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Novelist Error Messages — Hahahah. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Where writers get their ideas — Hahah.

6 Modern Playgrounds to Make Your Inner Child Lose Its Mind — Some weird stuff. Hah. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Norfolk police warn of alarming clown epidemicPublic told not to approach anyone wearing ‘Halloween-type’ clown masks after spate of reports of terrifying sightings. (Via Kelly Buehler.)

Giant prehistoric toilet unearthed — Because poop. (Via Donnie Reynolds.)

Amish girl with cancer forced to go into hiding to avoid chemotherapy treatments — Sigh.

I think that I shall never see a theology lovely as a treePeople who are unable to read the universe are probably not the best guides to reading the Bible. Uh, yeah. Like I’ve said before, this is a defect in the education of people who claim to believe in revealed divine truth, not a defect in science or the physical universe.

Catholic cardinal: Church ‘caricatured’ as anti-gay — Wow, the obliviousness of privilege. This betrays such a profound lack of self-awareness as to border on mental illness.

Pro-Choice Versus Pro-Life: The Relationship Between State Abortion Policy and Child Well-Being in the United States.The empirical evidence finds that states with the most antiabortion policies are also the same states that have significantly lower indicators of infant/child well-being. This supports the contention by pro-choice supporters that efforts by pro-life supporters to protect the life of the fetus end at birth. And objective demonstration of something that has been grotesquely obvious to observers from the reality-based community for many years. Also, this just in: water is wet, conservatives are hypocrites, sky is blue. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Florida Tea Party Leader Bashes Gay GOP GroupDanita Kilcullen, the founder of a Florida Tea Party group, accused the Florida Republican party of being taken over by “gay thugs.” Gee, projection much?

Hacks — More on what conservatives said about Senate filibuster reform when they were in charge, versus what they said now. Amazing how the justly famed unswerving conservative dedication to Constitutional principle is so flexibly convenient to the politics of the moment. Sort of like how the inviolate and eternal word of God always justifies the bigotry du jour for conservatives. Ah, the magic of the Argument from Authority for those ill-equipped to deal with the nuance and ambiguity of the real world. We have always been at war with Oceania.

?otD: Oh, dear, what can the matter be?


11/30/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 10.0 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: n/a (sick)
Weight: n/a (sick)
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 was out on the road today, saw a Black Flag sticker on a Cadillac

Milo Fowler is giving away a personalized copy of my new novella from Prime Books, Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh

Famous Novelists on Symbolism in Their Work and Whether It Was Intentional — Boy, do I have a lot to say about this. (Via Beverly Block.)

You, Me, and Every Word We Know — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the languages of labeling, in-groups and out-groups. Wise, as always this man.

Sculpting with Light — This is cool. (Via Scott Frey.)

Meet the flying machine that was inspired by a jellyfish

Brain region key to decision-making discovered

Bringing Back My Real Self With Hormones — Ah, the American healthcare system.

The Internet of Things, Unplugged and UntetheredA startup called Iotera wants to let you track your pets, your kids, or your belongings without relying on commercial wireless networks.

Printing BatteriesNew inks and tools allow 3-D printing of lithium-ion technology. That is just whack. Admirably, SFnally whack.

Gynecologists Run Afoul of Panel When Patient Is Male — Ok, this is deeply stupid. (Via [info]danjite.)

One third of all American women have an abortion in their lives. Are they all immoral? — Unlike opposition to gay marriage, which is pure and simple bigotry, usually clothed in religious privilege, I can readily see an intellectually consistent and upstanding moral opposition to abortion. I can even more readily see that almost no one from the conservative forced pregnancy movement is in fact following that intellectually consistent and moral position.

Christians have not been ‘reading the Bible this way for 2,000 years’ — The problem with being a Biblical literalist is that you have to be literally-minded well beyond the point of willful ignorance and deep into rank, knowing stupidity. Some people just need the comfort of certainty, no matter the cost to their souls or the lives of others.

Kentucky’s ACA rollout is a reminder of what can happen when the law isn’t being sabotaged — Even now, the jackbooted Socialist hordes of blah people are breaking down the doors of Sarah Palin’s Real Americans all across Kentucky.

On the second killing of Trayvon MartinSo deeply, bizarrely invested was she in the idea of Trayvon as thug that she could not distinguish between a fair-skinned man with tattoos, and a brown boy with no visible markings. Literally, they all look alike to her. And once again, a conservative movement which argues with airy assurance that American racism died long ago, disproves its thesis with its actions. The conservative movement: failing America and Americans every day in every way, all for the sake of generating enough angry white guys.

America’s angriest white men: Up close with racism, rage and Southern supremacy Up close with small-town white rage, with bitter, scary men who feel left behind by economic and cultural change. These are America’s core conservatives, the people who drive the agenda of Your Republican Party. These are the angry white men the GOP needs to keep generating in order to stay in power. Does it make you proud?

Town Forgets to Have Election Again — Ah, patriotic heartland values.

The Senate Did Not Really Abolish the Filibuster — Exactly what did happen in the Senate? Remember, the starting point for this isn’t some Democratic power grab. The starting point for this is Republican senators filibustering more of Obama’s executive and judicial nominees than all other presidents in history combined. A fact my conservative friends (as well as their enablers in Your Liberal Media) conveniently refuse to admit in their manufactured outrage at the Democrats carrying out a parliamentary maneuver first proposed by the GOP in 2005. (Via David Goldman.)

Cruz: Filibuster Rule Change ‘Will Poison The Atmosphere Of The Senate’ — Yeah, because up until now open-minded Republicans acting in the best interests of the nation as a whole had so carefully preserved Senate comity and cooperation rather than privileging their minority’s partisan agenda.

?otD: Can you ever turn back?


11/25/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 241.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing down donut shops: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad bumbles into a faraway weekend

Jade — A middling review of the French edition of my novel Green.

The Jay Wake Book is Complete — Hooray for Sandra Tayler, hero of the revolution!

Classic TV show maps – in picturesAt first the arrangements seem random, but with Monty Python’s Flying Circus across the road from Fawlty Towers, and The Killing adjacent to The Bridge (and The Tunnel), this street map for TV addicts includes more than 700 television shows, linked by a multifarious set of connections. (Thanks to AH.)

What makes creativity tick?While some believe creativity is spontaneous, Michigan State University neuroscientist Jeremy Gray suspects there’s a lot of hard work going on in the brain even when the proverbial light bulb going off feels effortless. Like hell creativity is spontaneous. I mean, of course it can be, but any working creative professional can tell you that there’s a lot of discipline, structure and work involved. As a society, we have such odd notions about writers and artists. (Via David Goldman.)

100 Diagrams That Changed the WorldA visual history of human sensemaking, from cave paintings to the world wide web. (Via Lisa Costello.)

10 of the world’s most scenic cemeteries — A subject of some personal interest to me lately.

Sick mum ‘belittled’ by Air New Zealand — Wow, I thought Air New Zealand had treated me poorly, but this is just depraved. And an update here; apparently the airline has apologized, but the horribly discriminatory policy did and does exist, so it obviously seemed like a good idea to Air New Zealand right up until they were publicly embarrassed in the media. (Via [info]danjite.)

13 Horrifying Ways to Die (If You’re an Arthropod) — Fascinatingly weird images and story, but trigger warning if you’re icked out by insects, spiders, or nature red of tooth and claw. (Thanks, I think, to [info]willyumtx.)

A partial eclipse will bring a strange sunrise SundaySunday morning, everyone on or near the Eastern Seaboard has a rare chance to watch an eerie celestial spectacle at sunrise. The sun will come up over the east horizon while in a partial solar eclipse. Instead of a golden ball, the sun will be a weird, upside-down thick crescent with, as seen from New England, a big bite missing from its lower right. That is, it will if the weather permits. I saw the total eclipse in 1991 with a completely clear sky. It was amazing.

Les Johnson: Big Projects and Deep Time

Slow-moving zombie technologies that refuse to dieJust when you think they’re obsolete, they rise from your desk and bite.

Climate Change Seen Posing Risk to Food Supplies — Another day, another liberal lie. Thank God for Rush Limbaugh and the Republican party, or we might actually have to worry about this stuff.

What’s the greatest threat to economic growth? It’s climate change. — Amazing, the lengths liberals will go to for their hoax. Even to maybe crashing the world economy.

Another Obamacare horror story debunked — Huh. A conservative talking point that turns out not to be true. Who could possibly imagine a Republican bearing false witness about healthcare? (Via Davis Goldman.)

SecDef orders 9 rogue red-state National Guards to recognize spouses of gay US troops — Conservatives just can’t help themselves. They have to hurt somebody to feel good. I’m only amazed that there’s meaningful pushback on this particular bit of Republican bigotry.

Neo-Bircher apocalyptic politics harms the people who embrace itOur politics is hobbled by a determined, motivated, vindictive bloc of voters driven by fear, ignorance and resentment of the Other. That’s a problem for all of us and it’s a big reason why we can’t have nice things. It does real harm and causes real pain to those it demonizes and targets — usually vulnerable outsiders and poor people. Yes, this. They’re called conservatives.

?otD: Who are you helping today?


11/2/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: n/a (traveling)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing children to learn critical thinking skills: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad is everything a big, bad wolf could want

Metatropolis: Green Space Out Today + Metatropolis Trade PB On the Way

As We May Type — New generations of outliners and writing tools.

Small scale, small contributionThe 1.26 billion people whose countries belong to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development account for 42 percent of emissions. The rich, if they reduced their emissions by just 8 percent, could achieve more climate mitigation than the poor could achieve by reducing their emissions to zero. The rich could manage this 8 percent reduction by altering their lifestyles in barely noticeable ways. For the poor, a reduction of 100 percent would imply permanent misery. (Via [info]danjite.)

An Antarctic Journal — LJ user [info]antarctic_sue photoblogs life at the bottom of the world, including the GOP’s anti-science shutdown of US operations there. (Via [info]natalief.)

Uncommon path to Medal of Honor ceremony for Afghan war hero Swenson — This is an odd story (I heard a version of it on NPR).

Graph ‘o the day: Hey, big spenderSo, how have the Republicans managed to persuade Americans to buy into the whole “Obama as big spender” narrative? By flat out, knowing lies that their voter base eager laps up because a black Democrat is in the White House, and that means the End Times to Sarah Palin’s “real Americans” that make up the GOP.

The Tea Party Smoke-And-Mirrors Ponyfucker Express Magic Show — Chuck Wendig with a magnificent rant.

Heroic Times — Josh Marshall on the apocalyptic fever of the Tea Party Republicans. (Not that there is, or ever has been, any other kind of Tea Party but racist, radical Republicans.)

Your tax dollars at work, GOP styleWe furloughed the CDC but there is still money for shennanigans like this.

Three must-read articles about the shutdown and impending debt default — This isn’t about Obama somehow refusing to negotiate or acting in bad faith. This is about unilateral, unprecedented hostage taking by a GOP driven to desperation with their declining poll numbers and multiple election losses. These America-first patriots are willing to take the whole country down permanently if they don’t get to do things their way.

What This Cruel War Was OverIf a patriot can stand in front of the White House brandishing the Confederate flag, then the word “patriot” has no meaning. The Nazi flag is offensive because it is a marker of centuries of bigotry elevated to industrialized murder. But the Confederate flag does not merely carry the stain of slavery, of “useful killing,” but the stain of attempting to end the Union itself. You cannot possibly wave that flag and honestly claim any sincere understanding of your country. It is not possible.

Why Should the Public Trust Republicans With Power? — A question I’ve been asking since the Reagan administration, but which really came into focus during George W. Bush’s disastrous tenure in the White House. At least some people are waking up to this very long-standing issue, thanks to the House GOP and the Cruz faction in the Senate.

House Republicans Show Themselves To Be Dangerously Incompetent, AgainThere is no serious argument for Republican governance right now, even if you prefer conservative policies over liberal ones. These people are just too dangerously incompetent to be trusted with power.

?otD: Hey there little red riding hood?


10/16/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minutes (stationary bike)
Weight: 242.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing laws passed under the Constitutional process and fully subjected to judicial review: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad watches the leaves spin from October and whip around your tail

The Wisdom of the Dead — Ah, me. (And yes, this is in part about me.)

“All great science fiction must have a basis in science fact” — Hahahah.

Is this the most extraordinary human brain ever seen? — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Deadly 13th-Century Volcano Eruption: Mystery Solved?Scientists find source of massive eruption felt centuries ago around the globe.

Cassini probe sees plastic ingredient on Titan moon

Distant planet’s clouds are mappedAstronomers have created the first map of the clouds on a planet outside our Solar System. More on this from Centauri Dreams>.

The Leidenfrost Maze — Science gets jiggy. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Researchers reveal ‘promiscuity’ among microbes in isolated Antarctic lakeThe microbes that dominate Deep Lake’s inhabitants are called haloarchaea.

Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches New Maximum Extent — Hoo boy. The climate change denialists will be all over this. Because they are unfamiliar with the concept of “variation”. Denialists are kind of like the OJ Simpson defense team. They seize on every data point or piece of evidence in isolation without ever presenting a coherent competing explanation.

