I have two items on the Locus recommended reading list for 2010 — My collection from Subterranean Press, The Sky That Wraps, and my Sunspin short story from Is Anybody Out There?, “Permanent Fatal Errors“.
Optics of Thánatos — John Burridge on, among other things, talking to me about cancer and death.
Aerial ropeways: automatic cargo transport for a bargain — Courtesy of Low-tech Magazine. (Via corwynofamber.)
How Babies Know What Robots Are Thinking — New research tells us something about infants’ theory of mind, as well as how to build robots humans instinctively recognize as sentient.
Scientists Discover Ancient Body Clock — Tick tick.
Motherlode of potential planets found: more than 1200 alien worlds! — [T]here could be a million Earth-like planets in the Milky Way galaxy.
Egypt Stymies Republican Message Machine — The Republican strategy in the Senate this week was simple: force Democrats to consider a total repeal of President Obama’s health care law to draw attention to the fact that the president’s party still supports what Republicans believe is a wildly unpopular law. It worked like a charm, except for one problem: No one was watching. A “wildly unpopular” law that polls quite well if you ask people about what it actually does, rather than throwing out scare questions. And honestly, this couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of liars and political con men.
?otD: Is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me. Is there anyone at home?
Writing time yesterday: 2.25 hours (3,000 new words on Sunspin book one, some WRPA.)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (interrupted)
Currently reading: One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde