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[links] Link salad realizes that science requires our physical union

[info]the_child makes art from my words — Media are: 1910 Remington typewriter, tissue paper, cooking oil, flame, and dirt. Wow.

11 nouns that only have a plural form — (Via the hilarious Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Do women and men prefer different colors? — Taupe.

Water cribs in Chicago — Weird. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Microfluidic Platform Gives Clear Look at a Crucial Step in Cancer Metastasis — (Thanks to Bruce Taylor.)

Phil and Penny Knight to OHSU: $500 million is yours for cancer research if you can match it — This is my treating hospital.

Forget premiums: A peer-to-peer network will cover you — Hmmm. (Via Ellen Eades.)

A Capella Science – Bohemian Gravity! — Oh, wow. This is both hilarious and very cool. On several levels.

The life and death of Buran, the USSR shuttle built on faulty assumptionsAfter concluding the US Shuttle was a weapons platform, the USSR wanted its own. This is a weird, almost melancholy article.

Seeking Vital Signs in a Lifetime Warranty — Huh.

Radical Self-Respect — Another one of those posts from Feminist Mormon Housewives that makes me sigh. Why should it have to be radical to recognize that you yourself are a human being with needs and desires? The cognitive dissonance that faith brings to some people would be intolerable to me.

The Evangelical Orphan Boom — Given the way American Evangelicals deliberately miseducate their children, and stunt their intellectual growth, I have trouble seeing any of this as a good thing, even before the Christianist abuses documented in this article are taken into account.

Creationism and Religious Freedom — An interesting essay, but I will continue to insist by way of response that religious freedom does not require willful ignorance. Rather, that is a social and political choice made by conservative American Christians, which causes lasting harm to their children, and to everyone else’s when one sect imposes its values on public education. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Cantaloupe vs. al-Qaeda: What’s More Dangerous?We have more to fear from contaminated cantaloupe than from al-Qaeda, yet the United States spends $75 billion per year spread across 15 intelligence agencies in a scattershot attempt to prevent terrorism, illegally spying on its own citizens in the process. By comparison, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is struggling to secure $1.1 billion in the 2014 federal budget for its food inspection program, while tougher food processing and inspection regulations passed in 2011 are held up by agribusiness lobbying in Congress. (Via David Goldman.)

Honoring Navy Yard Victims, Obama Asks: ‘Do We Care Enough’ to Change? — Clearly not. As a society, we have decided emphatically that the deaths of 30,000 other people every year is a small price to pay for the personal illusion of safety clung to by gun owners. Anyone who joins the NRA or votes Republican is stating this in no uncertain terms with their dollars and their support.

Bruce Schneier: NSA Spying Is Making Us Less SafeThe security researcher Bruce Schneier, who is now helping the Guardian newspaper review Snowden documents, suggests that more revelations are on the way.

?otD: Iron Sky much?


9/23/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 243.4
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 mountains

Clarkesworld, Year Four, part one — A review that covers my short story, “Torquing Vacuum”.

Think Seeing A Little Male Nudity On TV Is Too Explicit? Then … It’s Time To Hear The Hard Truth.

At Fake Hospital, Kaiser Runs a Testing Ground for New TechnologyPushing around supply carts for miles, tending to plastic babies, and maintaining an ersatz operating theater are how one health-care giant figures out what saves money.

How to Fall in Love With Math

The Boy Genius of Ulan Bator — Wow. (Via [info]danjite.)

Trading bots create extreme events faster than humans can reactOur algorithms now show collective behavior that we do not control.

Another Week, Another Climate Change Denial Article in The Mail — Climate change denialism has slightly more intellectual credibility than evolution denialism, but that’s sort of like saying tire rubber is slightly more edible than asphalt.

The Banality of Systemic Evil70 percent of those age 18 to 34 sampled in a poll said they believed that Snowden “did a good thing” in leaking the news of the National Security Agency’s surveillance program. So has the younger generation lost its moral compass? (Via David Goldman.)

Qotd?: How high will you go today?


9/16/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
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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[links] Link salad has got ninety nine problems

Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks — When you absolutely, positively have to tell someone off. (Via [info]danjite.)

Chromoxylographic CodingWhile taking Terry Belanger’s course on book illustration processes at the Rare Book School this summer, I became enchanted with chromoxylography: the printing process in which a color image is built up from the successive printing of multiple woodblocks, each responsible for a single color. Not only are color wood engravings beautiful but — as I discuss a bit below — the process of making them strikes me as a wonderful metaphor for how we code. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

‘Sixth sense’ in human brains mapped by researchers — Cool story, misleading headline. Also, the URL could use a little manual editing.