CNN, NBC scrap Hillary Clinton TV projectsTwo television projects focused on Hillary Clinton got the axe on Monday after the programs became embroiled in partisan wrangling, including threats by the Republican National Committee (RNC) to boycott presidential debates sponsored by CNN and NBC. Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best.

You can fly, but it will be lights out at many landmarks — Thank you, Republican America. Your profoundly irrational and senseless obsession with destroying healthcare for millions of Americans now has real consequences for everyone beyond the usual death and illness you already fervently wish on the poor and disadvantaged.

Ted Cruz and America’s Super-Rich say “Let them eat Cake” — I simply do not understand how modern conservatives function intellectually and morally. It’s like Randian metastasis has overtaken the entire American Right.

Another proof of bad faith: The inconsistency of ‘blacktracking’Slacktivist Fred Clark on the justly famed intellectual consistency and moral superiority of conservatives.

It Didn’t Start With Ted CruzFor example, the idea of abandoning reason and empirical evidence in favor of apocryphal anecdotes was central to Ronald Reagan’s entire public career. Welfare queens and their Cadillacs. Pollution-causing trees. Iranian moderates. It’s not a long jump from those to Sarah Palin’s death panels, and the complete failure of the press to challenge the triumph of that mythological universe that was crucial to Reagan’s own triumph legitimized that kind of thing in our politics forever.

Republicans, Over the CliffWhen I think of the Republican Party, I don’t think of principled conservative legislators who are men and women of vision strategy. I think of ideologues who are prepared to wreck things to get their way. They have confused prudence — the queen of virtues, and the cardinal virtue of conservative politics — with weakness. I know I’m very much a minority among conservatives in this, but the behavior of Congressional Republicans pushed me out of the party two years ago, even though I almost always vote Republican, or withhold my vote. You are still part of the problem, sir, when you vote Republican. Every reasonable and humane conservative I know has for years supported the insanity which the GOP has become. The fiscal, social and military horror that was the Bush presidency, the current madness in the House of Representatives… if you’re a Republican voter, you own it.

Those Banana Republicans — AH, the prudent fiscal wisdom of the Republican mind is on display yet again in this government shutdown.

?otD: Do you shiver through the gale?


10/1/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 242.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block implementing Kenyan Muslim socialism through stock market growth and economic recovery: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad moves in mysterious ways

Story Bone — Steve Buchheit riffs on my new career as a psychopomp.

The Telltale Door: 1931 — Edgar Allan Poe’s mother’s house.

BLDG BLOG on books recently received — Interesting stuff, but if both else, click through to see the photo they lead the piece with. Amazing.

Forget Venus and Mars, we’re beginning to understand gender behavior on EarthWe may never know every subtle difference, but gender research is coming a long way.

12 Things Happy People Do Differently — And Why I Started Doing Them

When Will Gene Therapy Come to the U.S.?Several gene therapies are or will soon be in late-stage human trials. One of them could be the first to get FDA approval for sale in the U.S.

A Jewel at the Heart of Quantum PhysicsArtist’s rendering of the amplituhedron, a newly discovered mathematical object resembling a multifaceted jewel in higher dimensions. Encoded in its volume are the most basic features of reality that can be calculated — the probabilities of outcomes of particle interactions. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Strange, unpredictable chemistry at high pressureExtreme pressure has “a completely different atomic table,” vital to understanding space. Some pretty cool skiffy stuff here.

From the Sea, Freedom — Ah, Sealand. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Freedom of InformationA British newspaper wants to take its aggressive investigations global, but money is running out.

Explaining the New Obamacare Provisions — Remember, kids, according to Your Republican Party, Obamacare is the worst scourge to afflict this nation since the Nazi threat. After all, budget savings and wider access to healthcare is sure a sign of the End Times.

Dr. Carroll explains Obamacare in under 7 minutesThis is clear, concise and even kind of entertaining. Well done.

Ghoul’s Glossary: ShutdownShutdown: n. A maneuver whereby persons elected and paid by the public to do little but pass budgets refuse to do so unless they are permitted to prevent poor children from seeing a doctor.

Better Dead and Red: How the GOP blocked health care for red state AmericansStudy after study has long shown that health care is worst in precisely those states where Republicans poll best. But in their zeal to discredit a president they loathe, GOP leaders across the nation passed up an historic opportunity to bring health insurance and with it, greater financial security and higher standards of living to millions of their own constituents. Are you proud of your Republican party? On the wrong side of history, as always.

End Days for the GOPAfter years of sabotaging government and getting away with it, the GOP has finally gone too far. America knows it, and so does the party itself. We should be so lucky. Given how thoroughly Your Liberal Media supports the conservative narrative both directly and through indirect means such as false equivalency, I find this analysis unlikely. There simply won’t be enough honest reporting for most people to understand what the Republicans are doing and have done.

?otD: Is it all right?


9/30/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 243.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block implementing Kenyan Muslim socialism through stock market growth and economic recovery: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[cancer] Writing, blogging and me

Yesterday Lisa Costello asked me a question I’ve already been asked in several other contexts. It’s also a question I actually expect to come up in an adversarial way if my disability claims are ever audited. She said, “If you can blog, why can’t you write?”

There’s a simple, not very helpful answer to that question. Blogging is just talking through my fingers, conversation at one remove. Writing is something else entirely.

We spent some time talking out more complex answers to that question. I’m going to take a crack at them here, with the proviso that I’ll probably have to come back later and try again. Because even I don’t understand this very well.

It’s been true every time I’ve been on chemotherapy that I cannot write. It’s not that my fingers can’t touch the keyboard — they’re doing that right now, clearly enough. Rather, something in my head fails.

I’ve said for years that I don’t write like I talk. What I’ve meant by that is the part of my brain which produces fiction seems to run off an entirely different version of the English language. As if I speak two languages fluently, both of them English. I’ve long wondered if fMRI studies of writers deep in first draft mode would bear this out empirically. If you think about it, the process of learning to write well is rather akin to the process of learning to speak another language well.

The objective evidence of this assertion is available in most of my published fiction. Pick up almost anything I’ve ever written and read half a dozen pages. You’ll find sentence structures, vocabulary choices, conceptual presentations and so forth that simply would not be present in spontaneous speech. Not even speech as annoyingly erudite and obscurantist as mine can sometimes be. (Or used to be, before chemo ate my brain.) I strongly suspect that some computational textual analysis on my blog corpus and my fiction corpus would suggest two different authors.

The issue isn’t putting words and sentences together, per se. Regorafenib does in fact give me mild, transient aphasia, but that’s just a bloody nuisance. I can still talk just fine, and except for the odd moments of aphasia or anomia, do not sound as if I am ill or confused. It’s what those sentence are doing that matters.

Conversation, of which I consider blogging to be a special case, tends to be largely single-threaded with a fairly clear through line. You don’t have to think deeply or terribly far ahead to function effectively. Note that my blog posts work this way. It also comes in brief chunks. A few sentences spoken at a time, or a few hundred words typed out over twenty minutes.

Fiction requires a much deeper integration of multiple aspects of story telling. Plot, character, setting, style, prosody, world building, continuity… the list goes on and on. Essentially, it’s the same “hand of cards” theory I’ve often discussed here and elsewhere: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ].

The number of cards you need in your hand for blogging is much smaller than the number of cards you need in your hand for writing fiction.

To abuse a metaphor, in terms of my writing faculties I’ve gone from playing high stakes poker at the pro tables to playing Old Maid with the kids on the back porch. This has removed me from the Producer role I’ve played and strongly enjoyed for years, and even compromised my Consumer role in that I can no longer effectively read books, either, because I can’t keep track of that same set of complexities on the inbound side. For more discussion of this concept, see here: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ].

The same problem applies to me working my chosen profession, from which I am now vacated on disability. I can write emails, memos and even meeting reports just fine, but I cannot handle the complexities of a hundred page business and technical requirements document, as well as the financial and legal issues inherent in drafting the associated contract.

Thanks to the cognitive impairments induced by chemotherapy and the physical and psychological stresses of terminal cancer, I can no longer do my job, either as an author or in my Day Jobbe career.

Which is to say, I cannot write. No matter how well I can still talk, I don’t have the focus, continuity, or depth to write.

And this frustrates me to the core of my soul. It’s part of the price I pay for remaining alive at this point, quite literally so. But a part of me is already gone, almost certainly beyond retrieval.

I am dying by degrees.

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[links] Link salad knows what it’s like to be the sad man behind blue eyes

Jay Lake and the Story a Week Experiment — An interview with me by Catherine Schaff-Stump.

Want to win the JayWake edition of my new book Jay Lake’s Process of Writing? Here are the details

‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: Can ‘Avengers’ magic make the jump to TV?

How Google Converted Language Translation Into a Problem of Vector Space MathematicsTo translate one language into another, find the linear transformation that maps one to the other. Simple, say a team of Google engineers. Wow, is there a lot of handwavium here.

