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Special Needs in Strange Worlds | Jay Lake – Cancer and Writing — In which I guest blog at Bookworm Blues.

Avengers Enthuse Post[info]cathshaffer pins down a lot of what was so very good about The Avengers from a story critique perspective.

Why fiction is good for you — (Via [info]daveraines.)

Evil Clown hired for stalking, threats and a pie in the faceAn ‘evil’ clown who stalks and threatens kids is being hired by parents as a birthday treat. (Via Mike Brotherton.)

Chinese Physicists Smash Distance Record For Teleportation The ability to teleport photons through 100 kilometres of free space opens the way for satellite-based quantum communications, say researchers. Consider the implications of that headline. Until quite recently, it would have been SFnal on several levels. Today it’s just ordinary news. I love living in the future.

Mighty Moth ManAn evolutionary biologist’s posthumous publication restores the peppered moth to its iconic status as a textbook example of evolution.

Baby, 18 months old, ordered off plane at Fort Lauderdale airport — Apparently the child’s name was on the TSA’s no-fly list. Feel safer?

Game Over for the ClimateGlobal warming isn’t a prediction. It is happening. Unless, of course, you live in the facts-optional universe of the Republican party.

Top ten reasons given to ban same-sex marriages — Hahahah.

In the battle between morality and faith, morality is winningWhen asked by The Barna Group what words or phrases best describe Christianity, the top response among Americans ages 16-29 was “antihomosexual.” “Intolerant” comes to mind as well.

U.S. Military Taught Officers: Use ‘Hiroshima’ Tactics for ‘Total War’ on Islam — Feel safer now? (Via [info]danjite.)

Fox News guest laments ‘mistake’ of letting women vote — Conservatives, classing up the joint since, well, never. And determined to remain on the wrong side of history no matter what it takes. (Via [info]shsilver.)

Top Romney aide gleefully outed transgender woman, ending her political career — Yep.

Romney backs away from gay adoptions — Keep pandering, Mitt. The more Americans realize that the Republican party stands for an intolerant and closed society, the better chance we have of avoiding your presidency. I still remember what happened the last time we has a Republican president.

The Big FlipEveryone agrees American politics have become completely polarized. Perhaps more remarkable is another change: over the past half-century, the two parties completely switched roles, with the G.O.P. turning into rebels and the Democrats defending the status quo.

?otd: How many time zones in the Soviet Union?

Writing time yesterday: 0.25 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: n/a (airport walking to come)
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Light Breaker by Mark Teppo

[links] Link salad hangs out in Seattle

Non Sequitur on the glamor that is publishing

Terminally Illin’: A Graphic Novel About a 20-Something Battling Cancer — Yeah, this. (Via [info]mikigarrison.)

Something in the prehistoric air that helped keep it warm – methane from dinosaur digestion

Google gets a license for self-driving cars in Nevada

Radio-Controlled GenesRadio waves can be used to activate calcium-sensitive genes by heating injected nanoparticles.

So you’re a cyborg — now what? — The brain and information technology.

Do as I Do, Not as I Say — An interesting essay on the differences in thinking between conservative Evangelicals and secular liberals. Unfortunately, the author doesn’t at all address the pervasive intellectual dishonesty, shrieking bigotry and gospel of hatred that are so deeply entwined in the Evangelical movement, but rather seems to idealize the movement.

Advocates of same-sex marriage in Maryland hope to break losing streak — Speaking of shrieking bigotry and the gospel of hatred.

Don’t blame the BibleMany in North Carolina — many around the country — are swimming against the tide of human freedom and blaming God for it. Again, this is not a new thing. We saw it back when God was for segregation and against women’s suffrage.

The most, and least, safe states in America — Amazingly enough, those law-and-order Red states full of gun toting’ “real Americans” are the least safe. All us unarmed coastal liberals live in better, safer conditions. I’m sure Rush Limbaugh can explain this.

Mitt Romney Was Arrested For Disorderly Conduct In 1981The charges were dropped after Romney threatened to sue. Yeah, that works so well for most of us. Can you say ‘entitlement’?

Treason?At live event, Romney doesn’t dispute questioners suggestion that President Obama should be tried for treason. A bit later, in response to reporters’ questions, he said “of course” he doesn’t believe the president should be tried for treason. Wow, the Romeny Etch-a-Sketch is operating in near realtime. Wonder what Your Liberal Media is saying about this?

Obama’s Afghan war unhindered by partisan fights“Should Mitt Romney win the election,” he observed, he doubts many on the left “who have refrained from criticizing President Obama for such things as the use of drones will extend the same courtesy” to Romney. Sigh.

?otd: Been to University Books lately?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (0.75 hours and 1,400 words on Their Currents Turn Awry to first draft completion at 149,100 words; 1.25 hours of WRPA)
Body movement: 1.0 hour urban walk
Hours slept: 7.0 (fitful)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: The Constantine Affliction by T. Aaron Payton

[links] Link salad skids into Friday

Everything You Need to Know about the Hugo Award — In one handy chart. (Snurched from Andrew Wheeler.)

Sticking With Dropbox — A cursory but alarming analysis of Google Drive’s terms of service. Short form: if you’re producing copyrighted material for which you wish to protect first rights (i.e., if you’re a working or aspiring professional author), for the love of God, don’t use Google Drive. More comments on this from the same source, indicating this might not be such a big deal after all. I remain dubious. (Via [info]danjite.)

Dogfights on Your iPhone — This is cool. I want one. (Thanks to Dad.)

Descriptive Camera, 2012 — This is also very weirdly cool. A text-based camera. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

‘GPS brain cells’ seen in pigeonsResearchers have spotted a group of 53 cells within pigeons’ brains that respond to the direction and strength of the Earth’s magnetic field.

Jupiter and the Moons of Earth APOD again. Though I have to wonder why the phrase “Earth’s largest natural satellite” was used to describe the moon in this photo’s cutline. Did we really need the adjective “natural” for clarity there?

What are Those Weird Spirals on Mars’ Surface?The giant coils suggest a mysterious network of valleys on the Martian surface were formed through volcanic activity.

Les Très Riches Heures de Mrs Mole: A Real-Life Ronald Searle Love Story — A lovely piece about coping with cancer through art. (Courtesy of [info]fjm.)

More debunking of the ex-NASA 49 climate change deniersRemember that embarrassingly bad letter written by 49 ex-NASA employees saying that global warming is a fraud and that NASA shouldn’t support it? Not that the people who need to read this piece will do so, and even if they do, they’ll just dismiss it as part of the hoax. Sorry, climate change denialists, but the facts are seriously biased against you.

Women’s Prayer Group Praying That the Women at MRFF All Get Incurable Breast Cancer — As the hymn goes, “They will know that we are Christians by our love.” And people wonder why I am an atheist.

Study of the Day: Even the Religious Lose Faith When They Think CriticallyNew research in Science shows that, unlike intuitive thinking, activating the analytical cognitive system promotes religious skepticism. Which dovetails nicely with the GOP’s decades long effort to tear down education in this country.

Satanazis III: Night of the SatanazisMaybe you’re thinking this is just a snarky post, mocking a bunch of fringe characters for their over-the-top rhetoric and their literal demonization of their political opponents. But these aren’t just fringe characters telling us that liberals are Nazis who murder babies and love the Satan whom they serve. These are Roman Catholic bishops, state governors, influential clergy and elected officials saying this. The great legacy of conservatism of this era will be how it legitimized absolute lunacy.

Using U.S. Dollars, Zimbabwe Finds a Problem: No Change — (Thanks to Dad.)

The Children of Fallujah – Sayef’s storyThe phosphorus shells that devastated this city were fired in 2004. But are the victims of America’s dirty war still being born?

