[links] Link salad for another hump day

How not to bug the fuck out when writing a novel — (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Scrivener’s Error with an especially interesting roundup of publishing related links on several topics

How to Teach Books to Kids — Ta-Nehisi Coates on high school reading.

A sweeping question for colleges that embrace quidditch — Uh…

7 Basic Things You Won’t Believe You’re All Doing Wrong — Including pooping. (Via Tim Keating.)

The Scary Reality of a Real-Life Barbie Doll

Rocket Plume — Art guru James Gurney with a fascinating analysis of a fascinating photo.

Could aliens be living on planets deep within black holes?At the centre of some black holes is ‘an area where space and time exists’. Hmmm. (Via [info]madwriter.)

Is inequality a hazard or an indicator?An interesting IMF analysis finds that growth spells tend to last longer in places with relatively low levels of income inequality.

As Mammals Supplanted Dinosaurs, Lice Kept Pace — Mmm, lice.

Batteries that Recharge in SecondsA new process could let your laptop and cell phone recharge a hundred times faster than they do now. Fascinating. In some ways, batteries are still the most retrograde major technology that we have. (That being said, I also like the idea that trees are solar energy batteries.)

The Prosecution Rests, but I Can’t — A man, wrongfully convicted, speaks out. Worth the read, especially if you’re a law-and-order type.

Judges Who Are Hungry, Fatigued More Likely to Deny Parole — Wow. I mean, not exactly surprising, but wow.

BirtherismI think the thing that pisses me off the most about the birtherism and the coverage is that no one will come out and state that what is obviously motivating this crap is racism. Period. End of story. Yep. This. Birtherism is the Intelligent Design of electoral politics. A foolish, stupid stalking horse that manages to lend credibility to people’s superstitions/prejudices.

The 0.014 percent solution — Slacktivist on Federal budget dollars. [M]embers of Congress have been lying about funding for the CPB, NPR, PBS, etc. National Public Radio actually received fewer federal dollars last year than Jerry Falwell’s private conservative sectarian college, Liberty University. You’ll never hear any conservative admitting that little fact. GOP 1, Reality 0.

NOM Leader Supports Same-Sex Marriage — What happens when a conservative actually pays attention to the reality around them. Their mind changes.

?otD: Whose idea was it to spell this ‘Wednesday’ anyway?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (WRPA, revisions and submittals)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 249.4
Currently reading: Nifft the Lean by Michael Shea

2 thoughts on “[links] Link salad for another hump day

  1. Julie says:

    The thing that gets me most about the whole birther thing is that Obama’s opponents – particularly McCain – had the most to gain and nothing to lose by pursuing these allegations. McCain did, in fact, and could find nothing of substance. And I can imagine McCain, someone who faced a “birther” controversy himself, drooling over the prospect of completely derailing his opponent’s campaign with this issue. With the stakes so high and his resources practically unlimited, he dug and found … nothing.

    I figure that if a politician with so much to gain from this issue couldn’t dig up any dirt, then there’s nothing to see here, move along.

  2. Matt says:

    It seemed to me that birtherism is a reaction by republicans to the election fraud in florida perpetrated by the bushies. They stopped the recount, which if left to go to completion, would have given the state and the presidency to Gore. Bush really wasn’t the president of the US, so in reaction, Birtherism is a made up claim Obama isn’t the president because he wasn’t born here. Tit for tat – our guy wasn’t president, so your guy isn’t president either.

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