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[links] Link salad gazes across the frigid Atlantic at the sunrise

Come Support the Jay Lake Auction at RadCon, Sunday at 1pm! — Ah, my friends.

Photos: Time Capsule Mansion Opened After 100 Years — Wow… (Via Lisa Costello.)

A Venn diagram cartoon — Hahahah.

The Patient, the Provider, and Participatory Medicine—Are We a House Divided? — (Snurched from Casey Quinlan.)

A Creepy Medical Tour Of The Past — I’m not sure I’d describe all of these as creepy, but they are fascinating.

Apple fires up new furnaces for iPhone 6’s sapphire screenUnbreakable screen tech heading Apple’s way.

Young Salmon Born Knowing Migration Route Without any prior migration experience, juvenile Chinook salmon can find their way to ancestral feeding grounds by using the Earth’s magnetic field and an inherited internal map, according to a new study.

Earliest footprints outside Africa discovered in Norfolk

Nasa’s Mars Curiosity Rover’s First Photo Of EarthThe distance between Earth and Mars when Curiosity took the photo, which includes the moon, was about 99 million miles.

Night Hides the World — Another beautiful night sky image, with an interesting explanation, from APOD.

Thoughts on Planetary Migration

Seeing science: The year’s best visualizationsThe National Science Foundation and Science name 2013’s best.

Calvin & Muad’Dib on religion — I love this piece, and I love this series.

Answers for Creationists — Phil Plait answers the Creationist questionsposted after the Bill Nye-Ken Ham “debate”, with grace and patience.

Alabama Chief Justice Jumps Into Gay Marriage FightMoore said that “a great majority of the American people want to hold to the definition that a marriage is between a man and a woman. Uh, no. Not if you believe the polling or voting patterns. Of course, if you decide to believe that polls are skewed and elections are stolen, then I guess evidence doesn’t matter.

Stupid Irish Homophobes and Their Big Homophobic Fail — This is very similar to conservative dialectic in this country.

Assault on California Power Station Raises Alarm on Potential for TerrorismApril Sniper Attack Knocked Out Substation, Raises Concern for Country’s Power Grid. I have seen coverage on this before, but I’m amazed at how little. Perhaps because firearms were involved, rather than explosives. Somebody was out exercising their right to a theoretical defense of essential liberties. (Via [info]danjite.)

Dread Pirate Roberts 2.0: An interview with Silk Road’s new bossNew leader wants Silk Road to publish gov’t secrets; calls old DPR a “fraud.” This is very strange, as is everything to do with the Deep Web, which is incredibly science fictional while also being quite real.

Lobbying is a Lucrative Investment, Researchers Find Using CRP Data — Duh? (Via [info]danjite.)

Six Economic Benefits of the Affordable Care Act

Still don’t have health insurance? The Obama administration is trying to find you.

GOP Rep: Even Jesus Couldn’t Control House Republicans — Hahaha.

?otD: Did you get weathered out of work or school today?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: n/a (post-operative)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block who aren’t descended from monkeys: 0
Currently reading: n/a

[links] Link salad for a rainy Solstice Saturday

In which our collaborate novel Our Lady of the Islands, written by me and Shannon Page, finds a home

Jade par Jay Lake — A French review of the French translation of my book Green. Some complaints, but I interpret the Google Translate version as generally positive.

Textopornographie: France creates its own word for ‘sexting’ — Of course they did. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Party Down: 100 Years of the Crossword Puzzle

Amazing Shadow Sculptures by Tim Noble and Sue Webster — Wow. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Photos: 2013’s Most Terrifying Weather Disasters

Scientists Send World’s First Text Message Using Vodka — Because reasons!

Algae go in, biocrude oil comes out

Damage suffered by Mars rover Curiosity’s aluminum wheels raise concern

‘Perfect’ Electron Roundness Bruises Supersymmetry

People worried about food poisoning, however, should treat chicken as a hazard in the kitchen.People worried about food poisoning, however, should treat chicken as a hazard in the kitchen. (Via David Goldman.)

New Mexico becomes 17th gay marriage state — Another bigotry domino falls. Another state abandons senseless hatred cloaked in religious privilege in favor of a sane and moral approach to its citizens.

Federal judge strikes down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage — Wow. I would have bet good money that either Utah or Nebraska would the last stand of religious bigotry in this country when it comes to persecuting gays. This is beyond shocking.

In Striking Down Utah’s Gay Marriage Ban, Judge Gives Scalia Big Bear Hug — Ah, legal trolling.

New Jersey Senate Passes Transgender Birth Certificate BillEarlier this week, The Advocate reported on the status of a bill intended to make the often-difficult and cost-prohibitive process of updating identification documents easier for transgender individuals in New Jersey. This in the state that elected Chris Christie as governor? Wow…

‘Duck Dynasty’: White evangelicals rallying for racism — It makes smug Republican Jesus smile.

Phil Robertson’s America The Duck Dynasty star’s warped vision of civil-rights history feeds his warped view of today’s gay-rights struggle. Ta-Nehisi Coates with some perspective that should shame any white person, regardless of your politics.

Is the “War on Christmas” about Christmas?For these commenters, the so-called War on Christmas is about much more than a competition between religious and secular forces, it’s also about the centrality of whiteness and a defense of “true” Canadianness against an influx of foreign cultures. It is worth considering whether, in general, this debate is really code for racism and anti-immigrant sentiment more generally. I dunno. Do conservatives ever fixate on race and immigration? Seems beneath them, somehow.

“You’re Days Are Numbered”: On Death Threats And Gun RightsSo what do you think about the NRA’s advocacy? Just curious, since their essay resulted in death threats to me, threats of rape to my wife, and threats of abduction and murder of my six-month-old daughter from the people who read the NRA’s column. Personally, I think a little bit less of an organization like the NRA, which incites their members to threaten rape and murder and the abduction of babies. Guns make us all safer. Especially in the hands of patriotic NRA members like these folks. Only liberal pussies like me could possibly doubt that tools designed for human death in the hands of angry, irrational people could possibly be any kind of threat in a society which cheerfully accepts 30,000 gun deaths a year without question.

Military retirees: You betrayed us, CongressMilitary retirees are outraged that Congress will start voting Thursday on a budget deal that trims military pensions, calling the move “an egregious breach of faith.” Actually, the weakening of any pension — city government, union, corporate, Federal, military — is an egregious breach of faith. But one that companies, courts and politicians are all to eager to embrace at any turn, especially when there are investors whose returns must be protected. Of course, that attitude almost certainly makes me a mouth-breathing Socialist. (Via [info]danjite.)

Wyoming Senate race 2014: Liz Cheney husband Phil Perry on vote rolls in 2 states — Imagine if you will for a moment if a Democratic Senate candidate’s spouse were registered to vote in two states. There would be calls in the House for a Federal investigation, and the story would top the cycle of Your Liberal Media for weeks, and the conservative echo chamber for months. But a Republican candidate’s spouse? This dog will be dead by Sunday. Because conservatism is more moral, dammit.

$22.62/Hr: The Minimum Wage if it had Risen Like the Incomes of the 1% — I cannot even bring myself to be sarcastic about this.

Did 17 Illegal Voters in Ohio Steal the 2012 Election?And a great deal of legal work has come up dry in the hunt for the mythical “buses of illegal voters” being spirited in from cities or campuses to stuff the polls. But if you just read Fox, you’ve learned that the voter fraud problem is very real. That’s because conservatives are almost always wrong both on the plain face of the facts, and on the basis their “ideas”. Lying is the only way to make the conservative case. Bearing false witness makes smug Republican Jesus smile, after all, because it’s one of those optional Ten Commandments. (Snurched from John Sapienza.)

?otD: Got your collar turned to the cold and damp?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 237.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block falsifying climate change data: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[travel|conventions] We are going to WFC in Brighton

As previously discussed, thanks to the extreme generosity and support of Unnamed Benefactors, Lisa Costello and I will be at World Fantasy Convention in Brighton at the end of this month.

I’ll actually be flying over on October 23rd, arriving on the 24th and going straight to Paris to visit friends until the 26th, then back to London staying with friends until 30th. Lisa arrives on 31st, and we’re down to Brighton, flying home on the 4th.

Due to my ill health and mobility impairments, and the resultant travel fatigue, my schedule will be quite light. However, there will probably be some kind of public event or appearance in Paris, which I will announce. I may also have a bit of social availability in London, so if you’re hoping to see me, let me know. And of course we’ll both be in Brighton and generally available to the extent my health allows.

See some, all or none of you there.

[links] Link salad once upon a time in the West

Tolerance For Intolerance: Boycotting Ender’s GameThat’s [Orson Scott Card] doubling down and saying, “You need to tolerate my intolerance.” Which is a classic derailing tactic that smells so strongly of horseshit that when he says it I wonder if I’m actually living inside a horse’s ass. Just because we elected Obama president doesn’t mean I have to tolerate racism. Bigoted ignorant fuck-all is still bigoted ignorant fuck-all.

New signs of language surface in mystery Voynich text — Word entropy? How cool is that? (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

France in the year 2000 — Cool. (Via [info]martang.)

Meet Atlas, the Robot Designed to Save the DayNew humanoid robots will compete in a contest designed to test the ability of machines to take on extremely dangerous and high-stakes human jobs.

This 3D printer makes edible food — Mmm? Or not? (Via [info]corwynofamber.)

Not yet gone, but effectively extinctA small drop in one species’ population can drive others to actually die out.

All hail! Bacteria that control their squid overlords — (Thanks, I think, to David Goldman.)

The “Diaosi” social class: presage of impending social changes in China — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

A Life That Can Fracture a Relationship — Moving piece about working in the oilfields. (Via David Goldman.)

A time-lapse video map of 2,053 nuclear explosions from 1945 through 1998

Goodbye, MiamiBy century’s end, rising sea levels will turn the nation’s urban fantasyland into an American Atlantis. But long before the city is completely underwater, chaos will begin. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Racial Makeup of Red and Blue America — Unsurprising hard numbers to back up the intuitively obvious. (Via Dad.)

Murderers where the Victim was White are Far more Likely to be Punished in US

Zimmerman trial: Man carrying loaded handgun shoots and kills unarmed teen — I have never understood how it is self-defense when you stalk and confront someone, especially after the police have told you to do no such thing.

Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds Republicans Take Bigger Hit For Gridlock American voters blame both parties for gridlock in Washington, but they say Republicans are more responsible for Congress’ inability to get things done. Would that be because of widespread and proudly declared Republican obstructionism? Remember what their top legislative priority was during Obama’s first term. Not jobs. Not the economy. Not national security.

Obama’s Plan to Crack Down on Whistleblowers Leaked — Hahahah. (Via David Goldman.)

Texas state capitol trooper confiscates woman’s Maxi-Pad, but guns are okay — That’s the GOP in a nutshell. You couldn’t find a more concise statement of conservative values as practiced today. Are you proud of your Republican party?

Why Republicans Might Lose in 2016 — From conservative commentator Daniel Larison.

QotD?: Tell me how we’re gonna do what’s best?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 5.0 hours (very fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 250.6
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; Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

[links] Link salad has heard that the forests will echo with laughter

Return of the Girl Cooties — Cora Buhlert with another good roundup about sexism in SF, with a lot of commentary.

France to seek ban on Amazon bundled discounts, free delivery — Huh. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Living With Cancer: Seeking Intimacy — Yup. Sigh.

Choice of Health Plans to Vary Sharply From State to State — (Thanks to Dad.)

Perigee’s Full Moon — A lovely APOD photo of moonrise over the Temple of Poseidon.

Some beautiful kinetic art from the Netherlands — (Via AH.)

China’s Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million Into Cities — That’s some massive social engineering there. (Via Dad.)

Ruins of Maya City Discovered in Remote Jungle — I think it is so cool that there are still lost cities in this GPS-enabled, satellite-mapped world.

Stalking world’s biggest planes makes for photos that say ‘wow’

The Fighter Jet Take-Off Platform — This be some weird shit, Maynard.

U.S. Special Forces Turn To Electric Motorcycles For Stealth

This Man Wants To Power The World With Tornadoes — Fueled by farmhouses?

The MEMO Project — A memorial to lost species. (Via H—.)

Marijuana Crops in California Threaten Forests and Wildlife

HPV Vaccine Is Working. Again. — Vaccination denialism is particularly horrible, because it brings risk and harm to the children of the deniers as well as everyone else. Climate change denialism, for contrast, is a more generally harmful form of willful idiocy that doesn’t have much direct correspondence with outcomes in the deniers personal life.

Annals of Surveillance: The PrismPrivacy in an age of publicity. (Via [info]danjite.)

NSA Secrecy and Personal Privacy — (Via David Goldman.)

The Real Reason You’re Mad at the NSA — On strategic intelligence as a national attribute. (Via Lisa Costello.)

U.S. Immigration Services Believes an Atheist Can’t Be an Conscientious Objector? — Well, you know, atheists can’t be trusted. What with their long history of burning people at the stake, slave labor in the Magdalen laundries, widespread coverups of pedophilia, hypocrisy on abortion and poverty, spirited defenses of slavery, segregation and gender-based discrimination, and so forth, atheists can’t hold a candle to the virtues of religious folk. Wait, what…? (Via [info]danjite.)

For One Gay Christian, a Search for Understanding While Hanging on to Faith

Religious right will hold breath, turn blue, if DOMA overturned“We will not stand by,” the statement harrumphs. But, actually, yes, yes they will. Standing by is exactly what they will do because that is all they can do. This doesn’t affect them. It does not harm them — it neither picks their pockets nor breaks their legs. It doesn’t compel them to do anything. It doesn’t compel them not to do anything. They are by-standers to something happening elsewhere, to other people.

Family Policy Institute of Washington Misrepresents Facts in a Child Rape Case — Pretty sure this guy is down with the Biblical verses about homosexuality, yet considers himself exempt from the Ten Commandments. Either that or American Bibles obviously have a footnote to the commandment against bearing false witness which exempts lies told about Planned Parenthood. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Controversial GOP NH Rep. Tremblay resignsTremblay alleges Marathon bombing may have been faked. Apparently the New Hampshire GOP did the right thing here. If only she’d been in the US House where conservative lunacy is apparently a job requirement, Rep. Tremblay would be a folk hero rather than an outcast. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

So When will Dick Cheney be charged with Espionage? His Crime was the Same as Snowden’s — It’s not treason when Republicans do it.

Illinois GOP Pol Calls Black Female Candidate A ‘Street Walker’ — Because conservatism. Are you proud of your Republican party?

QotD?: Does anybody remember laughter?

Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (a bit of WRPA, otherwise my day got eaten by logistics)
Hours slept: 10.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 249.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block installing Islamic footwashing sinks: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad heads for Seattle and Norwescon

Bibliotheca Alexandrina: The Great Library of Alexandria Reborn? — This is rather a wow. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Lower your IQ permanently! — Hahaha! Ok, this is tacky. But hahah! (Via [info]willyumtx.)

A Tireless Connoisseur of Texas Barbecue Gets Ready for the Main Course — Full time barbecue editor? (Thanks to Dad.)

French students launch anti-dog poo mobile app — Hah! (Via [info]threeoutside.)

First Love Child of Human, Neanderthal Found — So to speak.

Globetrotting Giant Squid Are All One Species

Dinosaur-killing impact set the world on fireResearchers argue forcefully that the ensuing heat set off global forest fires.

Saturn Rings have been Around for about 4 Billion Years: NASA

Opinion: Life as a TargetAttacks on my work aimed at undermining climate change science have turned me into a public figure. I have come to embrace that role. Michael Mann talks about death threats etc. As I’ve observed for years, angry liberals write letters to the editor. Angry conservatives bomb clinics, shoot doctors and make death threats against scientists.

Go Gay — Girls are discovered first. Ah, classic advertising, how we love your unintentional recontextualizations.

Bill O’Reilly: Gay Rights Advocates Have ‘Compelling Argument’ — Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

Boston College professors group backs students who may face discipline for distributing condoms — Because STIs and unwanted pregnancies are much more in keeping with Catholic tradition than contraception.

‘Rude’ lawmaker Louie Gohmert pulls rank on cops over parking ticket — Conservative class showing itself once again.

Local Airport Closures Cause GOPers Sequestration Anxiety — Once again, nobody likes conservative policies when applied to them personally. Especially not conservatives.

Elena Kagan’s DOMA ‘gotcha’ moment — Chief Justice Roberts can pretend to principle all he wants, but anti-gay bigotry is still anti-gay bigotry, however high minded Republicans like to believe themselves to be. Justice Kagan quoted GOPers in their own words. There simply is no objective, reality-based stance against gay marriage.

Politicians Overestimate their Constituents’ Conservatism — This is thanks to the Republican stranglehold on Your Liberal Media these past few decades. And yes, there’s a typo in the headline. Preserved from the original.

Republicans not liked, even by 25% of . . . Republicans — He’s being far too nice when he says GOPers “look unfair” and “look narrow-minded and selfish”. The correct phrasing is “demonstrably are unfair” and “demonstrably are narrow-minded and selfish”.

QotD?: Where will you be this weekend?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (taught online course instead)
Hours slept: 7.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 242.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block building solar arrays to undermine the American fossil fuel industry: 0
Currently reading: Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad is still in the Sunshine State

Nerd Nite #1: Sex, Dying, and the FUTURE! — A reminder, I’ll be talking about cancer and genomics next Tuesday evening in Portland.

Departures Cont. — Ta-Nehisi Coates writes beautifully about being in Paris, race, language and life.

The Feather Atlas — Huh. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Huge Ice Spheres Along Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore — Wow. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Extinction that paved way for dinosaurs definitively linked to volcanism

Doctors Should Tell Patients About Some, But Not All, Unexpected Genetic FindingsA professional medical geneticists group recommends that certain genetic risk factors be examined in all medical DNA sequence tests. I have real issues with the idea of concealing known health information from patients.

105 US kids died of flu; most didn’t get vaccine — Vaccinations save lives.

Female techie fired after tweeting about sexual comments — It’s hard to know what to say here.

How do I talk to my mom about pants? — This kind of religious mindset just baffles me.

The Gingrich-Santorum “Unity Ticket” That Wasn’t — The bog mindles.

QotD?: Orange you glad I’m here?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (WRPA, revisions)
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bike
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block building solar arrays to undermine the American fossil fuel industry: 0
Currently reading: Guards, Guards by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad refuses to freeze its soup and nuts

A review of Endurance — A review with a very curious approach.

The First 10 Pages: Science Fiction & Fantasy Boot Camp: 3/26/13 – 3/28/13 — An online course I am etching with writer (and friend) Phil Athans and agent Carlie Webber. Phil comments at length.

Widespread Flaws Found in Ovarian Cancer Treatment — Sigh.

French Toilet Paper Ad: ‘Emma’ By Le Trefle Proves Both French Husbands & Technology Wrong — Hahahaha! (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

“W T Warren Testing Helmet 1912” — Um, ok.

Seagulls — Drones in love. (Via [info]goulo.)

Ukrainian Killer Dolphins Deserted to Seek Mates – Expert — Um, wow.

Neanderthal large eyes ‘made them extinct’No one knows what it’s like/To be the bad man/To be the sad man/Behind blue eyes

Mars rock yields building blocks of lifeNASA says the Curiosity rover detected six elements in a rock that indicated Mars once had a habitable environment with plenty of water.

Google Concedes That Drive-by Prying Violated Privacy — This has been percolating for a while.

Raging on the Web May Not Really Make Us Feel Better — Huh. Who knew? I guess we’ll all have to back to yelling at the teepee.

No burden, no regret in ‘fair, respectful, equal’I have never seen anyone who described their former support for marriage equality as an oppressive weight or burden that they were later joyously relieved to be rid of. I have never seen anyone weep with remorse and regret for the votes they cast or the words they once spoke in support of equal rights. I don’t recall seeing anyone moving in that direction at all.

Illinois Republican: Gun control ‘exactly’ like castration — Ah, the cool logic of the gun culture once again expresses itself. Saving 30,000 lives a year can’t possibly be worth this much trouble, eh? (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Richard Nixon Wished for Total Handgun Ban — And he presided over the founding of the EPA. I sometimes wonder how we’d view Nixon now if he hadn’t left office under a criminal cloud. (Via [info]ericjamesstone.)

Falsity of Nuclear Accusation against Iraq Was Known before Bush’s Invasion — Well, duh. They knew they were lying about it. But evidence-based reality was never a high priority for the Bush administration, being as how they were Republicans and all. The kindest interpretation I’ve ever come up with is that they were certain Saddam had nukes, and were doing the political equivalent of kiting a check, figuring once they found the goods, no one would care later that the initial evidence was false.

QotD?: What’s the coldest you’ve ever been?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (revisions and 900 additional words to “King of the Kingless”, to 4,000 words)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (19 degrees and snowing outside, what do you think?)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block escorting ACORN thugs to steal the votes of “Real Americans”: 0
Currently reading: Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad stares down the barrel of another week

The Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser and the Lakeside Kickstarter for the documentary about me, [info]the_child, and cancer are still live. Both have made goal, but additional support is always welcome. Please check them out if you have not done so yet.

Dog and Cat Dress-Up for Great Justice — Cherie Priest with a steampunk pet fashion show as an Act of Whimsy in support of the cancer fundraiser on my behalf. Hahahah.

My Terrible Surprise – The Dreaded High School Novel — Pat Rothfuss’ contribution. Ack!

In Which I, John Scalzi, Sing a Lost Bob Dylan Song For Jay Lake — A musical interlude from our esteemed Mr. Scalzi. As the man himself says, harmonica is the new cowbell.

Jay Lake cancer fundraiser: expect a 3D scan of my head while making a funny face originated by John Scalzi — Cory Doctorow on the forthcoming scan of his head.

A dozen good documentaries — Roger Ebert on 2012 films.

Human ritesRituals bind us, in modern societies and prehistoric tribes alike. But can our loyalties stretch to all of humankind? Refleshing? Really? Wow. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Mind over Map: the World Is What You Make It — Some interesting mind games with world maps.

In California, It’s U.S. vs. State Over Marijuana — I am strongly in favor of legalization, or at a minimum, significant decriminalization. Our drug laws are hypocritical at best in a culture that so strongly endorses alcohol, tobacco and caffeine. No dog in the fight personally (I’ve never even bothered to seek a medical marijuana card for my chemotherapy), just fairness and common sense.

IBM’s Watson Gets A ‘Swear Filter’ After Learning The Urban Dictionary — Heh. (Via David Goldman.)

Tetrapod anatomy: Backbone back-to-front in early animalsTextbooks might have to be re-written when it comes to some of the earliest creatures, a study suggests.

French WWI images found still in camera — Wow. (Via [info]danjite.)

NASA Awards $17.8M Contract For Inflatable Addition To Space Station — Sometimes the jokes just write themselves. For reals, this is cool and significant, but how can it not be funny?

Can This Man Save Pinball?An arcade entrepreneur has a plan to resuscitate the dying pastime—with a little help from the Wizard of Oz. (Via [info]danjite.)

Dick Armey dishes dirt accidentallyDick Armey had no idea he was speaking to the left-wing Media Matters organization during an interview last week, he told The Daily Caller Tuesday. Instead, Armey thought he was chatting with the conservative Media Research Center. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

?otD: Locked and loaded?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (stress)
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 220.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing disability rights: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

[links] Link salad has got nothing today

A reader reacts to my novel Green

Wanted, Dead or Alive: Used Books — Larry McMurtry’s great sell-off.

Where Do Sentences Come From?

US Army hybrid airship takes flight — Tobias Buckell with the link.

A new space race: Companies vie to haul cargo, passengers

$100 Million Security System Breached by Drunken Jet Skier — Um, yeah.

Simplifying SexWhat Some Priests Don’t Understand About Contraception. Um, yeah.

Big tobacco’s bid almost out of puff — Australia continues to push successfully against smokes.

U.S. Maternal Health Crisis Facts — Wow. (Via [info]danjite.)

SMBC on the history of revolution — Hahahah.

French soul search as Amiens is hit by ‘urban guerrilla warfare’France vowed to clamp down on a new wave of civil unrest after one of the most deprived suburbs in the country descended into “urban guerrilla warfare” in some of the worst scenes of violence for years. Sigh.

‘The Jefferson Lies’ is recalled by publisher Thomas Nelson“We took all of those concerns seriously [and] learned that there were some historical details included in the book that were not adequately supported,” said the publisher, which focuses on releasing Christian-based titles. “Some historical details”? We’re talking Christianist revisionism. Wholesale false witness about the history of our culture. (Given that in Evangelical circles, Exodus 20:16 doesn’t bear nearly the significance that, say, Leviticus 18:22 does. It’s only one of the Ten Commandments, after all.) I’d be amazed if any of the history was supportable.

How Republicans Sabotaged the RecoveryThe economy didn’t jump. It was pushed. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Fact Check: Ryan budget plan doesn’t actually slash the budget — I have a strong policy of never linking to FOX News, even for wire stories, due to their pervasive and explicit dishonesty, but this is a very weird story to see on the news service that has made its entire fortune out of being Republican fluffers. (Also, as I expect this story to vanish pretty quickly, here’s a screen shot from Tuesday morning around 10:20 am.)

Romney Visits Iowa ‘Farmer’ Who Is Also A Millionaire Real Estate Mogul With A Spaceship House And Personal Car Wash — Yep, rock ribbed conservatism, representing the interests of the middle class and independent businessmen everywhere.

?otD: Tell me something I don’t know?

Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: 235.2
Currently reading: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski

[links] Link salad awakens from a Carolina BBQ coma

Why is Amazon becoming a hardware company?

Did the Bard speak American?

How do “today’s students” write, really?

Genetic Discoveries Cast New Light on Migraine — It’s X-linked! Female chromosomes FTW! (Via Lisa Costello.)

Pink Aurora Over Crater Lake — Wow. Another awesome APOD image. I’ve never seen the aurora, and I’d really like to.

French Demand Compensation for Plantagenet Murder — Breaking news!

In New Exhibit, Disney Lends Its Star Power to Reagan, and Vice Versa — Sigh. My second least favorite president, further sanctified. (Thanks to my Dad.)

Monsignor Lynn sentenced to jail for role in church sex abuseIn a soft and clear voice, disgraced Catholic Monsignor William Lynn stood Tuesday before a packed courtroom and apologized for the years of sexual abuse a young man suffered at the hands of defrocked priest Edward Avery, whom Lynn transferred to the boy’s parish despite knowing that he had abused another boy. One tiny step in righting the monstrous behaviors of the Catholic hierarchy in systematically enabling and concealing child sexual abuse for generations.

Less Guns, Less Violence — Ya think? Ta-Nehisi Coates on American trends in crime and gun ownership.

President Obama’s gun baloney — Yeah, he’s a Socialist coming for your guns, alright. If ever there was a political moment for the Obama of the GOP/NRA’s paranoid fantasies to make an anti-gun move, it would be now. Can you see the black helicopters coming?

“Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.” — PA state House Republican leader Mike Turzai on the year’s legislative accomplishments. Conservative integrity always shines through. Even when they’re bragging in so many words about vote blocking and election stealing.

?otD: WHat did you eat last night?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (60 minutes on outline for untitled fantasy novel, 15 minutes of WRPA)
Body movement: 45 minute urban walk
Hours slept: 5.75 (fitful)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold

[links] Link salad ate haggis last night

Trilogies: Third time’s not always the charm

Hello Kitty Darth Vader — JD Hancock strikes again.

The New French Hacker-Artist Underground — (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

No Disrespect for the Meatball Hero — Mmm, food.

X-Ray Laser Turns Up the Heat to 3.6 Million Degrees — I love this line: The advancement represents the first time researchers have been able to produce such plasmas in a controlled way.

Bizarre skin disease Morgellons not infectious, CDC says

Europe, Data, and the ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

The Amazing Government Sting That Cost Google $500 Million (GOOG)

Study: Ocean Acidity Exceeds Natural Norms — Oops.

Five shots against global warming denialism

Who should recuse on Prop 8? — Jed Hartman is funny.

Why Evangelicals Don’t Like Mormons — Oddly, this article refers to Romney as a ‘Protestant’. Are Mormons considered Protestants? I never heard that.

‘Stop-Newt’ Republicans Confront Base Unwilling to Take Orders — Hahahah.

?otd: Have you ever eaten haggis?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hour (1.5 hours on Sunspin revisions, plus a bit of misc WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 (solid)
Weight: 226.6
Currently reading: Scourge of the Betrayer by Jeff Salyards