GOP Sets Up A Showdown On Violence Against Women Act“Unfortunately in Congress, there are some who’d like to make this a political play. They’d like to make cheap shots and try to politicize it in an election year,” said Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD). Right. Because no Republican ever has done anything like this, especially not to President Obama. We all know how principled the GOP is, after all.

We Are Not StupidRomney is still Romney and he’s still running as the head of a party that has spent the last few years pursuing a profoundly regressive agenda. Last few years? Try my entire lifetime.

?otd: Where did your week go?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bicycle ride
Hours slept: 6.0 (fitful)
Weight: 241.4 (!)
Currently reading: A Game of Thrones (graphic novel), George R.R. Martin with Daniel Abraham and Tommy Patterson

[links] Link salad is going to drive its daddy to drinking

Friday the 13th’s Unlucky Spotlight: Bobby Leach — I’m not sure “incompetent” might not be a better descriptor than “unlucky”. (Via [info]danjite.)

Darwin talk at OHSU, April 4th — An interesting looking lecture forthcoming at the hospital where I get my cancer treatments. (Thanks to [info]threeoutside.)

Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy: Inside Dartmouth’s Hazing AbusesA Dartmouth degree is a ticket to the top – but first you may have to get puked on by your drunken friends and wallow in human filth. When I arrived at the University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 1982, I barely knew what a fraternity was. I took me about two weeks to realize I never, ever wanted to have anything to do with that bunch of highly entitled, legally bulletproof, abusive drunken assholes. I have no idea if the fraternity system at UT has ever been reformed, but this story sure reminds me of it.

Kill to be Killed in 18th Century DenmarkSuicide murder was a widespread phenomenon in 18th century Denmark. Instead of taking their own life, suicide candidates would kill a child or some other random person, in the hope that they would receive a death penalty. More moral leadership from the religious, 18th century style. (From [info]e_bourne.)

Anna Brown: 29-year-old Black Woman Dies in Jail After Being Dragged By Police Out of Hospital — Nothing wrong with our healthcare system. Nope.

The bizarre calculus of emergency room charges — Nope. No healthcare reform needed here. ObamaCare, that bizarre socialist plot hatched by the Heritage Foundation, is ruining everything. No, wait…

How to kill an abortion bill “One of the things that happened in Idaho was that the legislators assumed people weren’t going to pay very much attention.” That’s the only way you can govern from the Right. Once people realize what the conservative agenda means for them personally, they tend to get pretty upset.

When Women Used Lysol as Birth ControlA look back at shocking ads for the popular, dangerous, and ineffective antiseptic douche. Speaking of things people get upset about when applied to them personally, this is what conservative America wants to return us to. This and far worse. (Thanks to my aunt.)

Polish PM Reveals that US Tortured at Black Sites in his Country — Nothing to see here, citizen. Just a great nation maintaining its moral leadership. Move along, move along.

A Quantum Theory of Mitt Romney

Romney Thrived at Harvard as He Mocks Obama Tie to School — Conservative America: valuing intellectual consistency since, um, never.

A meme in hibernation[T]he false idea that Barack Obama uses first-person singular pronouns unusually, even unprecedentedly, often — seems to have slithered back into the swamp grass and gone dormant. […] The problem with the business about Obama’s pronoun usage is that the pundits who have carried on about it hardly ever actually count anything, and make no relevant comparisons in the few cases where they do. Instead, they make unsupported assertions that turn out to be trivially false as a matter of mere fact. Wow. Conservatives making unsupported assertions which turn out to be false? Inconceivable. (Except on a daily basis, of course.)

Why liberals need conservatives, and vice versa — As tipster [info]ericjamesstone says, “Conservatives understand liberals better than liberals understand conservatives.” Hmmm. Not the result I would have expected from the people who brought us the Permanent Majority and promised to keep one surviving liberal on each college campus to parade about in shame.

?otd: Will you stop driving that hot rod Lincoln?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (took the day off)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.0 (solid)
Weight: 241.4
Currently reading: The Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Flewelling

[links] Link salad wakes up on Central time

On Storytelling — Some wisdom from Three Panel Soul.

Let’s Send John Away! Electric Velocipede is running a promotion. Check it out.

Things we say today which we owe to Shakespeare

A Picture of Language — The art and science of sentence diagramming. (Via David Goldman.)

The Brain on Love

Cat Scientists of the 1960s — Hahahah. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Moon Rock Analysis Casts Doubt on Lunar Origins

Skylab-Salyut Space Laboratory (1972) — Some cool space history.

A Brief Window: The Bussard Ramjet in the 1960s

Not Worth the Paper It’s Built OnA billion Euro house built of shredded bills. (Thanks to Dad.)

Hey wait. I liked that movie. Why does it suck again? — Urban fantasy author J.A. Pitts on John Carterimdb ].

To Kill a MockingjayScrivener’s Error with some interesting observations on The Hunger Games film.

Racist Hunger Games Fans Are Very Disappointed — Wow. I am beyond boggled. WTF is wrong with people? (Via [info]danjite.)

Rodriguez: Vandalized by speechA public square awash in racial invective is sure to alienate many Americans and weaken democracy. Hate speech, especially on a mass, organized basis, is almost entirely a conservative phenomenon. I know that many of my Christian friends feel themselves subject to hate speech, but most of what they encounter is simply a kind of public disagreement and challenge that was unthinkable in our culture until quite recently — having your privilege criticized isn’t hate speech, friends. Christians in this country have never encountered a fraction of what every person of color and every gay person has to hear almost every day.

Cyanide and Happiness on a similar note

Iraqi Immigrant Beaten to Death in CaliforniaBut all these right wing voices, on the radio, on television, in syndicated columns and high-trafficked blogs have made Shaima Alawadi the enemy, for the accident of her birth, her faith. They fill the ears and the empty brains of angry, disaffected people looking to blame anyone for their own crappy lives and they robbed five children of their mother. Mission accomplished, wingnuts. Welcome to the hell your hate has wrought.

Lobbyists, Guns and Money — Paul Krugman on ALEC. I am always fascinated by hard right organizations that claim to be fair and balanced, or nonpartisan. It’s all part of that very successful strategy the GOP has been pursuing since Reagan of redefining the political center far to the Right. The Obama of today, accused by conservatives of being a socialist, would have been conservative twenty years ago. C.f. the much despised “Obamacare”, which began life as a Heritage Foundation proposal in the 1990s, and first saw enactment as a Republican proposal in Massachusetts under Romney. Yet now it’s screaming leftism.

For his own good, Rick Santorum should be bound and gagged in public — A British view of Senator Frothy Mix.

Bush Senior Also Promised Moscow more Flexibility after Election — You know, in case you’re outraged at something Obama said recently. Conservative commentator Daniel Larison with more on this.

?otd: Spring ahead or fall back?

Writing time yesterday: 3.75 hours (0.75 hours on Little Dog, 0.5 hours on Going to Extremes, 2.0 hours on Sunspin, 0.5 hours on WRPA)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

[links] Link salad says meow

Shimmer‘s blog asks writers to define what constitutes a successful year

Amazon Drops a Big Shoe — Amazon abusing their market power? No one could possibly have foreseen this.

Report Affirms Lifesaving Role of Colonoscopy — Yep. This. If you’re eligible for a colonoscopy due to age or family history, or most importantly, symptoms: go get one. Trust me, the realities of colon cancer are orders of magnitude worse than the distastefulness of a colonoscopy. And don’t put it off. (Still thinking I should start a brown ribbon campaign for colon cancer.)

Aging of Eyes Is Blamed for Range of Health Woes — (Thanks to David Goldman.)

An Unconventional Pairing: Wine and ‘Sliders’ at the Castle — White Castle with a wine list? Really?

Tibetans’ (Forbidden) Special Treat — Mmm, momos. (Via AH.)

Zoning OutTime zones are fluid. What are the implications for time itself? (Via Curiosity Counts.)

Faster-than-light neutrinos could be down to bad wiringWhat might have been the biggest physics story of the past century may instead be down to a faulty connection. Ah, hardware problems.

Stochastic Pattern Recognition Dramatically Outperforms Conventional TechniquesA stochastic computer, designed to help an autonomous vehicle navigate, outperforms a conventional computer by three orders of magnitude, say computer scientists.

Humanity’s water footprint: US exports the most, uses the most per capita

Recalling A Pro-Choice Mitt Romney

Logical Errors and Propaganda in Republican Debate on the Middle East — Just remember, the conservative worldview is fair and balanced. It says so, right on TV.

The Rachet Effect—Why do post-Carter politics only move to the right? — I’ve often wondered this. The answer is obvious enough at one level: the highly successful Republican effort to demonize anything associated with liberalism. (You know, like retirement benefits, 40 hour work weeks, women’s suffrage, child labor laws, etc.)

?otd: Got cats?

Writing time yesterday: 2.5 hours (Sunspin revisions)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bicycle ride
Hours slept: 7.5 (solid)
Weight: 235.0
Currently reading: 1491 by Charles C. Mann

[links] Link salad peels back the rind

METAtropolis: Cascadia has been nominated for an Audie — Hooray for all us writer types therein!

2011 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced — In case you missed this yesterday. Congratulations to all the nominees!

Eternal Copyright: a modest proposal — (Via @jackwilliambell.)

Mark Twain and Grant’s Memoirs — Ta-Nehisi Coates on, among other things, writing. I love this: The beautiful thing about writing is it has no real respect for credentialism. You can get various degrees in writing. […] But a degree can’t make you a writer in the way that JD can make you a lawyer.

Run For Your LivesA zombie infested 5K obstacle course. Heh. (Thanks to [info]threeoutside.)

Susan Cain on introversion

Kids Who Don’t Gender Conform Are at Higher Risk of Abuse

Dead for 32,000 Years, an Arctic Plant Is Revived

Lab-grown meat is first step to artificial hamburger — I’ve wondered for years why this wasn’t already being done.

Jupiter’s Protective Role Questioned — Is the lord of planets really our shepherd?

A new opportunity for linguistsSenator Santorum promises to protect us against government interference in education by mandating an federal accreditation program to ensure ideological balance among teachers. A dissuasion of this idea by Language Log. Teachers trend liberal for the same reason journalists do: It’s difficult to keep trumping reality with ideology when your job is examining the world in an evidence-based way.

Washington’s Farewell Address and the Middle EastWhat would happen if we substituted “the Middle East” for “Europe” in George Washington’s farewell address?

David Steinberg on GOP gaffes: ‘Gift from God to comedians’“It’s a ship of fools that is — it’s just unbelievable.”

Santorum: Democrats are “anti-science,” not meSenator Frothy Mix is absolutely fucking delusional. Even by GOP standards of batshittery.

Santorum’s Flawed Understanding of Stewardship — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on Senator Frothy Mix‘s environmental theology.

Why would a politician attack pre-natal testing?Santorum’s comments are only made uglier by their utter lack of foundation. There is no evidence whatsoever that liberals — let alone President Obama — are less solicitious or caring about the disabled than other Americans. Quite the opposite, I’m pretty damned sure, in fact, given the dedication of conservatives to continuously cutting programs that benefit the disabled and disadvantaged.

?otd: Who moved my cheese?

Writing time yesterday: 2.25 hours (Sunspin revisions)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bicycle ride
Hours slept: 6.0 (solid)
Weight: 235.2
Currently reading: 1491 by Charles C. Mann

[links] Link salad listens to some REM

A reader reacts to Green — I think they liked it.

A reader reacts to Endurance — I think they liked it.

Gianmaria Franchi on sliding book advances — (Via a mailing list I am on.)

Getting It Wrong[info]sandratayler on the value of getting it wrong,

How the craziest f#@!ing “theory of everything” got published and promoted

Psychics Say Apollo 16 Astronauts Found Alien Ship — Also, there is an alien base in the trunk of my car. Don’t tell anyone.

New drone has no pilot anywhere, so who’s accountable?The Navy is testing an autonomous plane that will land on an aircraft carrier. The prospect of heavily armed aircraft screaming through the skies without direct human control is unnerving to many. What could possibly go wrong?

US plans Mid-East ‘mothership’

Jobs, Jobs and Cars — Krugman on economic geography and Republican idiocy.

GOP Hates Citizens United, Too — Tough cookies, GOP. You wanted this as tool to bash Democrats, you celebrated the SCOTUS decision. Like many of the beds conservatives make, they don’t want to lie in it.

How Newt Gingrich Gets Away with ‘Class Warfare’ and ‘Race Baiting’

The Great Right HopeThe conservatives who hate Mitt Romney the most have it wrong. Why they’d love him in the White House.

What would Mitt Romney’s offshore account filings show? — It’s called ‘tax avoidance’, and just about everyone with Big Money does it. Also, millionaires avoiding paying taxes is completely consistent with Republican principles, so why is anyone complaining?

?otd: Is that you there in the corner?

Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (Sunspin revisions)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.75 (solid)
Weight: 226.8
Currently reading: Scourge of the Betrayer by Jeff Salyards

[links] Link salad is home

The Writing Life: The point of the long and winding sentencePico Iyer says writing longer phrases is a way to protest the speed of information bites people are subjected to each day. (Via [info]scarlettina.)

Uneasy Neighbors in a Southern Gothic Tale — A strange story of racism and real estate. (Via my Dad.)

Role reversal: Employers say they can’t find workers

Americans scaled back on health spending during recession — Hmmm.

Processed meat ‘linked to pancreatic cancer’A link between eating processed meat, such as bacon or sausages, and pancreatic cancer has been suggested by researchers in Sweden. Oh, my bacon!

Salad-bar strategy: The battle of the buffetWhy buffet tables are a microcosm of greed, altruism & sexual politics. (Snurched from Curiosity Counts.)

Every presentation, ever — Hahahah.

For Priests’ Wives, a Word of Caution — A weird little squib that does nothing to make me feel better about the Catholic church.

How Likely Is a Runaway Greenhouse Effect on Earth?The results of the latest analysis are not entirely reassuring. This is science. Asking questions, exploring uncertain answers. Certainty without full and consistent proof is for ideologues.

Felix Salmon: How Capitalism Kills Companies

Italy’s Financial Turmoil Turns Mafia Into Nation’s Largest Bank

Missouri Republicans Introduce Bill That Forces Educators To Teach Creationism In Schools And Universities — Because willful ignorance isn’t spreading fast enough? (Via [info]shsilver.)

Haley Barbour’s pardons put Southern redemption on trialFormer Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour defended his mass pardon of over 200 current and former convicts, quoting the Christian principle of redemption enshrined in Southern law and tradition.

Israeli Mossad Agents allegedly Impersonated CIA in fostering Baluch Terrorism against Iran

Obama challenges Republicans on goal they embrace — Given that their stated number one priority is to unseat Obama, this isn’t hard. The GOP isn’t interested in jobs, or the economy, or running the country more effectively.

Everyone’s Got a Right to Their Own Opinions… — Another day, another bald-faced Republican lie that Your Liberal Media won’t be challenging.

?otd: Are you in your own space this weekend?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (2,500 words on short story)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.75 (solid)
Weight: 220.6
Currently reading: 7th Grade Stories by [info]the_child and her class (last year)

[links] Link salad head back west

The unbearable loss of words

Dear 16 year old me — A video about malignant melanoma. (Via David Ivory.)

Mercedes apologizes for using Che Guevara image — Using a mass murderer to sell cars. Classy.

Great Science FraudsScience is not known for drama, except when a researcher commits fraud.

New Storage Device Is Very Small, at 12 Atoms

NASA able to observe a long time ago, in newly found galaxies far, far awayResearchers used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to find five tiny but bright galaxies clustered together 13.1 billion light-years from Earth.

Saturn’s Iapetus: Painted Moon

Exosaturn — Discovering a ring system around a planet orbiting a distant star. Wow.

How Do Iraqis View the Effects of the Iraq War? — Ahem.

Uncompassionate ConservatismThe point isn’t necessarily that Romney has lived in privilege all his life; so did FDR. It’s his apparent inability or unwillingness to imagine what it’s like for those less privileged, his complete failure to try, even in his imagination, walking in someone else’s shoes that stands out. This echoes a point I’ve made a number of times in the past is that the contemporary incarnation of conservatism involves a failure of both empathy and imagination. (Via David Goldman.)

?otd: How many of you have never flown in an airplane?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (not enough time)
Body movement: Airport walking to come.
Hours slept: 6.5 (fitful)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Lion’s Blood by Steven Barnes

[links] Link salad plans travel

Honesty and depression — Mur Lafferty on mental health.

A Future HistoryCentauri Dreams with a history of space exploration yet to come.

Ohio earthquake was not a natural event, expert says — Frack, baby, frack.

Dallol – The World’s Weirdest Volcanic Crater — (Via [info]danjite.)

Hairy-chested crabs seen in Antarctic deep-sea vents

First Hybrid Shark FoundThe first-ever observed hybrid may be a sign the predators are adapting to climate change.

Wildlife find path to safety under US roads — (Via the Infrastructurist.)

Canada-US border crossed by man using iPad as ID — Huh.

It’s Over — Writer and war veteran Myke Cole on the US withdrawal from Iraq.

Top Tea Party Republican admits it: We’ve been employing hostage strategy — And that’s why people vote Republican: they value good, principled leadership.

Campaign Countdown: Final Report — The Iowa caucus results, in case you missed it elsewhere. Eight votes. Wow.

Three Republican Bears and none Just Right

?otd: How many US states have you visited?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.25 (fitful)
Weight: 211.6
Currently reading: Daughter of the Sword by Steve Bein

[links] Link salad for New Years’s Eve

A reader reacts to Green — Mostly with the liking.

Alone in the Old Republican Crowd — Ta-Nehisi Coates on writing in the coffee house.

Have We Met? Tracing Face Blindness to Its Roots — Some cool perceptual psychology here. (Via David Goldman.)

The Joy of Quiet — Hmmm.

Antarctic adventurers race against history’s clock

Ice Varieties along the Antarctic Coast

A history of the Earth in 24 hours — A nifty graphic. Not valid for Young Earth Creationists and others among the wilfully ignorant, of course.

Prior Visions of Star Flight — Interesting from an SFnal perspective as well as a historical technology perspective.

In Panama City, Colorful Red Devil Buses Yielding to Paler, Safer Kind

Energy giant hid behind shells in “land grab” — A perfect example of why the conservative rubric of “industry self-regulation” is total crap. Which, of course, is obvious to anyone with a junior high school education and intact critical thinking faculties who isn’t too invested in their ideology to think about the role of self-interest in corporate decision making. (Via Steve Buchheit, who got it from Tobias Buckell.)

2011: End of US Hyperpower & its War with Islamdom

The Price of ‘Victory’The war in Iraq is over … just not for the Iraqis. Lest you are somehow ignorant enough to believe that Iraq war was in any way good for Iraqis or their country. (Via Eunomia.)

Newt Gingrich: “I’m A Middle Class Person” — Right. Because all us middle class people have half million dollar lines of credit at Tiffany’s. Sadly, millions of low-information GOP voters will nod along to this tripe, as they always do.

?otd: Partying tonight?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 10.5 (fitful)
Weight: 209.4
Currently (re)reading: The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey