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[links] Link salad has got an ache in its side

“Quoth” the raven? The heartwarming tale of a defective verb — I’ve never before heard of this class of words.

Google puts prescription lenses in Glass’ frame — If I live so long, and if I have the money, man would I want these.

What’s Ikea for? Cultural Differences in Appropriate Behavior

In South Korea, Spam Is the Stuff Gifts Are Made Of — (Thanks to Dad.)

One of the strangest animals on earth gets a little weirderDespite having 12 photoreceptors, mantis shrimp aren’t great at sensing color.

The Sloth’s Busy Inner LifeEvery week or so, the sloth descends from its favorite tree to defecate. I know the feeling. (Via David Goldman.)

Japan’s huge magnetic net will trawl for space junk — (Via [info]corwynofamber.)

Where The Alps Are A 3D-Printed Landscape Made From Artificial Snow

From Warheads to Cheap EnergyThomas L. Neff’s Idea Turned Russian Warheads Into American Electricity. Reading by bombsight. (Via David Goldman.)

A Cross-National Investigation into the Effects of Religiosity on the Pervasiveness of CorruptionIt is found that even after controlling for the effects of socioeconomic development, communist heritage and religiosity tend to promote corruption. Interesting if true. Not sure this isn’t some kind of elaborate trolling which happens to cater to my personal confirmation bias. (Via [info]danjite.)

Please Let’s Not Make Fun of the Poor

Tom Perkins Is The Hitler of Making Accurate Comparisons — Oh, the burden of the wealthy.

The Text that Changed the WorldOn Tuesday the Ukrainian government sent the following text message to thousands of protesters in the streets of Kiev: “Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.” This short text belied a far more radical message. For the first time, a government was able to identify individual protesters and privately communicate to them that it knew who they were and where they were located. Well. I certainly have a thorough understanding of this technology, and a thorough-going fear of these politics. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Republicans unveil Obamacare replacement plan: Everybody pays more — Ah, market forces.

Meet 330 Lawmakers Who Made 2013 “A Terrible Year for Women’s Health” — 94% of them are Republicans.

Thinking Like a Conservative (Part Five): Epistemology and Empathy — In their own words, of course.

Rand Paul’s Mixed Inheritance — (Via Dad.)

?otD: Had any holes cut in you lately?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 4.0 hours (badly fitful)
Body movement: n/a (post-operative)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block inventing polar vortices: 0
Currently reading: Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad plays at the hard case

Thousands of authors opt out of Google book settlement — The banal evil of Google, again.

Launch Pad 2010 Information: Application Window Opening Soon, Guest Instructor Announced — I did this two years ago. It was an awesome experience. Go check it out.

Enceladus is erupting!Bad Astronomy with an interesting article and some hellacious photography from Cassini.

Convair XB-36H — From the Department of Really Bad Ideas.

Non Sequitur nails the Tea Party — And it’s not even a political comic…

The Birchers Are Real — and They’re Spectacular — More objective evidence that the conservative movement is insane. The John Birch Society is back in the mainstream.

Virginia lawmaker: Children with disabilities are God’s punishment to women who previously had abortions — Even more objective evidence that the conservative movement is insane. That this rhetoric is embraced, approved and gets votes is disgusting and profoundly inhumane. Sociopathic, even. I’d say “stay classy, GOP,” but I don’t have the heart to twit you guys on this piece of vile tripe. (Thanks to .)

?otD: Who was the comic-paper idol who let you bend the rules?

Writing time yesterday: 3 hours, 40 minutes
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 (slept poorly)
This morning’s weigh-in: 228.2
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 3/10
Currently reading: [between books]

[links] Link salad for a Nebraska morning

Last day for entering caption contest [ | LiveJournal ] — I plan to close it tonight and build the voting poll.

See the second comment on my most recent Google Books post — Fascinating perspective.

on the paradox of choice — Good reading for writers.

Locus Award Finalists Announced — Lots of really good work there, by lots of really good people. Congratulations to all!

A cyberattack on an American city — Sobering, and sadly unsurprising. (Thanks to .)

?otD: Where in the world is Carmen San Diego?

Body movement: 70 minute suburban walk
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (traveling)
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

[links] Link salad saddles up for the Omaha trail drive

Return of the caption contest. Now with pandas! [ | LiveJournal ]

Me, on the Google Books settlement and your legislators: [ | LiveJournal ] — (Yes, this is a repeat link, but I didn’t want this post to fall into the trough of weekendity.)

says nice things about METAtropolis

Theory of sacrificesArt writing guru James Gurney is at it again. As it happens, I don’t entirely agree with him, but he’s making a great point about minimalism and natural transparency in style. Like I would know what transparent style looks like…

Tom’s Glossary of Book Publishing Terms — Hahahahahahahah.

Planet of the Grapes — A wine map of the world, for you fans of alternative cartography. Not to mention oenophiles. (You know who you are.)

on restaurant discounts for the unemployed — Some interesting thinking there. Go check it out, put in your 2 cents worth or show her some link love.

on swine flu — IRL, he is an ER doc.

APOD with the interaction between Prometheus and Saturn’s F-ring

Flexible Heat MinerTechnology Review with some cool commercially applied tech. This one is awesome.

Non Sequitur on cospiracy theories — As I read this I realized something odd. Conservatives are always on with the conspiracy paranoia. Red Scare, John Birchers, all the hoo-hah during the Clinton years about Whitewater and Vince Foster, the perpetual rumblings about world government and nationalization, the Obama “birthers” and the widespread belief that Obama is coming for their guns. Yet all the real conspiracies in American politics which leap to mind were foisted by conservatives. Watergate, Iran-Contra, the fraudelent run-up to the Iraq War (specifically the Iraq Study Group), pretty much anything Cheney has ever done. As usual, those who yell the loudest are the perps, apparently. Are there any significant conspiracies in modern political history foisted by liberal-progressives which have objective reality to them, the way Watergate or Iran-Contra do?

?otD: Omaha?

Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
This morning’s weigh-in: 218.0
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville; The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen