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[links] Link salad wakes up, gets out of bed, drags a comb across its head

Kids and Dogs — Read this all the way through. It only takes a minute, and the effort is worth it. (Via David Goldman.)

Want a Starship? Think Big. Think Really Big

Building Cars Out of Batteries Isn’t as Crazy as It Sounds

Japan’s Yankee genius, the greatest scientist you’ve never heard ofOvshinsky created a hatful of world-changing innovations, many of which threatened the dominance of America’s great new invention: the transistor. US corporate interests rubbished his work and he ended up licensing his technologies to a few small Japanese companies. You might know their names: Sharp, Canon, Sony, Matsushita… (Via David Goldman.)

It’s a snake! Monkey brains may explain our fear of reptiles

Poverty, parenting linked to child brain development — Sigh.

Of Course the Dress Code Does Not Apply to the Savior — Snerk.

Penn State to pay $59.7 million to 26 over Sandusky — Given the size of Pemn State’s endowment and budget, this is just a slap on the wrist. Big football really is more important that raped children. Remember that Sandusky wasn’t a lone rogue, but was rather protected by university officials due to his status as a football coach. Enjoy your next big game, sports fans.

Prevalence of Household Gun Ownership Linked to Child Gun Shot Woundshere are approximately 7,500 child hospitalizations and 500 in-hospital deaths each year due to injuries sustained from guns. In an abstract presented Oct. 27 at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, researchers also identified a link between the percentage of homes with guns and the prevalence of child gunshot injuries. Wow, I sure feel safer with all those guns in responsible hands. Don’t you? How about the kids in your life? Ask any conservative: 7,500 kids shot every year is a small price to pay for theoretical defense of essential liberties.

Federal Judge Declares Texas Anti-Abortion Law Unconstitutional — Every once in a while, despite the best efforts of the Republican party and conservatives all across America, something good and moral things actually do happen.

The right way to make a federal budgetIt’s OK to spend trillions on a war we should never have waged in Iraq and to provide huge tax breaks for billionaires and multinational corporations. But in the midst of very difficult economic times, we just can’t afford to protect the most vulnerable people in our country. That’s [the Republican] view. I disagree.

The Big KludgeA society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn’t have to be that way. Welcome to conservative America. Too bad for those of us in the reality-based community.

Germany, Brazil enlist 19 more countries for anti-NSA UN resolution — Nothing to see here, citizen. Move along. (Via [info]danjite.)

‘Hit it, Senator!’: Rachel Maddow mocks Rand Paul for lifting ‘eugenics’ speech from Wikipedia — That’s what we need in our politics: more Wikipedia inspired leadership from movie scripts. That’s what happens when you can’t win on your ideas, you steal other people to make yourself look better. (Via David Goldman.)

?otD: The Beatles or the Stones?


10/29/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (fitful)
Body movement:30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 238.0
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 just waiting for the rain

Why Aren’t There More Cancer Vaccines?Blame America’s lousy patent system. That’s ok. Much as with other people’s guns, other people’s profits are more important than my life. (Via [info]danjite.)

Hot wheels: Wacky engineer fits flamethrower on to mobility scooter — Hahahahah. (Thanks to Ellen Eades.)

BILL WATTERSON: A cartoonist’s advice — Interesting Web site as well. (Vis [info]danjite.)

Headstone for an Apocalypse — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Memories of positive associations get written onto DNAEpigenetic changes in nerve cells keep memories in place.

How To Terraform A Squid — Huh. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Measles outbreak tied to Texas megachurch sickens 21 — Stupidity has consequences. This particular brand of stupidity is unfortunately bipartisan.

PBS documentary on concussions leaves ESPN black and blueA partnership ends with hints of pressure from the NFL. Because as we learned from the immoral bastards at Penn State, football must go on no matter what the cost. Molested children and disabled players are a small price to pay for sports success.

The Relationship Between Lead and Crime — Sigh.

Qotd?: Is the heat, or is it just pain?


9/3/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: n/a (recovering from travel)
Weight: n/a (recovering from travel)
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing gold courses for Agenda 21: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad doesn’t know you from the wind

The Little League World Series’ Only Perfect GameIn 1957, Mexico’s scrawny players overcame the odds to become the first foreign team to win the Little League World Series. (Thanks to [info]threeoutside.)

Son and Heir? In Britain, Daughters Cry No Fair — It’s kind of hard to know what to think about this.

Full moon at McMurdo station — Wow. Just wow. (Via [info]danjite.)

The hidden cost of terrorism: U.S. smoking After the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, a million former U.S. smokers took up the habit again and kept puffing for at least two years, a researcher says. Really? (Via David Goldman.)

Chris Kluwe: Here’s what’s wrong with Ayn Rand, libertarians A world full of Ayn Rands would be a terrifyingly selfish place, writes the outspoken NFL star in his new book.

Greg Mankiw and the Gatsby Curve — Paul Krugman on Greg Mankiw’s blindly idiotic and self-serving defense of extreme economic privilege.

Church without God – by design — Atheist services. Huh. (Via Dad.)

God’s Own Law — Steve Buchheit on Biblical laws and our allegedly Christian nation.

Obama to reveal “plan to prep for the impacts of climate change” on TuesdayHe’ll make due on his inaugural address by sharing how the US can “lead global efforts.” Oh, those liberal lies, based on mere “facts” and “data” when there’s good conservative ideology out there to sustain the happily counterfactual and willfully ignorant.

QotD?: Will you ever? Did you ever?


6/24/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hour (day overwhelmed with busy-ness)
Hours slept: 5.5 hours (fitful)
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; I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

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[child] Went to a basketball game

Yesterday, I made it over to a doubleheader basketball game to sit with Mother of the Child and watch our daughter play in a summer league game. She didn’t play this past fall in regular season for various reasons — a choice on her part which I understood even while not entirely agreeing with — so this was her first game in over a year. They did wonderfully, winning both games by a substantial margin.

This is league is quite short, so those are probably the only games I will make it to. I missed her lacrosse season this year entirely due to chemo side effects. I’m glad I got a chance to see her play. She is a joyous athlete whose inner life is much improved by powerful physical exertion.

Love that kid.

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[links] Link salad prove to you that it’s no fool, walks across your swimming pool

It’s hard to rely on my good intentions, when my head’s full of things that I can’t mention Lisa Costello on how my cancer news is affecting her.

Game Theory and the Treatment of CancerThinking about cancer as an ecosystem is giving biologists access to a new armoury of mathematical tools for tackling it, such as evolutionary game theory.

The History of Typography – Animated Short — This is kind of nifty. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Alice E. Kober, 43; Lost to History No More — Ancient languages and eccentric professors. It doesn’t get any better! (Via my Dad.)

Dull Flag and Tongue of Gangsta: The Laugh-out-loud Place-names of Shetland and Orkney

Beatnik JFK: 1957 — For some reason, I find this photo very funny.

Researcher Analyzes Oldest Fossil Hominid Ear Bones Ever Recovered

Fossil Amber Challenges Theories About GlassScientists discover that glass doesn’t flow like a liquid.

Kangaroos have three vaginas — Mmm, marsupials. (Via David Goldman.)

One Small Step for Geoengineering — or Is “Ecoengineering” Better?

Space OddityDavid Bowie’s Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station. We are indeed living in the future. (Via David Goldman and others.)

‘Einstein’s Planet’: New Alien World Revealed by Relativity

Climate Sensitivity Stunner: Last Time CO2 Levels Hit 400 Parts Per Million The Arctic Was 14°F Warmer!

The Dark Art of RacecraftJason Richwine’s place in the long history of research on race and IQ. Ta-Nehisi Coates is powerful on race and racism in academic tradition.

Infographic: Is Your State’s Highest-Paid Employee A Coach? (Probably) — I’m so proud of America at moments like this. With all the budget problems of government, and all the human suffering in our debated economy, we still have our priorities straight. (Via [info]danjite.)

Japan WWII ‘comfort women’ were ‘necessary’ – HashimotoA prominent Japanese politician has described as “necessary” the system by which women were forced to become prostitutes for World War II troops. Oh, God. Really? Not only seven kinds of wrong, but disgusting and morally depraved. China indignant at Japanese politician’s “comfort women” statement.

