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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 was downtown on Saturday night working for the FBI

“It’s Full of Stars”Scrivener’s Error is curmudgeonly about the Nebulas.

H.P. Lovecraft and Nikola Tesla: Paranormal Investigators — Hahaha. (Via [info]goulo.)

U.S. could lose aging eyes in the sky

European Physicists Smash Chinese Teleportation RecordThe battle over distance records sets up a fascinating race to be the first to teleport to an orbiting satellite. God, I love living in the future.

A Close Pass of Saturn’s Moon Dione

For troops on Siachen Glacier, the elements are the enemyVeterans of the India-Pakistan conflict on Siachen Glacier in Kashmir do not tell stories of battle, but of battling subzero temperatures, the wind and the altitude.

Criminal Exonerations: 2,000 Convicted Then Exonerated In U.S. Over Last 23 Years, Says Study — Does our criminal justice system make you feel safer? How safe would you feel if you were one of the wrongfully convicted? Or wrongfully executed? I’ve often said conservativism is a failure of both empathy and imagination. The way most American conservatives think about crime and punishment is one of the clearest examples of this.

B.C. student’s bra artwork sparks controversy over portrayal of Muslim dress — Ah, tolerance.

Faculty leave Baptist school, Shorter University, over “lifestyle” statement — Sometimes even Christianists and their enablers get it right. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Tribalism and the cruelly weird idea of zero-sum human rights — Welcome to the world of conservative thought.

Compare and Contrast — Over at Editorial Explanations, Andrew Wheeler nails the difference between conservatives and liberals.

Obama could have a prayer among Ohio’s white evangelicalsA recent gathering of religious leaders in Ohio indicates that churches don’t necessarily march in lock step with the Republican Party. Could have fooled me.

A peek into an alternate reality — Rachel Maddow on Mittens. I don’t think Mitt Romney is stupid. I do think Romney is operating from the assumption that voters are stupid.

?otd: Why did your temperature start to rise?


5/21/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (full day of conferencing and critique)
Body movement: 30 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Light Breaker by Mark Teppo

[links] Link salad wishes Dad a happy birthday

Endurance Sweepstakes!tor.com with a giveaway of my forthcoming book.

Amazon Signs Up Authors, Writing Publishers Out of DealAmazon.com has taught readers that they do not need bookstores. Now it is encouraging writers to cast aside their publishers. (Via several sources, including my Dad.)

What killed Steve Jobs?Pharyngula with more on Steve Jobs’ cancer. (Thanks to [info]feorag.)

Fusobacterium Linked To Colorectal Cancer

The Quest for the Holy Grail of Storage – RAM Cloud

Movie: Approaching Light Speed APOD with an interesting little video about the optical effects of relativistic speeds approaching c.

Alfred Hitchcock and Angry Birds

Rare Keaton Music Typewriter — (Snurched from Dark Roasted Blend.)

California Velocipede Map — An 1895 bicycle touring map of the Golden State.

Failing dreams: California faces its own Great DepressionIt is less than 20 miles from the pristine surfing beaches of the California coast to a scene of Third World deprivation.

The Rise of Crime-Sourcing — (Via David Goldman.)

How News Media and Blogs Have Eyed the Presidential Contenders During the First Phase of the 2012 Race — Your Liberal Media, fluffing the conservatives as always. This is excellent news for John McCain!

Rick Perry officials spark revolt after doctoring environment reportScientists ask for names to be removed after mentions of climate change and sea-level rise taken out by Texas officials. This is exactly how the Bush administration handled these things, too. When the facts are biased against you, delete the facts. It’s a very Soviet approach to ideology, ironically enough. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

For Bachmann, God and Justice Were Intertwined — Confidential to GOP in America: Freedom of religion means freedom from religion. Which decidedly protects you every bit as much as it protects the rest of us.

Democrats Court the Wall Street Protesters — Karl Rove in The Wall Street Journal. Before they go much further with this courtship, the president and other Democrats need to remember it’s always dangerous to associate with people who are just plain kooky. The mind boggles that Rove could say this with a straight face. Has he looked at the GOP base? Science denial? Christianism? The forced pregnancy movement? Gun psychosis? Those are the pillars of his own house. (Via Dispatches from the Culture Wars.)

?otD: Tuesday already?


10/18/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo recovery)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (fitful)
Weight: 218.4
Currently reading: The Star Fraction by Ken MacLeod

[links] Link salad chews its way into Thursday

Possible life in the Martian trenches? — Oooh.

Dr. Smith, Warlord of Mars

Software Testing Startup’s Autistic Workforce Seeks to Change Business Culture

Early longevity gene findings disputedA trans-Atlantic dispute has erupted between two camps of researchers pursuing a gene that could lead to drugs that enhance longevity.

Windows 8 and the Reign of the Finger

The cold, cold case of Jack the RipperA retired homicide detective is trying to force Scotland Yard to release uncensored versions of files that might offer fresh leads on the identity of Britain’s most notorious serial killer.

The Apple effect: How Steve Jobs & Co. won over the world

Two graphs illustrating the relationship between bigotry and stupiditySlacktivist Fred Clark skewers anti-Islamicism.

‘Nobody in this country got rich on his own’ — Elizabeth Warren speaks straight to all the Galtians and Libertarians out there. I want this rhetoric in the White House.

Sonny Bono’s Brother, CuiThis is what it means to be a conservative: you think it’s obvious that 98% of climate scientists are falsifying data and/or supporting transparently bogus theories because they want to get their greedy little hands on some of that sweet, sweet grant money, while at the same time recognizing no financial incentive whatsoever on the part of oil company-funded “skeptics”—much less the oil companies themselves.

Ron Paul Says Aide Who Died With $400k Medical Bill Didn’t Need Government Help — Pretty much says it all about the conservative mindset, right there. I don’t know how you guys sleep at night, frankly.

The Jimmy Buffet RuleIf you ask the bottom 98 percent to sacrifice, that’s a prudent fiscal policy. If you ask the top 2 percent to sacrifice, that’s class warfare.

?otD: Got teeth?


9/22/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (too many medical appointments
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid!)
Weight: 220.2
Currently reading: Matter by Iain M. Banks