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[links] Link salad knows the cider’s laced with acid

Report: 1 in 3 adults aren’t screened for colorectal cancer — I’m here to tell you, if you’re one of those unscreened adults, get your ass into the doctor. A colonoscopy may be annoying, embarrassing or expensive, but dying of colon cancer as I am now doing is far, far worse.

Drug Combination Therapy Causes Cancer Cells to ‘Eat Themselves’ — Interesting. A story about a combination therapy involving my current primary cancer medication, Regorafenib. (Via Dennis Keim.)

BOOK REVIEW: The Year’s Best Science Fiction #30 Edited by Gardner DozoisSF Signal with a very favorable mention of my award-nominated novella, “The Stars Do Not Lie”.

Sci-Fi Fans Gather at OryCon 35 — Check out the photo…

Just the two of us — As my tipster says, is it still cosplay when you’re at home? These are pretty cool photos. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

The Women and the Thrones — A fascinating essay on Game of Thrones (both the book and series), somewhat marred by the ‘bringing fire to the natives’ tone of a mainstream reviewer smiling tolerantly at the ghetto of fantasy. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Sneaky Burger Wrapper Lets Women Eat with Their Mouths Open — This is just creepy. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

The Internet Killed Distance. Mobile Computing Brought It Back. Here’s why location matters again in e-commerce.

Google’s nod to industrial designer Raymond Loewy

Pinchcliffe Grand Prix — I want to see this film.

Chinese used ice-path sleds to move Forbidden City’s stonesIce slides moved more mass per man than any other method available at the time.

Life might have Evolved in Clay, Researchers Find

Earth-Sized Planets in Habitable Zone Common — Warp nine, ensign.

No, We Are NOT in a Climate “Pause” — Debunking another zombie lie from the angry white men party.

Do NOT Clench Your Buttocks in Deming, New Mexico — This story would be almost funny if it were not a horrible example of law enforcement gone badly out of control.

“Burka Avenger”: Pakistan’s Middle Class Gets a Feminist Cartoon — Ok, this is cool. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Who Wants a Christian America?Republicans tend to be Second Amendment absolutists. That whole First Amendment establishment clause, on the other hand, is just so much liberal garbage. Ask any Republican.

Libertarians, ‘moralism’ and the ‘Corrosive Politics of Virtue’Moralism is about drawing lines and assigning blame. It’s about separating the “deserving” from the “undeserving.” And, above all, it’s about identifying the immoral Other who can be blamed for all the ills of society. (This is what distinguishes moral-ism from simple morality. Morality is concerned with justice and fairness. Moralism is concerned with blame and punishment and self-congratulation.)

How “ObamaCare Cancelled Your Plan” is really an Insurance Co Scam to Rip You Off — Not that this will make any difference to the low-information, FOX News crowd that consistently votes against their own interests by being loyal Republicans. (Via David Goldman.)

Can expanding Social Security solve the retirement crisis? asked a financial services executive recently how our retirement saving system can be considered a success, considering that all but the highest-income households are approaching retirement with next to nothing saved. His reply: “They don’t have any money while they’re working, so why would they have any money in retirement?” That, America, is your Republican party’s politicians, major donors and pundits, in a nutshell. Too bad for you. That’s what every angry white man who’s been conned into voting to protect his guns from Kenyan Muslim socialists is really voting for. Makes you proud, doesn’t it?

Boehner says his anti-gay bigotry isn’t “new.” It is however getting old.So Speaker Boehner is wrong when he says that “this” is covered by existing law. It’s not. It is however a handy talking point for reinforcing the public’s existing confusion about the law. And as I always say, Republicans learned long ago that the truth usually doesn’t win them many fights. So they tend to embrace the alternative. Are you proud of your Republican party standing firm to deny civil rights to your fellow Americans?

?otD: Is that the Holy Spirit crying ‘Where’s the beef?’


11/6/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: n/a (traveling)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing children to learn critical thinking skills: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad always pays its debts

23 Signs You’re Secretly An Introvert — The hilarious part about this article is how many of these apply to me.

Old globe may be first to depict New World

Where The Whale Sharks Go — (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

China aiming to be newest—and largest—space superpowerExperts say a Chinese moon landing “very much in the cards.” Good for them. We’ve certainly lost the will to space here in the United States. I’m glad some country somewhere has the pride and ambition to keep trying.

Are Americans Ready to Rebel Over Climate? — Sadly, no. There is a much stronger streak of rebellion over the entirely imaginary Kenyan Muslim socialist depredations of our current president than there ever will be over the civilization-threatening reality of climate change.

Al Gore hurricane hubbub and climate changeWhile some supporters of climate policy reform occasionally overstate the effects climate change will have on extreme weather, opponents of climate policy often go completely off the rails, accusing scientists of possible criminal behavior and rejecting the reality of climate change itself. The latter actions are far more damaging to dialogue around climate policy. In fact, they poison our public discourse. You can’t deal with a problem if you refuse to acknowledge it exists. Welcome to conservative America.

Wild Applause, Secretly ChoreographedDesignated Cheering Spectators Thrive at the Bolshoi Theater. Some interesting parallels with the American political media here. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

When Australians gave back their guns — Some countries are sane when it comes to gun violence. And much, much more successful at ensuring the safety of their citizens than we are. Firearms are America’s national mental illness. 30,000 deaths per year has no justification.

Student ‘Subversives’ And The FBI’s ‘Dirty Tricks’ — Ronald Reagan always was a liar and a fraud. He was doing many of the things to stifle dissent and restrict freedom that conservatives like to pretend Obama is doing, about the time Obama was born. Ever seen a freedom-loving Republican protest the Gipper? (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Powell: Trayvon Martin Verdict ‘Questionable’ — That’s it. He’s done being a Republican. Either that or a Limbaugh apology tour is imminent. Conservatives are not allowed to discuss the realities of race in America, ever.

QotD?: Is winter coming?


8/25/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bike
Weight: n/a (someone moved my scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block vaccinating children to spread autism: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad is still baffled by yesterday’s news

It was long after midnight when we got to unconditional love Lisa Costello talks about her feelings about the current stage in my cancer journey.

The Year’s Best Science Fiction – 30th Annual Collection — Go check this out. I’m in it.

The Decline and Fall of the Book Cover — (Via AH.)

REVIEW: Bared to You by Sylvia Day — Wow, what a review. Snarkalicious. (Thanks to Marta Murvosh.)

A penguin being tickled — I will die of teh cutez. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Chinese Cuisine Patterns Revealed By Food Network AnalysisThe links between different regional cuisines in China become clear when recipes and ingredients are viewed as a kind of web, say computer scientists.

20 Ludicrous Things Said By Yoga Teachers — Snerk. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Molecular signals identified that let some organisms regrow lost headsManipulating the signals can produce a worm with a head at both ends. I’ve known some people like that.

Finding the Galactic Internet

Pale Blue Dot: An Alien View of EarthNASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab used to have just such a display with the full mosaic of photos posted up in an auditorium, says Hansen-Koharcheck. “And to show the whole thing it covered, oh, I don’t know, 12 or 14 feet,” she says — of mostly empty black space, with just a few pinpricks of light showing the planets. One of them was labeled Earth. “One of the guys that took care of that display told me one time that he was forever having to replace that picture,” says Hansen-Koharcheck, “because people would come up to look at it and they would always touch the Earth.” (Via David Goldman.)

Architecture: Designs for the Great Tower For London in 19th Century catalogue — A response to the Eiffel Tower? (Via [info]scarlettina.)

Clay Lacy, in his DC-7 “Super Snoopy”, races a dragster during the 1971 San Diego Cup airshow — This is a “wow” photo for me.

Hauling New Treasure Along the Silk RoadCenturies ago, the cargo on the Silk Road across Asia included spices and gems. Today, it’s likely to be computers and other electronics, moved by rail along an often-desolate 7,000-mile route. (Thanks to Dad.)

Arctic methane ‘time bomb’ could have huge economic costs — Man, those crazy liberals and the shit they get up to in order to try to hoax good conservative “true facts”. To think that an entire planet’s ecosystem and climate would cooperate in such chicanery, not to mention 99% of the scientists in the climate field. Thank God for Rush Limbaugh and the Republican party, or we might have been tricked into doing something.

Virginia governor GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli launches website that pushes for reinstatement of state’s anti-sodomy lawThe state attorney general also wants oral sex between consenting adults to be a felony even though a federal court struck down the state’s ‘Crimes Against Nature’ law in March. As Cuccinelli wants to make the private sex lives of every adult in Virginia a matter of public interest, I think he and his wife should lead the way with complete disclosure of their sexual practices. This is what it means to be a conservative, right?

Rise of the Warrior CopIs it time to reconsider the militarization of American policing? Sigh. (Via [info]danjite.)

George H.W. Bush Shaves Head In Solidarity With 2-Year-Old With Cancer — I don’t have a lot of use for Bush the elder. He helped enable the political and cultural disaster that was the Reagan years. He bears enormous responsibility for Dubya’s existence in many sense of that phrase. And Barbara Bush is one of the most manipulative, dishonest characters in late 20th century politics, all of Nancy Reagan’s petty vileness in sweet grandma drag. But nonetheless, I have to give props to Bush 41 for doing this.

QotD?: Ever had your lease on life renewed?


7/25/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 252.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block conducting Department of Justice investigations of white patriots: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg

[links] Link salad once upon a time in the West

Tolerance For Intolerance: Boycotting Ender’s GameThat’s [Orson Scott Card] doubling down and saying, “You need to tolerate my intolerance.” Which is a classic derailing tactic that smells so strongly of horseshit that when he says it I wonder if I’m actually living inside a horse’s ass. Just because we elected Obama president doesn’t mean I have to tolerate racism. Bigoted ignorant fuck-all is still bigoted ignorant fuck-all.

New signs of language surface in mystery Voynich text — Word entropy? How cool is that? (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

France in the year 2000 — Cool. (Via [info]martang.)

Meet Atlas, the Robot Designed to Save the DayNew humanoid robots will compete in a contest designed to test the ability of machines to take on extremely dangerous and high-stakes human jobs.

This 3D printer makes edible food — Mmm? Or not? (Via [info]corwynofamber.)

Not yet gone, but effectively extinctA small drop in one species’ population can drive others to actually die out.

All hail! Bacteria that control their squid overlords — (Thanks, I think, to David Goldman.)

The “Diaosi” social class: presage of impending social changes in China — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

A Life That Can Fracture a Relationship — Moving piece about working in the oilfields. (Via David Goldman.)

A time-lapse video map of 2,053 nuclear explosions from 1945 through 1998

Goodbye, MiamiBy century’s end, rising sea levels will turn the nation’s urban fantasyland into an American Atlantis. But long before the city is completely underwater, chaos will begin. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Racial Makeup of Red and Blue America — Unsurprising hard numbers to back up the intuitively obvious. (Via Dad.)

Murderers where the Victim was White are Far more Likely to be Punished in US

Zimmerman trial: Man carrying loaded handgun shoots and kills unarmed teen — I have never understood how it is self-defense when you stalk and confront someone, especially after the police have told you to do no such thing.

Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds Republicans Take Bigger Hit For Gridlock American voters blame both parties for gridlock in Washington, but they say Republicans are more responsible for Congress’ inability to get things done. Would that be because of widespread and proudly declared Republican obstructionism? Remember what their top legislative priority was during Obama’s first term. Not jobs. Not the economy. Not national security.

Obama’s Plan to Crack Down on Whistleblowers Leaked — Hahahah. (Via David Goldman.)

Texas state capitol trooper confiscates woman’s Maxi-Pad, but guns are okay — That’s the GOP in a nutshell. You couldn’t find a more concise statement of conservative values as practiced today. Are you proud of your Republican party?

Why Republicans Might Lose in 2016 — From conservative commentator Daniel Larison.

QotD?: Tell me how we’re gonna do what’s best?


7/13/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 5.0 hours (very fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 250.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block building mandatory gay marriage halls: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

[links] Link salad is an effective dentrifice when used under proper supervision

My Convention Harassment Policy Co-Sign Thread — Mr. Scalzi asserts leadership. I co-sign.

Steampunk Watch Part Sculptures by Sue Beatrice — Ooooh. [info]lillypond (a/k/a my sister) would love the tiny carousel horse. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

11 Harsh Realities About The World Of Harry PotterWe’re blowing the lid off this totalitarian regime! Once you peel back the layers of child-like wonder, it kind of sucks to be a wizard. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Pacific Ocean Floor Is a Huge Underwater Garbage Dump — Sigh. (Via David Goldman.)

GALEX decommissioned: What happens to abandoned space probes?NASA’s earth-orbiting GALEX was shut down Friday, meaning that the spacecraft will join a long line of space probes sacrificed to the universe. This is a surprisingly poignant piece. (Via David Goldman.)

Optical transistor switches states by trapping a single photonWhen switched off, the gate photon can be retrieved, too.

Leaving Las Vegas: How a tiny Chinese enclave is remaking the gambling world and Sin City

Faith-Healing Parents Denied Free Exercise of Religion in Death of Child — That’s the persecution narrative of contemporary American Christians in a nutshell. Profoundly immoral self-valorization.

Cyanide and Happiness recaps the arguments against gay marriage — They make more sense that what I read and hear in the media. Which is to say, not much at all.

How Do You Tell When a Politician is Lying? — I do not find this terribly surprising.

In Oregon, a Demand for Safety, but Not on Their Dime — This is what happens in low-revenue, low-tax jurisdictions. (Via Dad.)

NYT: IRS Scrutiny More Complicated Than Previously Thought — What do you know? Like almost every other conservative outrage, the great Obama IRS scandal turns out to be a nothingburger once the details are scrutinized objectively.

QotD?: Did you brush your teeth this morning?


7/6/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (vacation)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (badly interrupted)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (away from home)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block building mandatory gay marriage halls: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Snuff by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad suddenly explodes

Seeds of Change in a new edition — Edited by the mighty John Joseph Adams, includes a story by me, “The Future by Degrees”. Plus new afterwords by each author. Check it out.

That’s Not Victorian — A handy guide to *.punk subgenres in science fiction and fantasy. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

How far up a garden path can a Time Lord go? — Ah, headlines.

God, Jay Lake, and cancer — A friend who is a UMC pastor talks about his faith in the context of his views on my experience.

How Do Physicians and Non-Physicians Want to Die? — This has been a serious topic of discussion hereabouts lately.

Coast to Coast to Cure CancerBob and Eric’s Bike Ride Across America. A fun and interesting fundraiser. (Thanks to Sheila Williams.)

Radio-Vision: 1925 — Back to the future.

Lumigrids — Wow, this is a cool lighting solution for bicycles. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

The untethered brain — Tamara Kaye Sellman on multitasking, the human brain and being a smart woman.

Plants ‘do maths’ to control overnight food supplies

The Other MexicansIndigenous people come from a world apart from Spanish-speaking Mexicans.

US Offensive Cyberwar PolicyWelcome to the cyberwar arms race, an arms race that will define the Internet in the 21st century. Sigh. (Via David Goldman.)

A Chinese Palace Crosses the Sun — Taikonauts for the win.

“Hail” reported in the western end of Singapore — Weather is not climate, but extreme weather can be a climate indicator. Amazing the lengths liberals go to for their climate change hoax: melting ice caps, causing hail in the tropics. (Via [info]danjite.)

What to Look for in the President’s Climate AddressObama will propose a climate plan, but his options are limited without congressional support.

Time Cover Story Wrongly Attacks Atheists for Not Helping Out Victims of Oklahoma Tornadoes — Sorry, we atheists are too busy fomenting gay hate, denying women’s access to healthcare and protecting pedophiles to do the good that churches do in the world. No, wait, I have that backwards. What do you know, another lie about atheists? (Via [info]shsilver.)

The Guileless ‘Accidental Racism’ of Paula DeenAmericans have condemned her and shamed her. But, looking at our history, what do we we expect? Ta-Nehisi Coates is both brilliant and chilling.

U.S. Surveillance Is Not Aimed at Terrorists — (Via [info]danjite.)

IRS Chief: Inappropriate Screening Included Search Terms ‘Progressive,’ ‘Occupy,’ ‘Israel’ — Another angry conservative narrative collapses in the face of actual facts. But generally that’s what happens to conservative narratives.

How To Be A Dick 101If you ever wondered whether the conservative base of the Republican congressional monkeyhouse gives a damn about anyone else, the fact that they’re planning to slow-play their own constituents on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act ought to settle your mind for you handsomely.

Texas GOP Rep On Abortion: Women Get ‘Cleaned Out’ With ‘Rape Kits’ — Your Republican Party: because the willfully ignorant and mindlessly cruel need political representation, too.

QotD?: Were there phantoms, and fires by the road?


6/25/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hour (day overwhelmed with busy-ness)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 247.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block persecuting conservative political groups on behalf of the IRS: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad has heard that the forests will echo with laughter

Return of the Girl Cooties — Cora Buhlert with another good roundup about sexism in SF, with a lot of commentary.

France to seek ban on Amazon bundled discounts, free delivery — Huh. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Living With Cancer: Seeking Intimacy — Yup. Sigh.

Choice of Health Plans to Vary Sharply From State to State — (Thanks to Dad.)

Perigee’s Full Moon — A lovely APOD photo of moonrise over the Temple of Poseidon.

Some beautiful kinetic art from the Netherlands — (Via AH.)

China’s Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million Into Cities — That’s some massive social engineering there. (Via Dad.)

Ruins of Maya City Discovered in Remote Jungle — I think it is so cool that there are still lost cities in this GPS-enabled, satellite-mapped world.

Stalking world’s biggest planes makes for photos that say ‘wow’

The Fighter Jet Take-Off Platform — This be some weird shit, Maynard.

U.S. Special Forces Turn To Electric Motorcycles For Stealth

This Man Wants To Power The World With Tornadoes — Fueled by farmhouses?

The MEMO Project — A memorial to lost species. (Via H—.)

Marijuana Crops in California Threaten Forests and Wildlife

HPV Vaccine Is Working. Again. — Vaccination denialism is particularly horrible, because it brings risk and harm to the children of the deniers as well as everyone else. Climate change denialism, for contrast, is a more generally harmful form of willful idiocy that doesn’t have much direct correspondence with outcomes in the deniers personal life.

Annals of Surveillance: The PrismPrivacy in an age of publicity. (Via [info]danjite.)

NSA Secrecy and Personal Privacy — (Via David Goldman.)

The Real Reason You’re Mad at the NSA — On strategic intelligence as a national attribute. (Via Lisa Costello.)

U.S. Immigration Services Believes an Atheist Can’t Be an Conscientious Objector? — Well, you know, atheists can’t be trusted. What with their long history of burning people at the stake, slave labor in the Magdalen laundries, widespread coverups of pedophilia, hypocrisy on abortion and poverty, spirited defenses of slavery, segregation and gender-based discrimination, and so forth, atheists can’t hold a candle to the virtues of religious folk. Wait, what…? (Via [info]danjite.)

For One Gay Christian, a Search for Understanding While Hanging on to Faith

Religious right will hold breath, turn blue, if DOMA overturned“We will not stand by,” the statement harrumphs. But, actually, yes, yes they will. Standing by is exactly what they will do because that is all they can do. This doesn’t affect them. It does not harm them — it neither picks their pockets nor breaks their legs. It doesn’t compel them to do anything. It doesn’t compel them not to do anything. They are by-standers to something happening elsewhere, to other people.

Family Policy Institute of Washington Misrepresents Facts in a Child Rape Case — Pretty sure this guy is down with the Biblical verses about homosexuality, yet considers himself exempt from the Ten Commandments. Either that or American Bibles obviously have a footnote to the commandment against bearing false witness which exempts lies told about Planned Parenthood. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Controversial GOP NH Rep. Tremblay resignsTremblay alleges Marathon bombing may have been faked. Apparently the New Hampshire GOP did the right thing here. If only she’d been in the US House where conservative lunacy is apparently a job requirement, Rep. Tremblay would be a folk hero rather than an outcast. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

So When will Dick Cheney be charged with Espionage? His Crime was the Same as Snowden’s — It’s not treason when Republicans do it.

Illinois GOP Pol Calls Black Female Candidate A ‘Street Walker’ — Because conservatism. Are you proud of your Republican party?

QotD?: Does anybody remember laughter?


6/22/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (a bit of WRPA, otherwise my day got eaten by logistics)
Hours slept: 10.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 249.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block installing Islamic footwashing sinks: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad wakes up with a JayCon hangover

No, That’s Not Too Much JayFile 770 is both kind and funny about me.

Mainspring (Jay Lake, Clockwork Earth #1) — A review of my novel by a readeer who really, really didn’t care for it.

Superman: Flying to a church near you — Well, ok then. (Via [info]shsilver.)

A Pocket-Sized Micro House Built To Withstand Severe Weather

Could a Surplus of California Milk Fulfill China’s Cheese Needs? — I was not aware that China had cheese needs.

Restoring Trees to Save the World’s Rarest Parrot

South Africa’s Cape parrot needs more yellowwood trees to survive.

La Salle’s long-lost ship?

QotD?: Are you as stonkered as I am?


6/16/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (too many errands, not enough time)
Hours slept: 5.75 hours solid
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 248.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block leaking intelligence secrets: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad wonders what’s the fuss

Save Trent’s Teeth, Save His Life — Trent Zelazny needs help with a medical fundraiser of his own.

The Algorithm That Automatically Detects Polyps in Images from Camera PillsAnalysing the footage from camera pills is a time-consuming task for medical professionals. Now computer scientists are attempting to automate the process.

The British ‘Atlantis’ is mapped in detailUsing dual frequency identification sonar, the ruins of Dunwich rise again.

8BBC News – Close-up on Japan’s amazing lunchboxes — Mmm, bento. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Watch 32 discordant metronomes achieve synchrony in a matter of minutes — Huh. (Via David Goldman.)

‘Junk’ DNA Mystery Solved: It’s Not Needed — I am dubious of this story. National Geographic with more.

Happy whateverBlogess Jenny Lawson says some very important things about women in general and mothers in specific.

Transgender woman wins right to marry in Hong Kong — Not exactly a noted hotbed of progressivism, that.

Dalai Lama Calls For Care For Our ‘Only Home’ Earth

‘Dramatic decline’ warning for plants and animals — More of that liberal conspiracy to keep the climate change hoax going.

Researchers Create “Hate Map” of the U.S. With Twitter DataThe same researchers previously mapped racist Tweets about President Obama. In both cases there’s reason to be a little skeptical.

Pediatricians take on gun lobby – carefully — Well, the NRA is better armed, and unlike doctors, some NRA members have a habit of publicly threatening people.

QotD?: Tell me what’s a-happening?


5/13/2013
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (1.0 hours of revision, plus WRPA, editing METAtropolis: Green Space)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 249.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block digging for fossils in the yards of God-fearing Republicans: 0
Currently reading: The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad watches the moon ride the sky of a morning

Walk The Fire: a shared-world SF anthology series — An interesting Kickstarter.

Willie Nelson’s Audition Tape for “The Hobbit” — Hahahahah.

The ultimate cancer taboo: Sometimes it kills you We keep talking about battles, warriors, miracles and hope. Meanwhile, those with metastatic cancers are ignored. That would be me.

In Germany, a U.S. beer invasion — This seems improbable.

The World’s Largest Rubber Duck Arrives in Hong Kong — Wow! Hahah. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

The Data Made Me Do ItThe next frontier for big data is the individual.

5 Ways to Make Google Glass Better — Number 6, make it possible to use them with prescription lenses.

High-tech camera acts like a bug’s eye

Space Ape Parody Shows Why Aquatic Ape Theory Is All Wet — (Via David Goldman.)

Religious Knowledge QuizYou answered 14 out of 15 questions correctly for a score of 93%. Which puts me in the 99% percentile. Not bad for an atheist. I also note that when this survey was done with the general public on an outbound basis, atheists came in second only to Jews in their knowledge, well ahead of a number of different identified Christian groups, though the Mormons were a close third. This is parallel to the science quiz I recently posted. (I missed the First Great Awakening question.)

Man shot and killed at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport, authorities say — Thank god for the NRA and the Republican party, or the shooter wouldn’t have had the right to exercise his theoretical defense of essential liberties in such a fashion. Where would we be as a society without our guns?

Even Counting Votes too Scientific for North Carolina — Typical conservatives. They cannot win on their ideas, so they cheat. Egregiously, in this case. (Via [info]corwynofamber.)

QotD?: Would you go to the moon if you could?


5/3/2013
Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (WRPA editing work on METAtropolis: Green Space, plus audiobook prep)
Hours slept: 8.75 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (foot hurts)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block digging for fossils in the yards of God-fearing Republicans: 0
Currently reading: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

[dreams|cancer] Voyaging in the undiscovered countries of my heart

I had one of my science fiction dreams again last night. I was flying on a 747 with some other writers. Gardner Dozois was the flight attendant, and did about what you’d expect Gardner to do in that situation. His safety spiel over the p.a. system was more along the lines of “Keep your hands and arms inside the ride at all times,” which is not comforting to hear aboard a pressurized aircraft.

The plane eventually landed at the World’s Tiniest Airport™, an artefact of the geography of my subsconscious rather than any particular airport in real life. I walked alone down the airstairs and into the terminal to find the departure lounge crowded with science fiction writers, artists, critics and fans. Jenn Reese, Greg van Eekhout, and Sydney Duncan, just to name a few. Plus most of the Pacific Northwest genre community. I stopped to talk to them, but they were all leaving on Gardner’s plane. I begged people to stay a while longer, or to take me with them, but the plane was full and the place was emptying out. Soon I was left behind alone.

Later I dreamt I was in China with my family. Except they had checked into one hotel and I was supposed to be in another. I went to a store to get a few groceries, and became frustrated that they did not have Mexican Coke in China. The checker turned out to have been educated in America, and fluent in English, so after the store closed we went out to watch the Communist youth groups in their midnight parades. We started making out, then she went off to do something, and I found myself stark naked on the nighttime streets with nothing to clothe myself but Communist party banners. This seemed like a bad idea.

I am dreaming of my own death, clearly. And separation from two of things which matter most to me. [info]the_child, whose heritage is Chinese; and the genre community in which I have become so deeply embedded. My sense of loss is palpable even in my day-to-day moments, and the dreams underscore a deep sense of abandonment.

That last is a tad odd, as it is I who is doing the abandoning by contracting a fatal illness. Nonetheless, this is how my dreaming mind has chosen to interpret the matter somewhere beyond the Gates of Horn. The country of my dreams is treacherous terrain, but no more so than the country of my waking life these days.