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[links] Link salad sings Monday, Monday

Amazon Commits Rare Strategic Blunder Using Brilliant Tactic — Just a typical abuse of their corporate power. I personally continue to boycott Amazon because of their abusive behaviors.

Mission patch from 1930-1931 Miskatonic University Antarctic Expedition — :: wants ::

Cassini to make a double play

An Unusual Vein of Deposited Rock on Mars — Very nearly a smoking gun for running water, this.

Cosmologists Reveal Largest Ever Simulation Of The UniverseThe latest computer model of the cosmos involves 400 billion particles in a box about two thirds of the volume of the universe. Sounds like the inside of my refrigerator.

Higgs boson to be unveiled (possibly)Cern physicists are on tenterhooks as experiment sets out to confirm the existence of the Higgs boson.

Unraveling an epidemicAutism rates have increased twentyfold in a generation, stirring parents’ deepest fears and prompting a search for answers. But what if the upsurge is not what it appears to be?

Climate Change Disaster looms despite Durban Agreement

Siri Failures, Illustrated — The apparent Christianism of Siri, who promotes fake abortion clinics that bear false witness to entrap young women, but won’t provide any info on abortion or rape crisis resources. Miserable failure, Apple. Just miserable. (Via [info]danjite.)

What Latin America Can Teach UsThe New York Times on income inequality and the decline of the middle class. (Via @brendacooper.)

NPR Tries to Track Down Those Millionaire Job Creators — Like supply side economics, millionaire job creators are nothing but another cherished GOP myth with no basis in reality. (Via David Goldman.)

?otd: Can you touch that day?


12/12/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 10.0 (fitful plus napping)
Weight: 209.0
Currently (re)reading: Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold

[links] Link salad emerges from the caves of sleep

Neo-opsis with a classic review of my short novel Rocket Science

The Importance of Voice or Style in Writing[info]jimvanpelt is wise.

American Booksellers Association Attacks Amazon’s Price Check App — Amazon.com just gets more evil by the month.

2011 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology — Some really smart kids out there. (Via [info]danjite.)

Saturday’s Lunar Eclipse Will Include ‘Impossible’ Sight — Your word of the day is “selenelion”. (Via [info]lillypond, a/k/a my sister.)

Biophysicists Discover Four New Rules of DNA ‘Grammar’

Rick Perry’s ‘war on religion’ ad becomes a meme — Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving fool.

Perry’s Anti-Gay Rights Focus Is Divisive Even to Staff — Don’t worry, Rick. Vile bigotry is always a good sell to the “family values” crowd.

Should Rick Perry’s YouTube ad be banned as hate speech? — Banned, no. I’m all about the First Amendment. Prominently labelled as hate speech? Absolutely. Along with much other GOP campaign rhetoric from the “God, guns, gays” parts bin, sadly. Not that Perry or the GOP will ever for a moment be embarrassed about that.

The Muppets Are Communist, Fox Business Network Says — In case my conservative friends are somehow still wondering why those of us in the reality-based community think you’re nuts…

?otd: Zzz?


12/10/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 11.5 (fitful plus napping)
Weight: 209.0
Currently (re)reading: Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold

[links] Link salad toddles off to chemo

Another Perspective on Amazon as Publisher & Bookseller, Plus a Contrarian View on Disruption in Publishing — Long but worth the read.

Cosmic dust contains organic matter from stars, study findsSuch chemical complexity was thought to arise only from living organisms.

Asteroid Lutetia may have core of hot melted metal — Huh. I find this really surprising.

Massively Parallel Computer Built From Single Layer of Molecules

Python blood holds key to heart disease cure

SMBC on the dangers of Biblical literalism — This is hilarious, and one I never thought of.

Justice Scalia speaks for himself on death penalty, not the Catholic ChurchI don’t want a justice sitting on the Supreme Court who submits blindly to religious authority or who holds his religion above the laws of the land. So keep your job, Justice Scalia. Just don’t pretend your church approves of the death penalty. Or that you aren’t like most people of faith, cherry-picking the teachings of your church that suit you best.

World power swings back to AmericaThe American phoenix is slowly rising again. Within five years or so, the US will be well on its way to self-sufficiency in fuel and energy. Manufacturing will have closed the labour gap with China in a clutch of key industries. The current account might even be in surplus.

The Class War Has Begun

Police Actions and Media Coverage of Occupy Wall Street

Bachmann’s ex-staff in New Hampshire calls campaign ‘dishonest’ and ‘cruel’ — Live by the self-obsessed counterfactual inanity, die by the self-obsessed counterfactual inanity.

?otD: What’s the worst drug you ever took?


10/28/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.75 hours (solid)
Weight: 220.0
Currently (re)reading: Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad has labels all around the cans

Philip Pullman calls time on the present tense — (Via @lilithsaintcrow.)

The Trouble with Amazon — Amazon as publisher? Worry about it as a bookseller. (Via @angelajames.)

Cul de Sac on the awesome power of a blank sheet of paper

Is reading on the loo bad for you?Filthy habit or blameless bliss? A public health study by Ron Shaoul lifts the lid on toilet reading once and for all.

Cosmic Journey aka Kosmitcheskiy reys: Fantasticheskaya novella — A review of a very interesting Soviet science fiction film from 1936. (Via [info]markbourne.)

9 Chickweed Lane captures the essence of Internet comment sections

Creepy vintage portraits of vaudeville ventriloquists and their dummies

Autistic children have distinct facial features, study suggestsWe may be a step closer in understanding what causes autism, say University of Missouri researchers after finding differences between the facial characteristics of children who have autism and those who don’t. Guess what? It doesn’t involve vaccinations.

Real ‘Sybil’ Admits Multiple Personalities Were Fake — (Via David Goldman.)

Ancient supernova mystery solved

Water Found in Planet-Forming Disc

Habitable Zone Dramatically Bigger Around Red DwarfsThe zone that supports liquid water may be 30 per cent bigger than previously thought, say astrobiologists.

Giant amoebas discovered 6.6 miles down in Pacific sea trench — What could possibly go wrong?

Is my Facebook page a liberal echo chamber? — On political discourse at the grassroots level.

Chemical bomb tossed into Occupy Maine encampment — Looks like someone’s decided to use Second Amendment remedies against the dirty hippies. Hmm, wonder if the attacker might be a conservative. I wonder what the media reaction would be if someone tried this at a Tea Party gathering? Did you see this headlined anywhere in Your Liberal Media?

?otD: Who want to be a painter man?


10/25/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (fitful)
Weight: 216.2
Currently (re)reading: Sourcery by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad wishes Dad a happy birthday

Endurance Sweepstakes!tor.com with a giveaway of my forthcoming book.

Amazon Signs Up Authors, Writing Publishers Out of DealAmazon.com has taught readers that they do not need bookstores. Now it is encouraging writers to cast aside their publishers. (Via several sources, including my Dad.)

What killed Steve Jobs?Pharyngula with more on Steve Jobs’ cancer. (Thanks to [info]feorag.)

Fusobacterium Linked To Colorectal Cancer

The Quest for the Holy Grail of Storage – RAM Cloud

Movie: Approaching Light Speed APOD with an interesting little video about the optical effects of relativistic speeds approaching c.

Alfred Hitchcock and Angry Birds

Rare Keaton Music Typewriter — (Snurched from Dark Roasted Blend.)

California Velocipede Map — An 1895 bicycle touring map of the Golden State.

Failing dreams: California faces its own Great DepressionIt is less than 20 miles from the pristine surfing beaches of the California coast to a scene of Third World deprivation.

The Rise of Crime-Sourcing — (Via David Goldman.)

How News Media and Blogs Have Eyed the Presidential Contenders During the First Phase of the 2012 Race — Your Liberal Media, fluffing the conservatives as always. This is excellent news for John McCain!

Rick Perry officials spark revolt after doctoring environment reportScientists ask for names to be removed after mentions of climate change and sea-level rise taken out by Texas officials. This is exactly how the Bush administration handled these things, too. When the facts are biased against you, delete the facts. It’s a very Soviet approach to ideology, ironically enough. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

For Bachmann, God and Justice Were Intertwined — Confidential to GOP in America: Freedom of religion means freedom from religion. Which decidedly protects you every bit as much as it protects the rest of us.

Democrats Court the Wall Street Protesters — Karl Rove in The Wall Street Journal. Before they go much further with this courtship, the president and other Democrats need to remember it’s always dangerous to associate with people who are just plain kooky. The mind boggles that Rove could say this with a straight face. Has he looked at the GOP base? Science denial? Christianism? The forced pregnancy movement? Gun psychosis? Those are the pillars of his own house. (Via Dispatches from the Culture Wars.)

?otD: Tuesday already?


10/18/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo recovery)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (fitful)
Weight: 218.4
Currently reading: The Star Fraction by Ken MacLeod