[links] Link salad thanks you for those items that you sent it

Featured Author Interview with Jay Lake — In which I am interviewed at LitStack.

The Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser and the Lakeside Kickstarter for the documentary about me, [info]the_child, and cancer are still live. Both have made goal, but additional support is always welcome. Please check them out if you have not done so yet.

Haciendo el gamberro por una buena causa — The Acts of Whimsy fundraiser goes global…

The alternate history of my cancer — Hahahah. Speaking of whimsy.

Time to Refill Your Prescription For Zxygjfb — An amusing squib on the naming of drugs, especially cancer drugs. The comments are worth a browse as well. (Via David Goldman.)

Mass cancer mapping centre opens — (Via [info]gummitch.)

Peptide depots and DNA tattoos could deliver drugs in the futureNew methods boost the efficiency of biologically-inspired treatments. Interesting story with an annoyingly sexist photo illustration.

The World SF Travel FundIn 2011, a combination of genre professionals and fans from the international scene and the United States gathered together to create the World SF Travel Fund. The fund was set up to enable one or two international persons involved in science fiction, fantasy or horror to travel to a major genre event. This strikes me as a worthy cause. Have a look.

Index of maps — Links to maps of fantasy worlds. You weren’t doing anything else for the next week or so, were you? (Via Andrew Wheeler.)

50 Collective Nouns to Bolster Your Vocabulary — “Terms of venery”? Really? That phrase ought to mean something else. (Snurched from Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being ‘It’Group of Men Have Played Game of Tag for 23 Years; Hiding in Bushes, Cars. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Surfer Garrett McNamara Conquers His 100-Foot Wave — Wow.

At 43, Navy vet becomes freshman forward — I am normally indifferent to sports stories, but this is cool as heck. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Bridge of Sighs: 1903 — A striking Shorpy image of Pittsburgh.

Detecting lost rooms with architectural antennae

Requiem for a Dreamliner? — (Snurched from Scrivener’s Error.)

Simulation reveals evolutionary origins of modularity — In case you were wondering.

More Evidence That Mars Once Had Flowing Water

Are you a humanist? — Some fairly silly assumptions embedded in these questions, but I still like it. I scored 96%. (Via @pzmyers.)

The Marketing Tactics of Firearm Manufacturers — (Via [info]goulo.)

Bus driver shot dead; child held hostage in bunker — Another of Sarah Palin’s “Real Americans” exercising his Second Amendment rights to theoretical defense of essential liberties. Aren’t we all made safer by guns?

Are Conservatives Happier than Liberals? — Interesting piece about transitions.

Immigration and the Future of America — Not looking good for those angry white men.

QotD?: Was it the monkey or the plywood violin?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (still in post-operative recovery)
Hours slept: 9.25 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (post-operative recovery)
Weight: n/a (forgot)
Number of FEMA troops on my block protecting women from violence: 0
Currently reading: The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

3 thoughts on “[links] Link salad thanks you for those items that you sent it

  1. Cora says:

    Regarding the Pittsburgh “bridge of sighs”, in Bremen we have a very similar bridge connecting the courthouse and the police HQ. There are more bridges for transporting prisoners in the courtyards of courthouse and police HQ respectively. They’re rarely used for the original purpose these days, only in cases of gnag trials and other high profile cases. The court house and police HQ were also built around the turn of the 20th century, in 1895 and 1906 respectively. I suspect that those bridges were based on some sort of theory of how to lay out legal buildings.

    Here is a photo of our “bridge of sighs”. And yes, it’s called that as well.

    1. Jay says:

      I *love* that photo.

      1. Cora says:

        Alas, it’s not mine. But the Bremen court house and police HQ (now transformed into a library) is a lovely ensemble of turn of the century buildings. I’ll try to shoot some more photos including some architectural oddities next time I’m in town.

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