Redressing the translation imbalance — Aliette de Bodard reaches out to non-Anglophone writers. I love this.
Classic literature in Lego – in pictures — From a bloody battle in George RR Martin to a sensual scene from Jane Austen, Waterstones has been recreating setpieces from great literature in toy bricks to coincide with the release of The LEGO Movie. Take a child’s eye view of classic books here.
Aardman Animals Talk Art — Plus a link to “Creature Comforts”!
When Doctors Need to Lie — Uh, no. This whole article is paternalistic overreach, disguised as compassion. As a patient with a terminal illness who’s endured years of setbacks and complications, no, I don’t want my doctor deciding when it’s okay to lie to me.
Mysterious polio-like illnesses reported in some California children — Uh oh. (Via David Goldman.)
New ‘pomegranate-inspired’ design solves problems for lithium-ion batteries — (Via David Goldman.)
The Koreas at Night — Night lights illustrate dramatically the relative economic activity of cities and countries.
Why You Can’t Keep a Secret — This is interesting and a bit strange.
Oldest Rock Speck Zeros In On Earth’s Cooling Date — The oldest remaining grain of early Earth’s original solid rock crust has now been confirmed to be a 4.374-billion-year-old old zircon crystal from Jack Hills, Australia.
A Death Cult run by billionaires — My question to climate change deniers is this: what if you’re wrong? The only thing that will happen if the world addresses climate change will be a somewhat orderly change in the way we use energy, some economic reorganization and a whole lot of jobs and business being done to switch to different energy sources. The changes that are being proposed to mitigate climate change are far less cataclysmic than the changes that would be imposed by unaddressed climate change itself.
Arizona Goddam — Jim Wright asks what Jesus would do in Arizona. I suppose it depends on whether you’re asking about smug Republican Jesus, or the man actually depicted in the New Testament as the Son of God. Those are two very different people.
How I lost the religion of my childhood — My parents raised me as Christian missionaries. When I finally opened my eyes, I made a stunning realization. A wonderful piece about faith and childhood. The headline notwithstanding, this is not an anti-religious article, but rather an interesting meditation on having grown up as a missionary kid. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
?otD: Got sleep?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minutes
Number of FEMA troops on my block unjustly vilifying Ted Nugent: 0
Currently reading: n/a