The Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser is still live. It has made goal, but additional support is always welcome, especially given my new complications. Please check it out if you have not done so yet.
The Lakeside Kickstarter has expanded its stretch goals to include documenting the science around my genomic testing by traveling to the testing lab and interviewing the scientists there. They’v also posted a new trailer for the movie, which is very striking. So give a little to support SCIENCE!
The Locus Recommended Reading List has two of my novellas on it — “The Stars Do Not Lie” (Asimov’s 10-11/12), and “The Weight of History, the Lightness of the Future” (Subterranean Spring ’12).
Tiny Sensors Could Give an Atom-Level View of Proteins — The advance could help researchers better understand the role of proteins in disease.
Did antibiotics spur the sexual revolution? — A cure for syphilis lowered the “cost” of sex, says one economist.
Fish Thoughts — In this seven second video, the brain activity of a fish is registered in real time.
Off the Rails: 1943 — Shorpy with a very cool photo of a steam locomotive in the shop.
Former NRA Prez: Yes, We’ve Flip-Flopped On Background Checks — Ah, that justly famed intellectual consistency of American conservatives.
With The Fox News Empire In A Ratings Slump, Where’s Roger Ailes’ Magic Touch? — Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of intellectually dishonest moral frauds.
Hagel’s “Re-Confirmation” Hearing — The Republicans on the Armed Services Committee mostly distinguished themselves for their vapidity and fanaticism. The consensus seems to be that Ted Cruz was by far the worst in this regard, and based on what I saw that seems right. Cruz and his Republican colleagues on the committee may not appreciate this now, but they managed to inflict significant new damage on their party in one day. If anyone wants a clear, albeit tedious, lesson in why Republicans shouldn’t be trusted on national security and foreign policy matters, all one needs to do is watch the recording of that hearing.
Not Sure We’re Done — But conservatives seem incapable of understanding that unyielding anger and contempt is not paying dividends anymore.
Clinton: Benghazi Critics Don’t Live In ‘Evidence-Based World’ — Duh. They’re Republicans. By self-definition, they reject the reality-based community in favor of ideology.
Geraldo “Truly Contemplating” Senate Run — Hahaha. Oh, wait. That’s not a joke.
QotD?: New York, Paris, ice cream, tee vee, travel, good time?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (still in post-operative recovery)
Hours slept: 9.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (still in post-operative recovery)
Number of FEMA troops on my block protecting women from violence: 0
Currently reading: Gulp by Mary Roach