[links] Link salad for a sleepy Friday

Why John O’Halloran shaved his head mustache and beard — For Christine, and for me. Go read this.

Jay Lake, Alien Hunter — The recent Waterloo Productions video in a non-Facebook environment.

Jay Lake’s Tub (and on being a newer writer) — Writing advice, which I originally got from Dean Wesley Smith and Kris Rusch. The tub is not original to me.

The System: C’est La Wifi — Haha. We had exactly this discussion in my house earlier this week.

Sad Cat Diary — Hahaha. (Via David Goldman.)

Great tweets of science — Hahahahah.

Parents have gastric bypass; children’s DNA may receive the benefitsIt’s epigenetics: Kids’ gene expression may occur a generation after surgery.

Neuron growth in children ‘leaves no room for memories’The reason we struggle to recall memories from our early childhood is down to high levels of neuron production during the first years of life, say Canadian researchers. I have very few memories prior to age seven. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Mars mission astronauts face radiation exposure risk — Ya think?

NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Discovers Evidence for Ancient Streambed and Flowing Water

Oceans Under the Ice Worlds? — This is intensely cool.

How the turtle got its unique hard shellHow the turtle shell evolved has puzzled scientists for years, but new research sheds light on how their hard shells were formed. The really great thing about science is how it institutionalizes uncertainty. No easy answers, no hard truths, just a continual process of observation and evidence gathering and refinement of theory.

Slow-motion 7.0 earthquake drags on for 5 months under New Zealand

Northern Ireland Town Fakes Prosperity for G8 Summit — Um…

The Questions People Get Asked About Their Race — Wow…

Pundits get more followers for being confident than correct — Dunning-Kruger FTW!

As Glaciers Melt, Alpine Mountains Lose Their Glue, Threatening Swiss Village — It’s amazing, the lengths liberals will go to for their global warming hoax. Thank God for Rush Limbaugh and the Republican Party, otherwise we might have to do something about this before it’s too late.

What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers? — Wow. Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson actually said this. Replace “humanity” with “my bank account” and that’s conservatism in a nutshell. They’re not even pretending any more.

Big Utah Gun Rights Advocate Arrested, Accused Of Domestic Violence — Yep. We are definitely all so much safer, especially with guns in the hands of people like this gentleman and all he represents.

Rick Perry Vetoes “Buy American” Bill Approved 145-0 by Texas House — Because patriotism! (Via [info]shsilver.)

Imprisoned CIA Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou Pens “Letter from Loretto”

Michele Bachmann is gone, but her paranoid politics has become the norm for GOP

Lincoln Chafee’s long journey from Republican to DemocratBut what’s remarkable is that someone with Chafee’s priorities was once a Republican. Chafee left the GOP six years ago, largely because he had decided it had squandered its mantle as a party of fiscal responsibility. Yep. Reality will do that to you. If you’re in favor of fiscal responsibility, strong on defense, and interested in pro-business economic growth, the GOP is not the party for you based on the historical record of both major parties in the past thirty years. If you’re in favor of social justice, income equality, consumer protection, jobs or the environment, the GOP has never been the party for you. What’s left? Proudly fact-free rhetoric bent on generating angry white men is all I can see.

QotD?: What week is this?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (revisions to “Rock of Ages”)
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: n/a (forgot)
Number of FEMA troops on my block scamming disaster aid slush funds: 0
Currently reading: Thud by Terry Pratchett

2 thoughts on “[links] Link salad for a sleepy Friday

  1. Danny Adams says:

    Did you see the Crooks and Liars piece about the Bachmann staffer defending her lying to her constituents? http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/former-bachmann-staffer-lies-okay-because

  2. Cora says:

    My earliest memory involves being in my old baby bed (which became too small by the time I was two). It’s day and I call for my Mom, but she doesn’t come. I can’t climb out of the bed, though I try, but I manage grab hold of the mobile above the bed and pull it down. I also have a memory of sitting on a chamberpot and dipping an earring my Mom has dropped into my excrements. Both of these probably happened before I turned two.

    From age two on,
    I have a handful of memories I can date, because they involve relatives who died early. In one case, I only remember the funeral, but not my great-aunt. From age three on I remember events such as birthdays, Christmas and holidays (mostly the presents) and some things that happened in kindergarten, though I can’t necessarily date them. From age five on, I have a lot of very clear memories, but that’s probably because I was taken out of my languager and culture and plugged into another at age five, an experience so intense that it was bound to leave vivid memories.

    My awareness of world events (via news, etc…) kicks in sometime during 1978 (when I was five), though it comes and goes throughout 1978 and 1979, since I can remember some world events from that time very clearly and others not at all. The earliest world event I can remember are the repeated papal elections in 1978 (I’m not even Catholic, but I was very worried about those poor old men locked in with nothing to eat and no toilet) as well as two events of local importance (a flour-dust explosion at a local factory and a ship disaster) in 1979.
    From about 1980 my memories of world events are fairly steady.

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