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[links] Link salad plays croquet behind white-washed walls and drink its tea at four

Jay Lake 2013 Hugo Nomination — A short video clip from Norwescon of my nomination being read out. (Thanks to [info]corwynofamber.)

So…I Bought A Firetruck — I love this. (Via [info]danjite.)

The Great British class calculatorPeople in the UK now fit into seven social classes, a major survey conducted by the BBC suggests.

The Paper-and-Pencil Cosmological CalculatorEver struggled with the problem of converting redshift into parsecs, your worries are over thanks to a new cosmological distance chart based on the very latest data. For all your science geekery needs.

The Cicadas Are Coming …Hungry?

The Falsity of Living Fossils

Least visited countries in the world — Oh, to have the time and money…

Ponce de León, Exposed — Ah, history.

Nothing personal: The questionable Myers-Briggs test — (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Climate Maverick to Quit NASA — Weird choice of words in this headline about James Hansen.

40% of Pak youth think Islamic law is best for country: Survey — I just don’t understand how some people think. Especially religious conservatives, in any culture.

The NRA’s Next Assault on Gun Control — Because neither your safety nor mine matter a whit to the people in the gun culture. Nothing matters to them but maximum guns, at any rationalization.

QotD?: What are all your favorite fruits?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (WRPA, specifically critique)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 243.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block building solar arrays to undermine the American fossil fuel industry: 0
Currently reading: Maskerade by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad trudges back to the hospital

The Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser is still live. It has made goal, but additional support is always welcome, especially given my new complications. Please check it out if you have not done so yet.

A final update from Waterloo Productions on their Kickstarter — Including a video segment I find very hard to watch.

Digital Doesn’t Matter: Reinventing the Advertising Industry — A friend of mine from a long time ago has an interesting Kickstarter project about advertising and media in the digital age.

Release Schedule Shift — Apocalypse Ink Productions announces my nonfiction book on the craft of writing is scheduled for an August release.

Disney developing new ‘Star Wars’ stand-alone movieshese movies will not be part of the new trilogy announced last fall when Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion. Last month, “Star Trek” director J.J. Abrams was named director of the new “Star Wars: Episode VII,” which will kick off the next three movies in the saga and is tentatively scheduled for release in 2015.

Site plagiarizes blog posts, then files DMCA takedown on originals — Wow. And way to go, WordPress hosting. Smooth move.

How enigmatic ribbon formed at edge of solar system

Evidence moles can smell in stereo — Really?

Venezuelan poodle moth — Wow. I got nothing. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

From Manly to Sexy: The History of the High Heel

York fights Leicester for right to Richard III remains — It’s the War of the Rose all over again!

Huge gay marriage victory in the UK Parliament — Nice to see my cousins across the pond doing the right thing and saying “no” to senseless bigotry.

Mormons join religious right bigots in filing brief in support of Prop 8 — Wrong verb in that headline. Are religious bigots, not join religious bigots.

Pentagon to extend certain benefits to same-sex spouses — Another anti-gay bigotry domino falls.

Colorado Creationism Bill Dies in Committee — Color me mildly surprised. Reality-denying conservative loons have had plenty of traction in recent years.

The Threat of SilenceMeet the groundbreaking new encryption app set to revolutionize privacy and freak out the feds. (Via @jackwilliambell.)

Top Five Objections to the White House’s Drone Killing Memo — And then some, methinks. Hey, Obama, you’re supposed to be one of the good guys, damn it. Ta-Nehisi Coates with more on this, starting from a literally Orwellian perspective.

QotD?: Got doctors? Want some?

Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (1,000 words on a spec novella)
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bicycle
Weight: 228.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block protecting women from violence: 0
Currently reading: Gulp by Mary Roach

[links] Link salad digests Peking duck

The Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser is still live. It has made goal, but additional support is always welcome, especially given my new complications. Please check it out if you have not done so yet.

The Lakeside Kickstarter has expanded its stretch goals to include documenting the science around my genomic testing by traveling to the testing lab and interviewing the scientists there. They’v also posted a new trailer for the movie, which is very striking. So give a little to support SCIENCE!

A very nice poster made from some of my recent words on cancer — Thank you, Nicole.

F.E.A.R. — Another cancer survivor talks about fear and loss and coping.

The Girl on the Glider and Other Stories — A roundup of reviews from a reader, including a very kind mention of my short story, “The Cancer Catechism”.

The Best Shots Fired in the Oxford Comma Wars — (Via [info]danjite.)

The last roll of Kodachrome — “Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away.”

The Physics of… Face Slapping — Um… yay, science? (Via David Goldman.)

In science today, a genius never works aloneFuture discoveries are more likely to be made by scientists sharing ideas than a lone genius

Cat gapThe cat gap is a period in the fossil record of approximately 25 to 18.5 million years ago in which there are few fossils of cats or cat-like species found in North America. No cat gap on the Internet! (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

App Feeds Scientists Atmospheric Data from Thousands of SmartphonesPressureNet shows the potential of distributed sensing with mobile devices.

East African Railways and Harbours — For all you infrastructure geeks. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

The Museum of Online Museums — Hah! (Also via [info]threeoutside.)

You Moist Remember This — Tom Robbins on rain. (Via Marta Murvosh.)

Richard III: unveiling day arrives for skeleton that would be kingLeicester University prepares to show carpark remains to the world as scientists work round the clock to finish ID tests.

The Last Places — Henry VIII’s wine cellar, under Britain’s Ministry of Defense building. This is cool. (Snurched from Cameo Wood.)

No Pictures. Only Words. — Peter Watts on his father’s life and death as a deeply closeted gay man. Sobering reading. (Via Tim Keating.)

Activists hail a watershed moment in gay rights movement

Do White evangelicals have a delusional persecution complex? — In a word: yes. It feeds the Christianist narrative quite nicely. Unfortunately for my Evangelical friends, having your absolute cultural supremacy replaced by merely overwhelming dominance isn’t persecution; it’s progress for the rest of us. In other words, a smidgen of fairness. Do unto others, and whatnot, not that the Golden Rule holds much water for American Christianists.

NRA likens universal checks to gun registry — That would be the same NRA that used to support background checks, before they decided the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of children.

Obama gun photo triggers mocking comments — Of course it did. Conservatives hate him no matter what he does. At least those of us who deposed Bush had ample reason to do so, rather than paranoia and self-valorizing fantasies. Unless, of course, you think ruining the economy, crashing the Dow-Jones, reversing the budget surplus, and launching a trillion-dollar war of choice under knowingly false pretenses were good for the country.

Smart dumb quote of the day: “American democracy is the greatest institution on Earth” edition — Ah, Senate rules. (Snurched Steve Buchheit.)

QotD?: Is it pure quackery?

Writing time yesterday: 0.25 hours (minor revisions to an accepted story)
Hours slept: 10.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.2 hours stationary bicycle (still in post-operative recovery)
Weight: 225.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block protecting women from violence: 0
Currently reading: Gulp by Mary Roach

[links] Link salad thinks Saturday night’s alright for fighting

Fernweh for Magellanica — Fernweh is what the Germans call that longing for faraway places, the poetic certainty that things are better elsewhere. But there is a superlative degree of geographic desire, a Fernweh even more sublime: the ache for fictional faraway places.

The Cost Of Free Doughnuts: 70 Years Of Regret — The risks of categorical change.

Why horn size matters when picking a mate

Older worker termites become exploding, toxic defenders — I know people like this.

In Sweden, Taking File Sharing to Heart. And to Church. — Uh, yeah. (Thanks, I think, to Dad.)

Three-planet system’s regular orbits hint at orbital chaos elsewhereSystems evolve from one disk then have orbital interactions destabilize them.

Civic Virtue — Ta-Nehisi Coates on voting and citizenship. Worth the read.

Jeff Bezos Kicks Straight Support For Gay Marriage Up A NotchJeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie, announced their donation of $2.5 million in support of Washington’s gay marriage legislation this week Huh. Good for him. A case of doing the right thing in a fairly big way. However, Amazon is still prima facie a predatory business that victimizes authors. Bezos certainly isn’t buying back his reputation with me given his company’s business practices. On the other hand, he doesn’t care what I think.

Busted: Republican candidate’s companion voted for 5 years… after her death — Yep, that liberal voting fraud is rampant.

The Republican misinformation machine tackles the Internet — Speaking of Republican lies, and not letting the facts get in the way of a good bout of conservative outrage.

Phoniness and DiplomacyI was struck by how several of Romney’s missteps were the result of his saying true things that he ought to have known not to say publicly.

Romney Abroad: Candidate Obama Did It Better in 2008Mitt Romney’s clumsy start to his overseas trip is shaping up as a stark contrast to candidate Barack Obama’s tour of the Middle East and Europe in July 2008, when he managed to strike perfect pitch at press conferences and in visits with foreign leaders.

Questions for Conservatives About Healthcare ReformI frequently hear insured people say that if the ACA survives, it will mean they won’t have access to timely medical care. This tells me they not only believe they have a right to health care, but that they have a right to the prompt delivery thereof. And yet, they don’t seem to think people like me and my son have any right to it at all. Well, I disagree with them. I need heathcare reform and I think I deserve it, not from “the government,” but from the society that my family and I have contributed to and served for most of our lives. I’m not saying Obamacare is the answer. I’m only saying that we need to solve this problem and the uncaring rhetoric of my conservative friends is speaking so loudly that I’m finding it difficult to hear anything else they’re saying about healthcare reform. Written by someone who is apparently a religious conservative, demonstrating once again that no one, not even conservatives, likes conservative policies when applied to them personally. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

?otD: What are a couple of the sounds that you really like?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (60 minutes on Other Me)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski

[links] Link salad has a pair of pink sidewinders and a bright orange pair of pants

A shot in the dark — Roger Ebert on healthcare. Many of the opponents of Universal Health Care identify themselves as Christians, yet when you get to the bottom of their arguments, you’ll find them based not on Christianity but on Ayn Rand capitalism. Financial self-interest and the rights of corporations are more important to them than loving their neighbors.

The Divine Miss M Bachmann’s concept of Christian love brims with hate, and she has a deep satchel of stones to throw. From what kind of messiah did she learn that? […] It’s to wonder why we accept her descriptions of herself, and in turn describe her, as a deeply religious woman. That grants too much credence to her particular, peculiar and highly selective definition of piety. And it offends the many admirable people of faith whose understanding and practice of religion aren’t, like hers, confrontational and small-minded.

Culture war flares over chicken sandwiches; gay activists, Bible Belt conservatives take sides — So liberals boycotting Christian businesses is persecution, but Christians boycotting other businesses is godly patriotism? Mmm, more of that justly famed conservative intellectual consistency.

Obama’s Muslim problem = Romney’s Mormon problem — Your Liberal Media is being disingenuous again. [An] unbelievable number of Americans, now numbering 17 percent, who for some reason think the president is a Muslim. For some reason. Yep. It just happened. Not like some major political party has spent the last four years fostering that rumor. Nope. Just for some mysterious reason. Because it would be rude, or something, to point out that the Republicans are wholly responsible for this meme.

Phyllis Schlafly confuses urban legend with truth, Arlington with Europe — Anatomy of yet another conservative lie. Which like most conservative lies is ridiculous easy to debunk. And also like most conservative lies will inflame millions of Americans about the perfidy of liberals despite being completely, utterly untrue. Because facts can’t get in the way of a good story, and very few conservatives will ever trust reality over their own political narrative. Pretty much by definition. Because if they did, they wouldn’t remain conservative for long.

Made in China: Olympic Pin Shaped Like Mitt Romney’s Face — Can you even begin to imagine the reaction in the conservative commentariat if Obama had ever done something like this?

Romney high-profile trip abroad off to rocky start — That whole Anglo-Saxon heritage thing is really paying off, eh? Conservative white dudes FTW!

Romney in the Land of the Anglo-Saxon Uncertain Olympics: Not Ready for Prime Time — Juan Cole is snarky. Heh. Wow, was this trip a mistake for Romney. (Except for the GOP base, who will never even know about it as FOX News has barely covered Romney in London.)

Strip Clubs in Tampa Are Ready to Cash In on G.O.P. Convention — Ah, yes, the party of morals. Unlike those filthy Democrats.

?otD: Could you be a Beau Brummel, baby?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (60 minutes on Other Me)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.0 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski

[links] Link salad stumbles from the depths of time zoned sleep

Peering Into the Exquisite Life of Rare Books

American Baby Names Are Somehow Getting Even Worse — Hahahah.

You People Quit Bothering Goat Man and Goat Man Mystery Solved! — Just when you thought it was safe to go outside…

Researchers control reactions between just two atomsReactions depend on something called the “hyperfine state.”

With Orbiter Glitch Repaired, Mars Rover Curiosity Landing Will Now Be Broadcast Live — (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Spooky: How NSA’s Surveillance Algorithms See Into Your Life — (Via my Aunt Mary.)

With Warming, Peril Underlies Road to Alaska — The Alcan Highway is melting. (Thanks to Dad.)

The Secret Consensus Among EconomistsCongress is gridlocked, as one of the major parties is blocking every effort to improve the economy, using arguments which are so far outside the mainstream that it is hard to find a single economist to agree with them. It’s just like evolution denial, climate change denial and all the other hobby horses of the Right. So long as they can find one or two talking heads to support their ridiculous posturing, Your Liberal Media will present Right wing talking points as a balanced issue with two equally credible sides, instead of laughing the conservatives out of the room as they so richly deserve.

Romney, and Aryan Racial Theory as a basis for Foreign Policy — Jes white folks here. You know, real Americans.

Anglo-Saxons and Anglophilia — More from conservative commentator Daniel Larison on one of the Romney campaign’s most recent idiocies.

?otD: Get home at a decent hour?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (60 minutes on Other Me)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 (fitful)
Weight: 237.4
Currently reading: Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold

[links] Link salad for a busy Sunday

This Embarrasses You and I*Grammar Gaffes Invade the Office in an Age of Informal Email, Texting and Twitter. Ah, prescriptivism.

Chasing a Prairie TaleBuffalo, the Pawnee, and an old story on a trip across the plains. Reflections on frontier Nebraska. (Thanks to my Dad.)

Stonehenge Was A Monument To Tribal Unification, Says Researchers — Really?

Mars Snowflakes As Tiny As Red Blood Cells

Getting Lost in the Labyrinth of Medical Bills — Move along, citizen. Nothing to see here. No need for healthcare reform in this country. America has the bestest system, and private enterprise only makes it bestester! Anyone who thinks otherwise is a Kenyan Muslim socialist. (Or possibly just in touch with reality.)

NSA: Can’t Tell You Who We Spy On; That Would Violate Their Privacy — Feel safer yet?

Alan Turing: Inquest’s suicide verdict ‘not supportable’ — I wonder how much of this finding is an effort to rehabilitate the guilt borne by the British government, press and people over the disgusting manner in which Turing was treated.

What doth it profit religious demagogues to gain direct mail millions and lose their souls?Slacktivist Fred Clark on the history of the anti-gay hysteria within the religious Right, as well as a few related topics. Worth the read, especially if you somehow are deluded enough to believe that this is genuinely about issues of faith.

Most Americans oppose health law but like provisions — Which just once again proves two things I say over and over. Your Liberal Media supports the conservative narrative (hence the topline opposition), but no one, not even conservatives likes conservative policies when applied to them personally (hence the support for individual provisions). Conservatism is all about blaming and punishing the other.

The Claim That Barack Obama Is A Big Spender Is A Big Lie — Unpossible. Republicans lying about Obama. Their justly famed moral probity and intellectual consistency renders this unpossible.

Romney Lacks Experience on Foreign Policy, and His Judgment Is Awful, TooThe U.S. has already had quite enough experience with an inexperienced Republican governor surrounded by supposedly heavyweight foreign policy advisers to risk doing it again. An inexperienced and ignorant chief executive is more likely to listen to bad advice because he doesn’t know enough to recognize it as bad advice. Rule number one of GOP electoral politics in 2012 is “George who?”

?otD: Doing good? Having fun?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (brain break)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride, some walking to come
Hours slept: 7.25 (solid)
Weight: 239.2
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate

[links] Link salad won’t go out tonight

“Remember, Harlan!” said the driftglassman — Harlan Ellison and a copyright problem.

Junot Diaz and Min Jin Lee Tell it Like it is #origins #doubt #why people want to become writers — (Via @literaryanimal.)

Why Fingernails on Blackboards Sound So Horrible — Heh.

Scientists: Modern humans mated with different species — Rishathra, anyone?

China Launches Shenzhou-8 To Test Docking For Chinese Space Station

Are Bendable Smart Phones the Future? — For you near-term futurists.

System D: The Shadow Economy is the Second Largest in the World — Huh. Real life version of what we see in cyberpunk and elsewhere.

The medieval, unaccountable Corporation of London is ripe for protestWorking beyond the authority of parliament, the Corporation of London undermines all attempts to curb the excesses of finance. A strange and fascinating squib on a British legal oddity that affects us all. Plus bonus China Mieville references. Plutocracy on the hoof. (Via multiple sources.)

Dr. Livingstone’s lost 1871 ‘massacre’ diary recovered; discovery rewrites history — Interesting stuff about digital imaging. (Via [info]danjite.)

Are big banks feeling pressure from Occupy Wall Street? — Hmmm.

Major Parties Struggle for Popularity; Broad Interest in an Alternative

Wartime Contracting Commission Classifies Findings for Next 20 YearsAlthough the Commission on Wartime Contracting was created to expose waste and abuse, their records are sealed until 2031. Come on, Obama, we elected you to be better than the GOP. And that is a low, low bar.

Remember when Romney said he wouldn’t put a Muslim in the cabinet? He made his Mormonism relevant. — Interesting point. Up til now I’ve maintained Romney’s religion isn’t relevant to his run for the presidency, being a fundamentally private matter. But why should he be exempted from the same religious test he would place on people he would name to his own cabinet? We all know the answer, of course, because Republicans can always have it both ways. I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning.

Bruce Bartlett, Ex-Reagan Economist: Idea That Deregulation Leads To Jobs ‘Just Made Up’ — Well, that’s what the facts say, but unlike those of us in the reality-base community, facts never got in the way of a good red meat to the base conservative talking point. (Via [info]madwriter.)

?otD: Is it bound to take your life?

Writing time yesterday: 0.25 hours (chemo fatigue, tiny bit of WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 11.0 hours (fitful overnight plus napping)
Weight: 214.4
Currently (re)reading: Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett