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If Dragon’s Mass Eve Be Cold And Clear — Go check out [info]kenscholes‘ store at It’s worth your time.

First trailer for ‘The Hobbit’ arrives

Part 1. The Origins of Dinotopia: Childhood Dreams — Art guru James Gurney with a very detailed series of blog posts on how he developed Dinotopia. A wonderful series of pieces on world building for all you writers and artists out there.

Watch the Solstice Approach (and Recede) — Be sure to click through to the year clock.

Metal undergoes novel transition under extreme pressureUnder extreme pressures and temperatures, one of the main materials of the Earth’s interior has exhibited a never-before-seen transition. Cool.

Sheriff: Ohio man cleaning gun killed Amish girl — Ah, the death of a child. As my conservative friends stoutly agree in their party platforms, a small price to pay for the Second Amendment right to defense of essentially liberties. How many deaths are your guns worth to you?

In Madison, 1,000 Singers Defy Walker’s Edict — Ah, the price of free speech. (Via [info]tillyjane, a/k/a my mom.)

Politifact, R.I.P. — The pernicious GOP “liberal media” meme strikes again.

Fox and Friends on the SpongeBob Conspiracy — Further proof that the conservative worldview is nutty crankery. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

?otd: Long nights? Impossible odds?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 12.5 (solid plus napping)
Weight: 208.8
Currently (re)reading: Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey

[links] Link salad flies into another Monday

Alien Languages: Not Human — A nice squib from Science in My Fiction. I don’t quite agree with all of it, but a good read. As Wittgenstein said, “If a lion could talk, we could not understand him.”

Electro-magnetic brakes stop aeroplaes — Ah, days of future past.

Weird clock in Shibuya, Tokyo — It’s like a music box from The Matrix or something. (Thanks to .)

Republicans See Big Chance, but Are Worried, Too — GOP discovers “Party of No” is not a good electoral agenda. Also, this just in: sun sets in west.

Scandals in the House Republican Class of 1994But the House Republicans of ’94 stand out: No fewer than 15 of the 73 elected in the landslide that year have entertained the nation with flaps that include messy divorces and a suspicious car accident. This is why people vote Republican. Because of their high moral stance and principled family values.

?otD: How wide are your wings?

Writing time yesterday: none (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: Stationary bike later
Hours slept: 9.5 (reasonable) plus extensive napping
This morning’s weigh-in: 231.4
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 9/10 (fatigue)
Currently (re)reading: Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold

[links] Link salad for a travel day

A reader reacts to Green Powell’s | Amazon | Kindle | Barnes & Noble | Borders ] — Rather badly. Mixed in with a number of capsule reviews. My favorite line of the review is the closer.

Incredible Astronomical Clocks — Fans of the Mainspring series, and readers of Escapement in particular, will enjoy this Dark Roasted Blend feature.

Project BLT — Making your own BLT. Literally. (Via Freakonomics.)

I do not know much about rivers.The Edge of the American West on homoeroticism and race in American literature.

12 Insane Elevated Eco-Parks & Dizzying Outdoor Overlooks — (Thanks to .)

Darwin Blogs the Beagle Voyage — Now there’s a cool idea.

A Startup That Builds Biological PartsGinkgo BioWorks aims to push synthetic biology to the factory level.

?otD: When you look down from the jet, don’t you get that magic feeling?

Body movement: n/a (traveling)
Hours slept: 5.0 (sick bounce)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (traveling)
Currently reading: Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard P. Feynman

[links] Link salad for a Sunday at home

Genreville on the New York Times‘ condescending review of Lev Grossman’s new book with a similar, albeit lateral, take. And follows up with more funny review snark. Ah, to be a critic.

Where I Write — Sf/f authors in their creative spaces. (Via Dark Roasted Blend.)

Steampunk FAQ — Cherie Priest tells all. In case you were wondering.

Daily Kos on copyright — An interesting read if you’re a content creator or a content consumer, either one. Ahem.

Non Sequitur on authors and rejection — Hahahahaha.

Get Fuzzy on the infinite monkey theory of authorship — Hahahah.

Wuppertal Schwebebahn — Anent yesterday’s comment of mine, (As if there were early, successful monorails?), sent this link to a 1901 monorail system still in operation in Wuppertal, Germany. Commenter Cora also sent the official Schwebebahn Web site.