The Broadcast Clock — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Full Service: 1937 — A rather amusing photo from Depression-era Georgia by Dorothea Lange.

John William Keedy explores themes of anxiety and varied neuroses in his photography — Wow. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Eagle vs Deer: Rare Images Caught on Camera — Wow. Watch the skies! (Via David Goldman.)
‘Yellow Brick Road’ Leading to Pirate Booty

Mystery Solved: Black Hole Belch Caused Galactic Glowow astronomers discovered signs of a massive, two-million-year-old “burp” at the Milky Way’s core.

How I Got Licensed to Carry a Concealed Gun in 32 States by Barely Trying — (Via [info]danjite.)

Florida attorney general delays execution for fundraiserFlorida Attorney General Pam Bondi has apologized for postponing an execution scheduled for Tuesday to accommodate a campaign fundraiser. The Republican is going ahead with the fundraiser at her waterfront home to kick off her reelection campaign. But she said Monday night that it was a mistake for her office to ask Gov. Rick Scott to delay the execution. The request was granted and the execution, which had been postponed twice before, is now scheduled for Oct. 1. Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

?otD: Are your dreams as empty as my conscience seems to be?


9/25/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 242.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block violating religious freedom by treating LGBTQ people like human beings: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad heads for the coast

Time tourism — Charlie Stross Is Interesting on time travel.

Apple: We’re Not Storing An Image Of Your Fingerprint On The New iPhone

Hacking Consumer Devices — Nice… (Via David Goldman.)

Roman brothel token discovered in ThamesA Roman coin that was probably used by soldiers to pay for sex in brothels has been discovered on the banks of the River Thames. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Vaccine ‘clears HIV-like virus’ in monkeys — Hometown news. (Via my brother.)

Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?

First Self-Assembling Diamond Quantum Devices Unveiled The ability to self-assemble quantum components on the nanometre scale could revolutionise the future of computing.

Finding Biomarkers on M-dwarf Planets

Creationists Once Again Threaten to Make a Mockery of Texas Science EducationThe children of today are the voting public of tomorrow. If we don’t break this cycle of willful ignorance, it may never stop on its own. Duh. Where do you think the Republican voter base comes from? Intellectual honesty and clear-eyed analysis of one’s own self-interest is death to modern conservative politics. That’s why Republicans fight so hard to distort education and twist the media. Willful ignorance is the GOP’s only real asset among 99% of the electorate.

Clean Air Act was boon to Appalachian forestsSulfur pollution shown to have slowed tree growth. Bullshit. Everybody knows Federal regulations are nothing but job-destroying Socialism. Ask any conservative, especially those who live in places like West, Texas.

Qotd?: How far are you from the beach?


9/12/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minutes (stationary bike)
Weight: n/a (forgot)
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 remembers

The Evolutionary Case for Great FictionMight reading literature help with species survival? (Via AH.)

Once-lost Star Wars-related short to screen for the first time in 33 yearsHow a college script debuted before Empire, went MIA, and revived as Jedi hits 30.

U.S. cancer-care delivery is ‘in crisis’: reportCancer treatment has grown so complex, many U.S. doctors can’t keep up with new information and are offering incorrect treatment, failing to explain options and leaving patients to coordinate their own care, according to a report released on Tuesday by the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences.

Testicle size ‘link to father role’A link between the size of a father’s testicles and how active he is in bringing up his children has been suggested by scientists. Sounds kind of nuts to me.

Lab-Grown Model BrainsThree-dimensional tissues called “cerebral organoids” can model the earliest stages of brain development. Wow. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

What is it like living on Earth after living in space? — (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Distant ruinsScientists used to scan the skies for messages from alien civilisations. Now they go looking for their ruins.

Meteorite Brought Surprising Ingredient for Life to Earth In 2012

Life Found in Mud Beneath Ice-Covered Antarctic Lake

Ditto Boys — Wow. The very creepy end of Christianism. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

What have we learned? — Charlie Stross on 9/11.

Colorado Lawmakers Ousted in Recall Vote Over Gun Law — Because your guns are always more important than everyone else’s safety. Ask any conservative: 30,000 deaths of other people every year is a small price to pay for you to own hardware.

Drop in support for police carrying guns — Why, New Zealand must be a crime-riddled hell! How can they possibly exist in peace, freedom and safety without guns everywhere? (Via [info]danjite.)

Qotd?: Where were you that day?


9/11/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minutes (stationary bike)
Weight: 243.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing golf courses for Agenda 21: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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