Gimbling in the Wabe – My Favorite Reviewed Books of 2013 — In which my novel Green receives an interesting commentary.
“Human Cheese” Only the First Course for Odd Cheeses — Adventurous eaters have plenty of cheese to choose from. Lisa Costello claims these are cheeses even I would not eat.
When it comes to giving gifts, we’re hardly alone — The drive to exchange presents is ancient, transcultural and by no means limited to Homo sapiens. Researchers have found striking examples of gift-giving across the phyletic landscape in insects, spiders, mollusks, birds and mammals. (Thanks to David Goldman.)
OK, Glass: Show me what’s next for Google — Google Glass is expected to reach store shelves sometime in 2014. When it does, the connected headset could do more than change the wearables market: it could change Google, too. If they ever release a version for prescription lenses, I’d be on this like white on rice.
The dark money in climate change — About 75 percent of the money backing climate-denial efforts is untraceable, primarily via conservative foundations and shadowy tax-exempt groups that obscure their funding sources. What’s notable is that many of the big industrial funders — ExxonMobil and Koch Industries chief among them — have withdrawn their publicly traceable funding in recent years, and that withdrawal tracked closely with an increase in untraceable funding. You don’t have to be a genius to figure out what’s happening there.
Study: Plants Might Lack Traits Needed to Cope With Climate Change — Thank God for Rush Limbaugh and the Republican party. Without their help, America might be tempted to take potential problems like this seriously.
Solar variability has a small effect on climate change — For the last 1,200 years of the Northern Hemisphere, at least. Hey, look. Science, not ideological cherry picking. And yes, science is often wrong. But unlike ideology, it has mechanisms for self-correction.
Like a virgin (mother): analysis of data from a longitudinal, US population representative sample survey — Objective: To estimate the incidence of self report of pregnancy without sexual intercourse (virgin pregnancy) and factors related to such reporting, in a population representative group of US adolescents and young adults. Ah, the wonders of abstinence-based sex education. Like most conservative ideas, an utter failure even in terms of its own internal logic. (Via David Goldman.)
It’s Over — Josh Marshall on the continuing collapse of unconstitutional state-sponsored Christianist anti-gay bigotry.
For Team Jonah, the Bible condemns interracial marriage — Here’s conservative columnist Dennis Prager saying something that isn’t true: No religion practiced in America – indeed, no world religion – has ever banned interracial marriage. Umm… Wow. That is so stupid it doesn’t really deserve comment.
Living with the threat of being blown up — Apparently we have reached a tipping point in which no American can be held responsible for the destruction of others’ lives by their fellow citizens, whether through economic ruin or the kind of violence perpetrated by the right wing gun fetishists. You want to live in the US? Then you obviously agree that your life will always be at risk from anyone who wants to make a buck. To do otherwise would curtail the efficiency of the economic engine of our society. Yep. Regulations bad, free enterprise good. Why I am not a conservative, part 2,074.
Benghazi Consular attack was Local, not al-Qaeda: NYT Correspondent Demolishes GOP Talking Points — What? Conservative talking points that turn out to be false? Impossible! Why, that hasn’t ever happened in at least hours!
?otD: Did you ever know it complete?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block falsifying climate change data: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)