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The Future of Digital Manga, A Fairytale — A long thoughtful essay on the relationship between content, readers and publishing formats. Very much worth the read if you have any interest in ebook publishing issues. (Snurched from @Mari_Kurisato.)

Cat Rambo’s upcoming teaching schedule for online classes — In case you, you know, want to learn something.

the art of (re)inventing yourself — Justine Musk is interesting and wise.

Fascism for Nice People — Lavie Tidhar with an interesting response to recent criticism of his remarks on steampunk.

Maintain the rage — Alan Baxter on the reactions to Prometheusimdb ], with bonus cultural critique. God, I need to stop thinking about this movie. I’m like a dog to vomit.

Prometheus Species Origin — Argh. Must stop! (Thanks to @jeremiahtolbert.)

Revealing Colon Cancer’s Escape Route — Sigh. (Thanks to David Ivory.)

Pet piranha bites off Illinois toddler’s fingertip — Why isn’t this is a reckless endangerment charge or something?

Roman jewellery found in ancient Japan tomb

‘Twisted Light’ Beams Data at a Staggering 2.56 Terabits Per Second

Knitting community outraged over Olympic dig; USOC apologizes — Don’t mess with knitters, man. Even I know that. They might have to cut you.

Far-Fetched Scams Separate the Gullible from Everyone Else — This makes my head hurt. (Via David Goldman.)

The evangelical mind must obey the moneyed enforcers of the tribe

Rising Sea Level Puts East Coast At RiskThe sea level on a stretch of the US Atlantic coast that features the cities of New York, Norfolk and Boston is rising up to four times faster than the global average. It never fails to amaze me how liberals have managed to co-opt the natural world into their global warming scam. Thank god for the Republican party, stemming the tide of reality every day. Your GOP: the Canute of the modern world.

Yes, there is an alternative to capitalism: Mondragon shows the wayWhy are we told a broken system that creates vast inequality is the only choice? Spain’s amazing co-op is living proof otherwise.

Some Thoughts on Democratic Norms — Ta-Nehisi Coates takes a historical perspective on the profoundly destructive Roberts court.

Justice Scalia Rages Against Obama On Immigration — Yep, no conservative ideology on this Supreme Court. Just impartial jurisprudence and principled intellectual consistency. Nothing to see here citizen, move along. Confidential to SCOTUS: You people are becoming an embarrassment to history.

Republicans support Obama’s health reforms — as long as his name isn’t on them — Gee. What a shock. Remember when conservatives incessantly mocked the so-called “Bush Derangement Syndrome”?

?otD: By the way, which one’s Pink?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (WRPA, plus 0.25 hours and 300 words setting up a new short story)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 5.25 (interrupted)
Weight: 239.0
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate

[links] Link salad sings a song, sounds like it’s singing “Ooo, baby, ooo”

What Will BeKim Stanley Robinson’s 2312, a sci-fi novel so brilliant, it reads like an account of the past.

Darwin’s Ghosts, By Rebecca StottBefore ‘Origin of Species’, many European and Arabic thinkers had outlined the principles of natural selection.

Cook’s View of the Transit of Venus — This is cool. 18th century science, on the hoof.

What You Hate Most About Waiting in Line

The Amazon Effect — An interesting history of everybody’s favorite serial market power abuser.

2 troubling examples of Google’s conflicts — Google showed their hand with the banal evil that is the Google Books settlement, which in its current proposed form overturns three centuries of copyright law and abrogates core intellectual property rights of all authors everywhere in favor of one corporation’s interests. Their famous motto is long dead, why would anyone be surprised now?

Are women better than men? — Roger Ebert on writing triggery and ill-advised blog posts.

“We are a sideshow no longer”At his first same-sex marriage since Obama’s big announcement, a longtime advocate reflects on a decades-long fight. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Conservatives Attack Scientific Findings About Why They Hate Science (Helping to Confirm the Science)Some would like to dismiss the inconvenient findings about the political right, but the science won’t let them.

How Obama Was Dangerously Naive About STUXNET and CyberwarfareA Times exposé suggests that the White House failed to consider how our own cyberweapons would be used against us. Juan Cole with more on this.

?otd: Do the clouds expect it when it rains?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (spent the day cleaning)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: 242.4 (!!)
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate

[links] Link salad parties with the dangerous punks

Easter Island statues had bodies — Did no one ever think to look?

CSR project aims to create a high-speed, carbon-neutral steam-powered locomotive — Oh, cool. (Thanks to David E. Vincent.)

Egos and Immorality — Paul Krugman on the Wall Street fairy tale.

Scientist: Evolution debate will soon be history — This is stupid. The evolution debate has been history for a long time. What you have today is a combination of religious willful ignorance and conservative political opportunism. It’s not a “debate” in any meaningful sense of the word, as the anti-evolution side has no evidence, logic or credibility.

Conservatives used to care about community. What happened? — They lost their fucking minds.

?otd: Ever been electric motorboated?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (Con time)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate; Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht

[links] Link salad shines white light and wants to show how everything still turns to gold

On Wordcount, and Snitty Entitlement — Lilith Saintcrow is interesting.

Superheroes and cringe comedy: Why women aren’t allowedPandagon on The Avengers, and specifically, the Black Widow character.

5 Transformative Uses for Disney’s Touch-Sensitive Technology

Legalize Pot, Save Public Education, and end Student Indebtedness

Report: Global biodiversity down 30 percent in 40 yearsFreshwater tropical species hardest hit, says World Wildlife Fund. The human race is an Extinction-Level Event.

All the Water on Planet Earth — Interesting visual illustration of the volume of the hydrosphere. However, look closely at Greenland on the ‘dry’ globe. Pretty sure that’s an ice sheet showing there.

Record-setting 2012 warmth largely confined to North America, western EuropeOne of the ironies here is that, even though the global temperatures are fairly typical of the last decade, the unusual spring warmth might have an outsized effect on public opinion. People in the US seem to rely on their personal experience (along with the economy) when they formulate their opinion on climate change. Right. Because what does the data count against staving off the evil liberals?

Prosecutorial Discretion And Child Sexual Abuse — Ta-Nehisi Coates commenting on a New York Times report on the sexual abuse of children among ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn. This is precisely why we don’t need religious “morality” in our laws and social norms. Are Christianist congregations any better about this?

Another “Hot Text” For the War on Women: Rosemary’s Baby — Interesting. (Via [info]scarlettina.)

Equality is bigger than the president — Barack Obama and gay marriage. If school desegregation amendments had been placed on state ballots in the 1950s, “separate but equal” might still be the law of the land in the South. Fortunately, state-sponsored segregation was not put to a popular vote. The “will of the people” isn’t always right. That’s the error of majoritarianism.

Why We Regulate — But regulations are evil! Ask any conservative. (Apparently conservatives don’t drink air, breathe water, take medicine or expect a stable economy.)

What Eduardo Saverin Owes America (Hint: Nearly Everything)

Austerity geniusesHullabaloo on the magic of Republican economics, as practiced by (among others) Democrats.

?otd: Will the tune come to you at last?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (Kalimpura copy edits)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: 242.2 (!!)
Currently reading: Light Breaker by Mark Teppo

[links] Link salad celebrates its moms

You don’t have to read my books — Justine Larbalestier explains this very well. I take a nearly identical position. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Absolutely worth the drive — John Booth on Friday night’s open dinner in Columbus, OH.

Langweil’s model of Prague — This is cool. Of course, as a writer, I know nothing whatsoever about obsessive creative behavior.

Searching for meaning in distant solar systemsIs it better for a science writer to be technically correct or understood? These questions apply to SF writers as well, albeit with a slightly different slant.

Weird deep sea creatures — Art guru James Gurney with some bizarre images. In case you needed to write about aliens today.

New Study On Manta Rays Reveals Their Hidden Life

We’re all mutants nowThere are a lot of us now, and most of us are a little bit off The headline is hilarious if slightly misleading.

Off the Charts: Shrinking Government — As Andrew Wheeler says, “[G]overnment spending has dropped substantially under Obama, while the private sector has surged. But you know what they say about facts’ obvious liberal bias.”

Many blacks shrug off Obama’s new view on gays — I have always been baffled by this intersection of racial issues and gay issues.

Sen. Rand Paul: Didn’t think Obama’s view ‘could get any gayer’ — Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best.

An open letter to the right wing in the wake of the passage of Amendment One in North Carolina — As usual, the people who most need to read this never will, and if somehow they do, they will reject it out of hand. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Bullying and BusinessScrivener’s Error with more on Romney and bullying from a business analysis perspective. Dovetails nicely with my post of yesterday [ | LiveJournal ] on Romney and bullying.

Mean BoysWhile I have real reservations about holding senior citizens to account for what they did as seniors in high school, I have no reservations about expecting presidential candidates to know how to properly address the mistakes they once made. More on Romney in the New York Times.

In address at Christian university, Romney to urge graduates to honor commitments to family — It’s not like I was going to vote for Romney anyway, but lending his name to the educational and intellectual fraud that is an Evangelical institution like Liberty University does not improve my opinion of the man one whit.

Romney’s Anachronism Problem — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison remarks on how Mittens is running against a now-distant past.

?otd: How’s your mother?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (Kalimpura copy edits)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 (solid, plus 4.0 hours of fitful airplane napping)
Weight: 244.6 (!!!)
Currently reading: Light Breaker by Mark Teppo

[links] Link salad has never been more ready in its entire life

One in six cancers worldwide are caused by infection

Bandersnatch Cummerbund: not a typo, not a cupertino — Hahahah.

An Economic Lifeline of Barley and Hops — An interesting story about beer and small town economics in rural Oregon.

Abraham Lincoln Filed a Patent for Facebook in 1845 — As it were. Weird. (Via [info]danjite.)

Space weather expert has ominous forecastMike Hapgood, who studies solar events, says the world isn’t prepared for a truly damaging storm. And one could happen soon.

Pacific ‘garbage patch’ changing insect mating habits

Physicists Store Short Movie In A Cloud of Gas — Sometimes the jokes just write themselves. (Though this is in fact a cool science story.)

Shuttle Enterprise Over New York — Very nice photo from APOD.

NC pastor created lies about gay sex because of his ‘religious views’ — This is why ‘real Americans’ vote Republican – for the moral leadership provided by conservatives. What are a few bald-faced lies so long as they validate your worldview, right? That bit about bearing false witness in the Ten Commandments isn’t nearly as important as God’s hatred of gay people, right?

North Carolina voters approve amendment defining marriage as union between a man and woman — Another victory in the conservative march toward a closed and intolerant society. I really don’t want to live in their America. Do you?

Moving the economic goalpostsBut the other concern here is historical — over the last three decades, the unemployment rate has dipped below 4% just four times out of 496 months. Each of those four months was during Bill Clinton’s presidency. In other words, Romney’s goal was achieved, but only after a Democratic president raised taxes in 1993. Ah, conservatives and their cherished ignorance of history.

The Opportunity SocietyDoes Tagg Romney actually believe that his dad had nothing to do with his successful entry into the private equity game, and the millions he has made and will continue to make are the result only of his own merit? That his life is radically different from those of the millions of people struggling to get by only because they don’t work as hard as he does, or have his gumption and entrepreneurial spirit? (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Romney: I Take Credit for the Auto Rescue — Wow. He’s not even pretending to consistency any more. This would be the same Mitt Romney who wanted to let the automakers fail, right? Good thing for him that likely Republican voters are largely divorced from reality and will fall for the Etch-a-Sketch routine every time. It must be nice to have a low-information, ideologically blinkered base like the GOP does. Helps avoid those pesky requirements for accountability and consistency.

?otd: Could it be nice to be alive?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (brain break)
Body movement: 1.0 hour urban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: The Constantine Affliction by T. Aaron Payton

[links] Link salad’s flag boy and your flag boy, sittin’ by the fire

Angelesen: Die Räder der Welt (Jay Lake) — What appears to be a positive review of the German language edition of Mainspring.

A natural history — Roger Ebert with a moving essay on growing up, and lost friends.

“Crab” chips, fruity Oreos? They’re big overseas — More on on-USAnian flavors. Snack food crack for me is Maui onion flavored Hawaiian kettle chips in creamy French onion dip.

Tornado near Tokyo kills 1, injures dozens — I’m always a bit surprised when I read about tornadoes outside the North American Great Plains.

Reminders of Secular Authority Reduce Believers’ Distrust of Atheists — Many of my Christian friends seem to have grown fond of the self-valorizing myth that they are being oppressed or persecuted in modern America, but it is still true that atheists poll at the bottom of trustworthiness. Amazing, the power we secular types have as a small and least-trusted percentage of the population.

The ‘Big Four’ markers of the evangelical tribeSlacktivist Fred Clark with some fascinating social history of the Evangelical movement.

Family Battle Offers Look Inside Lavish TV Ministry — This is precisely what our country needs more of, not those godless, immoral liberals.

Biden on gay marriage: ‘Absolutely comfortable with men marrying men, women marrying women’ — Good. As it should be, assuming you value an open, tolerant society. Which conservatives explicitly do not. Another of the many, many reasons I can never be a conservative.

Republicans! Get in my vagina! — Very sarcastic video, funny as hell decidedly not worksafe. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

The Right-Wing’s 20 Biggest Sex HypocritesThe ones who scream the loudest about how godly they are often turn out to be the exact opposite. Only twenty? But, but, but, Clinton had a blow job! (Via [info]danjite.)

How to End This Depression — Paul Krugman is, as usual, sensible.

Republicans on ‘Politicizing’ Terrorism, Then and Now — Well, it was fine when Bush did it, just not when Obama does it. Like so many other things. Just ask any Tea Partier about deficit spending, foreign wars or corporate bailouts. Those only became a problem for conservatives after an African-American progressive was elected to the Oval Office. The GOP: setting the standards for intellectual consistency in political discourse since, well, never.

Schwarzenegger: GOP, take down that small tent — You didn’t mind that ‘small tent’ when it got you elected, Arnie. I despise so-called moderate Republicans almost more than I despise the whackaloon conservatives that dominate the GOP these days, simply because while in a lot of cases the whackaloons really can’t seem to help being who they are, the Republican moderates are people who know better and went along with the nuts anyway for electoral advantage.

Historic campaign collision of race and religion likely to arouse both pride and prejudiceBarack Obama vs. Mitt Romney, an African-American and a white Mormon, representatives of two groups and that have endured oppression to carve out a place in the United States. How much progress has America made against bigotry? By November, we should have some idea. Hint: which man is running from a party that has built and sustains its political fortunes foursquare on bigotry and intolerance?

?otd: Jockamo fee na nay?

Writing time yesterday: 3.5 hours (2.5 hours and 5,600 words on Their Currents Turn Awry, 1.0 hours of WRPA)
Body movement: 1.5 hour suburban walk
Hours slept: 9.25 (solid)
Weight: 240.0 (!)
Currently reading: The Blade Itself Joe Abercrombie

[links] Link salad chows down on good, corn-fed Midwestern beef

For sale – but Who would buy 22 Tardises? — Heh. (Via Gene S.)

Business English: Useful, yes. But mandatory? — (Snurched from Scrivener’s Error.)

Marilyn Beaver — Art project cum fundraiser (and generalize weirdness) courtesy of my aunt, who is a ringleader.

Insights From the Youngest Minds — Cognitive psychology and infants.

Supercomputing Power Could Pave the Way to Energy-Efficient Engines

100 Days and Counting to NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Landing

The Downfall of IBM — Ah, business. The wisdom of markets. (Via [info]danjite.)

Running against a party, not an opponent[T]he president is “discovering the one benefit of a Republican Congress dominated by true believers,” by “making the crazy work for him.”

Politicizing Bin Laden’s deathSome members of the GOP say Bin Laden’s death shouldn’t be used for politics, but it’s part of a new 7-minute Obama campaign video. Right. I can really respect the GOP’s moral and intellectual leadership on this issue because no Republican ever used Osama bin Laden, or terrorism in general, for political purposes.

The Republicans Are Burning Down the House of Democracy — It’s helpful when Your Liberal Media occasionally takes note of political reality.

?otd: What’s the best thing you ate last week?

Writing time yesterday: 3.5 hours (2.0 hours and 4,600 words on Their Currents Turn Awry, 1.5 hours on WRPA)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 (fitful)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: The Blade Itself Joe Abercrombie

[links] Link salad won’t go out tonight

“Remember, Harlan!” said the driftglassman — Harlan Ellison and a copyright problem.

Junot Diaz and Min Jin Lee Tell it Like it is #origins #doubt #why people want to become writers — (Via @literaryanimal.)

Why Fingernails on Blackboards Sound So Horrible — Heh.

Scientists: Modern humans mated with different species — Rishathra, anyone?

China Launches Shenzhou-8 To Test Docking For Chinese Space Station

Are Bendable Smart Phones the Future? — For you near-term futurists.

System D: The Shadow Economy is the Second Largest in the World — Huh. Real life version of what we see in cyberpunk and elsewhere.

The medieval, unaccountable Corporation of London is ripe for protestWorking beyond the authority of parliament, the Corporation of London undermines all attempts to curb the excesses of finance. A strange and fascinating squib on a British legal oddity that affects us all. Plus bonus China Mieville references. Plutocracy on the hoof. (Via multiple sources.)

Dr. Livingstone’s lost 1871 ‘massacre’ diary recovered; discovery rewrites history — Interesting stuff about digital imaging. (Via [info]danjite.)

Are big banks feeling pressure from Occupy Wall Street? — Hmmm.

Major Parties Struggle for Popularity; Broad Interest in an Alternative

Wartime Contracting Commission Classifies Findings for Next 20 YearsAlthough the Commission on Wartime Contracting was created to expose waste and abuse, their records are sealed until 2031. Come on, Obama, we elected you to be better than the GOP. And that is a low, low bar.

Remember when Romney said he wouldn’t put a Muslim in the cabinet? He made his Mormonism relevant. — Interesting point. Up til now I’ve maintained Romney’s religion isn’t relevant to his run for the presidency, being a fundamentally private matter. But why should he be exempted from the same religious test he would place on people he would name to his own cabinet? We all know the answer, of course, because Republicans can always have it both ways. I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning.

Bruce Bartlett, Ex-Reagan Economist: Idea That Deregulation Leads To Jobs ‘Just Made Up’ — Well, that’s what the facts say, but unlike those of us in the reality-base community, facts never got in the way of a good red meat to the base conservative talking point. (Via [info]madwriter.)

?otD: Is it bound to take your life?

Writing time yesterday: 0.25 hours (chemo fatigue, tiny bit of WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 11.0 hours (fitful overnight plus napping)
Weight: 214.4
Currently (re)reading: Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad says Happy Halloween

Tumors closer to committing “cellular suicide” are more sensitive to conventional anticancer drugs.Tumors closer to committing “cellular suicide” are more sensitive to conventional anticancer drugs.

What’s Luck Got to Do With It? — My personal experience with very successful entrepreneurs is that they often confuse luck for skill. Interesting stuff.

Gorey Manor: 1939

Pa. Researchers Unable to Unearth Irish Mass Grave — Labor history.

Japan nuke radiation higher than estimated

Occupy protesters arrested in Texas, Oregon — Ah, Portland.

Republican House Majority Vulnerable In 2012: Poll — Not in this economy, no. Even though the long-running freakshow that is GOP party politics is finally getting acknowledged in the press after all these years.

?otD: Boo?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.5 hours (fitful overnight plus napping)
Weight: 217.4
Currently (re)reading: Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad can kill you with its mind

Two Writers In Dialogue: A Conservative Evangelical And Gay Liberal Can Be Friends? Part 1

Two Writers In Dialogue: A Conservative Evangelical And Gay Liberal Can Be Friends? Part 2

Four years into the ebook revolution: things we know and things we don’t know

That’s it, I’m done with the internet for today. I think I’ll go outside. — Hilariously random YouTube video, not utterly worksafe or brainsafe for several reasons. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

2,000-Year-Old Dead Sea Scrolls Go Online

Invisible Ink Made Out of Engineered Bacteria

Fire in the Sky and on the Ground — The aurora australis, photographed from the ISS, and some Australian wildfires.

One third Of Sun-Like Stars Have Earth-Like Planets In Habitable Zone — Special creation my ass.

The Fraying of a Nation’s Decency — The things the article is talking about are fundamental outcomes of the application of conservative principles.

The bogus `third party’ dodge

Obama Rips Perry, GOP Debate Audience: Not Who We Are — You’re damned skippy that’s not who we are. “Let him die” isn’t an American sentiment. It never should be.

Correcting the Abysmal ‘New York Times’ Coverage of Occupy Wall StreetMore on this from Dangerous Minds. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Palin ‘on the Verge’ of Decision About Presidential Run — The circus is thinking about whether to come to town. That’s just what the GOP field needs — the kind of gravitas Palin can bring.

Romney and the “Apology Tour” — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on Romney, foreign policy, and another of the stream of knowing, self-serving lies put forth by the GOP to rile their base.

?otD: Do you always cut your apples?

Writing time yesterday: 3.0 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 223.6
Currently reading: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

[links] Link salad curses your sudden but inevitable betrayal

Reading in Public: Advice from the Pros — Alex Bledsoe collects some commentary in mini-interviews.

A baby sea-serpent no more: reinterpreting Hagelund’s juvenile Cadborosaurus — Some biology and cryptozoology neepery for you.

Space station dweller shares orbital views

Saudi women to be given right to vote and stand for election in four years — It would be very easy for me to be sarcastic about this in comparison to the deeply retrograde ambitions of the American Taliban within the GOP, but honestly, this is something to celebrate. Juan Cole comments further on this.

Presidential Candidates’ Positions on Gay Rights — A handy and interesting chart. No real surprises.

Our budget problem in two charts (and one issue) — (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Fla. GOP sweats over Social Security — Is it possible that for once the GOP’s nutball rhetoric might actually have consequences? Normally they have a permanent “get out of jail free” card from Your Liberal Media and the voters at large for their bizarre crap.

DNC Chair: All GOP candidates are “the same”“It doesn’t much matter which one of the Republicans gets nominated because they’re all the same,” the Florida Democrat said. “They are all embracing and bear-hugging the Tea Party. Moving to the right – they can’t move to the right far enough.”

Birther Civil War Breaks Out Over Marco Rubio — Extremist idiocy breeds extremist idiots.

Obama says Republicans would ‘cripple’ America — Well, yeah. Look what they did to the country the last time they were in power. Why anybody who cares a whit about our future as a country would vote Republican is beyond me, on the simple face of the recent historical evidence.

?otD: Feeling the serenity?

Writing time yesterday: 5.0 hours (novel outlining and short story revision, WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Weight: 222.2
Currently reading: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee