Story Bone — Steve Buchheit with a brief, entertaining rant about the portrayal of dwarves in fantasy.
Disney Researchers Add Virtual Touch to the Real World — A new computer interface can modify the feel of almost any surface—potentially adding a new dimension to games and augmented reality apps. This be some weird science.
Crystal-clear images from Mars rover thrill NASA scientists — Not to mention how the rest of us feel about it.
Curiosity landing site: the whole mess — Where all the hardware wound up.
Mike Bloomberg’s Soda Ban and the Case for Paternalism — Ta-Nehisi Coates on food choices. Yes. This.
Disabled Spectator Arrested for Not Visibly Enjoying Olympic Event — This is in the UK, where civil rights in the American sense don’t quite exist (nor do they here so much any more, but I digress). Still, a very weird story.
Archaeologists Officially Declare Collective Sigh Over “Paleo Diet” — You simply do not see specific, trans-regional trends in human subsistence in the archaeological record. People can live off everything from whale blubber to seeds and grasses. You want to know what the ideal human diet consists of? Everything.
Ancient skull deepens human-origins mystery — Warning: facts not valid for Young Earth Creationists.
Hey White Guys intro — An interesting video on race, gender and privilege.
What do Christian fundamentalists have against set theory? — Man, I got nothing here. (Thanks to
Bryan Fischer: Children Of Same-Sex Couples Must Be Saved Through ‘Underground Railroad’ Kidnapping — And conservatives wonder why the rest of America thinks they’re nuts.
Dams, reservoirs are new global warming culprits — It will be interesting to see if this line of evidence pans out on further investigation.
No, Harry Reid is No Michele Bachmann — It is difficult to find a better example of the strange mixture of paranoia, bad faith and self-pity that is behind so many conservative claims of media bias. This, in a nutshell.
Komen president resigning, founder shifting roles — Wow. I really am surprised. Conservative dishonesty rarely carries penalties for those in positions of senior leadership.
Top Ten differences between White Terrorists and Others — Juan Cole is sarcastic but accurate. Remember, according to the GOP, Real Americans with guns can’t be terrorists. The DHS got in a lot of trouble with conservatives for stating the obvious in this regard.
?otD: What did they mean when they said “repent”?
Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 (solid)
Currently reading: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski