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[links] Link salad wants to cast Andy Serkis and Sean Astin in a live action Ren and Stimpy

Have you voted in the Kalimpura caption contest voting poll?

The Cranky Cave Troll — This explains the attack in the Mines of Moria far better than Peter Jackson ever did. Heh heh heh.

The 10 Most Defining Performances in the History of Genre Television — You’ll probably quibble with the picks, but it’s a fun list.

Claws out for pilfering pussycat Sally McLellan‘s cat makes the papers. See the cat’s Facebook page here.

Penicillin as an Aphrodisiac? — The law of unintended consequences strikes again.

Life and soul of the Mars party — Heh.

Centauri B: Targets and PossibilitiesCentauri Dreams on the problems of Going There.

In origin-of-life experiment, cooperative molecules win outRNAs that help each other assemble are more effective than selfish replicators. Interesting in its own right, but the multilayered political and cultural metaphor really writes itself here, doesn’t it?

Preacher Gives Interesting Gay Rights Speech…wait for it — This is about three minutes long, and very much worth the watching. All the way through. (Via [info]willyumtx and other sources.)

“Are You Not Entertained?” — The banal, everyday evil of people who think they’re doing good. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Life and Sex This isn’t to say that the conservative concern over sexual ethics is wrong-headed. It’s just that it has been folded into the Pro-Life conversation in a way that confuses the picture. You think you’re talking about life when we are often talking about sex (and its consequences). In my personal opinion, you can’t have it both ways from a policy perspective. If you want to protect life then that’s the priority, that’s what you have to do. The “pro-life” movement is about nothing more than controlling the behavior of others whom pro-lifers disapprove of. But then, that’s pretty much the entire conservative movement in a nutshell, isn’t it? Controlling the behavior of others so conservatives can feel better about themselves. That’s precisely the reason why conservatism explicitly depends on generating more “angry white guys” for its survival. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Election facts support Obama — Those liberal “facts” can’t hold a candle to conservative truthiness, though. Not in the post-truth world the GOP is dragging us all into.

?otD: Are you an eediot?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 0.5 hour stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 10.0 (9.0 hours solid, plus napping and dozing)
Weight: 229.2
Currently reading: n/a

[links] Link salad says that rainy season comes too fast

The End Of Games — Ta-Nehsis Coates on the aging of his personal fandoms. I could have said much the same.

Yes We Clan: Selected Scottish Tartans — Maps, patterns and political history.

Apple reportedly is poaching Google Maps staff — Hey, Apple. I’ve got a better idea. Give us back our damned Google Maps app.

Touchy: The Human Camera — Japanese street art. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

One way to skin a cat – same genes behind blotches of tabbies and king cheetahs

Are lower pesticide residues a good reason to buy organic? Probably not. — Interesting.

Oncology’s Moon ShotA Houston hospital announces a $3 billion project to reduce deaths from eight cancers.

Five Surprises From Billionaire Paul Allen’s Mind Map — And some background: Inside Paul Allen’s Quest To Reverse Engineer The Brain. (Via David Goldman.)

Aptos dad finds 15 minutes of YouTube fame with launch of son’s toy train

Free Speech in the Age of YouTube — Hmm.

Reading and writing quantum bits on a single electron spinResearchers construct a qubit from standard phosphorous-doped silicon.

Pulsating Nanotube Spits Out BuckyballsResearchers overcame a number of challenges to make this nanostructure. I’ve been on dates like that.

Oregon Rain Shadow — A satellite photo from Earth Observatory. This effect is starkly visible from an aircraft, and clearly visible from the ground. It’s all pretty damned cool.

Record-High Antarctic Sea Ice Levels Don’t Disprove Global Warming — Another day, another conservative lie.

Attendant’s gun accidentally discharged at Philadelphia airportThere was quite a scene Sunday morning at Philadelphia International Airport’s security checkpoints. It all started just before 7 a.m. ET when an apparently forgetful flight attendant for a US Airways Express affiliate brought a loaded handgun to the security checkpoint. The firearm then was accidentally discharged by a Philadelphia police officer. Security theater at its finest. Feel safer now?

It’s time for Islamophobic evangelicals to choose — It’s time for Evangelicals to live in the evidence-based world, frankly. Reality doesn’t stop just because you think your Bible tells you so.

Catholics Ignoring Bishops, Trending Democratic As U.S. Elections Near: Polling Data, My Reflections — Interesting stuff, if you’re curious about religious voting patterns. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Bobby Jindal’s Voucher Schools: American Indians On the Trail of Tears Were Just Coming to JesusOne of those “facts” is that “God used the Trail of Tears to bring many Indians to Christ.” The tidbit comes from a 1994 A Beka Book, which offers Christian education materials, titled America: Land I Love. Another “fact” the schools will teach is that the Ku Klux Klan “in some areas of the country tried to be a means of reform, fighting the decline in morality and using the symbol of the cross. Klan targets were bootleggers, wife-beaters, and immoral movies. In some communities it achieved a certain respectability as it worked with politicians.” That information comes from United States History for Christian Schools (Bob Jones University Press, 2001). These vile, ahistorical lies are what happens when you cede control of schools to conservatives.

Mitt Romney Calls U.S.A. a ‘Foreign Country’ in His Tax Returns — Thought experiment: How widely would the right wing commentariat and Your Liberal Media trumpet this exact error if Obama had made it? Yep, no racism here. Nosirreebob.

?otD: Did the day-glo pirates sink at last?

Writing time yesterday: 0 hours (chemo)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 10.5 (interrupted, with napping)
Weight: 230.4
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

[links] Link salad winds on down the road

Patent No. 5,443,036: Method of Exercising a Cat

Broken Letters: A Typogeography of Europe — Fascinating reading if you’re either a typeface geek or a history geek.

Which profession drinks the most coffee?

Roundhouse Foundations — Mmm. Trains.

Video urges Singapore couples to make babies – like, now — (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Neanderthals did not interbreed with humans, scientists findThe genetic traits between humans and Neanderthals are more likely from a shared ancestry rather than interbreeding, a British study has suggested.

Study: Japan nuclear disaster caused mutated butterflies — “Power was to be cheap and clean; grimy faces were never seen”

Researchers find some of the world’s earliest (pre-Cambrian) armorSpecimens hint that protective organic skeletons predate the Cambrian explosion.

Into the Uncanny ValleyCentauri Dreams on extra-terrestrial intelligence.

Obama Calls Mars Rover Team, Considers Mohawk — Heh.

Arctic ocean losing 50% more summer ice than predicted — Facts not valid in conservative America and other places outside the reality-based community.

Isolated Incidents (Completely Unrelated To All The Others Just Like It) — Sexual morality at a Christianist bible “college”. Proving once again that atheists are moral monsters without Christian principles to guide them. Or something. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

My Sister Paid Progressive Insurance to Defend Her Killer In Court — A classic example of why people hate both insurance companies and attorneys. This also clearly illustrates the fundamental conflict of for-profit insurance companies. Unlike almost any other business sector, their profit model relies on them not fulfilling their contracts. That problem is most obvious in health insurance companies, but applies across the board. Which is why I sometimes think all insurance companies should either be co-ops or publicly owned. As for the attorneys involved on the Progressive insurance side, I hope the crypts they sleep in are comfortably chilled.

The Certainty of Even More Shootings — Because this is America, where your theoretical defense of essential liberties is worth more than my actual life. But only under the Second Amendment. Thanks to the justly famed intellectual consistency of the conservative movement, we’ve already traded away all those other pesky amendments and their essential liberties for the illusion of a little temporary safety.

Your Election is being Bought by 47 Billionaires (and they are Buying War, Climate Change)[N]early 60% of the almost quarter of a billion dollars raised by Super PACs from individuals derived from just 47 people, who gave at least $1 million each (obviously some gave much more). Remember, kids, according to the conservative-dominated Supreme Court, money is speech, so if you don’t like this, put up your own millions.

Mitt Romney Denies Freedom of ReligionDo you believe in freedom of religion? President Obama does, and he is defending Americans’ freedom of religion against Mitt Romney and Fox News.

Paul Ryan already benefited from the Social Security fund he now wants to gut — When a conservative needs something from the government, it’s an essential Federal program. (See highway bills and farm price supports.) When anyone that conservative disapproves of needs something from the government, it’s wasteful socialism. (See Aid to Families with Dependent Children.)

The Ryan Role — Paul Krugman on Paul Ryan. Interesting what the facts tell you, which is very different from what Your Liberal Media tells you.

Wonkbook: Everything you need to know about Paul Ryan — Paul Ryan’s number one qualification for Romney’s VP slot? He’s not Sarah Palin.

?otD: Is your shadow taller than your soul?

Writing time yesterday: 0.25 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.0 (solid)
Weight: 238.4
Currently reading: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski

[links] Link salad finally wakes up from jet-lagged sleep

A review of the current issue of Realms of Fantasy — Including my story “The Fall of the Moon”.

Rhonda Eudaly riffing on my notion of psychotic persistence in writing

IKEA Let Loose a Herd of 100 Cats Into Store to ‘See What Happens’ — (Via danjite.)

Human Slinky — Gaaah! (Thanks, I think, to willyumtx.)

Desert Roads Lead to Discovery in Egypt — Archaeology by walking around?

NASA’s next small step: to an asteroid

Earth and Moon from Mercury — Ok, this is just freaking cool.

?otD: What’s the longest time you’ve spent away from home?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (travel)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 11.25 (solid, plus airplane napping)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 4/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently reading: Conspirator by CJ. Cherryh

[links] Link salad celebrates my birthday

and I are in a forthcoming anthology from the awesome Subterranean Press

on the semantics of donuts

Today is National Cancer Survivors Day — Ironically this is also my 46th birthday. And my cancer is slightly over two years old, the little bastard. (Thanks to .)

The Beauty of Paper Art — Some wow stuff here. (Thanks to .)

Creatures of the Mechazoic Era — (Via

Lunokhod: Reflections on a Moon Robot — Old Soviet lunar robot has new value to science.

Guided by Parasites: Toxoplasma Modified Humans — Mmm. Cat weirdness. (Thanks to .)

Toilet shot in Utah restaurant — More Second Amendment defense of essential liberties, I see. That toilet was surely a socialist Muslin. Even clueless libtard me knows what a safety is. Then again, I’ve had a lot of firearms training — which is why I dislike and distrust guns so much. I understand them too well. (Thanks to .)

?otD: What’s your favorite pastry? Or do you prefer pasties?

Writing time yesterday: n/a (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: Short suburban walk later (on the pump)
Hours slept: 10.0 (solid, with plentiful naps during the day)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (forgot)
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 9/10 (on the pump)
Currently (re)reading: Sourcery by Terry Pratchett

[personal] Taking that midnight train

This afternoon Mother of the Child took Pas de Chat, her cat of 23 years (that is not a typo) to the vet to be put to sleep. After about four years of kitty Alzheimer’s and growing completely deaf, Pas de Chat’s quality of life had dropped precipitously over the past few weeks, with no food or water intake for the past several days.

I went to say good-bye (I’ve known Pas de Chat since 1992) and found myself in tears. I suppose death and dying has become a far more immediate and personal topic than it used to be for me. Mother of the Child and the_child will have a Buddhist ceremony later in the back yard.

Pas de Chat’s final portrait, just before they headed out the door…