Homophobes Might Be Hidden Homosexuals A new analysis of implicit bias and explicit sexual orientation statements may help to explain the underpinnings of anti-gay bullying and hate crimes. Also, this just in: water is wet. Inside a great number of angry conservative bigots is a fabulous gay man struggling to get out.

Naked TSA Protester’s Appeal to Be Heard Tuesday — A story of local interest here in Portland. It would be pretty funny if it weren’t so darned serious.

Police search for 19-year-old man shooting, wounding of 19 at New Orleans Mother’s Day parade — Because an armed society is a polite society, and guns make us all safer. Think how much harder it would have been for this shooter to exercise his theoretical defense of essential liberties without the smiling protection of the NRA and the Republican Party.

Right-wing media check up: still crazyThe right-wing media hasn’t learned anything from its failures in 2012. It’s the same-old ‘Obama is evil’ conspiracy theories.

Gates: Administration Critics view of US Military Capabilities in Benghazi “Cartoonish”Former Bush and Obama administrations secretary of defense Bob Gates, a lifelong Republican, replied to some of the GOP fantasies about the possibility of a US military mission into Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. The Republican obsession with Benghazi is just as bizarre and counterfactual as the vast majority of their other obsessions. Not that bizarre counterfactuals stopped Whitewater from morphing into the Clinton impeachment. Essentially, the GOP has been unable to accept the legitimacy of any Democratic president since LBJ.

Government secretly obtains phone records from journalistsProsecutors targeted the Associated Press in an attempt to learn who leaked information about the CIA and an apparent terrorist plot in Yemen. If proven out, this is seven kinds of wrong. I don’t care what your politics are, this isn’t what our government does or should be doing. Should these allegations be substantiated, Attorney General Eric Holder needs to go, and Obama needs to answer for this. If nothing else, can this administration give us accountability? And some counterpoint on this.

QotD?: What is it that you have got that puts you where you are?


5/14/2013
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (1.25 hours of revision, plus WRPA, editing METAtropolis: Green Space)
Hours slept: 5.0 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: m/a (forgot)
Number of FEMA troops on my block digging for fossils in the yards of God-fearing Republicans: 0
Currently reading: The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett

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[links] Link salad knows that the game never ends when your whole world depends on the turn of a friendly card

Reddit Fantasy AMA — On Thursday, April 18th (tomorrow), I’ll be participating in the Reddit Fantasy Ask Me Anything.

Badgers, Books and Bacon — Note what this badger is standing on. Heh.

What is the rule for adjective order? — One of those simple looking questions that is in fact fantastically complicated. (Snurched from @elfsternberg.)

Braving End of the Tunnel Blues — Fellow late stage cancer patient (and friend) Janet Freeman-Daily talks about “End of the Tunnel Blues”. Though perhaps they should be “Beginning of the Tunnel Blues”?

Hospital finances are broken. How to fix them.[D]etails about why hospitals might not have any financial incentive to follow best practices. A new paper from researchers affiliated with Harvard, Boston Consulting Group and nonprofit health care delivery system Texas Health Resources suggests that, in some cases, providing worse care pays off for hospitals. This has not been my experience at all, but I may simply be lucky in that respect.

Combat juggling — No, really. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Applicants wanted for a one-way ticket to Mars — Would you go?

Archaeology on an Interstellar Scale — Cool post from Centauri Dreams. Damned cool.

Mt. Hood and a Lenticular Cloud — I have seen these. They are very strange.

What Happens When You Throw Some Glow Sticks into a Waterfall — (Via my brother.)

Ice Caves Around the World — Gorgeous. (Via Lisa Costello.)

An Illustrated Tour Of Australia’s Museum of Copulatory Organs — Ah, the bracing cut and thrust of museum science. (Via David Goldman.)

Study backs ‘hobbit’ island dwarfism theoryA diminutive species of human whose remains were found on the Indonesian island of Flores could have shrunk as a result of island dwarfism as it adapted to its environment.

Barbie Body Would Be Pretty Odd-Looking In Real Life — Whereas I closely resemble a Ken doll myself.

Death Test Reveals Strength of Social InteractionSocial ties between humans are stronger than those between fruit flies or ants but weaker than those between bees, according to a cheerful new ranking based on how quickly creatures die when they become isolated.

200 Strangers Respond To Facebook Invitation For Funeral Of Veteran With No Friends Or FamilyHundreds of strangers attended the funeral of a British veteran after a clergyman, fearing that the former Royal Marine would be buried without mourners, posted a message on Facebook asking people to attend. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Is the Grand Canyon showing its age?This is science in action—researchers debating a 65 million year conflict between evidence from traditional geological methods and new dating technology. A concept that’s hard to understand when your highest value is willful ignorance and rejection of the reality-based world.

Yes, Climate Change Is Worsening U.S. Drought — NOAA Report Needlessly Confuses The Issue — Much like O.J. Simpson’s defense team, in the face of an overwhelming preponderance of evidence, climate change denialists will seize on any anomaly in the pretense that it negates all the rest of the weight of the evidence. That’s not how science works, and most conservatives leading the denialist clamor know perfectly well better.

Multnomah County Sheriff Halts Washington Concealed Handgun Applications — I’m sure the gun nut conspiracy theories are already rolling, given the calm and rational nature of handgun advocates.

When Hacking Is the Smaller CrimeHere’s a fascinating article in the Yale Journal of International Affairs, by Paul Rexton Kan of the U.S. Army War College, about cyberwar between non-state agents — in this case, Anonymous versus Los Zetas, the Mexican drug cartel.

Top Ten Ways Islamic Law forbids Terrorism — Pretty sure the Christian tradition does likewise, but that doesn’t stop clinic bombers.

The Boston Blasts and Terrorism: A Historian’s Take on What It Means

‘Toolbox’ that shut down Steel Bridge was actually a TriMet fare box — Portland’s own contribution to public safety. This is what terrorism does. It makes paranoid incompetents of us all. Viz the entire Bush 43 administration.

Rubio: Don’t Tie Immigration Reform To Boston BombingImmigration reform opponent Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suggested legislation should be delayed just in case the bombing is linked to a foreign suspect. In case you had any lingering doubt that Republicans were anything but complete buffoons, that should take care of it. The stupid, it burns.

Microsoft Excel: The ruiner of global economies?A paper used to justify austerity economics appears to contain an Excel error. Austerity economic is like supply-side economics: a mathematical fantasy that appeals to certain ideologies without any grounding in the real world.

The Willful Blindness of Bush LoyalistsRepublicans are very good at embellishing or inventing Bush’s successes, and they need no encouragement in this regard. What they plainly refuse to do is to acknowledge Bush-era disasters for what they are, accept that the public holds their party responsible for those disasters, and try to find some way to correct the errors made. I will submit that when your entire ideology and your party’s political fortunes are based on wholesale denial of objective reality (i.e. evolution denialism, climate change denialism, supply side economics, etc.), it becomes much harder to engage in honest self-reflection. Conservatives have deeply corrupted their own habits of thought. That’s the basis of the well-documented conservative epistemic closure.

QotD?: Who could have prevented the fall of the unwise?


4/17/2013
Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (60 minutes and 1,500 words on Original Destiny, Manifest Sin, plus 60 minutes minutes of WRPA to produce 1,800 words of nonfiction)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 248.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block checking the magazine sizes of gun owners: 0
Currently reading: The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett

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[links] Link salad recovers from chemo grogginess

The Slow Death of the American Author — Scott Turow on the changes in revenue for authors.

Rembrandt’s Night Watch reenacted by flash mob

How not to say the wrong thingIt works in all kinds of crises – medical, legal, even existential. It’s the ‘Ring Theory’ of kvetching. The first rule is comfort in, dump out. (Via Dave Raines.)

Brinicles and the Origin of LifeExtraordinary tubes of ice that grow down into the ocean from ice sheets could be as significant for the origin of life as hydrothermal vents, say chemists.

Monkey chatter smacks of human speech, researcher says

Study: Women prefer tall men, large penis — Man, what will science come up with next?

Ferrets on steroids sold as poodles — Because… uh… I got nothing. (Via @HalloranElder.)

Electromagnetic Chiaroscuro — Some very weird ideas about passive imaging from BLDG BLOG.

US navy laser cannon shoots down planes‘Future of warfare’ arrives in form of weapon that has destroyed drones in testing and will be fitted to active warship. Has the blaster arrived? Not man-portable yet, I see.

