Authors Say Agents Try to “Straighten” Gay Characters in YA — In case you missed it. I’ve written a number of incidentally gay or bi characters (ie, not “gay fiction”, just characters who happen to be people with those orientations) and no one’s said a word yet. Which is exactly how it should be, I think.
Bring Your Questions for Willpower Authors Roy Baumeister and John Tierney — Freakonomics with a discussion of willpower. Writing novels, and finishing them, more to the point, is a profound act of willpower.
An Objective Way to Measure Pain — Researchers use brain imaging to detect patterns of brain activity associated with pain—a potential boon for doctors and drug developers. I’ve often wondered about the validity of the pain scale. My calibration of 1-10 changed utterly once I’d undergone abdominal surgery, for example. It’s so subjective.
Glasgow University in bid to create ‘inorganic life’ — Scientists in Scotland are undertaking pioneering research to create life from inorganic chemicals. As tipster David Goldman says, what could possibly go wrong?
Wait, what? Atheists don’t understand stories? — Pharyngula on some very bizarre religious thinking about the non-religious. Some people really are idiots, blindered by the need to justify their own beliefs at the expense of objective reality.
Jimmy Carter: ‘We never dropped a bomb. We never fired a bullet. We never went to war’ — Perhaps the best ex-president we’ve ever had.
After 20 Years, Missing CEO Reappears — Apparently only little people pay taxes. Big people just vanish behind their cloud of money.
Shockingly Petty: News Corp. Outlets Attack Obama Over Paper Clip — And conservatives wonder why the rest of us find you guys a little crazy.
Tea party crowd about sick man without insurance: “Let him die” — Ah, family values. Compassionate conservatism in a nutshell. Right there. This reinforces my view that contemporary conservativism arises out of a poverty of imagination and a failure of empathy. The people jeering this man’s death simply can’t imagine themselves or someone they love in his situation.
Deep Thought — Given the GOP fixation with death, how would they treat a fetus whose mother is on Death Row?
?otD: Where were all the sportsmen who always pulled you through?
Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (revisions to Kalimpura)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (interrupted)
Currently reading: Inversions by Iain M. Banks