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.
A final update from Waterloo Productions on their Kickstarter — Including a video segment I find very hard to watch.
Quiet deaths don’t come easy — A study finds that Medicare patients near death are increasingly choosing hospice or palliative care over heroic measures in their last days — but that many go through futile hospitalizations and treatments first. I want my death to be quiet, when the timm comes.
Caustic Engineering — New milling techniques applied to glass and plexiglass panels could be used to “create windows that are also cryptic projectors, summoning ghostly images from sunlight.” Weird stuff from BLDG BLOG.
Bose-Einstein condensate created at room temperature — Instead of atoms, condensation was achieved using quasiparticles.
Can You Smell Yourself? — And thus we come closer to my long observed phenomenon of “pheromone lock”. (Via David Goldman.)
Recursive fury: Conspiracist ideation in the blogosphere in response to research on conspiracist ideation — Well, I guess this is what living in the future is all about. (Via
Former Westboro Baptist member: We prayed for people to die — As I understand it, they are pretty much a lawsuit factory using the guise of religious freedom to provoke incidents. (Via
Catholic Church enslaved 30,000 Irish women as forced unpaid labor in Magdalene Laundries until 1996 — This is the kind of thing that happens when you govern from religious principles. I will take secularism every time.
Angry Dallas Neighbor Allegedly Kills 2 Over Dog Poop — Thank God for the Republican party and the NRA standing up the shooter’s right to a theoretical defense of his essential liberties, because otherwise the two victims would still be alive, and how safe would we be without guns?
Members won’t talk about Scout ban — Republican lawmakers are reluctant to weigh in on the Boy Scouts of America’s decision on whether to open its ranks to gays, which was delayed on Wednesday until May. It’s awfully hard to do the right thing when your party and personal political fortunes rest solidly on institutionalized bigotry and hate-fueled anger in your voting base.
Republicans Mask Their Conservative Agenda — In the months since President Obama’s re-election, Republican operatives have become practitioners of a new kind of alchemy, attempting to convince voters that the right’s long-standing agenda is actually an array of policies that coincidentally meets the needs of the middle class. It’s what we saw from conservatives in the last election cycle: if you can’t win on your ideas, lie.
The Drone Memo: More Comedy About the Death of Freedom — Lowering the Bar goes to town on the recent release of the Obama administration’s drone memo.
QotD?: Do you tell good stories?
Writing time yesterday: 0.75 hours (1,000 words on a spec novella to 2,000 words, plus some WRPA)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bicycle
Number of FEMA troops on my block protecting women from violence: 0
Currently reading: Gulp by Mary Roach