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[links] Link salad gets slowly infused

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A reader reacts to Endurance — He liked it.

Queering Shakespeare: reflections on damaging tropes, and some positive alternatives — Julia Rios at Outer Alliance on Shakespear, queers and the peurile vileness that is Orson Scott Card’s worldview.

On 9/11, astronaut looked down on horrific scene

Rollback from GRAIL’s RocketAPOD with a neat time-lapse photograh.

NASA successfully tests five-segment solid rocket motor — World’s largest, apparently. I originally found this story through a FOX news site, but I refuse, even to link to them as a source.

Saturn Moon Has Thin Atmosphere, Astronomers DiscoverIcy body Dione may have dilute layer of oxygen air, study says.

Scientists develop blood swimming ‘microspiders’ to heal injuries, deliver drugsFantastic Voyage, anyone? (Thanks to [info]cornwynofamber.)

The Battle Over ZomiaScholars are enchanted by the notion of this anarchic region in Asia. But how real is it? (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

They Messed With Texas — Perry and the death penalty.

California Republicans Going Extinct? — Given Prop 8 and the recent history of the California govenorship, I don’t actually believe this, but it’s an interesting read.

How the Apocalyptic GOP is Dragging us Into Civil WarBut for the new GOP, compromise of any kind defeats their central purpose, which is political totale krieg. This party’s entire reason for being is conflict and aggression. There is no underlying patriotic instinct to find middle ground with the rest of us, because the party doesn’t have a vision for society that includes anyone outside the tent. That’s what happens when you religionize your politics, and brand anyone who stands against you sinful and a traitor. I’ll looking at you guys Atwater, Aisles and Rove.

?otD: How many drips in a drop?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo)
Body movement: 0.0. hours (chemo)
Hours slept: 17.5 hours (maps, lenghty overnight … ah, chemo)
Weight: 227.0
Currently reading: Antiphon by Ken Scholes

[links] Link salad at D’Anjite’s Bridge

Don’t forget the new Endurance ARC contest: [ | LiveJournal ]

Keeping Track of Wordcount — Carrie Vaughn Is Sensible. And given that her sales numbers are 50X mine or something like that, maybe she knows a thing or two.

25 Things You Should Know About Queries, Synopses and Treatments — (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

The Elephant in the Room — Editor Gabrielle Harbowy, a 9/11 survivor, talks about coping now with the tenth anniversary looming.

9/11 and its great transformationsAfter 9/11 we lost our way, but buried beneath many wrong turns is a character that has been redeemed in the past.

The Mosaic Pre-ManNewly excavated Australopithecus sediba fossils exhibit a mixture of primitive and more modern features. I originally read this headline as an Old Testament reference, which certain caused some mismatched expectations. Creeping Creationism!

Board Game Brings the Difficulties of Climate Negotiations Home — Mmm, Catan. (Thanks to [info]martang.)

Hail to thee, our alma materSlacktivist Fred Clark on the links between private Christian schooling, racism and Dominionism.

Republican candidates, global warming, evolution, and reality — How we’ve gotten ourselves to the point where one of the two biggest props in our political system requires willful ignorance on the part of the candidaates in order for them to succeed…

Obama and Jobs: Why I Don’t Believe Him Anymore — Yeah, well. Sigh. I hate hold-your-nose voting, but that’s what the next election is going to come down to. I enthusiastically voted for Obama last time. This time I’ll be voting against [insertAntiRealityGOPLoonHere].

?otD: Churn much waste lately?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.75 hours (solid)
Weight: 227.2
Currently reading: Antiphon by Ken Scholes

[links] Link salad looks over the horizon

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Footprints and flags on the moon won’t last foreverFootprints, anyone?

A drink a day linked to healthy aging — Good news for all you budding lushes out there.

A fall from grace — Roger Ebert on his health, and frailty. I know whereof he speaks.

A 7-ton Satellite to Fall on Earth This Month

Climate Scientists’ Pole-to-Pole Greenhouse Gas Survey Near Completion

Wildfire Smoke Plumes over Texas — This is a terrible problem. I have friends and relatives whose property (and potentially lives) are threatened. Still, I think Pharyngula comment on the Texas drought perfectly applies to this as well. To my conservative friends who claim to believe that natural disasters are a form of divine commentary: Why is God punishing Texas?

Banning All Religion — An interesting squib from Australia.

Channeling FDR: The Moral Case Against Unemployment — Unfortunately, our politics has become downright punitively Calvinistic about the unemployed. Even more unfortunately, nearly half the electorate seems to be fine with this.

The Myth of Conservative Purity — A conservative view of the Right’s no-compromise tendencies.

Dick Cheney praises Hillary Clinton — Also, this just in: monkeys have flown out of my butt to deliver hockey sticks to Hell.

Asymmetrical War — Ta-Nehisi Coates on Republican obstructionism. As he says of Obama’s view of Boehner and McConnell, And we wonder what portion of “Government is the problem” he failed to understand.

Pass, Fail and Politics — Call me crazy, but I actually want someone smarter than I am in the Oval Office. Unfortunately, millions of my fellow Americans demonstrably would rather have someone they’re comfortable having a beer with. A valedictorian president or a frat boy president? Is that really our political divide?

?otD: Where would you go if you could?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (fitful)
Weight: 226.0
Currently reading: Antiphon by Ken Scholes

[links] Link salad finishes a novel

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Jane C. Hines — Jim C. Hines with a sad, thought provoking post on gender experience in the public lives of writers.

Culture, Representation and Diversity — A European perspective on the ongoing USAnian discussion, from German writer and academic Cora Buhlert.

Organizing Your Writing: Three Authors Share Their Approaches (with Guest Bloggers Jay Lake and J.A. Pitts), Part 2 — From the mighty [info]kenscholes.

I, Singularity… — Ebear on the Singularity, gender and SF.

Scrivener’s Error is interesting about both writing process (Heinlein’s rules, specifically) and the politics of discontent

From Scroll to Screen — A history of the reading device by Lev Grossman, of all people. (Thanks to [info]sheelangig.)

Long hospital wait times can be deadlyTackling treatment delays is vital as health-system pressures mount. I’ve never had significant delays for scheduled treatments, but bizarre ER triage rules brought me within a minute or two of dying after a five hour wait to be seen.

5 Cities That Are Ripoffs of Other Cities

Check out the clearest photos yet of humanity’s tracks on the moon

Solar Interior May Reveal Modifications to GravityWe know lots about gravity in a vacuum but very little about gravity inside extremely massive objects. But astrophysicists say the Sun could reveal all.

China’s spilled secretsA remarkable YouTube video shows how hard it is to maintain control in a wired world.

?otD: What did you finish yesterday?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (3,300 words on Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (fitful)
Weight: 226.4
Currently reading: Excession by Iain M. Banks

[links] Link salad strikes back

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A nano-sized electric motorScientists have downsized the electric motor to the molecular level. That is, they’ve created an electrical motor that’s the size of a nanometer. About 60,000 of them equal the width of a human hair.

Room Temperature Superconductivity Claimed for CupratesBut there’s a catch–the room temperature effect appears only inside superconductors that work at lower temperatures, say physicists.

Why state surveys asked about bras and haddockFrom bra ownership to television interference, the government has wanted to know some strange stuff about people in the UK. Now a history of social surveys reveals why.

Why are carrots orange? It is political — Dutch politics at that. (Snurched from the archives of Surviving the World.)

A Year of Biblical WomanhoodAn evangelical blogger is spending 12 months following the Bible’s instructions for women—and she’s doing it for egalitarian reasons. Ok, I think this is nuts for a whole bunch of reasons, but I also respect what this woman is doing. At the least she’s striving for the consistency so profoundly absent from Christianist politics and culture.

The Great Bank Robbery — How the money flows in the United States. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Obama asks if GOP will ‘put country before party’ — Given that Senate Minority Leader McConnell’s stated top legislative priority is to ensure that Obama is a one-term president, I think this question answers itself.

?otD: Are you Luke’s father?

Writing time yesterday: 2.5 hours (5,200 words on Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (fitful)
Weight: 224.2
Currently reading: Excession by Iain M. Banks

[links] Link salad on Labor Day

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Slacktivist on the religious progressive view of labor

Ancient menagerie uncovered in Australia’s Nullarbor — (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

FEMA Uses the Waffle House Index to Determine Hurricane Threat

Scenes From a Multiverse takes on right wing denialism — Hahaha. (Thanks to [info]goulo.)

Michael Moore, Triumphant?In a new memoir, the controversial filmmaker opens up about his life. He talks about the vitriol he faced after 9/11, and why he thinks the last decade has proved him right.

Why Do Conservatives Get a Pass?Perry’s views are getting denounced by all the usual lefty suspects but not much by anyone else. And the reason for this is something very odd: In modern America, conservatives are largely given a pass for saying crazy things. They’re just not taken seriously, in a boys-will-be-boys kind of way.

Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the CultI left because I was appalled at the headlong rush of Republicans, like Gadarene swine, to embrace policies that are deeply damaging to this country’s future; and contemptuous of the feckless, craven incompetence of Democrats in their half-hearted attempts to stop them. Long, but definitely worth the read. Especially if you’re a conservative. (Thanks to [info]goulo.)

?otD: What are you doing with your Monday off? Or do you even have this Monday off?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (2,500 words on Sunspin, including some editorial work)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (solid)
Weight: 223.4
Currently reading: Endurance by Alfred Lansing

[books|contests] Endurance ARC contest

As mentioned elsewhere this morning, the next Green novel, Endurance, has received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. That being the case, it seems time for another Endurance ARC contest.

Leave a paragraph or two in comments about Green — who she is, why she is the way she is, some adventure or misadventure of hers. You can frame it a fanfic snippet, as criticism, or blank verse. Just tell me something about my character.

I’ll leave this open a few days, then sort out how to judge. Might not be practical to do a poll, so I may have to rely on celebrity judging. But lay it on me!

[contests] Endurance caption contest: We have a winner

Art by Dan Dos Santos

In order to celebrate the availability of the Endurance ARCs. I declared a caption contest on the following photo:


Very locked door, Bonspur, WA. © 2007, 2011, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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This work by Joseph E. Lake, Jr. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

With 52 votes cast, we have a winner!

With 15% of the vote, Gerry Huntman takes the honors:
Neil Gaiman getting possessive with his BBC-gift replica of the Tardis

Second place goes to goldfishsara with 13% of the vote:
The family always locked Fluffy up when company was expected.

Special judge’s mention to saveswhat:

All three winners will receive inscribed copies of the Green trade paperback and the Endurance ARC. Please contact me with your shipping information, guys!

[links] Link salad thinks about meals it wishes it hadn’t eaten

The voting poll for the Endurance caption contest will be open for another day or two

A reviewer talks about swords and sorcery in sub-Sahara Africa — Holds up Mainspring as a negative example of 19th century attitudes. Except Mainspring is in large part about 19th century attitudes, so from my perspective, it’s an odd critique. And though it’s not germane to either reading or critiquing the book, I did in fact spend some years of my life living in sub-Saharan Africa. As always, the story belongs to the reader.

A reader responds to Mainspring — They liked it, a lot.

Lessons From the Gutenberg Bible for Publishers Going DigitalGutenberg’s reward for the invention of the printing press was financial ruin, but others figured out a unique way to keep the printing business afloat.

HG Wells or Enrique Gaspar: Whose time machine was first?

A Start-Up’s Camera Lets You Take Shots First and Focus Later — Interesting. More from Tech Review. (Via David Goldman.)

St. Jude Postdoc Faked ImagesA former postdoctoral researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fudged images published in two papers, one of which has since been retracted. Faking cancer research results… I have no words.

As arctic ice shrinks, so does a denier claim — You know, reality wouldn’t have a liberal bias in the first place if conservatives didn’t insist on ideological counterfactuals over actual data.

Despite horses and buggies, Amish aren’t necessarily ‘low-tech’

Bible condemns a lot, so why focus on homosexuality? — Bigotry, pure and simple. If this was about the written word of God, the Christianists would be campaigning just as vigorously to ban shrimp, mixed fabrics and crop rotation. (Via @willshetterly.)

Quench Not the Spirit — Slacktivist Fred Clark on the doctrine of Hell. This is inside baseball for a part of the culture that isn’t my game, but I still find it pretty interesting.

Christian Faith Requires Accepting Evolution — I have no objection to people denying evolution if that’s their interpretation of their faith. What I have enormous objection to is people projecting the deliberate irrationalities and counterfactuals of their faith onto the political and social landscape, as if a personal opinion could substitute for reality.

Surprise! Bachmann Supports Creationism in Schools — Apparently she thinks this is a scientific issue of reasonable doubt. Repeat after me: Just because you believe it doesn’t mean it’s true.

Michele Bachmann’s Holy WarThe Tea Party contender may seem like a goofball, but be warned: Her presidential campaign is no laughing matter Yes, Virginia, the GOP’s deliberate fostering of the crazy in their base to drive votes does have consequences.

“Gooble, gooble, one of us!” — Digby on conservative pacifism.

Journalists Reportedly Outnumber Voters At Huntsman’s GOP Campaign Events — Your Liberal Media, fluffing Republicans every day.

?otD: Ever eaten live eel soup?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (Kalimpura revisions, plus a little WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Weight: 230.2
Currently (re)reading: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

[links] Link salad rings solstice bells

The voting poll for the Endurance caption contest is now open

Best Science Fiction, Fantasy Books? You Tell Us — NPR asks your opinion. Go vote! (Snurched from the mighty Daniel Abraham.)

The Justice League of Bulgarian Socialists — (Thanks, I think, to my brother.)

How Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon Unearthed Lost Photos From American GraffitiA combination of crowdsourcing and machine intelligence just found a lost treasure in the Magnum Photo archive, a technique that could have wide application.

War Evolves With Drones, Some Tiny as Bugs

Mining Your Smart Phone for Health DataA new app analyzes mobile-phone activity for warning signs of disease flare-ups.

Radical therapy sees injured US soldier regrow muscle — I love living in the future.

My Ex-Gay Friend — A tough one.

Endowed by their Creator with certain WHAT? — Some fun linguistic neepery regarding the United States’ Declaration of Independence

NBC airs Pledge of Allegiance without “under God” — Creeping Shariah!

Why I’m suing Georgia over immigration law — A principled Republican official speaks out. (Thanks to [info]shsilver.)

McKinsey releases methodology; firm concedes study not predictive — Gosh, conservative lies about healthcare? In writing? What’s amazing isn’t the lies, it’s that McKinsey actually got called to account by the allegedly liberal media.

David Mamet’s Right-Wing Conversion[Mamet is] Quoting Deepak Chopra, of all people, as saying, “Our thinking and our behavior are always in anticipation of a response. It [sic] is therefore fear-based,: he seizes the chance to ask, “Is it too much to suggest that this quote contains the most basic prescription of liberalism, ‘Stop Thinking’?” Like so many conservative critiques of liberalism, this is pure projection. The Big Lie from another angle. My most basic working definition of contemporary American conservativism is that it is founded on the morbid fear that someone, somewhere might be enjoying an undeserved benefit at one’s own expense. That, in a nutshell is fear.

The Thirty Years’ War … — Ta-Nehisi Coates comparing the American Civil War with the Thirty Years’ War. Plus a money quote from the Vice-President of the Confederacy which pretty much puts paid to the whole ‘Civil War wasn’t about slavery’ apologia so beloved of modern conservatives.

How Today’s Conservatism Lost Touch with Reality — Some inconvenient truths from the real world.

?otD: Will you praise the not-so-distant sister sun?

Writing time yesterday: 0.25 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 228.8
Currently (re)reading: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

[contests] Endurance caption contest voting poll

Art by Dan Dos Santos

Time for another caption contest voting poll, to celebrate the availability of the Endurance ARCs. I declared a caption contest on the following photo:


Very locked door, Bonspur, WA. © 2007, 2011, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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This work by Joseph E. Lake, Jr. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

The usual comment madness ensued: [ | LiveJournal ]

I have now embedded the comments into a voting poll. Unfortunately, some of the longer witticisms are truncated by the poll code. Usual rules apply. Prize after the voting poll will be an inscribed copy of the Green trade paperback and the Endurance ARC. Additional prizes may be awarded at the judge’s discretion.

Which caption best suits this photo?

  • Gerry Huntman: Neil Gaiman getting possessive with his BBC-gift replica of the Tardis (15%, 8 Votes)
  • goldfishsara: The family always locked Fluffy up when company was expected. (13%, 7 Votes)
  • saveswhat: Lockpunk. (6%, 3 Votes)
  • magentamn: Every member of the family wanted their own set of keys, not their own lock, dammit. (6%, 3 Votes)
  • lt260: Recognizing the cut-the-minimum-wage-in-half politician, obviously in serious discomfort, the 7-11 cashier handed him the keys to the bathroom with a wide smile. (6%, 3 Votes)
  • deckard7: Safe sex begins at home. (6%, 3 Votes)
  • klwilliams: That Pandorica isn't opening *this* time, no matter what The Doctor does. (4%, 2 Votes)
  • shsilver: 1...2...3... It's supposed to be 7 seals, dammit! (4%, 2 Votes)
  • madrobins: Weirdest slot machine I've ever seen, but if you get the right combination you win a million tiny rattan chairs. (4%, 2 Votes)
  • danjite: 'Round these parts we just call it "the cheese shop". (4%, 2 Votes)
  • lt260: Herein lies the only copy of "The Last Dangerous Visions." (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Dratz: After they found happiness, they feared she’d go away. They built a room around her and hoped that there she’d stay. Then they feared each other– feared one may see her more. They each agreed t (2%, 1 Votes)
  • two_star: Actually ... are you sure you wouldn't rather just keep the goat? (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Trey: So that’s what the back room of the idea store looks like. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Tony Liese: My "precious" is behind that door. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • biomekanic: Jessica finally deemed the door sufficiently strong to contain all the Mormon and Jehova's Witnesses she had been collecting over the years. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • gvdub: Joey, the Domino's delivery boy, came to dread orders from the Wilsons. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • horace_hamster: "And this, class, is where Republican politicians keep their brains. Only one person has the keys to all five locks, but no-one has seen him for nearly a decade. Now, let's move alon (2%, 1 Votes)
  • saveswhat: Too bad it's a hollow core door... (2%, 1 Votes)
  • jakobdrud: When the Angry Birds moved to town, the Three Little Pigs built their infamouse house of locks. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Jaws: Yet another futile attempt to keep New York politicians from sexual misconduct... it doesn't block Twitter. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • jhetley: Pandora had learned her lesson. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • vixyish: "No, you idiot, I said go out for a WALK every day!" (2%, 1 Votes)
  • kproche: One of these days we'll get around to nailing the doorframe to the building. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • danjite: No, not his ego. That he keeps in a locket 'round his neck. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • cjmarsicano: Final test: You have to detect which of the five locks is actually boobytrapped by 220 volts of ACME Intrud-O-Fry technology. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • controuble: If you think this is overkill, you should see the one with the tiger behind it. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • cjmarsicano: ACME's new Steampunk Security System. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Mark Siegal: Next time you lose the deadbolt key, we're just getting a new door. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • maurinestarkey: Sarah Palin's intelligence and integrity. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Michael Redbendad: Apparently, she left her chastity belt at the cleaners. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Michael Redbendad: This is the door to the government’s new transparent government policy. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • pmrabble: The door to Jay's idea room. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • rarelylynne: Necronomicon vault. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • cissa: WIN! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • jakobdrud Years later, the ghost of locksmith Johnny Jones came back to haunt his favorite workplace, often entering through the wall. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • gvdub: Door to the Land of New Ideas - Conservative version. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Steve Buchheit: Now where did I leave those door keys? (0%, 0 Votes)
  • suzan_h: One day, the old lady decided the thing to do was lock all the children in the shoe. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • danjite: This is where jaylake keeps his super ego. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • daveraines: Moderate Republicans. Sarah Palin has the only set of keys. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • tsarina: He sometimes forgot which lock opened the Summer Lands and opened Hades by mistake. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • garyomaha: Beyond lie the bagels and cream cheese. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • adelheid_p: Let's see how Alice gets through this one! (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 52

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[links] Link salad blinks into another week

The voting poll for the Endurance caption contest is now open: [ | LiveJournal ]

Super-Sized Spores Make Fungal Infections More Deadly, Possibly Explaining Victims in Missouri — More on the Missouri post-tornado infection. Weird stuff. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Mechanical Calculators — Some lovely mechanical photography. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Fukushima Disaster Failures Kept Behind Closed Doors at UN Atomic Meeting

The difference between US and foreign reporting: [ OPPD Dispels Nuclear Meltdown Rumors In Ft. Calhoun | US orders news blackout over crippled Nebraska Nuclear Plant: report ] — Hmm, Omaha. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

[Sec. Def. Robert] Gates: Winding down the Wars

Benefactor’s Activities Raise New Ethical Concerns About Justice Thomas — What, an unethical party line Republican? Thelma, bring me my smelling salts.

The Tom and Jerry ProblemThis use-hate relationship, in which Palin manipulates us and we torture her, reminds me a little of Princess Diana, whose relationship with the press Tina Brown described as “a cycle of dependency and combat.”

?otD: Is Monday the start of your workweek?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 229.8
Currently (re)reading: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin