METAtropolis: Cascadia has been nominated for an Audie — Hooray for all us writer types therein!
2011 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced — In case you missed this yesterday. Congratulations to all the nominees!
Mark Twain and Grant’s Memoirs — Ta-Nehisi Coates on, among other things, writing. I love this: The beautiful thing about writing is it has no real respect for credentialism. You can get various degrees in writing. […] But a degree can’t make you a writer in the way that JD can make you a lawyer.
Lab-grown meat is first step to artificial hamburger — I’ve wondered for years why this wasn’t already being done.
Jupiter’s Protective Role Questioned — Is the lord of planets really our shepherd?
A new opportunity for linguists — Senator Santorum promises to protect us against government interference in education by mandating an federal accreditation program to ensure ideological balance among teachers. A dissuasion of this idea by Language Log. Teachers trend liberal for the same reason journalists do: It’s difficult to keep trumping reality with ideology when your job is examining the world in an evidence-based way.
Washington’s Farewell Address and the Middle East — What would happen if we substituted “the Middle East” for “Europe” in George Washington’s farewell address?
David Steinberg on GOP gaffes: ‘Gift from God to comedians’ — “It’s a ship of fools that is — it’s just unbelievable.”
Why would a politician attack pre-natal testing? — Santorum’s comments are only made uglier by their utter lack of foundation. There is no evidence whatsoever that liberals — let alone President Obama — are less solicitious or caring about the disabled than other Americans. Quite the opposite, I’m pretty damned sure, in fact, given the dedication of conservatives to continuously cutting programs that benefit the disabled and disadvantaged.
?otd: Who moved my cheese?
Writing time yesterday: 2.25 hours (Sunspin revisions)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bicycle ride
Hours slept: 6.0 (solid)
Currently reading: 1491 by Charles C. Mann