[links] Link salad, “Don’t the sun look angry at me”

Charles Tan interviews me — About books, writing and life. (You were expecting animal husbandry?)

Man’s arm trapped in train toilet The man was carried away by emergency services, with the toilet still attached to his arm. For reals, I know that had to be awful, but it sounds so very Homeric.

New Moon Rover Mixes Old-School Smarts With Latest Tech — Moon rover, wider than my smile, I’m driving you a while, some day… (Thanks to lt260.)

Vint Cerf talks about networking in deep space — Some nice nuts-and-bolts near-term futurism.

Earth-like planet in Epsilon Eridani? It is logical, Captain — Vulcan lives! (Thanks to lt260.)

The Business Case for Managed Death — A sticky bit of medical ethics from my adopted home here in the Northwest.

Nuclear Safety is for wusses — John McCain, mocking Barack Obama’s energy plan: “[He] talked about nuclear power, well it has to be safe, environment, blah, blah, blah.” Yeah, I can see why nuclear safety and radioactive contamination are “blah blah blah” if you’re a Republican. Doesn’t the free market self-correct for that sort of thing? And conservatives wonder why the rest of us think you’re nuts. This guy is your standard bearer.

A Line in the Sand for Same-Sex Marriage Foes — Again, I see no principled basis of opposition. Just religious bigotry. The “protected class” argument is raised in this article, but that’s a deliberate misuse by bigots. Extending equal rights to all citizens isn’t protecting a class, it’s the opposite. Being proud of who you hate is no more a Christian virtue than it is a patriotic virtue.

Republican Senator Ted Stevens convicted on all counts — Mmm, loves me some of those good old GOP family values. Cue the conservative talking heads about coddling criminals now. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

The hypocrisiy of the ‘One-Party Rule’ Gambit The McCain campaign is now warning against “one party rule” if Obama is elected president at at time when there will likely be a Democratic landslide in the House and the Senate. I’m pretty sure no Republican was worried about One-Party Rule during the days of the Permanent Majority. In fact, back then it seemed a good idea from their perspective. What could possibly have caused the GOP to change its principles on this? And there’s still the little matter of the Supreme Court…

Question of the day: Is Toto’s “99” a love song to Barbara Feldon?

Body movement: 85 minute suburban walk (same route as 90 minute walks, slightly faster pace)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 226.2
Currently reading: n/a