[links] Link salad wishes it were more productive

Steampunk blogging at Babel Clash is under way — Some worthwhile entries by three of us from yesterday.

We’ve Spent 5.93M Years Playing WoW…?!? — Um… Um… Amazing. No wonder I get a lot of writing done. I believe this speaker, Jane McGonigal, is addressing an upcoming OMSI Science Pub on this topic. (Thanks to lt260.)

How animals and humans quench thirst in the desert. — “As the mucus dries, it forms a secure body bag.” Who needs science fiction? (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Moon and Venus Over Switzerland — Wow. APOD strikes again.

Extraterrestrials now live among us in China and in U.S.A., newspapers report — Read all about it in the weekly Midnight Star!

Why Egypt 2011 is not Iran 1979 — Detailed and interesting social comparison from Juan Cole.

Frances Fox Piven — Concerning one of the Right’s weirder moments of late. (Via Scrivener’s Error, also worth the read on this one.)

Religion and 2012 — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on religious voters and the mooted Huntsman candidacy. And yes, they have the same party identification issues us strong liberal-progressives do. Even when we know we’re being had, who else are we going to vote for?

?otD: How many hours did you play video or online games last month? How many hours did you spend writing?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (3,500 new words on Sunspin book one.)
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 251.0
Currently reading: One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde