[links] Link salad for a hump day

I will be an instructor at Viable Paradise in 2011 [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — What me intimidated?

Kyle Cassidy reviews some of his favorite books — Including my own The Specific Gravity of Grief.

Math Puzzles’ Oldest Ancestors Took Form on Egyptian Papyrus — Mysteries of the ancients, indeed. (Thanks to Dad.)

Why I hate Darwin’s beard — A zoologist reflects on images of scientists.

Arsenic and old Universe — The self-correcting mechanisms of science in action. This is the kind of stuff that the denialists who infest conservative American “thought” never understand. Reality-based thinking admits of and corrects for error. Faith-based thinking cannot be wrong by self-definition, and therefore does not understand that self-correction process.

Charlie Stross on Julian Assange — I think he’s on the money here.

Why our Afghanistan War Dead don’t Seem to be News — An interesting piece of socio-political analysis from Juan Cole.

If Only Laws Were Like Sausages“I’m so insulted when people say that lawmaking is like sausage making,” said Stanley A. Feder, president of Simply Sausage. Hahahaha. (Snurched from Scrivener’s Error.)

?otD: What really knocked you out? The cheap sunglasses?


12/08/2010
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (WRPA, 1,500 words on a short story project)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
This morning’s weigh-in: 251.6
Yesterday’s chemo/post-op stress index: 5/10 (peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: Between books

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