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. Last day for the Kickstarter, so if you were considering giving, go now.
Con or Bust — Helping Fans of Color Attend SFF Cons. Consider contributing or supporting through bids. Ghu knows we need more diversity in the field.
The World SF Travel Fund — Another worthy cause, for a slightly different flavor of diversity.
Grammar police: Vibrating pen warns of handwriting mistakes — A specialized pen under development is designed to catch writing mistakes and vibrate as a warning. Could it revive the dying art of handwriting? I can think of some entertaining abuses of this thing… (Snurched from James Aquiline.)
Wi-Fi “as free as air”—the totally false story that refuses to die — Journalism goes wrong and just keeps getting worse. No free wi-fi for you! (Via David Goldman.)
Fat Dads’ Epigenetic Legacy — Children with obese fathers show epigenetic changes that may affect their health.
Cancer reprograms immune cells to avoid an attack — Cause a specific type of white blood cell to change its identity.
Superomniphobic Material Vigorously Repels All Fluids — (Snurched from Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
Moth Drives Robot, Cruising for a Lady — The insect’s mate-seeking behavior could help researchers program self-driving robots to track airborne chemicals. — I’ve been on dates like that.
“Aggressive Pizza-Stealing Dog” Makes Bail — Ah, Oregon.
The Sockeye’s Secret Compass — Magnetic fish?
Asteroid to Make Closest Flyby in History — Researchers keeping an eye on trajectory that will bring it within 18,000 miles of Earth. Recorded history, to be more accurate.
Dinosaur extinction: Scientists estimate ‘most accurate’ date — Scientists believe they have determined the most precise date yet for the extinction of dinosaurs.
A Cheap and Easy Plan to Stop Global Warming — Intentionally engineering Earth’s atmosphere to offset rising temperatures could be far more doable than you imagine, says David Keith. But is it a good idea?
Marco Rubio: Another Senator Who Doubts Global Warming — Rubio goes on, saying, “I understand people say there’s a significant scientific consensus on that issue, but I’ve actually seen reasonable debate on that principle.” Actually, no he hasn’t. There has been no reasonable debate, at least not from the deniers, who for the overwhelmingly most part are not climate scientists, who twist data, who leave out critical information, who use cherry-picked graphs, and who resort to outrageous ad hominems to cast doubt on the reality of global warming. Rhat’s because he’s a conservative. “Reasonable debate” means to a Republican, “anything which might support my ideological convictions, no matter how false or outrageous.” Rubio probably does know better, but he also knows that telling the truth will cost him vote in the lunatic asylum that is the Republican base.
Tendency to fear is strong political influence — Education, they found, had an equally large influence on out-group attitudes, with more highly educated people displaying more supportive attitudes toward out-groups and education having a substantial mediating influence on the correlation between parental fear and child out-group attitudes. Which is precisely why conservatives work so very hard to stunt public education, and control as much of the process as they can.
New Rove Effort Has G.O.P. Aflame — Their battle with Democrats will have to wait. For now, Republicans have their hands full fighting one another. The party of “legitimate rape” is trying to purge its cranks and bigots. Which would leave the GOP small enough to hold its national convention inside a Denny’s restaurant. Whither the poor, neglected angry white man so beloved of generations of GOP pols?
The Persistence of Racial Resentment — Without racism fueling angry white men, the GOP would not exist as a meaningful political party.
QotD?: Will your heart pump? Will your blood sing?
Writing time yesterday: 0.75 hours (1,000 words on a spec novella to 3,000 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: Mort by Terry Pratchett