This is the last day of the Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser. 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. And my thanks to the over 1,200 people who have contributed.
Every Step You Take, Tracked Automatically — A new app called Moves logs walking, biking, and running—no extra effort required. It’s how self-tracking is meant to be.
Space Marines, Water War, and Uplifted Elephants — Howard Tayler Is Wise on MCA Hogarth, Games Workshop and the naming of things in fiction.
How to take a great author photo — Hahahah.
Computer program roots out ancestors of modern tongues — Automated reconstruction of long-extinct languages can test theories on how words evolve.
The best bar in the world that I know about — Another of Roger Ebert’s gorgeous meditations on life.
Vintage Maidenform ad. Totally creepy. — Can’t sleep, clowns will eat my underwear.
How “Bullet Time” Will Revolutionise Exascale Computing — The famous Hollywood filming technique will change the way we access the huge computer simulations of the future, say computer scientists.
Reflected Aurora Over Alaska — Mmm.
Landsat Data Continuity Mission Takes Off — I love the photo. The article is interesting, too.
It’s Aliiiiiiive!…. Sort Of — Scrivener’s Error on (mostly) corporate personhood. Interesting stuff, especially the last few ‘grads.
Can the Pope Legally Resign? — Lowering the Bar weighs in.
On being white in a white white world. What’s a person to do? — A curious but encouraging post from Feminist Mormon Housewives.
Pentagon expands military benefits for same-sex couples — Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta signs an order allowing partners wider use of family-oriented facilities on U.S. bases, including child care and counseling. Another step in morality and justice overcoming the institutionalized Christianist bigotry in our country.
Op-ed of the day: a depression sufferer begs, “Please take my gun away” — The Big Lie about guns is this: that they will keep you safe. But facts are facts, and actually, the opposite is true. Owning a gun will make you less safe. Ah, truth, of so little use to the conservative mind when cherished beliefs are challenged. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
The Ignorance Caucus — Paul Krugman on the state of the GOP.
Can GOP end the ‘carnival of the crazy’? — In a word, no. The crazy is how they keep manufacturing more angry white men. Conservative politics is hooked on the crazy like a junkie on smack.
QotD?: Are you in a yellow taxi?
Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (1,200 words on novella in progress, to 6,200 words)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Number of FEMA troops on my block helping illegal immigrants infiltrate America: 0
Currently reading: Mort by Terry Pratchett