Telegraphs Ran on Electric Air in Crazy 1859 Magnetic Storm — Crazy cool. (Thanks to .)

Saving gods by making them even emptier of meaning — PZ Myers on the epistemologicization of religion. Fascinating, I should think even if you disagree thoroughly.

FreedomWorks Misquotes ABC News on Tea Bagger Turnout — Gollee. Conservatives, fudging numbers. No one could possibly imagine such a thing.

Wonkette with a particularly attractive 9-12 sign — Stay classy, conservative America. More seriously, I looked through the 9-12 Flickr set. A lot of the people were protesting Obama’s debt. Which is pretty amazing, considering he inherited that entire debt from George W. Bush, whom these people presumably supported. Ah, the conservative mind works in mysterious ways.

Daily Kos on the murder of antiabortion activist James PouillonHe was killed for holding a sign of protest, the chilling implication is clear: wave the ‘wrong’ sign or say the ‘wrong’ thing, and you might be next. That’s terrorism, pure and simple, and this man’s grieving family and friends are every bit as deserving of our nation’s sympathy and condolences as the victims of Oklahoma City or the 911 attacks. What they said. In spades. Vehement disagreement is never a call for violence.

?otD: Is the man up in the tower enjoying the show?

Body movement: 15 minutes of stretching and meditation, 90 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 5.5
This morning’s weigh-in: 229.2
Currently reading: The Real Wizard of Oz by Rebecca Loncraine; The Other Lands by David Anthony Durham

[links] Link salad eyes hump day with bleary cynicism

The Flash Fiction Open is going swimmingly [ | LiveJournal ] — Go read the entries. They’re quite good. Submit your own!

In which and I go play with space rocks [ | LiveJournal ]

Guys Lit Wire reviews Mainspring Powell’s | Amazon thb | Barnes & Noble | Borders | Audible ] — Nice things are said.

Robert N. Lee disagrees with my stance on the Google Books settlement issue

Art writing guru James Gurney on research: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 — I can think of less than a handful of writers who would go this deep. Amazing.

The Western Nostril on pension funds and those who don’t speak Klingon

John Taylor and the Corpus Clock — Chronophage. Huh. Fascinating video. (Thanks to .)

The Five Biggest Lies in the Health Care DebateNewsweek documents the source and spread of some of the most persistent GOP lies about healthcare. Since conservatives can’t win this one on ideas or on principles, all they have left is lies. Unfortunately for America, they’re damned good at lies.

DeMint: Health Care Is a Privilege, Not a Right — Compassionate conservatism, from a Republican party near you.

McCain Admits Bush Torture Violated Treaties — Includes some fascinating references to Reagan’s stance on torture, as well as the Bush DOJ quoted as saying in a court filing: “[Torture] undermines respect for and trust in authority, government and a rule of law. The gravity of the offense of torture is beyond dispute.” Why didn’t you speak up on this earlier, Senator McCain? Like, oh, when it would have mattered? Remember kids, as the GOP liked to remind us constantly during the Clinton years, character counts.

?otD: How many parts was Gaul divided into? *

Body movement: 5 minutes of mediation, 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 5.75
This morning’s weigh-in: 230.6
Currently reading: The Real Wizard of Oz by Rebecca Loncraine; Acacia by David Anthony Durham

[links] Link salad heads for Points North

is liking of the Green Powell’s | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Borders ].

liked Green maybe a bit too much

Moving the goalposts — My last guest blog post from the recent run.

Carnivorous Clock eats bugs, begins doomsday countdown — Brings a whole new meaning to the idea of a “mainspring”. (Thanks to .)

The danger of safety — Road, rail and air crash comparisons.

?otD: Where is Mendocino County again?

Body movement: 60 minute urban walk (Buena Vista Park and back)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (forgot to get on the scale before I showered and ate)
Currently reading: P.S. Your Cat is Dead by James Kirkwood

[links] Link salad flies through the Sunday morning sky

A reader reacts to Mainspring Powell’s | Amazon thb | Audible ] — Not so much with the liking.

Anachrotechnofetishism: artifacts by pioneers of american steampunk — (Snurched from Dark Roasted Blend.)

Lunniy Orbital’niy Korabl (LOK) — Soviet lunar module.

Cellphone calls fail to crash airplanes

Political Pullback for the Christian Right? — Wow, if these guys aren’t careful, they might accidentally rediscover their own virtues. Which would really suck for the GOP, if Christian America started, you know, acting Christian for a change.

?otD: Which witch is which?

Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (spaced out)
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville; Making Money by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad for a weekend day

is smart about the author’s response to the publishing meltdown

More on the Piri Reis map, from Juan Cole — Debunks the Antarctic theory (again), while offering an even more fascinating historical thesis that I’ve never run across before. A must-read for you alternate history types.

Ghost Rides: Abandoned Parks in South Korea — As says, it’s enough to make Yokohama Sid proud. (Thanks to .)

Steampunk Mechanical Elephant — Well, metalpunk, at any rate. If I were wealthy, I’d buy this, or commission a similar one. (Thanks to .)

The (WU)ltimate 33-Part Guide to Abandoned Places — As longtime readers of this blog know, I can name a few such places, such as a Titan missile silo near Moses Lake, WA; as well as the power plant at White River Falls [ | LiveJournal ].

Lost city of ‘cloud people’ found in Peru — Some cool archaeology. (Thanks to .)

First Light-Driven NanomachineA silicon nanobeam uses optical force to do mechanical work in an integrated circuit. So, how cool is this?

UK plans lunar phone network

A Star-like Model for Brown Dwarf Formation — Brown dwarfs are part of a critical McGuffin in Sunspin, so I am paying extra attention to this stuff lately.

Putting a Value on a C.E.O. — (Snurched from America Blog with this post.)

?otD: Where’s the beef?

Body movement: 40 minute stationary bike ride
This morning’s weigh-in: 221.8
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

[links] Link salad for a hump day

Girl Genius is more brilliant than usual — “Face the terror of the hand-cranked runcible gun!” Hahahahahahah. If you’re not already reading this, why not?

The Cab Ride I’ll Never Forget — Moving. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Dark energy: the quest for galaxies — South Pole Telescope offers fresh view of Universe’s expansion. (Thanks to lt260.)

Slime Mold Rehabilitated — Some awesome nature photography. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

For U.S. Astronauts, a Russian Second Home — U.S. Astronauts at Star City, in Russian. (Thanks to lt260.)

Can Microsoft conquer cloud computing? — More near-term futurism from Technology Review.

Study says most corporations pay no U.S. income taxes — Yep. Definitely need more tax cuts here.

Peak Wingnut — “…wingnut is a renewable resource. Peak Wingnut was the shortest lived ‘theory’ ever.” Hahahahahah.

Body movement: 110 minute suburban walk
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or Two by Anu Garg

[links] Link salad for a Thursday

Fiction of mine: Tom Edison and His Telegraphic HarpoonWeird Tales does an online reprint. This story is from my Original Destiny, Manifest Sin continuity.

Scientists exhume British diplomat to study flu — I’m pretty sure Connie Willis wrote a book about this. (Thanks to lt260.)

Stephen Hawking to unveil strange new way to tell the time — Some serious clock neepery. (Thanks to swan_tower.)

Arctic sea ice reaches annual low — Not quite to last year’s record low. Never mind that global warming hoax. (Thanks to lt260.)

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my — Big cats loose in Galveston in the wake of Hurricane Ike. (Thanks to my Dad.)

If Palin were a DemocratThe K Chronicles nails the conservative narrative. (Thanks to my aunt M.)

Sarah Palin’s powerful “First Dude”

Body movement: 50 minute suburban walk
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 233.6
Currently reading: FenCon workshop manuscripts

[links] Link salad for a holiday weekend Friday

Some really cool steampunk jewelry — Wowzers. (Thanks to ericreynolds.)

Green objects in space — Soylent Green is people! (Actually, some cool astronomy stuff for you hard sf types, or you “green sun” fantasy types.)

Strange clouds at the edge of space — (Thanks to lt260.)

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Last Days — Wow. Our society really has come to this. Either that or my irony meter is broken this morning. (Thanks to chriswjohnson.)

Time in saddle: 25 minutes (switched back to non-load-bearing exercise)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 237.2
Currently reading: The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway