The Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser and the Lakeside Kickstarter for the documentary about me, the_child, and cancer are still live. Both have made goal, but additional support is always welcome. Please check them out if you have not done so yet. Note that the next unlock goal at $44,000 is the_child‘s video, “How to Write Like My Dad”.
Jay Lake on the Whole Genome Sequencing project — Waterloo Productions with a short video from me explaining the genomic sequencing that the Acts of Whimsy fund raiser is paying for.
Throne of the Crescent Moon and the use of God in epic fantasy — Some neat commentary from ericjamesstone
Video of Nichelle Nichols describing the filming of Star Trek’s first interracial kiss (on American network television.) — Wow. (Via David Goldman.)
How to ice a cake — Hahahah. This one is sure to be a favorite with anybody whose gender orientation includes an interest in hot, shirtless men. (Via Lisa Costello.)
Bristling Dixie — Uncle Walt thought Song of the South would be his masterpiece. Now it’s invisible. I remember seeing this as a kid. (Snurched from Cora Buhlert.)
Medieval helpdesk — German humor, with English subtitles. Hahah. (Via lillypond, a/k/a my sister.)
“Meeting de Monaco – Mars 1912 – Le Canard Voisin” — A truly lovely photo from the early days of aviation. x planes is back from its holidays with a very nice series of images.
Operation Deep Sleep: or, dormant robots at the bottom of the sea — Briefly, it seems worth mentioning that this vision of waking things up from slumber at the bottom of the sea reads like a subplot from Pacific Rim, or like some militarized remake of the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
Japan’s Philanderers Stay Faithful to Their ‘Infidelity Phones’ — ads Attracted to How Outdated Device Hides Calls, Texts; Juggling Three Girlfriends. Wow… I’m not in the habit of linking to the Wall Street Journal, as they are only slightly more trustworthy than FOX “News”, but this article falls outside of their range of reality distorting obsessions and in the realm of real, if weird, culture. (Snurched from Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
Complex behaviors driven by remarkably simple genetics — A mouse’s intricate architectural tastes are the product of “modular” genetics.
Fecal transplants cure most cases of C. difficile, first clinical trial shows — I know this is serious stuff, but sometimes the jokes just write themselves.
A Vaccine Eliminated A Deadly Killer Of Infants. So Why Do Some People Fear It? — An article with a lot of detail on one specific strain of anti-vax lunacy.
Pregnant? That Might Get You Arrested — The unhealthy obsessions of the forced pregnancy enthusiasts in the so-called “Right to Life” movement have real, hard consequences for other people. Conservatism really is very much about punishing and controlling female sexuality.
‘There’s nothing mutual about it’: White evangelicals, privileged distress and grievance envy — Slacktivist Fred Clark is much kinder than I am able to be about Bible-based bigots and the pervasive politics of Christianist hate.
Global Warming Brings Earlier Spring Flowers — Henry David Thoreau was one of the most iconic figures of the 19th century. The famous naturalist and poet wrote the book “Walden” about his years living at idyllic Walden Pond in Concord, Mass. Starting in 1852 and at different points throughout his life, he also created the first “spreadsheets of flowering dates” for many well-known flowers, including the wild columbine, the pink-lady slipper orchid and the marsh marigold. It must be tough to be a conservative and hold on to your moral certainties when every aspect of nature is cooperating with the liberal climate change hoax. Thank God for Rush Limbaugh and the GOP to tell good conservatives what to think. Clinging to ideological denialism is obviously much more satisfying than actually acknowledging an entire planet’s worth of reality-based “facts” and “data”.
Solving Global Warming Will Require Far Greater Cuts than Thought — A new look at climate change implies that we’ll need energy breakthroughs as soon as possible. The longer our political and business cultures are trapped in global warming denialism, the harder the solution gets. Thanks conservative America for running the bills up so high and saddling future generations with ever-burgeoning costs. History will not be at all kind to you.
Roe vs. Wade at 40: Pew poll finds abortion not a key issue — I know it’s too much to expect the forced pregnancy enthusiasts in the so-called “Right to Life” movement to back down from their continuous assault on women’s health and sexual autonomy, but it’s nice to see they’re a losing demographic.
NRA knocks Obama on daughters’ security — The National Rifle Association released a video Tuesday calling President Obama an “elitist hypocrite” for being skeptical of armed guards in schools when his daughters receive armed Secret Service protection every day. Wow is this disgusting. Even taking the question at face value, it’s stupid. Obama’s kids need protection from precisely the kind of people who become NRA members. Stay classy, and illogical, conservative America. It’s what you do best.
Portland judge lets loose with strong words — ‘We live in a gun culture’ — at manslaughter sentencing — People don’t like the truth about guns. It challenges their comfortable self-image.
Obama to announce most expansive gun-control agenda in generations — Excellent. And no, executive orders are not a power grab. They’re part of the system, one way for a president with an intransigent Congress to still govern effectively. Now, if only he’d gone far enough. Just like the ACA, half a loaf is better than none, but also just like the ACA, the entire country, regardless of voters’ individual politics and personal beliefs, would be much better served if Obama had gone all the way.
Gun Murders vs. Terrorism by the Numbers — Some plain language statistics that every gun owner and conservative needs to see, and very few ever will. Few of those who do see will believe, because acknowledging the reality of firearms challenges too many of their cherished beliefs.
Les Insufferables — In which the Wall Street Journal demonstrates how utterly out of touch they are with the 99%. This graphic is laughably bizarre, but it’s what the Manhattan high flyers are nodding in agreement over.
Republican Woes Go Far Beyond Poor Tactics and Weak Arguments — A fascinating squib from conservative commentator Daniel Larison. If party leaders sometimes deserve not to be trusted, perhaps the “debilitating lack of trust” isn’t solely a product of conservative myth-making. Perhaps it is a result of the leaders’ substantive errors and/or betrayals of principle. Put another way, perhaps current party leaders suffer from a lack of trust because they have done an abysmal job over the last ten years or so and have led their party to one policy or political disaster after another.
?otD: What are you drinking today?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (stress)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing disability rights: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks