Avoiding the goober — The linguistics of the word “gubernatorial”.
Made in Maine scent makes farmers more attractive to livestock — Because, uh. Nope. I got nothing. (Via Lisa Costello.)
Mystery of ‘jelly doughnut’ Martian rock solved — NASA said Friday that a wheel of the rover Opportunity broke it off a larger rock and then kicked it into the field of view.
We Aren’t the World — Joe Henrich and his colleagues are shaking the foundations of psychology and economics—and hoping to change the way social scientists think about human behavior and culture. This is pretty damned interesting, but be aware it’s a longish read. (Via
Why AIs Won’t Ascend in the Blink of an Eye – Some Math — My friend Ramez Naam is smart.
BART riders get measles scare from UC Berkeley student — Health officials say that thousands of San Francisco Bay Area residents may have been exposed to measles recently when an unvaccinated UC student attended classes and used the BART travel system. Because some people are fucking morons. I hope they charge that student, and their parents, with several thousand counts of reckless endangerment.
How Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Are Trying to Defend Their State Bans — This line or reasoning serves two purposes. First, it’s meant to refute echoes of Loving v. Virginia, charges that the state acting in a bigoted manner by trying to discriminate against LGBT people or preserve heterosexual superiority. These are distasteful things to be accused of, so those defending the bans are trying to minimize the characterization that they’re on the wrong side of history. And water can try to minimize the characterization that it’s wet, but bigotry is bigotry, no matter how nicely it dresses up to go to church.
Tom Perkins’ big idea: The rich should get more votes — Ok, now he’s just trolling. Either that or he’s the most ignorant, self-involved example of financial entitlement that ever walked the earth.
We Did the Math on Tom Perkins’ Vote-Buying Scheme — Guess who wins? Almost certainly not you.
New Jersey lawmakers cause international stir with bill to rename ‘Sea of Japan’ — Proof positive that Democrats can be utter morons, too. Sigh.
?otD: Is your spirit is crying for leaving?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 10.0 hours (mostly solid)
Body movement: 30 minutes stationary bike (resuming exercise post-operative)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block who aren’t descended from monkeys: 0
Currently reading: n/a