[links] Link salad wraps the draft

A review of Visitants, ed. Stephen Jones — Including favorable mentions of my little collection of linked tales therein.

MIND MELD: How Important is Plausible Science In Science Fiction? — Another squib from SF Signal and assorted authors.

Deciphering Old Texts, One Woozy, Curvy Word at a Time — The true secret of captchas. Fascinating stuff about extremely distributed computing. (Thanks to Dad.)

Complaining About the Smartphone: a Lesson in Diminishing Returns

Changing corporate gender: a case studyNo Fear of the Future with a fascinating essay on high risk occupations.

How Western Diets Are Making The World Sick — Comparing local combat casualties Afghanistan with U.S. and Canadian casualties.

Using Heat to Cool BuildingsNovel materials could make practical air conditioners and refrigerators that use little or no electricity. Some cool materials science here.

Quadrocopter Ball Juggling — This video is pretty bizarre. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

First Image of Mercury From Orbit — I think I’ve seen that face before…

Asteroid Mining: A Marker for SETI?

Who Wrote The Bible and Why It Matters — Pseudographia and faith.

Bryan Fischer is a Dolt (Constitution for Me but Not for Thee Edition) — Words from the Founders on religious freedom and Constitutional protections. Oddly, the original Originalists don’t conform to the modern conservative position. Rush Limbaugh can surely explain this away.

Top Fox News Executive Admits Lying On-Air About Obama — Fox News knowingly lying. Who knew? Also, who knew water was wet? They distort, you decide.

?otD: What did you finish yesterday?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (revisions on Sunspin, net 200 word gain to manuscript; plus extensive WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 248.8
Currently reading: A Bard’s Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella; Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts

2 thoughts on “[links] Link salad wraps the draft

  1. That quadcopter is pretty nifty– and somewhat scary. That’s targeting technology they’re demonstrating; the ability to hit a ball in midair is synonymous with being able to hit a person.

  2. Cora says:

    Regarding the smartphone lament, these people seem to live in a very different world than I do.

    I have a cellphone. It can make and receive calls and texts, that’s it. The phone is so old that my students stare at it in wonder and airport scanners have mistaken it for a bomb. I use it mainly for emergencies and for occasional “I’ll be home in 20 minutes” or “Could you come and pick me up now” calls. I pay maybe 50 Euros a year for prepaid cards.

    Of the gadgets a smartphone can and does replace, I own a point and shoot camera, which I like very much and which doesn’t need replacing soon. And I did buy a digital camcorder two years ago, because I thought I’d get back into filmmaking. My car has a GPS navigation system installed and since I only ever use GPS in the car, I don’t need a handheld system. I have a calculator, more than one actually. I actually have an ancient dictaphone somewhere, which I never use, because I don’t like dictating. I already have an alarm clock (three actually) and several watches, which are much nicer as pieces of jewelery than a phone (never mind that my ancient cellphone does have a watch and even an alarm function, which I never use). I don’t use mobile music players, DVD players or e-mail readers. For traveling, I have a netbook with WiFi and 3G access, which is more useful to me than a smartphone.

    If my ancient phone breaks down someday, I will get whatever the cheapest available model is. But as long as it works and does what I need it for, why should I switch to something with lots of functions I don’t need.

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