[links] Link salad stays up too late gaming

This Is Your Brain on E-BooksWhen we read on dead trees, do we retain more?

How Libraries Respond to Disaster — A Nebraska library in trouble. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Cancer, Big Data and Storage — Some of the numbers are off, but this article talks about the genomic process I’m currently undergoing from the point of view data storage design. Interesting. (Via Michael Fay.)

Has anyone ever been killed by a falling piano or anvil? — Actually, one of my grandfather’s brothers was killed by a falling piano during the Great Depression.

Photos of Children From Around the World With Their Most Prized Possessions — (Via Lisa Costello.)

Belly Button Biodiversity: Part One — Uh, yeah. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

‘BioShock Infinite’ embraces history, philosophy

Arctic Instruments — A cool photo and text survey of extreme infrastructure.

Planck-in’ on Billions and BillionsThe universe appears to be slightly lopsided, and even rather cold in one part. This is cool. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

How does Bitcoin work?

Diluting the scientific method: Ars looks at homeopathy (again)In honor of World Homeopathy Week, we discuss why it shouldn’t be celebrated. Another stripe of anti-science willful ignorance often found among liberal-progressives, who really ought to know better.

Arctic nearly free of summer sea ice during first half of 21st century

Saudi Arabia’s Religious Police Outlaw ‘Tempting Eyes’ — This is what you get when you establish state religions and make laws based on religious principles. The American Taliban is no different in substance, only in degree (for now). Other than claiming to be Christians, as if that make it all better. (Via [info]danjite.)

10 Totally Kind Things Social Conservatives Have Said About Gays — I appreciate that conservatives resent being called bigots, but that’s what gay hate is. Bigotry. Not family values. Not morality. Not a legitimate personal philosophy with which reasonable people can differ. You want to hate, own the hate. There’s no get-out-of-jail-free card for being a “nice guy”.

What Actually Happened To That Same-Sex Couple In The Missouri Hospital — This is the kind of damage conservative values do to real people in the real world.

QotD?: Have you played Cards Against Humanity?


4/13/2013
Writing time yesterday: 2.25 hours (1,700 words on Original Destiny, Manifest Sin, 1.25 hours WRPA including a media interview)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 0.0 (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing Agenda 21 by closing down golf courses: 0
Currently reading: Jingo by Terry Pratchett

4 thoughts on “[links] Link salad stays up too late gaming

  1. Cora says:

    Was your grandfather’s brother really killed by a falling piano or is that a family legend? The reason I’m asking is that a brother of my grandfather allegedly died as a young boy while jumping from the third step of a staircase. The story has been told and retold in the family for decades, mostly to frighten children away from jumping off stairs, walls, etc… However, no one, not even my grandfather, knows whether the story is really true, because my grandpa was the youngest of a whole lot of kids, three of whom died before he was born.

    1. Jay says:

      Well, it’s not like I’ve seen the death certificate or anything. But my Dad is a pretty reliable narrator when it comes to family history. He’s a genealogist by hobby and an intelligence officer by professional training.

      1. Cora says:

        You’re lucky to have reliable information, because a lot of these family legends are very difficult to verify.

        That said, we both have spectacularily unlucky ancestors. I also have a great-grandfather who either died in a shipwreck or was arrested by the Nazis upon returning to Germany to visit his estranged family. Again no one knows for sure, though it’s probably the latter, since there was no marine disaster in the Atlantic in the relevant time frame.

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