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[links] Link salad heads back to the west coast

Bechdel Test Movie List — Huh. I think seven of my ten novels pass the Bechdel test. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

10 abandoned hotels

Blaze ravages ancient Tibetan town

Mmm, vintage coffee

Decline of large carnivores damages ecosystems, experts warnResearchers recently called for an international initiative to conserve large predators in coexistence with people.

Metamaterials could perform calculus with light wavesA properly structured material could convert a light wave to its derivative. Science!

New discovery could be a Thorne-Zytkow object — Astronomical turducken? (Via David Goldman.)

Rise of the distorporationA mutation in the way companies are financed and managed will change the distribution of the wealth they create. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

American Conservatives, Jewish Law, and Israel’s New Abortion Policy — In which the intellectual and moral consistency of the American Right is proudly on display once again. It’s so nice to know that our nation’s conservative religious leaders would never stoop to political expediency when Biblical principle is at stake. Wait, sorry, the sarcasm bit got stuck on and dialed up to 11. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

How Newsweek’s ‘global cooling’ story got its legsNine paragraphs written for Newsweek in 1975 continue to trump 40 years of climate science. It’s a record that has the author amazed. Conservatives are not interested in evidence, except that which supports their position. Contrary evidence is ignored because of the well-known liberal bias in reality. Meanwhile, science really does change its collective mind about things. That a theory being explored 40 years might have changed since then due to more compelling evidence to the contrary is apparently inconceivable to conservatives. Confidential to GOP in America: that flexibility is a feature, not a bug, in science. There really is no “gotcha” in pointing out that scientists changed their minds about something over time.

?otD: How far will you go today?


1/11/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (fitful)
Body movement: n/a (airport walking to come)
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad for the cutting edge

Jay Lake, The Cancer Journals — Matt Cheney talks about my cancer blogging. This is very moving. Thank you, Matt.

Nanoparticles catch cancer cells that make it into the blood stream

What is this article? — About blogging one’s own death. This made me sad. (Via DM.)

LingBuzzFeed: 5 Linguistically Valuable Uses For Drones — Linguist snark.

Danger: HumansTom Scott explains how terrifyingly dangerous human beings are, in the form of a educational safety video for interstellar travelers who aren’t humans. Hahah. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

The Nose Knows: An Olfactory Map of Newport, RI

Should Men’s Products Fear a Woman’s Touch?Recent research shows that loyal customers often get upset when a brand associated with men expands to include products perceived as feminine. Senior Lecturer Jill J. Avery discusses the problem of “gender contamination.” Cooties! (Snurched from Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

RCA Victor Record Changer 1931 Radiola Automatic Electrola RAE-26 Demonstration — This is some seriously old school tech. Cool. (Via [info]garyomaha.)

The Great Brooklyn House Snooping of 1978

Searching for Time Travelers Probably a Waste of Time — I see what they did there.

What Goes Around Comes AroundWhile North Americans contended with a blast of Arctic air, Europeans found themselves wondering where winter went.

New titleholder? China says it is world’s largest traderChina’s latest trade figures show it is “very likely” to have overtaken the US as the world’s largest trader. It would topple the position that the US has held for much of the last century and cross another milestone in rivalling the biggest economy in the world.

Biblical birth control: The surprisingly contraception-friendly Old Testament Think conservative objections to birth control are enshrined in the Bible? Think again. Ah, but true conservatives don’t read the Bible, any more than they read the Constitution. They already know what’s in there, the actual words don’t matter.

?otD: How sharp are you?


1/10/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (fitful)
Body movement: n/a (on medical restriction)
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad in the Arctic cold

Scrivener’s Error is funny about a lot of things, including my genome being released open source

2013 movies that pass the Bechdel test — (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

The Coolest Child Care Program You’ve Never Heard Of

Civilian Airplanes, 1914Civilian Flight in 1914 was still a new business, riding hard on the heels of the latest innovations by inventors and tinkerers. Oooh. (Thanks to Danny Adams.)

World War II’s Strangest Battle: When Americans and Germans Fought TogetherDays after Hitler’s suicide a group of American soldiers, French prisoners, and, yes, German soldiers defended an Austrian castle against an SS division—the only time Germans and Allies fought together in World War II. (Via [info]danjite.)

Is it 1914 all over again? We are in danger of repeating the mistakes that started WWI, says a leading historian — (Via Donnie Reynolds.)

160 year-old Documents Intentionally Destroyed in Franklin County, N.C. — This is a crime, in so many senses of the phrase. Including possibly literally so.

Colorado River Drought Forces a Painful Reckoning for StatesThe sinuous Colorado River and its slew of man-made reservoirs from the Rockies to southern Arizona are being sapped by 14 years of drought nearly unrivaled in 1,250 years. Nothing to see here, citizen. Just those evidence-based liberal “facts” and “data”, which as any good conservative knows are lies from the pit of Satan. Move along.

Group unveils Satan statue design for Oklahoma — A bit more on one of my favorite proposals. (Via [info]shsilver.)

Banished for Questioning the Gospel of Guns — And conservatives like to accuse liberals of “political correctness”. This is the stereotype of PC gone amok, in the heart of conservative gun culture. (Via [info]goulo.)

New York Official Freaks Out Audience While Using Handgun As A Laser Pointer — Guns make us all safer! Unless you’re a pinko freak who thinks 30,000 Americans shouldn’t have to die every year for gun owners’ illusions of safety, of course.

Supreme Court Puts Utah Same-Sex Marriage on Hold — And this is the political problem on the Supreme Court. Moderates on the bench attempt to adjudicate fairly, even against their own political interests. At least over the past two or three decades, conservatives on the bench have always followed their political interest, justice be damned.

40 Years Since Women Were Granted the Right to Credit Cards — One of those things conservatives opposed, something to note if you’re a woman who votes Republican.

The Smartest Nerd in the RoomWhy Melissa Harris-Perry is America’s foremost public intellectual, and what she means.Ta-Nehisi Coates on race, culture and media.

GOP Senate Candidate Wants To Move U.S. Capitol To Nebraska — Well, maybe not really. But the idea that Obamacare is the worst law EVAR ignores slavery, segregation, and Japanese internment, just name three things off the top of my head. Not to mention a few hundred more, almost all of them conservative ideas.

Bill Young’s first family emerges to tell their story — A Republican congressman who cheated on his wife with one of his staffers, who had his baby out of wedlock, was awarded the Family and Freedom Award from the Christian Voice, the nation’s largest conservative religious lobby. He received the award because of how he voted on “key moral issues.” And he completely wrote his three kids and all his grandkids through them out of his life. Ah, this why “values voters” always vote Republican. Because the conservative respect for the institution of marriage and the sanctity of the family always comes first, unlike those godless liberals like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama who have been married to the same women all their life.

The Agony of Frank LuntzHaving spent his career telling politicians what the people wanted to hear, Luntz now believed the people had been corrupted and were beyond saving. Obama had ruined the electorate, set them at each other’s throats, and there was no way to turn back. The man who worked for Buchanan and Gingrich, who helped write the Contract With America and was instrumental in honing the GOP’s angry white guy strategy through promoting the politics of resentment, this man thinks Obama is to blame for a divided electorate? “Stupid or evil” is almost always a valid question with Republicans, but this line of utterly self-serving bullshit can only be “stupid and evil”. Either that or the biggest failure of self-awareness since Sarah Palin thought she was fit for public office.

?otD: Could you walk outside today without the weather killing you?


1/7/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad wakes up back East

Putting grammar back in grammar schools: A modest proposal

‘Tis and 10 other fun proclitic words

Flying Saucers Comics

Painted Ships on Painted Oceans: an Accidental Map of the Doldrums — This is very cool.

Thousand-Year-Old Vineyards Found in SpainTraces of ancient vineyards that date back 1,000 years were discovered in the terraced fields of a medieval village in Spain, according to a new archaeological study.

Hundreds of radio-tagged sharks tweet warnings at Australian swimmersAutomated system reaches farther, updates faster than radio or newspaper alerts.

8 Ways Jellyfish Are Awesome And Terrifying — (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

A Breakthrough for Speeding Satellite Feeds

Pondering Recent Exomoon News

Yellowstone magma reservoir is full and bigger than expected — My goodness, that eruption will be jolly. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

England’s Clowns Are Furious

Gender and the Body Language of Power — On a trivial note, I particularly like the bit about large cars.

?otD: What time zone are you in today?


12/28/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block falsifying climate change data: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[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?