Bax’abola: Maya Baseball Takes off in the US — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Gallup finds growing public concern over global warming — Unfortunately, this is Gallup, who lost their credibility as a polling organization in the last presidential election. Still, if true, an encouraging sign.

Wine Production Seen Shifting From Bordeaux to N.Z. on Climate — I continue to be astonished at the lengths Al Gore’s minions will go to in order to perpetrate their climate change hoax. Thank God there’s Rush Limbaugh and the Republican Party to remind us all that this is just a liberal lie.

Animal Abuse, Oil Leaks, and the Freedom of the Press

Insurance and Freedom — Paul Krugman on conservative opposition to healthcare reform.

Rewriting the Times: Videoing the Police Edition — On police wearing video cameras. (Snurched from [info]chris_gerrib.)

Police: 6-Year-Old Accidentally Shot by 4-Year-Old — Yep. Those kids were definitely safer than they would have been without a gun in the home. A wounded child is a small price to pay for theoretical defense of essential liberties.

How horrified CHER fans thought their idol was dead after Thatcher critics started #nowthatcherisdead hashtag on Twitter — Um…

Who is Margaret Thatcher? Confusion reigns onlineHave young people actually heard of Margaret Thatcher? Fans’ reaction to Harry Styles’s tweet honouring the ex-PM suggests not. But at least they didn’t start the Cher rumour. I remember her well enough. Thatcher was from the same malignant vein of destructive evil as Ronald Reagan, but rather more competent at it than the Gipper, who at least had the excuse of dementia to explain his behavior while in office. (Via David Goldman.)

An American view of Margaret Thatcher’s passing

Margaret Thatcher left a dark legacy that has still not disappearedDays before he died in 2003, Guardian columnist and Thatcher biographer Hugo Young wrote an epitaph for the prime minister who changed Britain forever. (Snurched from Charlie Stross.)

QotD?: Did you do hard drugs yesterday?


4/8/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (Chemo day)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 242.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing Agenda 21 by closing down golf courses: 0
Currently reading: Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

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[links] Link salad heads back towards the left coast

Years of Magical Thinking Conjured Up the Works in This Library From Prestidigitation to Escapology, Manhattan Repository Holds Tricks of Trade. I don’t normally link to the Wall Street Journal, as they’re only slightly more intellectually honest than FOX News, but this story is interesting.

The permanent revolution — Charlie Stross on the topic of technological change.

Teeing Off at Edge of the Arctic? A Chinese Plan Baffles Iceland — A tower room at Eden Roc, golf at noon for free…

Banana equivalent dose — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Wasp spider foreign exchange program shows shifting heat toleranceBy analyzing the genetic diversity and distribution of the wasp spider (Argiope bruennichi) geneticists at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology have pinned the initial shift in the spiders’ range to the 1930s, occurring “in parallel with the onset of global warming.” To think that Al Gore was already perpetrating his intellectual fraud back in the 1930s through influencing actual evolution. The power of liberal lies is astonishing.

Beware the National Fertilizer AssociationIt’s also true, as gun-rights supporters like to argue, that people can be killed in large numbers by methods other than firearms — the Oklahoma City bombing was accomplished with fertilizer, for instance. But, then, those events inevitably lead to big changes related to the methods used to carry them out. A law that mandates licensing and registration for the kind of fertilizer used in Oklahoma City grew directly from that attack. But guns! They’re an unrestrained social good! Ask any gun owner.

Larry Craig: Legal Fees for Solicitation Defense Related to “Official Senate Duties” — Ah, the sterling ethical principles of the conservative mind on display once again.

The numbers prove it: The GOP is estranged from America

QotD?: Is this Pismo Beach?


3/24/2013
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (revisions)
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (very fitful)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (airport walking to come)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block building solar arrays to undermine the American fossil fuel industry: 0
Currently reading: Soul Music by Terry Pratchett

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[links] Link salad does the dinosaur

Blog posts pulled using DMCA restored (mostly) as fake “originals” vanish — The DMCA is not your friend.

Getting rid of adverbs and other adjuncts — I have never understood the writerly obsession with killing adverbs.

What was the odd original name of February? — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Who pooped? — Surprisingly educational Web site about one of my most important subjects. (Thanks, I think, to [info]corwynofamber.)

Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us — Yep. Imagine what this would be like in a single payer system without for-profit margins? (Via [info]scarlettina.)

Molecule Helps Nanoparticles Sneak Past the Immune SystemResearchers have given nanoparticles the ability to tell immune cells not to eat them, a development that could have broad implications for medicine.

New Guidelines for Genetic Testing in Children

The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food — Ouch. And I say this as an unreconstructed junk food junkie.

Flowers use electrical signals to summon bees — Nature’s own violet wand?

Zombie Replicants to Outperform the Living“Zombie” mammalian cells that may function better after they die have been created by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico (UNM). Umm… This piece isn’t datelined April 1st.

Life Advice From Machines — This is sweet and cute. (Thanks to [info]reynardo.)

The Unparticle May Lurk in Earth’s Mantle

Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 177

Private Mars Mission in 2018? — Paging [info]chris_gerrib.

The Intellectual Gravity of Brilliant Baseball Players — Ah, scientific illiteracy in all its glorious forms. (Thanks to [info]goulo.)

Opera Muliebria — On being a woman in a gendered world. Sobering and important.

Movement Conservatives Are Far Too Eager to Cheer On Their PoliticiansMovement conservatives are too eager to cheer on politicians from their own side and don’t do nearly enough to hold them accountable. The praise that is being heaped on Cruz in recent weeks is one of the more annoying examples of this.

QotD?: Boom shakalaka?


2/21/2013
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (0.5 hours on a new story, to draft complete at 3,200 words, and 0.25 hours working on my collaboration with [info]the_child, plus WRPA)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 233.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block covering up high crimes and misdemeanors in Benghazi: 0
Currently reading: Mort by Terry Pratchett

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[links] Link salad asks what’s the matter with him? Is he all right?

Paradise Lost 3 — Looking for a tight writers’ conference with a high staff:student ratio? Plus me? Check it out.

Post-Sick SharksScrivener’s Error with a whole bunch of commentary and links on publishing and copyright, with focus on (among other things) orphan works. Recommended reading if you’re serious about this stuff.

Amazon ‘used neo-Nazi guards to keep immigrant workforce under control’ in Germany — Yep. That’s Amazon, predatory business practices and all. (Snurched from Andrew Wheeler.)

The Complete 14 Batman Window Cameos — Hahahah! (Via David Goldman.)

JayBall rules — Because reasons! (Thanks to [info]garyomaha.)

I’m Elyn Saks and this is what it’s like to live with schizophrenia — Wow. (Via Lisa Costello.)

The CIA funded abstract art during the Cold War — Umm…

Optical Calibration Targets — Oh, wow, this is cool. I want to visit some of these in person.

Bioinspired fibers change color when stretchedColor-tunable photonic fibers mimic the fruit of the “bastard hogberry” plant. (Snurched from Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Love of aviation launches teens’ fight to reopen museum — A local story from the Portland area.

Why Almost Everyone in Russia Has a Dash Cam — And why we have so many videos of the recent Russian meteor strike. (Via David Goldman.)

Russian Meteor Is Largest Since 1908 Siberian Blast, NASA SaysA meteor that exploded in the skies above Russia’s Ural Mountains was the largest since the Tunguska blast in Siberia in 1908 and released about 33 times the energy of the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

Sex in the Middle Ages — Life after 40? No, wait…

Before Love: Puritan Beliefs about Sex and Marriage — Unfortunately, that Puritan sexual ethos continues to have grip on American culture, especially in the minds of the vocal and destructive Christianist minority, as part of their ongoing campaign of wholesale social repression and denial of individual rights in the name of a very narrow view of religion and morality.

Rising Voices in S. Korea, Japan Advocate Nuclear Weapons — What could possibly go wrong>

How the NRA Hobbled the ATF

The Art of Infinite War, Ctd.: The Administration’s Drone Campaign — Ta-Nehisi Coates with commentary from Judah Grunstein, who edits World Politics Review.

QotD?: How do you know?


2/16/2013
Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (2,400 words on novella in progress, to 15,700 words, plus 0.25 hours of collaboration with [info]the_child.)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 232.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block covering up high crimes and misdemeanors in Benghazi: 0
Currently reading: Mort by Terry Pratchett

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