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[links] Link salad hurts its foot

The Digital Public Library of America Opens its DoorsA new website is the start of a bold project to digitize America’s cultural heritage.

Trigger Happy: roleplaying in a World Which Hates You. — Caias Ward is running a gaming Kickstarter.

Terminal Illness: Readers’ Best and Worst Airports — In which my opinion of the Newark airport is quoted.

When oversharing online can get you arrested

Startup uBiome Will Catalog Your Microbes, Again and Again

Illegal loggers continue to threaten Amazonian tribe

When Dinner Has a Gleam in Its EyeChina’s economic boom is driving a culinary revival, as chefs rediscover dishes that haven?t been seen for decades. (Via Dad.)

Fish’s DNA May Explain How Fins Turned to Feet

Opalized woodPetrified wood is basically fossilized wood that has had it’s organic matter replaced by a mineral such as agate, bit by bit, as it decomposes. The wood structure is maintained, but the wood fibers are slowly changed into stone. Sometimes a jasper, quartz, pyrite or even opal(shown above) can be found fossilized in wood. Wow. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Super Storm Sandy Produced Tiny Vibrations in Earth’s Crust

Dust over the Four Corners Region — My pareidolia caused me to see this as a cowboy waving his hat, even before I realized what region of the world the orbital photograph covers.

Samsung Demos a Tablet Controlled by Your BrainAn easy-to-use EEG cap could expand the number of ways to interact with your mobile devices.

Small Government: Texas Fertilizer Plant that blew up not inspected for yearsThe Texas fertilizer plant that suffered a massive explosion had not been subject to an OSHA inspection for many years. The current American obsession with deregulation and ending inspections has claimed yet more victims, as The Nation shows. And Texas has also cut funding for first responders like firemen. See? The Republican party is right. Regulation is bad for business, and taxes to pay for things like fire departments are an evil theft of your hard-earned money. Too bad about all those dead people, but at least they died for conservative principles.

Conservative radio host: Families of Newtown shooting victims can ‘go to hell’ — Ah, compassionate conservatism intersects with the measured, rational tenor of the American gun culture. You guys must be so proud of yourselves.

QotD?: Ow?

Writing time yesterday: 4.0 hours (60 minutes and 1,600 words on Original Destiny, Manifest Sin, plus 30 minutes of WRPA to produce 1,100 words of nonfiction, and 2.5 hours of Reddit interviewing)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (injured foot)
Weight: n/a (couldn’t stand on scale due to injured foot)
Number of FEMA troops on my block checking the magazine sizes of gun owners: 0
Currently reading: The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad hears the homicidal bitchin’ that goes down in every kitchen

Top 10 SF Signal Podcasts for 2012 — I immodestly note that I am part of the number one podcast.

The Hobbit: 48 and 24 Frames Per Second — Ben Peek is interesting.

Mazes & Monsters and the BADD old days: I’m collecting stories of the backlash against Dungeons & DragonsSlacktivist Fred Clark brings back some memories. Though I never encountered anti-RPG panic.

There still remain many agendaLanguage Log with a squib for the “data are plural” crowd.

It’s All Uphill From Here: The Earth at Perihelion

Lucy climbed trees as well as walked

Fence Phone — More weirdness from BLDG BLOG on the subject of oddball telecommunications. There are several other fascinating pieces over there in this same vein. (And did the fence phone have a maps app?)

Maps the key mobile battle

Ten states raise minimum wage; Is your state one of them? — It’s nice to see some states, including my own, doing the right thing. The perennial conservative hysteria over minimum wage hikes is as baseless as virtually every other target of conservative hysteria, from racial integration to gay marriage. But of course, there is never any post facto accountability for grandstanding conservative opposition to such basic moral issues as integration, marriage equality, or fair pay for fair work.

House GOP kills Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill. GOP to Sandy victims: Drop Dead. — So all those proud “Real American” GOPers from tornado and flood prone farm states are expecting precisely what the next time Mother Nature nails their home turf? This isn’t how a nation works, rather, this is how a dying political party spreads its toxicity.

