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[links] Link salad feels goofy today

Paul Krugman: Asimov’s Foundation novels grounded my economicsThe fantastical tale offers a still-inspiring dream of a social science that could save civilisation.

Genomic InequalityTo successfully use a patient’s genetic makeup in a clinical setting, we must better understand the incredible diversity of human genomes.

Driving school for dogs in New Zealand — Because, uh. No. I got nothing. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Oh-My-God particle — High energy physics on the hoof. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Why The Universe Is Not a Computer After AllThe idea that our Universe is a giant cosmic computer pervades modern science. Now one physicists says this assumption is dangerously wrong.

New contender for oldest dinosaur — Warning, “facts” not valid for the reality-challenged and willfully ignorant.

Two meticulous maps showing the names and locations of every brothel, bar, casino and saloon that existed in the Levee District [of New York City? Chicago] between 1870 and 1905 — Because you know you wanted it. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Wash. Issues Gay Marriage Licenses — A little bit of equality and justice for all. Know what’s not happening? Traditional marriages aren’t collapsing, God isn’t taking vengeance on the United States, nor any of the other alarmist bullshit conservatives have trumpeted so hard as the inevitable costs of gay marriage. Just people who love each other getting married. Kind of nice to live in reality, isn’t it?

Rove, Morris find themselves on Fox’s bench — Huh. I thought being wrong was a consequence-free behavior for conservatives. Amazing. Admittedly, this is pretty minor, but it’s an interesting signpost.

?otD: Are you smarter than you were yesterday?


12/6/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (8.0 hours solid plus napping)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bike ride
Weight: 217.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block teaching evolution to children and redistributing wealth: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

[links] Link salad has the frost heaves

I’m still taking interview questions from readers: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Thanks to those who have posted already. Will probably answer them tomorrow or over the weekend and post next Monday. This is fun.

A reader reacts to Green — Definitely not with the liking of the book. My favorite bit: Green is a bog-standard fantasy with pretensions to be more. I have achieved mediocrity!

A Hungarian commentary on Trial of Flowers

A reader reacts to my collection Dogs In the Moonlight — Not so much with the liking of the book.

A reader reacts to my Sunspin short “A Long Walk Home”

A partial review of Love and Rockets — Including some commentary on my short story, “The Women Who Ate Stone Squid”, a pastiche of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Joanna Russ. Because, yes, I could.

Non Sequitur on editors

Wind and Mr. Ug — Quite a sweet video with a mathematical inclination. (Via willyumtx.)

A Bracing Look at the Unseen UniverseCentauri Dreams on dark energy. Interesting read.

Alabama Governor Insults All Seven or So Non-Christian Alabamans — The snark, she burns us. (Thanks to lt260.)

Rush Limbaugh Rips Fox News Panel For ‘Slobbering’ Over Obama Speech, Panel Responds (VIDEO) — Limbaugh’s comments as quoted in this piece pretty much capture everything that’s so very wrong with conservative America. Personally, I don’t want to live in a society where having a smart, articulate, oratorical leader is a bad thing. C.f. Sarah Palin.

George Lucas Destroyed Modernity — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison compares Star Trek and Star Wars in discussing a rather odd thesis advanced by Michael Lind. Science fiction meets politics.

?otD: How cold does it have to be before you say ‘enough already’?


1/20/2011
Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (4,000 words on Calamity of So Long a Life, Sunspin book one)
Body movement: n/a (still too damned cold to walk from hotel to gym)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: n/a (no scale here)
Currently reading: Dancing With Bears by Michael Swanwick

[links] Link salad hangs out at BayCon

A review of Dogs in the Moonlight

on her job as an artist

What’s wrong with this passage?Language Log with more grammar nuttiness.

Flyover: 1928 — Zeppelins aloft! Shorpy is cool again.

Five-Dimensional Data Storage — Mmm. Fifth DImension.

?otD: Would you like eggs with that BayCon?


5/23/2009
Body movement: Hotel gym later this morning
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (travel day)
Currently reading: The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold; A Long Line of Cells by Lewis Thomas