s weigh-in: 230.2
Currently reading: Finch by Jeff VanderMeer