[links] Link salad looks for the fireworks and tequila

Publishers Weekly reviews my forthcoming collection from Subterranean Press, The Sky That Wraps — They liked it.

Elizabeth Bear with an amazing meditation on SF

Officer K Kong — This post from James Gurney is funny in a very clever way. I do so love creative people.

The Twittering Classes

Homeopathy Made SimpleHomeopathy is dangerous, mostly because it lures people away from real medicine. But it’s also dangerous because it promotes magical thinking, which eats away at all of reality.

Ship Tracks in the North Pacific — I had no idea marine traffic generated cloud building.

Australia’s new Prime Minister on religion and politics“I am not going to pretend a faith I don’t feel. And for people of faith the greatest compliment I could pay to them is to respect their genuinely held beliefs and not to engage in some pretence about mine. I think it’s not the right thing.”

?otD: How do you celebrate your nation’s birthday?

Writing time yesterday: n/a
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.5 (decent but interrupted)
This morning’s weigh-in: 229.0
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 2/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Ringworld by Larry Niven

One thought on “[links] Link salad looks for the fireworks and tequila

  1. Cora says:

    Regarding the ship tracks, the overwhelming majority of marine traffic does not consist of sailing ships but motor vessels. And motor vessels consume diesel fuel, quite a lot of it, which results in exhaust gas. And unlike car exhausts, the exhaust of motor vessels isn’t carefully filtered. If you fly over a busy shipping route, e.g. the English Channel or the Strait of Malacca, in clear weather you can seen the exhaust gas plumes trailing behind the ships.

    But that’s nothing compared to the smoke plumes that used to be generated by waste incineration vessels like the Vulcanus II. The photo is not all that good, I have seen the smoke plume much larger and darker. The process is banned now, a decision I still disagree with almost twenty years later.

    As for the homeopathy link, why must the so-called skeptic community always deal in absolutes? It is very obvious that homeopathic remedies neither cure cancer nor prevent malaria and anyone who claims otherwise is deluded (and isn’t there some kind of regulation authority for alternative practitioners in the UK that stops them from making clearly false claims?). But that does not mean that homeopathic medicine is completely worthless. I don’t believe in the theory behind homeopathy, but I have been using a homeopathic remedy against my pollen allergy for several years now and it works for me. And unlike antihistamines, it does not have unpleasant and possibly dangerous side effects. I doubt that it’s just the placebo effect either, because otherwise the remedy would still work when I forget to take it, yet it doesn’t. There are even plenty of doctors in Germany (regular medical doctors, not alternative practitioners) who recommend homeopathic medicines for allergies and the like.

    Honestly, if homeopathy gets those self-styled skeptics so riled up, I wonder what they’d make of the fellows who use magical incantations to get rid of warts and shingles. The practice is still pretty common, particularly in rural areas, and sometimes even recommended by doctors. And no, I don’t believe in it either, but I know several people for whom this worked.

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