Unraveling the origins of life with mathematical chemistryLooking at all the possible models for reactions based on hydrogen cyanide.

Blind people are granted gun permits in Iowa — More guns means more safety!!! 30,000 deaths of other people every year is a small price to pay for your illusion of security, after all. So why not let blind people feel safe, too?

Seeing threats, feds target instructors of polygraph-beating methods — This is, uh, alarming. (Via David Goldman.)

Qotd?: Do you feel bad for me, son?


9/9/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid)
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 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 is far away from dry land and its bitter memories

Jay Lake, Cancer, and God #7: His Own Self and Mortality — The conversation continues.

12 Horrifying Photos Of French Clowns From 1900-1930s — Uh, yeah. (Thanks, I think, to [info]garyomaha.(

Social Waste Product — That’s a heck of a photo set of abandoned places and things. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

The 1970s Cold War Era Home built 26 Feet Underground — Weird shit, Maynard. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Charles Brandon: Norfolk hawk death reveals ‘royal’ hunt — “Vervel” is certainly a new word for me. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Night in the Andes Ice Forest — Wow, would I like to see this in real life.

Virgin spaceship passes technical milestone — Another thing I will never see in real life. Sigh.

A Better Way to Bring Your Desktop to Your iPad — (Via Dad.)

The NSA Is Breaking Most Encryption on the Internet — A pointer to some good essays and a strong comment thread on this topic. (Via David Goldman.)

Montana Legal Officials Step In on Rape Case Sentence — Because women. This is the kind of legal thinking that the conservative view of women brings us.

Qotd?: Do you wish you were a fisherman?


9/7/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: 30 minutes (stationary bike)
Weight: 244.6
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 dispatches war rocket Ajax to bring back his body

What appears to be a Korean review of Green — Even with Google Translate, I can’t figure out if this is positive or otherwise.

Dorothy Parker in the Twitter Age — Ta-Nehisi Coates quotes Dorothy Parker on how writers should live.

The 18 rules I learned in my 1st year as a full time writer — Myke Cole is funny.

Shall we gather at the river? — Roger Ebert on the iconic John Wayne. I love the way this man writes.

Rock of ages: 40,000 year-old musical instruments the world’s oldest — Keith Richards also has been carbon dated, apparently.

To Save Some Species, Zoos Must Let Others Die

‘Mermaids: The Body Found’ On Animal Planet Argues Mythical Sea Creatures Are Aquatic Apes — Speaking as an East African plains ape, hello, cousins.

Radioactive bluefin tuna are likely to decrease over time

Sentinels of the Arctic APOD with a gorgeous photo of strange snow formations in Lapland.

Looking Back at an Eclipsed Earth — This is cool.

Soviet Moon Lander Discovered Water on The Moon in 1976The last Soviet mission to the moon, Luna-24, returned to Earth with water-rich rocks from beneath the lunar surface. But the West ignored the result.

The Secret Army inside the Army — The growth of Special Forces. Wasn’t this a Rumsfeld initiative as well?

Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don’t want the government spying on you (and they include ‘pork’, ‘cloud’ and ‘Mexico’) — Because pork is a threat to our nation’s vital security interests. Feel safer now? (Via [info]danjite.)

Romney’s run evokes pride, fear in Mormons — Actually, when the LDS inserted itself so heavily in the Proposition 8 vote in California, they opened themselves to the kind of politically-oriented criticism this article says adherents now fear from the Romney run. In this context, once you make someone else’s morals and private behavior an issue, you make your own an issue. Since Prop 8, I have no sympathy whatsoever for the Mormons undergoing critical public review.

Amercia! Epic Mitt Romney App Gaffe Goes Viral Online — Now, imagine the reaction from Your Liberal Media and the conservative commentariat if the Obama campaign had done this.

What The Pushback On Obama’s Spending Claim IgnoresOn the campaign trail, President Obama has touted recent data that dispels the notion that he has embarked on a spending binge — and his Republican opponents, citing various fact-checks, are aggressively pushing back. Part of the pushback, it turns out, inadvertently proves Obama’s larger point. Ya think?

?otd: Who is the savior of the universe?


5/30/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: 242.4 (!)
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate

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