12/21/2013
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)

[links] Link salad could be another Lincoln

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Tolkien — Daniel Larison is very unhappy with Peter Jackson. I pretty much agree with his points, though I am perhaps less vociferous in my articulation thereof.

Literary self-loathing: How Jonathan Franzen, Elizabeth Gilbert and more keep it at bay — Really? Yeah, maybe for them, but I’m with Scalzi on this one. Doubts are one thing, we all have those, but if you do struggle with genuine self-loathing, see a doctor, get that fixed, and write more. If you don’t struggle with genuine self-loathing, quit posing and write more.

Just in time for Santa!

Taxidermy mouse chess set — For all your gift giving needs. (Via [info]lillypond, a/k/a my sister.)

Repent now. Geographers map 7 deadly sins. — Mmm, lust. (Via [info]lillypond, a/k/a my sister.)

New attack steals e-mail decryption keys by capturing computer soundsScientists use smartphone to extract secret key of nearby PC running PGP app. (Via David Goldman.)

Full-size car made of 500,000 Legos really drives — Whee!

Video shows stunning penguin ‘traveling wave’ — Simulating penguins? (Via David Goldman.)

DNA from Neanderthal toe links ancestors to inbreeding — Headline of the week.

Possible Planet in Nearby Brown Dwarf System

The Big SqueezeWhat happens if you crush an organic substance between diamond anvils? Researchers are finding out, with ramifications for our knowledge of Earth’s core. (Via my Dad.)

A quantum revolution against Feynman diagramsWe all love Richard Feynman, but his diagrams may have to go.

Did Rock Weathering Trigger ‘Snowball Earth’?

The Gangs of Chicago — Ta-Nehisi Coates about being black on the street. Sigh,

Tolerating ChristiansThere’s a persistent, pernicious sentiment from certain Christian conservatives that they’re being persecuted or oppressed for their religious beliefs. It’s a very comforting and self-valorizing perspective that doesn’t need to be rooted in reality to feel real to the people who hold. Rather like pretty much every conservative position I could name. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Pope Francis and the Naked Christ

Good Grief and Great Tits” Sitting Down to Read Sarah Palin’s Christmas Book While I Bake Christmas Cookies for My FamilyModern conservatives have made “merry Christmas” toxic by associating it with Christian fundamentalism, religious intolerance, and the politics of imagined persecution. Yep. This exactly. I never say it any more, because I don’t want someone to accidentally think I’m a Christianist asshole. Unlike so many Bible-believing Christian conservatives, I actually think it’s important to love my neighbor rather than hate them. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Hobby Lobby is fine with forced abortions and mandatory contraception in China, but balks at voluntary contraception for American women — To which I say, which part of “religious conservative” do you not understand? The term is literally and irretrievably synonymous with sanctimonious hypocrisy. Smug Republican Jesus wouldn’t have it any other way, after all.

My abstinence-only educationI was 17 before I found an adult who told me the simple truth about sex. Until then, I heard some crazy things. But abstinence education makes smug Republican Jesus smile! And that’s way more important than protecting and enabling our kids to live in the reality-based world. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Is Edward Snowden a modern Martin Luther? — There’s an angle I never thought of.

GOP Rep Hartzler has flag moved so that it blocks Obama portrait — Now imagine if you will for a moment the reaction if some moderate Democrat had done such a thing during the Bush administration. I mean, I know hypocrisy is more natural to conservatives than breathing, but just think about the firestorm in Your Liberal Media. Versus this chuckling little story.

The death of the American Dream in a single image — Burgeoning income inequality, shrinking social mobility. All a very logical outcome of decades of Republican economy policy. We’re living in conservative paradise.

?otD: Got MRI?


12/19/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 237.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block falsifying climate change data: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad is just waiting for the rain

Desolation again strikes Tolkien-themed street signs — Ah, Portland. (Via Dad.)

Alfred Shaheen: Pioneer of the Hawaiian Shirt — Oooh! (Via [info]threeoutside.)

How Linguists and Missionaries Share a Bible of 6,912 Languages

This is a map of the U.S., with the literal meanings of its state names and cities — This is cool. (Snurched from Lois Buhalis.)

A Baby Name That Really Tells You Something About the Parents — Yes, it tells you these parents have heartland family values, and also badly need oversight from Child Protective Services.

Neanderthals buried their dead like modern humansThe findings focus on Neanderthal remains that were first discovered in 1908 at La Chapelle-aux-Saints in southwestern France.

Hand Fossil Turns Back Clock on Complex Tool Use

Ancient Chinese cat bones shake up domestication theoryFossil discovery an ‘important step’ in understanding feline transformation from pest-control to pet.

Japan’s military revolution hints at Shinzo Abe’s nationalist aims — Hmm.

Sex and Drugs and Border ChangesA combination of sex and drugs (and possibly rock ‘n roll) is forcing two governments to change the border that divides them.

“Help, My Eyeball is Bigger than My Wrist!”: Gender Dimorphism in Frozen

North Korea’s way with extreme insultsThe uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, executed for treason on Thursday, has been officially denounced as “despicable human scum”. Why is the language so over-the-top? Oddly, not very different from how many American conservatives, especially in the media, talk about moderates and liberals.

“Thank You, Doctor. And Now, for the Opposing View, Here’s Joe Camel.”What really gets me is that USA Today gave Heartland a place to confuse the public about global warming. If they ran a piece about satellites, would they get an “opposing view” from a Flat Earther? It would have just as much scientific validity as climate change denial, and every bit as much Biblical basis as evolution denial.

Yeah, About That Global Warming “Pause”… — Debunking another knowing lie from climate change denialists.

“60 Minutes” does Infomercial for NSA with Security Official posing as Journalist — CBS has finally decided to go for the coveted “we have a Constitutional right to lie” FOX News market segment. Your Liberal Media, disgracing itself further all the time.

In Colorado and elsewhere, sheriffs refuse to enforce new gun laws. The state can’t make them — All those conservatives who claim to so revere the Constitution? Yeah, right. Like Christianists who revere the Bible when it’s convenient for them, that reverence vanishes when the Holy Writ doesn’t conveniently match their prejudices.

Satanist Monument Shines Light on Christian Privilege — Yup. This. The fact that some Christians have managed to convince themselves they are persecuted in contemporary America represents a breathtaking lack of self-awareness and intellectual honesty. Unless, of course, you believe that a slight descent from absolute cultural supremacy to mere overwhelming cultural dominance somehow qualifies as persecution, in which case that conviction represents an amazingly willful ignorance about words and their meanings. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Hindus Propose Giant Monkey God Statue On Oklahoma Capitol GroundsHow’s that law for religious displays working out for you, right-wing Christians of Oklahoma? Sure, you got to put up your giant 10 commandments monument in front of the State House. But this opened up the door for the Satanic Temple to ask for a memorial. Now, the Hindus are calling for their own religious statue to be placed on the state capitol grounds in Oklahoma City. I want to donate to the this, and the Satanist monument. (Snurched from Ellen Eades.)

?otD: Do all things come to the patient man? When they come too late, does anybody understand?


12/17/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours fitful
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 239.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block falsifying climate change data: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad wants to take a balloon and go sailing

Skip the Supplements — I can tell from long experience as a cancer patient being treated with chemotherapy, all those ‘natural’ supplements can be a real problem. Many of the things people take thinking to protect their body can also protect the cancer from the effects of chemotherapy, for example. Good luck figuring that out by talking to anyone in the alternative medicine community. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

When Cowboys Wore Pink — The gendering of color.

Twisted light beats quantum lightTwisting a light beam makes it very sensitive to its surroundings.

Yutu Rover Rolls onto the Moon — Oh, cool.

Thinking in SiliconA new breed of computer chips that operate more like the brain may be about to narrow the gulf between artificial and natural computation—between circuits that crunch through logical operations at blistering speed and a mechanism honed by evolution to process and act on sensory input from the real world. Advances in neuroscience and chip technology have made it practical to build devices that, on a small scale at least, process data the way a mammalian brain does.

Attacking Online Poker Players — Huh. (Via [info]goulo.)

Kentucky Doctor Reason For Closing — Because Of Bush Initiative, NOT Obamacare. The Real StoryBut the problem is deeper than just fraudulent story about lying doctor in Kentucky. The real problem is with not only the conservatives who put aside any, and all facts that they don’t like, but the problem also lies with the progressive media that fail to do the research to debunk these completely bogus claims. Your Liberal Media, enabling the mendacious conservative narrative since forever. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Republicans, food stamps, and the permanent underclass — An insightful commentary on the deeper rationale of the Right’s endless persecution of the poor and the unlucky.

Republican answers for a young urban LatinoThis is the problem for Republicans. They’ve bought into the idea that the conservative ascendancy took root because of the power of their actual ideas, rather than because they combined 1% money with the prejudices of a slim majority of the white middle class against their poorer, browner brethren. Republican “ideas” have absolutely no appeal for young people, and particularly not for young people of color. Really, Republican “ideas” have no appeal for anyone who’s not already a true believer. If you’re anything other than one of the GOP’s much cherished Angry White Guys, those Republican “ideas” fall somewhere between a pathetic joke and a criminal act. If you’re someone who likes a little evidence-based reality with your ideology, most Republican “ideas” don’t even rise to the level of a pathetic joke.

?otD: Do you want to go to Venus?


12/16/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.25 solid
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 239.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad asking only workman’s wages, comes looking for a job

NSA forces novelist to scrap book — Hah. Charlie Stross from the other end of the telescope. (Via Dad.)

Hubble Space Telescope Sees Evidence of Water Vapor Venting Off Jupiter Moon — (Via Bruce Taylor.)

What You Get When You Pour Molten Aluminum Into An Ant Hill — Wow…

Strange gelatinous creature gives hints of the first animals on EarthThe comb jelly genome is in, nerves are common, and muscles were invented twice.

World’s Smallest Pacemaker Can Be Implanted without SurgeryNew cardiac devices are small enough to be delivered through blood vessels into the heart.

Small Oregon Nuclear Power Plant Company Gets Massive Federal Backing

Arctic Waters Keep Warming in 2013The Arctic continued to shift to a warmer, greener state in 2013.

And may all your Jesuses be white — While I certainly could have a lot of bitter sarcasm here, this is actually good news about the LDS church and race. The moral cretins who invested so heavily of their spiritual and financial credibility in Proposition 8 get something right for a change.

Photo of the Day: Was St. Nicholas “White”? — Well, smug Republican Jesus was certainly white, so why not? It’s not like facts or accuracy have any place whatsoever in the Christianist worldview.

Let’s just rename Michigan Gilead and call it a dayYes, Michigan ladies you’ll need to insure yourself against pregnancy from rape because the misogynistic pigs of the Michigan legislature think women should be forced to give birth to their rapists children. This is Handmaid’s Tale come to life. The conservative obsession with controlling women and their reproductive health is so toxic I cannot imagine why any woman, or anyone related to a woman by birth or marriage, can ever vote for the Republican party. Assuming they have a shred of compassion or morality in them.

Most of 109 new gun laws enacted since last year’s Newtown massacre have loosened restrictions — Because as any conservative will tell you, guns make us all safer. Ask the 30,000 people who are proudly killed by firearms every year in order to preserve your theoretical defense of essential liberties. No other developed country in the world makes such wholesale human sacrifices for the illusion of safety. Makes me proud to be an American, damn it.

?otD: Did you get any answers?


12/13/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 239.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad watches the snow fall like soft memories liberated from the failing mind of God

If Only for a Second — Remaking cancer patients. This made me cry. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

From Tudors to Turducken: An Engastration Tale — Engastration? (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Seams Geeky | Items Sewn with Love for the Chic Geek — A Kickstarter for some high quality embroidered geek gear. Me, I’m down for the Schlock Mercenary stuff.

Google Glass prescription frames spotted but concerns linger — Yay for this. If I were not so sick as to make the project more or less pointless, I’d be very actively pursuing a prescription version of Google Glass.

Nymi Is A Heartwave-Sensing Wristband That Wants To Replace All Your Passwords & Keys — And more than that. From the department of weird future tech. (Via David Goldman.)

Microsoft designs smart bra to combat emotional eating — What happens when your smart bra has a blue screen of death? I guess that would be the ultimate Nerd World problem.

Wafer-scale production of graphene devices to become a reality

NASA May Test Its Lunar Green Thumb

Everest Panorama from Mars — Mars!

Solar would be Cheaper: US Pentagon has spent $8 Trillion to Guard Gulf Oil — Imagine what we could have done in alternative energy with an eight trillion dollar research budget. Instead of warring for oil, destroying whole countries, and slaughtering people wholesale.

Top 25 Censored Stories from 2012-2013 — (Via [info]danjite.)

The Mandela Problem of the Angry White Male Wing of the GOP — Wing? That’s the whole GOP. Duh.

?otD: How deep is your slush?


12/8/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (restless)
Body movement: n/a (traveling)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad will mend your robbing ways

3 to 3: Orycon 2013 interview with Jay Lake — In which Camille Alexa interviews me.

The Church of the Brass Messiah — Hah!

Amazon to deliver by drone? Don’t believe the hypeJeff Bezos’s ‘plan’ for drone deliveries is little more than a publicity stunt – timed for the biggest online shopping day of the year.

Compulsory Monogamy in The Hunger Games — This story has it right. A polyamorous solution, logical and satisfying as it might be, would never have made it on to the pages of the book or into the film.

Robot Handjobs Are The Future, And The Future Is Coming — Uh, yeah. (Thanks, I think, to David Goldman.)

Pheromone Signaling of Male C. elegans Worm Shortens Hermaphrodite Lifespan

Evangelical historian remains key ally of right — More on the profound and knowing intellectual dishonesty of America’s Evangelical Right. That whole not bearing false witness thing in the Bible? It’s one of the optional Ten Commandments. Lying for Jesus is never a sin, I guess. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Dozens of same-sex couples wed in Hawaii as new law takes effect — Another bigotry domino fallen. Just for reference, have any of the Right’s apocalyptic predictions for gay marriage (and repeal of DADT) come true? Even remotely? Anywhere? Not that there is ever any accountability whatsoever for conservative hysteria, but still.

Since rich people don’t create jobs, why are conservatives taken seriously on economics?This isn’t he-said-she-said economic theory. This is known fact, demonstrable time and again through empirical evidence just like evolution or climate science. Since when have facts ever stood in the way of a conservative position? It’s an entire ideology founded on explicit rejection of reality. In their own words conservatives have made it clear they have no interest in evidence-based thinking, except when it supports their interests.

?otD: Was your father a man of wealth and power whom everyone obeyed?


12/2/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 241.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad doesn’t feel so good

Novelist Error Messages — Hahahah. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Where writers get their ideas — Hahah.

6 Modern Playgrounds to Make Your Inner Child Lose Its Mind — Some weird stuff. Hah. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Norfolk police warn of alarming clown epidemicPublic told not to approach anyone wearing ‘Halloween-type’ clown masks after spate of reports of terrifying sightings. (Via Kelly Buehler.)

Giant prehistoric toilet unearthed — Because poop. (Via Donnie Reynolds.)

Amish girl with cancer forced to go into hiding to avoid chemotherapy treatments — Sigh.

I think that I shall never see a theology lovely as a treePeople who are unable to read the universe are probably not the best guides to reading the Bible. Uh, yeah. Like I’ve said before, this is a defect in the education of people who claim to believe in revealed divine truth, not a defect in science or the physical universe.

Catholic cardinal: Church ‘caricatured’ as anti-gay — Wow, the obliviousness of privilege. This betrays such a profound lack of self-awareness as to border on mental illness.

Pro-Choice Versus Pro-Life: The Relationship Between State Abortion Policy and Child Well-Being in the United States.The empirical evidence finds that states with the most antiabortion policies are also the same states that have significantly lower indicators of infant/child well-being. This supports the contention by pro-choice supporters that efforts by pro-life supporters to protect the life of the fetus end at birth. And objective demonstration of something that has been grotesquely obvious to observers from the reality-based community for many years. Also, this just in: water is wet, conservatives are hypocrites, sky is blue. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Florida Tea Party Leader Bashes Gay GOP GroupDanita Kilcullen, the founder of a Florida Tea Party group, accused the Florida Republican party of being taken over by “gay thugs.” Gee, projection much?

Hacks — More on what conservatives said about Senate filibuster reform when they were in charge, versus what they said now. Amazing how the justly famed unswerving conservative dedication to Constitutional principle is so flexibly convenient to the politics of the moment. Sort of like how the inviolate and eternal word of God always justifies the bigotry du jour for conservatives. Ah, the magic of the Argument from Authority for those ill-equipped to deal with the nuance and ambiguity of the real world. We have always been at war with Oceania.

?otD: Oh, dear, what can the matter be?


11/30/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 10.0 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: n/a (sick)
Weight: n/a (sick)
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)