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[links] Link salad for a frozen Friday

2013 Stories 326 – 340[info]talekyn with (among other things) a nice review of “Hook Agonistes” by [info]seanan_mcguire and me.

OED birthday word generator: which words originated in your birth year?

Edit Wars Reveal The 10 Most Controversial Topics on WikipediaAn analysis of the most highly contested articles on Wikipedia reveals the controversies that appear invariant across languages and cultures. This is a slightly odd list. (Via David Goldman.)

Cleaning the Mobile Germ WarehouseTake a look at your mobile device. Do you see oily fingerprints and lint on the touch screen? Dust and crumbs forming particulate frost in the corners? Is that a hair stuck at the screen’s edge? (Via Dad.)

Do dogs align their bodies with the Earth’s axis when they cock their legs? Canines found to be affected by magnetic fields — Uh…

Arctic ThawFewer days of spring snow is an indicator of climate change in the Arctic.

Franklin Graham: Racism, misogyny, homophobia are ‘biblical truths we stand for’ — Not in the Bible I read.

GOP isn’t Getting more Ignorant on Evolution, it is Just getting OlderBackward thinking dominates the US and the GOP appears to be taking the country down further into obscurantism. The good news from the Pew poll, however, is that the youth of America disproportionately do accept evolution. Which perhaps means the long-term conservative project to commit wholesale sabotage on the American educational system through voucherization, charter schools and the dismantling of the science curriculum has not been as successful as Republicans might have hoped.

Reminder: walking joke “economist” Arthur Laffer was dead wrong, as usualAlmost no one in the conservative movement is ever accountable for being consistently and demonstrably wrong about everything.

More about the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations Unit — The Tao of the TAO, as tipster David Goldman says. Scary stuff.

?otD: Got snow? Are you sorry yet?


1/3/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad stumbles onward through the fog

Subruncinator — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Neanderthals Could Talk Like Humans, Bone Reveals

Massive Lake Found Under Greenland Ice — It wasn’t me, I swear.

Study: Fall of the Soviet Union may have saved the Arctic

Billion-dollar climate denial network exposedA network of 91 think tanks and industry groups are primarily responsible. One of conservative America’s chief contributions to the decline of human civilization: putting us at inflated risk to extreme climate change through opportunistic denialism. Those responsible will of course never be held accountable, because conservatives never are.

Utah? Yes, Utah. Wow.Slacktivist Fred Clark celebrates the unexpected blow to bigotry in one of America’s most conservative, most religious states.

The cost of reading every book: We know their names — A sobering account of the history of the Library of Congress.

Classism in the Rise and Fall of the Duck Dynasty Patriarch — A sociological take on the Duck Dynasty kerfuffle. Interesting perspective, including a fascinating pair of photos.

Our God-Given Constitutional Right to a Television ShowThe writer Josh Barro has compiled a heart-warming collection of affectionate and supportive notes sent by loving Christians hoping to save him from his sinful and murderous ways. Barro’s writings on Phil Robertson provoked this joyous outpouring of excellent news.

When the Right to Bear Arms Includes the Mentally Ill — Because guns make us all safer. Duh.

The “War on Christmas”: On Ethnocentrism and Blasphemy But America never was a “Christian nation.” America was founded upon genocide and has chattel slavery enshrined in the Constitution. If anything, that makes our founding document satanic. Slaves built the White House and the US Capital for goodness sake. What is being “lost” in our nation isn’t Christianity but white hegemony (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Ooops, he did it againIf Rand Paul wants to avoid these questions, then he should avoid people who sympathize with white supremacists. And the same is true of the GOP writ large; if Republicans want to avoid accusations of prejudice or insensitivity, then the first step is to end the party’s association with lawmakers, officials, and activists who can’t help but indulge their worst instincts.

The Truth Behind The Lies Of The Original ‘Welfare Queen’ — Ah, the germ of truth behind one of Ronald Reagan’s most cherished and persistent lies. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

?otD: Can you see your hands?


12/23/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 235.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block falsifying climate change data: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad for a rainy Solstice Saturday

In which our collaborate novel Our Lady of the Islands, written by me and Shannon Page, finds a home

Jade par Jay Lake — A French review of the French translation of my book Green. Some complaints, but I interpret the Google Translate version as generally positive.

Textopornographie: France creates its own word for ‘sexting’ — Of course they did. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Party Down: 100 Years of the Crossword Puzzle

Amazing Shadow Sculptures by Tim Noble and Sue Webster — Wow. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Photos: 2013’s Most Terrifying Weather Disasters

Scientists Send World’s First Text Message Using Vodka — Because reasons!

Algae go in, biocrude oil comes out

Damage suffered by Mars rover Curiosity’s aluminum wheels raise concern

‘Perfect’ Electron Roundness Bruises Supersymmetry

People worried about food poisoning, however, should treat chicken as a hazard in the kitchen.People worried about food poisoning, however, should treat chicken as a hazard in the kitchen. (Via David Goldman.)

New Mexico becomes 17th gay marriage state — Another bigotry domino falls. Another state abandons senseless hatred cloaked in religious privilege in favor of a sane and moral approach to its citizens.

Federal judge strikes down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage — Wow. I would have bet good money that either Utah or Nebraska would the last stand of religious bigotry in this country when it comes to persecuting gays. This is beyond shocking.

In Striking Down Utah’s Gay Marriage Ban, Judge Gives Scalia Big Bear Hug — Ah, legal trolling.

New Jersey Senate Passes Transgender Birth Certificate BillEarlier this week, The Advocate reported on the status of a bill intended to make the often-difficult and cost-prohibitive process of updating identification documents easier for transgender individuals in New Jersey. This in the state that elected Chris Christie as governor? Wow…

‘Duck Dynasty’: White evangelicals rallying for racism — It makes smug Republican Jesus smile.

Phil Robertson’s America The Duck Dynasty star’s warped vision of civil-rights history feeds his warped view of today’s gay-rights struggle. Ta-Nehisi Coates with some perspective that should shame any white person, regardless of your politics.

Is the “War on Christmas” about Christmas?For these commenters, the so-called War on Christmas is about much more than a competition between religious and secular forces, it’s also about the centrality of whiteness and a defense of “true” Canadianness against an influx of foreign cultures. It is worth considering whether, in general, this debate is really code for racism and anti-immigrant sentiment more generally. I dunno. Do conservatives ever fixate on race and immigration? Seems beneath them, somehow.

“You’re Days Are Numbered”: On Death Threats And Gun RightsSo what do you think about the NRA’s advocacy? Just curious, since their essay resulted in death threats to me, threats of rape to my wife, and threats of abduction and murder of my six-month-old daughter from the people who read the NRA’s column. Personally, I think a little bit less of an organization like the NRA, which incites their members to threaten rape and murder and the abduction of babies. Guns make us all safer. Especially in the hands of patriotic NRA members like these folks. Only liberal pussies like me could possibly doubt that tools designed for human death in the hands of angry, irrational people could possibly be any kind of threat in a society which cheerfully accepts 30,000 gun deaths a year without question.

Military retirees: You betrayed us, CongressMilitary retirees are outraged that Congress will start voting Thursday on a budget deal that trims military pensions, calling the move “an egregious breach of faith.” Actually, the weakening of any pension — city government, union, corporate, Federal, military — is an egregious breach of faith. But one that companies, courts and politicians are all to eager to embrace at any turn, especially when there are investors whose returns must be protected. Of course, that attitude almost certainly makes me a mouth-breathing Socialist. (Via [info]danjite.)

Wyoming Senate race 2014: Liz Cheney husband Phil Perry on vote rolls in 2 states — Imagine if you will for a moment if a Democratic Senate candidate’s spouse were registered to vote in two states. There would be calls in the House for a Federal investigation, and the story would top the cycle of Your Liberal Media for weeks, and the conservative echo chamber for months. But a Republican candidate’s spouse? This dog will be dead by Sunday. Because conservatism is more moral, dammit.

$22.62/Hr: The Minimum Wage if it had Risen Like the Incomes of the 1% — I cannot even bring myself to be sarcastic about this.

Did 17 Illegal Voters in Ohio Steal the 2012 Election?And a great deal of legal work has come up dry in the hunt for the mythical “buses of illegal voters” being spirited in from cities or campuses to stuff the polls. But if you just read Fox, you’ve learned that the voter fraud problem is very real. That’s because conservatives are almost always wrong both on the plain face of the facts, and on the basis their “ideas”. Lying is the only way to make the conservative case. Bearing false witness makes smug Republican Jesus smile, after all, because it’s one of those optional Ten Commandments. (Snurched from John Sapienza.)

?otD: Got your collar turned to the cold and damp?


12/21/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 237.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block falsifying climate change data: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad really doesn’t mind if you sit this one out

Heroines in an ancient film called the flame of the west — How it all looks lately from the point of view of Lisa Costello.

How I Thank God[info]theferrett on illness, faith and science.

The Strength of Wild Horses — A Kickstarter by Sandra Tayler. Check it out.

25 Everyday Things You Never Knew Had Names — I knew about half of these. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Bend’s First Fire Engine Will Be Home For Christmas — A little bit of Oregon history.

Moving Stars: The Shkadov Thruster

What scared H. P. Lovecraft — Charlie Stross is (as usual) clever and cool.

2D or Not 2D — Facial art. Wow. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

The Front of This House Is Sliding Onto the Street — I love public art. (Thanks to Lezli Robyn.)

Winners of the Dance Your PhD Competition Revealed — Hahah. (Via David Goldman.)

Solving the neural code conundrum: digital or analogue?Physicists have developed a technique that can tell which parts of the brain rely on analogue signals and which rely in digital signals.

Tracking Fecal TransplantsA long-term study confirms transplants of stool microbes from healthy donors can successfully clear recurrent Clostridium difficile infections.

Modern life ‘turning people off sex’ — Hmm.

Restaurants may seat guests according to looks. Surprise, surprise

Google Earth spies unreported fish traps, study reveals — Satellite surveillance from your armchair.

US Working Overtime Behind The Scenes To Kill UN Plan To Protect Online Privacy From Snooping — Because security, you commie. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

48% of U.S. Schoolchildren Live in Poverty — A rising tide lifts only yachts.

Pope Denounces Trickle-Down Economics ‘Which Has Never Been Confirmed By The Facts’ — Wow. That’s a big old ‘fuck you’ to the GOP-Church axis in America. A great smackdown to the smug Republican Jesus who dominates the public face of religion in America.

Slacktivist Fred Clark on (among other things) Senate politicsDistrict court nominations by white presidents filibustered in U.S. Senate in all of American history: 3. District court nominations by black presidents filibustered in U.S. Senate: 20. Senate filibusters of executive nominees by white presidents since World War II: 20. Senate filibusters of executive nominees by black presidents since World War II: 54 From the department of painfully true things you will never, ever hear any conservative admit. Tell me again about that unprecedented Democratic power grab in the Senate?

?otD: Do my words make you whisper?


11/27/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 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 almost wakes up in Kennewick, man

Writing and Mortality — Rachel Swirsky on a topic a bit close to home for me, also the myth of compulsion.

The true cost of publishing on the Amazon Kindle — Interesting information regarding periodicals on Kindle. (Via [info]danjite.)

Happy Burger, Mr. President — The American presidency in hamburgers. (Thanks to [info]garyomaha.)

Ecuadorean Villagers May Hold Secret to Longevity — This is a curious story about mutation, growth factors and cancer.

Record Melting in Greenland during 2010This image, made from microwave measurements, maps Greenland’s melt season in 2010, which lasted 50 days longer than average. Tide goes in, tide goes out. Never a miscommunication. Global warming, though, that’s a liberal plot that’s only supported by the data.

In Defense of Elites — Yes, I would like my political leaders to be smarter and better informed than me, thank you very much. That isn’t threatening to a rational human being, that is reassuring.

Agnotology — Culturally induced ignorance or doubt. My view is that Quiggin is right as far as right-wing politicians are concerned: for the most part they know that Obama was born here, that he isn’t a socialist,that there are no death panels, and so on, but feel compelled to pretend to be crazy as a career move. (From @RivetNZ via [info]danjite.)

?otD: Would you Tri-Cities?


2/18/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (2,500 words on a short fiction project, WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (interrupted)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Currently reading: Dead Iron by Devon Monk

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[links] Link salad cries more, more, more

If all stories were written like science fiction stories — Hahaha. Very bad science fiction stories, admittedly. (Via David Goldman.)

First Measurement of ‘Wordquakes’ Shaking the BlogosphereCertain words disrupt the blogosphere in the same way that earthquakes shake the planet. And that makes them ripe for an earthquake-like magnitude rating.

A Year in the Slow Lane in a ’30 Ford — That be some dedication.

Back to the Future — An amazing photo re-creation project. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Shipping cupcakes down the thermal exhaust port — A video of the unboxing of an entry in the cupcake shipping challenge. Color me impressed. (Via [info]scarlettina.)

Australians hit by Cyclone Yasi warned to stay away from deadly giant birds — Now that is a headline. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Up telescope! Search begins for giant new planetTyche may be bigger than Jupiter and orbit at the outer edge of the solar system. (\Bad Astronomy responds.

Evidence of a Spurious Origin — Ta-Nehisi Coates on nineteenth century scientific racism. Both interesting and depressing.

The leaked campaign to attack WikiLeaks and its supporters — Glenn Greenwald on Wikileaks and his own targeting in response. No matter what your politics, this will likely strike you as appalling.

Selection Bias? PolitiFact Rates Republican Statements as False at 3 Times the Rate of Democrats — Or possibly just the Palin effect.

House GOPer against big government health care enjoys taxpayer-funded state government insurance — Further evidence that the core tenet of contemporary conservatism is ‘right for me but not for thee.’ See the only moral abortion is my abortion for a much larger, more devastating example of this.

Be Nice To Bigots: Republican leaders tiptoe around the smear campaign against Obama’s faith and citizenship.That’s four straight interviews in which the country’s three top Republicans—the speaker of the House and the GOP leaders in each chamber—have refused to condemn the spreading of lies about Obama’s faith and citizenship. […] Why can’t Boehner, Cantor, or McConnell speak that bluntly? Why won’t they call a lie a lie? If they want to be leaders, it’s time to lead. Your Republican party: proudly standing up for what’s right and true in America. (Except when it pisses off their base, of course.)

?otD: What happened in the midnight hour?


2/15/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (copy edits on Endurance)
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 5.75 hours (solid)
Weight: 252.0
Currently reading: Between books

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[language] Angina and vagina

In my idiolect, “angina” and “vagina” have always rhymed. However, the cardiology team that’s been working on my mother (who presumably know of what they speak) pronounced “angina” with a short, unstressed /i/ in the middle, so instead of “an-j-eye-nah” they say “an-j-in-uh”.

(In case you were wondering about yesterday’s QOTD.)

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