[links] Link salad bumbles into a faraway weekend

Jade — A middling review of the French edition of my novel Green.

The Jay Wake Book is Complete — Hooray for Sandra Tayler, hero of the revolution!

Classic TV show maps – in picturesAt first the arrangements seem random, but with Monty Python’s Flying Circus across the road from Fawlty Towers, and The Killing adjacent to The Bridge (and The Tunnel), this street map for TV addicts includes more than 700 television shows, linked by a multifarious set of connections. (Thanks to AH.)

What makes creativity tick?While some believe creativity is spontaneous, Michigan State University neuroscientist Jeremy Gray suspects there’s a lot of hard work going on in the brain even when the proverbial light bulb going off feels effortless. Like hell creativity is spontaneous. I mean, of course it can be, but any working creative professional can tell you that there’s a lot of discipline, structure and work involved. As a society, we have such odd notions about writers and artists. (Via David Goldman.)

100 Diagrams That Changed the WorldA visual history of human sensemaking, from cave paintings to the world wide web. (Via Lisa Costello.)

10 of the world’s most scenic cemeteries — A subject of some personal interest to me lately.

Sick mum ‘belittled’ by Air New Zealand — Wow, I thought Air New Zealand had treated me poorly, but this is just depraved. And an update here; apparently the airline has apologized, but the horribly discriminatory policy did and does exist, so it obviously seemed like a good idea to Air New Zealand right up until they were publicly embarrassed in the media. (Via [info]danjite.)

13 Horrifying Ways to Die (If You’re an Arthropod) — Fascinatingly weird images and story, but trigger warning if you’re icked out by insects, spiders, or nature red of tooth and claw. (Thanks, I think, to [info]willyumtx.)

A partial eclipse will bring a strange sunrise SundaySunday morning, everyone on or near the Eastern Seaboard has a rare chance to watch an eerie celestial spectacle at sunrise. The sun will come up over the east horizon while in a partial solar eclipse. Instead of a golden ball, the sun will be a weird, upside-down thick crescent with, as seen from New England, a big bite missing from its lower right. That is, it will if the weather permits. I saw the total eclipse in 1991 with a completely clear sky. It was amazing.

Les Johnson: Big Projects and Deep Time

Slow-moving zombie technologies that refuse to dieJust when you think they’re obsolete, they rise from your desk and bite.

Climate Change Seen Posing Risk to Food Supplies — Another day, another liberal lie. Thank God for Rush Limbaugh and the Republican party, or we might actually have to worry about this stuff.

What’s the greatest threat to economic growth? It’s climate change. — Amazing, the lengths liberals will go to for their hoax. Even to maybe crashing the world economy.

Another Obamacare horror story debunked — Huh. A conservative talking point that turns out not to be true. Who could possibly imagine a Republican bearing false witness about healthcare? (Via Davis Goldman.)

SecDef orders 9 rogue red-state National Guards to recognize spouses of gay US troops — Conservatives just can’t help themselves. They have to hurt somebody to feel good. I’m only amazed that there’s meaningful pushback on this particular bit of Republican bigotry.

Neo-Bircher apocalyptic politics harms the people who embrace itOur politics is hobbled by a determined, motivated, vindictive bloc of voters driven by fear, ignorance and resentment of the Other. That’s a problem for all of us and it’s a big reason why we can’t have nice things. It does real harm and causes real pain to those it demonizes and targets — usually vulnerable outsiders and poor people. Yes, this. They’re called conservatives.

?otD: Who are you helping today?


11/2/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: n/a (traveling)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing children to learn critical thinking skills: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

2 thoughts on “[links] Link salad bumbles into a faraway weekend

  1. Cora says:

    The TV maps are neat, but a lot of the connections don’t make sense. Why is Donwton Abbey linked to Hollyoaks (costume drama to teen soap) except that both are British shows. Why is Game of Thrones linked the The West Wing, except that both are/were on HBO?

    As for the undead technologies, some of things do make sense like paper mail, which I really freaking hate. I wouldn’t mind if the fax machine were to die out either, but I still have translation customers who insist on fax and don’t do e-mail.

    Other points are totally ridiculous, though. What’s wrong with cash, for example? Okay, so I get annoyed when an electronics store won’t take a credit card. But how else am I going to pay for a bagel or a burger or a magazine or a chocolate bar if not cash? Cause I’m certainly not going to pay by credit card for small purchases under 20 Euros. Besides, if Americans want to facilitate financial transactions, kill the bloody paper check already. Cause no one outside the US uses paper checks anymore and younger banktellers often don’t know what to do with them.

    As for coal power, it’s far from ideal, but the article spouts the typical US pro-nuclear propaganda about the supposed huge health costs of coal power. Even though massive health issues only happen in outdated and unsafe mines and for outdated power plants without filters. Besides, even though coal is far from ideal and will have to go eventually (lignite coal first, because of the massive environmental issues), nuclear power is a hundred times worse and needs to go ASAP. Not that Americans ever understand that.

  2. Liam Hegarty says:

    Your mention of the 1991 eclipse reminded me of my viewing of that event. I was a Legal Aid Lawyer in Brooklyn, NY and spent the time of the event in the 9th floor pens at Brooklyn Criminal Court. The windows were covered with a metal sheet with holes punched into it. Normally light would go right through these holes. As the eclipse progressed, however, the holes each began to act as individual pinholes projecting hundreds of little eclipses onto the table. It was beautiful and I expressed that feeling to my client. He, however, was facing a lot of jail time and could care less. He expressed that feeling, bluntly. We went back to talking about his case, ignoring the eclipses broadcast onto his legal papers.

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