The Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser and the Lakeside Kickstarter for the documentary about me,
Behold: the stupid face I will make in the 3D scanner — Cory Doctorow does the ‘snide fish’ for his Act of Whimsy, per the diktat of John Scalzi’s readership.
My Act of Whimsy for @jay_lake — Barndie Tarvin is hilarious.
Web Hunt for DNA Sequences Leaves Privacy Compromised — The genetic data posted online seemed perfectly anonymous — strings of billions of DNA letters from more than 1,000 people. But all it took was some clever sleuthing on the Web for a genetics researcher to identify five people he randomly selected from the study group. Not only that, he found their entire families, even though the relatives had no part in the study — identifying nearly 50 people.
Leprosy spreads by reprogramming nerve cells into migratory stem cells — The surprising modus operandi of a neglected tropical disease could lead to new stem cell therapies.
One to beam up: NASA uses a laser to send Mona Lisa to the moon — Because SCIENCE!!!
Notre Dame’s real dead woman — Manti Te’o’s bizarre soap opera moves the school’s president to tears, while Lizzy Seeberg’s suicide is ignored. A story which further cements my profound loathing for Big Sports and all it represents.
Conspiracy Theories: 25% of Americans Are “Truthers” — Generally, the more people know about current events, the less likely they are to believe in conspiracy theories – but not among Republicans, where more knowledge leads to greater belief in political conspiracies. (Via
Illinois GOP chair: ‘True conservative position’ favors same sex marriage — Huh. Another rare conservative who finally understands morality and justice. Good for him. And this, speaking of newfound morality and justice: Have Evangelicals stepped out of the marriage battle? (Both links via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
How To Debate — A gun rights advocate decries the tactics of the gun culture in the current national debate. As it happens, it’s pretty clear to my view that this blogger’s viewpoint is composed of the same willful ignorance of both the facts on the ground and the moral issues as most gun rights advocates, but their discussion of how we should and should not be talking about strikes me as very constructive. (Via
In Wake of Newtown, It’s Time for America to Meet the NRA — This week, America has been taken aback by the National Rifle Association’s ad politicizing President Obama’s daughters. With this latest episode, it’s become patently obvious that unhinged attacks are the NRA leadership’s calling card. Yep, this. Which is of course of a piece with the general tone and content of conservative rhetoric these past years, so it shouldn’t be the least bit surprising.
?otD: Friday much?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (stress)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing disability rights: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks