A reader reacts to Endurance — Decidedly mixed but thoughtful review.
Jay Lake – Die Räder der Welt — A somewhat mixed review of the German edition of Mainspring.
D’oh! Groening Reveals The Location Of ‘Real’ Springfield — Right here in Oregon.
How Dark Matter Interacts with the Human Body — Dark matter must collide with human tissue, and physicists have now calculated how often. The answer? More often than you might expect.
The Amazing Trajectories of Life-Bearing Meteorites From Earth — The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs must have ejected billions of tonnes of life-bearing rock into space. Now physicists have calculated what must have happened to it
How the Greatest Prankster in Political History Messed With Richard Nixon — Ah, politics. (Via
‘A Recipe for Losing Touch With One’s Own Editorial Faculties’ — Ta-Nehisi Coates on Noah Millman on John Derbyshire. And I have to confess that firing Derbyshire for being racist was as puzzling to me as firing Buchanan. Why, after all these years of letting them be leading conservative voices with exactly the same message, does it matter now?
Karl Rove and company are losing the argument over inequality — Since, as usual for conservatives, they can’t win this one on the merits of the position, the dirty pool campaigning will start.
Republicans Try To Erase The Contraception Wars — “And there was the perception that somehow Republicans are opposed to contraceptives,” Romney told Newsmax last week. That perception would be because Republicans are opposed to contraceptives, on the plain face of their own rhetoric and legislation introduced. There’s no “somehow” about it, fool. The backlash on contraception is just another example of how people of all political stripes tend to intensely dislike conservative doctrine when actually applied to them personally. Conservatism is all about punishing the “other”, not the conservative himself.
?otd: Is your car marked ‘Do Not Hump’?
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (3,100 words on Their Currents Turn Awry)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 (solid)
Weight: 242.2 (!)
Currently reading: The Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Flewelling