?otD: Who will serve and who will eat?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 3.5 hours (badly interrupted)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (30 minutes on the stationary bike)
Weight: 213.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing small businesses to raise wages: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

[links] Link salad wonders where the week is going

Westward Weird came out yesterday — I have a story therein, “The Temptation of Eustace Prudence McAllen”, first in the doc, which is a nice position. Various of my co-authors have commented on the anthology and their stories, including Seanan McGuire, Dean Wesley Smith, and Steven Saus.

Próba Kwiatów – Jay Lake — A mixed review, in Polish, of the Polish edition of my novel Trial of Flowers.

SF in SF — Just a reminder that this coming Saturday, 2/11, I will be at SF in SF with K.W. Jeter and Rudy Rucker. If you’re in the Bay Area, come on down.

10 Tips on Writing from David Ogilvy — He’s talking about ad copy, not fiction, but this is still interesting and worthwhile stuff. (Via Curiosity Counts.)

Kill the Local News — Writer Jeremy Tolbert on sensationalism.

Mindful Eating as Food for Thought

Scale of the Universe — Another fun take on the “powers of 10” meme. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

What did people do: in a Medieval City? — (Via [info]danjite.)

Self-Cloning Seagrass May Be World’s Oldest Living Thing

Mars-bound NASA rover carries coin for camera checkup — This is cool and kind of poetic.

Mapping the Road Ahead for Autonomous Cars

Turing’s Enduring ImportanceThe path computing has taken wasn’t inevitable. Even today’s machines rely on a seminal insight from the scientist who cracked Nazi Germany’s codes. An interesting article, although I wish in mentioning his suicide it had acknowledged the disgusting way Turing was treated by his own people.

The State of Gay Marriage — Being a handy map to show you where bigotry has triumphed, and where respect for basic human rights is gaining ground.

The Single Most Powerful Quote From California’s Prop 8 Ruling“Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.” Like opposition to interracial marriage forty years ago, Prop 8 is bigotry, pure and simple, a combination of narrow-minded religious privilege and typically unfounded conservative alarmism. Like opposition to interracial marriage today, forty years from now people will be ashamed to admit in public what they once voted and for and believed.

The Business Case Against Karen Handel — John Scalzi with a very sensible take on the (surprising to me) resignation of Karen Handel from the Susan G. Komen foundation. For my own part, I’ll observe that as usual when the Right tries strong-arm tactics, they only see unfairness when they get caught out.

Planned Parenthood’s Deep Bench — Ta-Nehisi Coates with some interesting thoughts on the fight that Komen picked when they decided to show their true conservative colors.

Why the Energy-Industrial Elite Has It In for the Planet — Social and political commentary on the funding impetus behind the intellectual fraud of climate change denial.

Jesus versus the GOPThe man from Nazareth would have been appalled by the “Christian” Republican candidates. The only thing I have to say to political Christianists is “Matthew 6:6“.

‘We the People’ Loses Appeal With People Around the World — The declining influence of the US Constitution overseas.

Republicans Finally Realize They’re Helping ObamaLike their counterparts from 16 years before, Republicans took control of the House of Representatives last year filled with revolutionary zeal, assuming that they could leverage their hold over one branch of Congress into sweeping changes in the national agenda. And like their predecessors, they blundered into high-profile confrontations with a Democratic president and suffered prolonged and deep damage in their public standing, with each new defeat slowly leeching the fanatical determination out of them.

Santorum Upsets G.O.P. Race With Three Victories — I really can’t decide who would be the bigger disaster for this country, Senator Frothy Mix or Governor 1%. Our last Republican president set an extremely low bar for destructive incompetence, something the GOP electorate seems to have very conveniently forgotten.

?otd: How was your Tuesday?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (Sunspin revisions)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.25 (solid)
Weight: 230.8
Currently reading: n/a (between books)

[links] Link salad thinks about maps

Video: SWITL magic goop scoop — Weird robotics. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Spaceflight: Risky Business — From the blog Vintage Space. (Via Centauri Dreams.)

Geopolitics in First-Person Shooter Video Games — Weird and interesting squib from Sociological Images.

Radiation Dosage ChartInformation Is Beautiful with a visualization of dosage levels and consequences.

Libya and the Conservative ConundrumA fair percentage of [conservatives] reject the president’s policy of bombing Libya while being in favor of bombing Libya.

Who’s Really Behind Recent Republican Legislation in Wisconsin and Elsewhere? (Hint: It Didn’t Start Here) — An essay from embattled historian William Cronon. The GOP may have bitten off more than they can chew in trying to intimidate this guy. (Thanks to [info]shsilver.)

Haley Barbour Comes Out Against Slavery — Nice to see the leading lights of the GOP catching up on current events. Also some interesting historical counterfactuals in this piece.

Gingrich fears ‘atheist country … dominated by radical Islamists’Hours after declaring Sunday that he expects to be running for president within a month, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he’s worried the United States could be “a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists,” in the foreseeable future, according to Politico. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Are conservatives really this stupid? This is nothing but scare word bingo. In what conceivable universe are radical Islamists also secular atheists? (Via Pharyngula.)

?otD: Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?

Writing time yesterday: 2.25 hours (revisions on Sunspin, net 600 word gain to manuscript)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 249.6
Currently reading: A Bard’s Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella; Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts

[personal|writing] Monday is not for wimps

As usual, I’ve been busy. Last night was OMSI Science Pub, this time with game designer Jane McGonigal giving her talk, “Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.” I believe her TED talk covers much of the same territory. Fascinating stuff.

Otherwise it was a day of Day Jobbery, editing Sunspin, helping [info]the_child make brownies and catching the male black widow spider we found in the kitchen cupboard while looking for the Crisco. Because life around Nuevo Rancho Lake is nothing if not exciting.

Today more of the same, hopefully with fewer black widow spiders, plus a girls’ basketball game this afternoon.

Looking forward, once I wrap the current editing pass on this chunk of Sunspin, I’ll be taking a few days off from the project to work on the newly-arrived Endurance copy edits, and possibly write one or two short stories. This is very unusual behavior for me on a novel project, but Sunspin is just too big to keep powering through, and other projects have due dates.

Any interesting insects in your life right now? Or copy edits?

[links] Link salad wishes it were more productive

Steampunk blogging at Babel Clash is under way — Some worthwhile entries by three of us from yesterday.

We’ve Spent 5.93M Years Playing WoW…?!? — Um… Um… Amazing. No wonder I get a lot of writing done. I believe this speaker, Jane McGonigal, is addressing an upcoming OMSI Science Pub on this topic. (Thanks to lt260.)

How animals and humans quench thirst in the desert. — “As the mucus dries, it forms a secure body bag.” Who needs science fiction? (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Moon and Venus Over Switzerland — Wow. APOD strikes again.

Extraterrestrials now live among us in China and in U.S.A., newspapers report — Read all about it in the weekly Midnight Star!

Why Egypt 2011 is not Iran 1979 — Detailed and interesting social comparison from Juan Cole.

Frances Fox Piven — Concerning one of the Right’s weirder moments of late. (Via Scrivener’s Error, also worth the read on this one.)

Religion and 2012 — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on religious voters and the mooted Huntsman candidacy. And yes, they have the same party identification issues us strong liberal-progressives do. Even when we know we’re being had, who else are we going to vote for?

?otD: How many hours did you play video or online games last month? How many hours did you spend writing?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (3,500 new words on Sunspin book one.)
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 251.0
Currently reading: One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde

[links] Link salad visits the home by the sea

Don’t forget the new caption contest [ | LiveJournal ]

Paul Kincaid at Strange Horizons reviews Pinion — Hmm. The story belongs to the reader…

Planet Stories covers — Mmm, pulp. (Via Erotic Mad Science.)

Monkeys hate flying squirrels, report monkey-annoyance experts — “Monkey-annoyance expert”: your job title for the future. (Via Ed Brayton’s blog.)

The terrible truth of Tetris — Hahaha. (Via David Goldman.)

Industrial Arts Occupations — More WPA art from Vintagraph.

Unsung Heroes: Vintage Garbage & Sanitation Trucks — Another feature from Dark Roasted Blend.

Computing at the Speed of LightReplacing metal wiring with fiber optics could change everything from supercomputers to laptops.

Why GOP reaction is muted as judge affirms gay marriage rightsGOP conservatives may not be itching for a culture war over a judge’s decision overturning California’s gay marriage ban. Economic issues, not cultural ones, are their focus heading into Election 2010.

?otD: Are you dreaming of the time when you were free?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (revisions, WRPA)
Body movement: beach walking later
Hours slept: 9.0 (solid)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently (re)reading: Inheritor by C.J. Cherryh

[links] Link salad sees a city in its mind

Criada reacts to The Specific Gravity of Grief — I was very touched by this one.

A reader reacts to Green — They really, really didn’t like it. My favorite part of the review: I should have bought an IT book or something. Best book diss EVAR.

Some thoughts on uniformity — Paul Jessup on story telling.

Engendering Utopia: From Amazons to Androgyny — A reprint of an old IROSF article by specficrider and me.

Okay, kids, play on my lawn — Roger Ebert on video games as art (again), with reference to Shakespeare and Clive Barker.

Science Historian Cracks the ‘Plato Code’ — This is cool. (Thanks to e_bourne.)

Get Fuzzy on kosher dolphins

The fanciful vehicular concept art of 1930s Japan — Very cool stuff from The future that never was ours.

Inspiring vintage science fiction art — (Via Dark Roasted Blend.)

The First Photo of a Planet Outside Our Solar System — Wow. More from Centauri Dreams.

More on Research 2000Daily Kos on the invalidity of their own polling. This is a serious problem with process, accountability and accuracy. Probably not so much with underlying trending, as this piece points out. For example, Harris says: 45 percent of Republicans (25 percent overall) agree with the Birthers in their belief that Obama was “not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president” (Thanks to ericjamesstone for the nudge.)

Montana GOP seeks to ‘keep homosexual acts illegal.’ — As has the Texas GOP. This is keeping government out of private life, which was all the rage for conservatives during the HCR debate? Tell me again how the conservative movement isn’t grounded in bigotry.

?otD: Are you on the road to nowhere?

Writing time yesterday: n/a
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.5 (solid)
This morning’s weigh-in: 226.6
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 2/10
Currently (re)reading: Children of Dune by Frank Herbert

[links] Link salad contemplates baked goods

Walt Kelly’s Pogo and the Jabberwocky

How to Play Monkey-Pirate-Robot-Ninja-Zombie — (Via @jackwilliambell.)

Castle of the Maidens — Honestly, I think I liked the Monty Python version better.

The Must Have Poncho For This Season — (Thanks to David G., who threatened to give me this for my birthday.)

Ballard Street anent my recent post about the “idiots and assholes” theory of driving

Har Nuur, Mongolia — Since I’ve been posting images of Mongolia lately, here’s one of Mongolia from orbit.

Luftwaffe: 1919 — Post-war disarmament. These kinds of pictures can haunt me.

Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Dave Weigel firing — More commentary on the ‘liberal’ media, among other things.

BP burning sea turtles alive — I’m glad industry self-regulation is working out so well for everyone. Enron, Wall Street derivatives, the BP oil spill: so nice to see conservative ideals proven out in the market place.

?otD: Bagels or doughnuts?

Writing time yesterday: n/a
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 10.0 (good but interrupted)
This morning’s weigh-in: 226.4
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 7/10 (GI follies, sleep issues)
Currently (re)reading: Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert