[links] Link salad relaxes

Preparing for Death Online – How ISPs and Social Media Companies Can Help People Plan — Laurie Mann is wise.

Locomotive Makeover: 1942 — I love this photo.

Einstein’s Gravity Theory Passes Toughest Test Yet

Robotic Replicators — Thinking about Von Neumann machines.

E. coli enters the energy game, could pump out petroleumEngineering bacteria to make petroleum substitute, pump out hydrocarbons. A longtime skiffy idea finally comes to life.

A New Computer Screen Reaches Out to Touch YouAn experimental new touch screen, the Obake, has a stretchable surface that to reacts user interaction in new ways.

Do Whales Have Culture? Humpbacks Pass on BehaviorWhales communicate with other humpbacks via social learning, study shows.

The Incompleteness of the Harm Principle

Part of 9/11 plane’s landing gear found, NYPD says — Odd.

Measles Epidemic in Wales Has Roots in Antivax Movement — Once again proving that willful ignorance can be found at all ends of the political spectrum.

Chris Auchinvole’s Marriage Equality Bill speech — A Christian conservative (in New Zealand) comes to terms with marriage equality, and carefully explains his reasoning. The deeply religious don’t have to be bigots, that’s just a “feature” of American culture on this matter. (Thanks to [info]soon_lee.)

The 1 Percent’s Solution[T]he dominance of austerians in influential circles should disturb anyone who likes to believe that policy is based on, or even strongly influenced by, actual evidence. Well, that lets conservatives off the hook right out of the gate, given their decades-long self-declared tenuous relationship with reality, but what the hell is Obama’s excuse?

Elijah Cummings rejects GOP report on Hillary Clinton, Benghazi — The Republican ‘smoking gun’ in this report is just another example of conservative willful ignorance. “The allegations in your staff report are false, extremely irresponsible, and lack even a rudimentary understanding of how State Department cables are processed. After the past two or three decades, why does anyone take anything Republicans say seriously?

QotD?: When do you want to?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (1,900 words on Original Destiny, Manifest Sin)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (foot still hurts)
Weight: n/a
Number of FEMA troops on my block helping welfare recipients buy cell phones and big screen tvs: 0
Currently reading: The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett

One thought on “[links] Link salad relaxes

  1. ivori says:

    The cool thing about the Chris Auchinvole speech was how he referenced popular culture in a very witty manner that will totally pass over most viewers of the video (and whole video is definitely worth the watch for the reasons that Jay highlights) – at about 9:00 his voice changes into a squeaky mode as he lamely but accurately references a video which became a meme consuming NZ popular culture last year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIYvD9DI1ZA – and I think it is totally awesome that a parliamentarian in that august body is channeling that line from a popular TV spot… Kewl… that Ghost Chips TV ad is awesome as it is – and it went on to spawn its own halo of pop culture memes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsFlVWqWHlA

    Not that this weird Ghost Chips meme is anything to do with same sex marriage or anything – it is more that there is a separate parallel western culture out there that passes a lot of the world by.

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