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?
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