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In which I am a finalist for an award of which I was previously unaware — My novella “A Long Walk Home” was a finalist for the Hawthorne Citation. Their Web site says, Welcome to the Hawthorne Citation, which recognizes Excellence in Short Fiction, English-language. Now in our third year (2012) of the annual prize, we’ve cited some of the great short works in those years, from both well-known writers and yet-to-be-known writers.

Timothy Anderson Art — ZOMG, such retro art reconcepting for some of my favorite books and movies. I lust for the Argonath travel poster. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Raymond Chandler’s Private Dick — Ta-Nehisi Coates with an incredible essay on misogynist and masculinity, using Raymond Chandler’s work.

Apple fires Maps manager — They waited this long? I cannot wait til Google Maps comes back to the iPhone and I can dump the ridiculously flawed Apple Maps. Apple’s biggest failure of both delivery and consumer trust in years, at least that affected me personally.

Can You Crack The Pigeon’s Code? — A WWII mystery comes to light. Or not, as the case may be.

Time for the U.S. to Partner with China in Space?

Earth’s Core & Carbon: Planetary Center Holds Largest Store Of Common Element, Computer Simulation Suggests — Talk about sequestration.

Tobacco companies ordered to admit they lied over smoking dangerUS judge says tobacco firms must spend their own money on a public campaign admitting deception about the risks of smoking. Let’s see if this sticks.

Can Culture Create Mental Disease? The Rise of “Hikikomori” in the Wake of Economic Downturn in Japan — Can culture create mental disease? Look at gun fetishism and religious mania in the U.S. Both are heavily culturally influenced, and both have broad swathes of adherents who go way beyond reasonable and well-socialized behavior. (Snurched from Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

The Simpsons‘ take on Obamacare — Hahahah. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Enclaves, Long Gated, Seek to Let In Storm Aid — So the wealthy who wanted to go Galt in their gated communities need public assistance after all? I wonder if Tea Partiers in the tri-state area are expecting to have the government help repave their roads and restore their utilities. Pretty tough for me to find much sympathy here.

‘Change is a mofo’: The GOP and white evangelicalism are in the same situation — The Christian Right rendered themselves unto Caesar, and in doing so lost the respect of younger generations for the church as a whole.

30+ Examples of Christian Privilege — Yep. And like most forms of privilege, completely invisible to the vast majority of its beneficiaries. Because with 73% of the population, and 89.3% representation in Congress, many Christians and Christianists are pleased to fancy themselves as a persecuted minority. It’s a comforting and self-valorizing narrative which is absolutely laughable from outside their own framework. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Dying for the Right to Choose — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the conservative view of abortion. Walsh was lying in his refusal to admit that women actually do die during the work of pregnancy. But his position — “without exceptions” — strikes me as the honest one. The problem here isn’t packaging. There is no way to honestly modify its import. Either you believe that women who have sex should run the risk of being remanded to potentially lethal labor, or you don’t. No exceptions.

Fox News Exec VP: Guest Who Slammed Network Apologized – But Not Publicly — Or maybe not. Looks like another Fox lie. Unlike Ricks, who stated a simple, obvious fact when he said on the air that Fox News was “operating as a wing of the Republican party”. As we have long seen proven over and over again, in conservative America you lie boldly (as FOX has previously sued to preserve their right lie under the First Amendment) but apologize for telling the truth. FOLLOWUP: “[The FOX News] MO is that when the facts aren’t on their side, they attack the person.” Hahah. Ad hominem attacks are the conservative MO in general, given that the facts are rarely on their side in liberally biased reality. Ever listen to Rush Limbaugh? Or John McCain on Susan Rice? Mocking people is much more fun than responding substantively, and it helps generate more angry white men, which in their own words is the GOP’s key electoral strategy.

RINO Hunters Fire Warning Shots At Republican Senate Candidates — That Tea Party farce the GOP dreamed up to help mobilize their base against the threat of Kenyan Muslim socialism is biting them in the ass again, as it did in this election cycle just past. I’d say it couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch, except sometimes the far right gets their people elected, and that is a major disaster for everyone, including the oblivious chumps in the Tea Party themselves.

Notes on the Decline of a Great Nation — A European view of our country. The United States is frittering away its role as a model for the rest of the world. The political system is plagued by an absurd level of hatred, the economy is stagnating and the infrastructure is falling into a miserable state of disrepair. Gee, which party has made hatred a key electoral strategy? Which party has blocked almost all efforts at economic stimulus? Which party refuses to allow the government spend money on infrastructure? Would that be the party whose highest priority these past four years was to make Obama a one-term president, and thus spent all their political capital denying him anything that might make him look successful? Rather than, say, fixing this country’s problems? Nope, can’t quite put my finger on it. Must be Kenyan Muslim socialism at work. Ask any of Sarah Palin’s “Real Americans”, they’ll tell you that. (Via Pharygula.)

Revenge of the Reality-Based Community — A formerly prominent Republican laments discovering reality about three decades too late. So here we are, post-election 2012. All the stupidity and closed-mindedness that right-wingers have displayed over the last 10 years has come back to haunt them. It is now widely understood that the nation may be center-left after all, not center-right as conservatives thought. Overwhelming losses by Republicans to all the nation’s nonwhite voters have created a Democratic coalition that will govern the nation for the foreseeable future.

Mandate with Destiny — Obama’s electoral mandate. In 2004, the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, conservatism’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, congratulated President Bush for “what by any measure is a decisive mandate for a second term” and exulted, “Mr. Bush has been given the kind of mandate that few politicians are ever fortunate enough to receive.” This year, examining similar numbers with different labels, the Journal came up with a sterner interpretation. “President Obama won one of the narrower re-elections in modern times,” its editorial announced. Kind of reminds me of Dick Morris predicting a 325-213 Romney “landslide” in the Electoral College, then proclaiming that Obama “eked out” a narrow 332-206 victory in the Electoral College. More of that vaunted conservative intellectual consistency all around. Or in shorter words: “The conservative stupid, it burns.” (Snurched from Ta-Nehisi Coates.)

?otD: If I leave here tomorrow would you still remember me?


11/28/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (revisions to “Rock of Ages”)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (30 minutes on stationary bike)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Weight: 222.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing people to accept healthcare and committing voter fraud: 0
Currently reading: The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad wakes up ready to come off the pump

Authenticity is okay. Really. — Tobias Buckell is wise.

The Windcatchers of Persia — Architectural air conditioning from the ancient world. (Via Scrivener’s Error.)

Rube Goldberg Parkour — This is pretty cool, but I wish it had been shot with better production values. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Psy’s Gangnam Style YouTube party is just getting started — There’a always Klingon Style.

Coyotes, bears, and lions: the new urban pioneers?New research suggests mountain lions and bears may be following the urban pioneering of raccoons, foxes and, most notably, coyotes as they slowly encroach on major US metro areas.

Peter Grillo, Hawaii Fisherman, Finds Japanese Boat, Debris From 2011 Tsunami

The Who’s Pete Townshend, a reluctant rock star

Abortion rates plummet with free birth controlProviding birth control to women at no cost substantially reduced unplanned pregnancies and cut abortion rates by 62 percent to 78 percent over the national rate, a new study shows. The research, by investigators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, appears online Oct. 4 in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Good luck getting the forced pregnancy movement to even acknowledge this fundamental piece of common sense reality, let alone accept it. If they were really for a woman about reducing or eliminating abortions, they’d be leading the charge for contraception, women’s health and equal pay for equal work.

Gillespie defends Big Bird cut — The federal investment in public broadcasting equals about one one-hundredth of one percent of the federal budget, or about $445.2 million. That’s less than half the cost of one B-2 Stealth Bomber, FYI.

Jon Stewart-Bill O’Reilly ‘Rumble’ Attracts Pro-Comedy Young Voters‘Daily Show’ and ‘O’Reilly Factor’ hosts face off in 90-minute ‘Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium’ that brought out young voters.

Paul Ryan: 60% of US is moochers who aren’t “American” — I wonder if he ever mentions that the majority of those “takers” who receive more tax benefits than they pay into the system are Republican voters living in Red states? I wonder if he ever mentions that he was one of those “takers” when he was a young man?

Paul Ryan Has News For The Birthers: He’s Not One Of Them — Some Republican doing the right thing.

Death threats after Mitt Romney visit declinedThe owner of a Denver restaurant who has received death threats after declining a visit by Mitt Romney said Friday that he “could feel the hate in the air” at his business recently. Stay classy, conservative America. it’s what you do best.

Why Romney Wouldn’t Be the Republicans’ Bill Clinton

?otD: Sunday again?


10/7/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fog)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (chemo fog)
Hours slept: 13.5 (solid, lots of napping)
Weight: 228.2
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

[food|writing] Open dinner in Baltimore, plus a cool foreign rights sale

Last night’s open dinner here in Baltimore was great, good fun. There were fifteen of us, including me and Lisa Costello. @psursi took photos!

Good conversation, though as always with these things it’s a little hard to talk with an entire table at once. Good folks, a few old friends and a bunch of new ones. In more-or-less around the table order, we had John Zaharick, Karlo Yeager, Mark Siegal, [info]curiouseve and [info]duelce, Beth Tanner, Rip, Jeff Young, [info]cypherindigo, Lisa Nohealani Morton and Chris, @psursi and his wife Stephanie, and Deanna Hoak and her daughter. What a great crowd. We talked about some fun stuff, and some serious stuff, and enjoyed semi-Irish pub grub at Ryan’s Daughter.

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Photos © 2012 Peter Sursi and Jeff Young. Used with permission.


In other news, I am pleased to announce that via my agent Jennifer Jackson, Hayakawa Publishing has acquired Japanese magazine rights for my Mainspring novella “Chain of Stars,” which they intend to publish in the November 2012 issue of SF Magazine.

My thanks again to Subterranean Press for giving that story a market home in the first place.

[links] Link salad won’t back down

Don’t forget the name Jay’s tumors poll.

How Paperbacks Transformed the Way Americans Read — (From AH via [info]tillyjane.)

Scott McKenzie’s San Francisco was a hippy anthem with a life of its ownSan Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair) didn’t reflect the particular sound of the city itself. Not that this mattered – it was great pop and its idealism lives on. (Snurched from Cora Buhlert.)

Sigur Rós – Fjögur píanó — A wild piece of video art. Note, NSFW. (Thanks to Marta Murvosh.)

Children warned name of first pet should contain 8 characters and a digit — Ah, security. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Bee-rotica: A beginner’s guide to insect sting fetishes — Rule 34 is alive and well. (Thanks, I think, to [info]danjite.)

Battling the YakuzaJapan’s authorities are clamping down on the criminal underworld, but the mighty Yakuza refuse to back down.

Some Hidden Historical Gems in the School of Dentistry — Mmm. A museum of dental oddities, right here in Portland.

Exotic Detections: Wormholes and Worldships

Helix Collapse Fails to Crush Hope for Vertical Wind Turbines

Decline In Circumcisions Could Prove Costly — Hmm.

Is Climate Change To Blame For This Year’s West Nile Outbreak? — Ah, science. All about the questions instead of the certainties. One of the wonders of evidence-based thinking is that you can learn new things.

Antarctic ice sheets may have changed the planet’s heartbeat — Some fascinating science in this article.

Arctic ice cap set for record-breaking summer melt sessionTemperatures have been inconsistent and winter ice is thin.

Religious Right Still Oblivious of their Double Standard on BoycottsAccording to LaBarbera and Mefferd, it is inappropriate for companies to back gay rights efforts or groups because they will be offending customers when they should be remaining neutral in the “culture war.” However, if a company like Chick-fil-A opposes gay rights, then it is an admirable decision worthy of support and any criticism of their activism is an assault on freedom. Actually, this headline didn’t need the words “on Boycotts”. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Why are all the GOP celebrities such nuts?

Republicans Condemn Akin’s Comments As Blemish On Party’s Otherwise Spotless Women’s Rights Record

Top Five Worst Planks in GOP Platform — Geeze, where to begin. Any decent, sane human being should be horrified by pretty much all of these.

Romney doesn’t lead Republicans, he follows them

The Irony Of A Black President — Ta-Nehisi Coates is brilliant on Obama, race and American society.

?otD: Will you stand your ground?


8/23/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

[links] Link salad winds on down the road

Patent No. 5,443,036: Method of Exercising a Cat

Broken Letters: A Typogeography of Europe — Fascinating reading if you’re either a typeface geek or a history geek.

Which profession drinks the most coffee?

Roundhouse Foundations — Mmm. Trains.

Video urges Singapore couples to make babies – like, now — (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Neanderthals did not interbreed with humans, scientists findThe genetic traits between humans and Neanderthals are more likely from a shared ancestry rather than interbreeding, a British study has suggested.

Study: Japan nuclear disaster caused mutated butterflies — “Power was to be cheap and clean; grimy faces were never seen”

Researchers find some of the world’s earliest (pre-Cambrian) armorSpecimens hint that protective organic skeletons predate the Cambrian explosion.

Into the Uncanny ValleyCentauri Dreams on extra-terrestrial intelligence.

Obama Calls Mars Rover Team, Considers Mohawk — Heh.

Arctic ocean losing 50% more summer ice than predicted — Facts not valid in conservative America and other places outside the reality-based community.

Isolated Incidents (Completely Unrelated To All The Others Just Like It) — Sexual morality at a Christianist bible “college”. Proving once again that atheists are moral monsters without Christian principles to guide them. Or something. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

My Sister Paid Progressive Insurance to Defend Her Killer In Court — A classic example of why people hate both insurance companies and attorneys. This also clearly illustrates the fundamental conflict of for-profit insurance companies. Unlike almost any other business sector, their profit model relies on them not fulfilling their contracts. That problem is most obvious in health insurance companies, but applies across the board. Which is why I sometimes think all insurance companies should either be co-ops or publicly owned. As for the attorneys involved on the Progressive insurance side, I hope the crypts they sleep in are comfortably chilled.

The Certainty of Even More Shootings — Because this is America, where your theoretical defense of essential liberties is worth more than my actual life. But only under the Second Amendment. Thanks to the justly famed intellectual consistency of the conservative movement, we’ve already traded away all those other pesky amendments and their essential liberties for the illusion of a little temporary safety.

Your Election is being Bought by 47 Billionaires (and they are Buying War, Climate Change)[N]early 60% of the almost quarter of a billion dollars raised by Super PACs from individuals derived from just 47 people, who gave at least $1 million each (obviously some gave much more). Remember, kids, according to the conservative-dominated Supreme Court, money is speech, so if you don’t like this, put up your own millions.

Mitt Romney Denies Freedom of ReligionDo you believe in freedom of religion? President Obama does, and he is defending Americans’ freedom of religion against Mitt Romney and Fox News.

Paul Ryan already benefited from the Social Security fund he now wants to gut — When a conservative needs something from the government, it’s an essential Federal program. (See highway bills and farm price supports.) When anyone that conservative disapproves of needs something from the government, it’s wasteful socialism. (See Aid to Families with Dependent Children.)

The Ryan Role — Paul Krugman on Paul Ryan. Interesting what the facts tell you, which is very different from what Your Liberal Media tells you.

Wonkbook: Everything you need to know about Paul Ryan — Paul Ryan’s number one qualification for Romney’s VP slot? He’s not Sarah Palin.

?otD: Is your shadow taller than your soul?


8/14/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.25 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.0 (solid)
Weight: 238.4
Currently reading: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski

[links] Link salad wanders into the weekend

SFWA Northwest Reading Series — I am part of the October edition of this august event, hosted by [info]seanan_mcguire and also featuring [info]mkhobson. Stay tuned for details and reminders.

Life Under the Microscope — The Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition. (Thanks to [info]tillyjane.)

55 years ago, 6 stood under atomic bomb blast — on purpose

Report: Japan nuclear workers told to hide radiation levels — Clean and safe and too cheap to meter. Yep.

Stanford researchers produce first complete computer model of an organism

Kansas City Police End Standoff With Naked ArcherLowering the Bar is hilarious.

Seriously inappropriate Tweet from the NRA yesterday — Mmm. Gun rights.

58 Murders a year by Firearms in Britain, 8,775 in USThe international comparisons show conclusively that fewer gun owners per capita produce not only fewer murders by firearm, but fewer murders per capita over all. In the case of Britain, firearms murders are 30 times fewer than in the US per capita.

The Body Count — Roger Ebert on the Colorado shootings. This: I’m tired of repeating the obvious. I know with a dread certainty that I will change nobody’s mind. I will hear conspiracy theories from those who fear the government, I will hear about the need to raise a militia, and I will hear nothing about how 9,484 corpses in a year has helped anything. That is a high price to pay. What depresses me is that half of my fellow countrymen are prepared to pay it.

How Long will We let the National Rifle Association and Corrupt Politicians Kill our Children? — Juan Cole on the shootings.

The Dream of Maximum Guns — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the shootings.

A list of mass shootings in the United States since 2005 — It is sixty-five pages long. Contrast our response to these events with the Australian response to the Port Arthur massacre. That is what a sane and safe society looks like. Not us here in America. (In part via [info]danjite.)

George W. Bush to skip Republican National Convention — A crying shame, as I think the voting public needs a reminder of what happened the last time we elected Republican president: massive foreign wars, record deficits and nearly complete economic collapse. Luckily for the GOP, they and their friends in Your Liberal Media have convinced the public to blame Obama for what Bush did.

?otD: Who have you been grooving all week with?


7/21/2012
Writing time yesterday: 60 minutes (Going to Extremes outline)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid)
Weight: 237.4
Currently reading: Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie

[links] Link salad experiences a post-cookout food coma

Maple Seed Drones Will Swarm The Future

Fukushima was ‘man-made disaster’

From wraith to smoking duck — Scientists and the language of the Higgs boson. I didn’t realize that George W. Bush wrote PR copy for CERN these days.

This .gif Kills Freedom — Tbogg on the right wing reaction to Google’s July 4th doodle. Because, you know, the crazy.

Ghoul’s Glossary — Juan Cole is funny about Mitt Romney.

Ann Romney: Obama’s whole campaign strategy is “let’s kill this guy” — Which is despicable, of course, unlike the GOP’s explicitly stated top legislative priority of making Obama a one-term president. That’s the high road, that is, your Republican party working in the national interest in a time of crisis. Confidential to Ann Romney: Do you have any idea what comes out of your mouth?

?otD: Pork butt or ribs?


7/5/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (holiday)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 (interrupted)
Weight: 240.2
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate

[links] Link salad flies high, is never gonna die

The Future of Digital Manga, A Fairytale — A long thoughtful essay on the relationship between content, readers and publishing formats. Very much worth the read if you have any interest in ebook publishing issues. (Snurched from @Mari_Kurisato.)

Cat Rambo’s upcoming teaching schedule for online classes — In case you, you know, want to learn something.

the art of (re)inventing yourself — Justine Musk is interesting and wise.

Fascism for Nice People — Lavie Tidhar with an interesting response to recent criticism of his remarks on steampunk.

Maintain the rage — Alan Baxter on the reactions to Prometheusimdb ], with bonus cultural critique. God, I need to stop thinking about this movie. I’m like a dog to vomit.

Prometheus Species Origin — Argh. Must stop! (Thanks to @jeremiahtolbert.)

Revealing Colon Cancer’s Escape Route — Sigh. (Thanks to David Ivory.)

Pet piranha bites off Illinois toddler’s fingertip — Why isn’t this is a reckless endangerment charge or something?

Roman jewellery found in ancient Japan tomb

‘Twisted Light’ Beams Data at a Staggering 2.56 Terabits Per Second

Knitting community outraged over Olympic dig; USOC apologizes — Don’t mess with knitters, man. Even I know that. They might have to cut you.

Far-Fetched Scams Separate the Gullible from Everyone Else — This makes my head hurt. (Via David Goldman.)

The evangelical mind must obey the moneyed enforcers of the tribe

Rising Sea Level Puts East Coast At RiskThe sea level on a stretch of the US Atlantic coast that features the cities of New York, Norfolk and Boston is rising up to four times faster than the global average. It never fails to amaze me how liberals have managed to co-opt the natural world into their global warming scam. Thank god for the Republican party, stemming the tide of reality every day. Your GOP: the Canute of the modern world.

Yes, there is an alternative to capitalism: Mondragon shows the wayWhy are we told a broken system that creates vast inequality is the only choice? Spain’s amazing co-op is living proof otherwise.

Some Thoughts on Democratic Norms — Ta-Nehisi Coates takes a historical perspective on the profoundly destructive Roberts court.

Justice Scalia Rages Against Obama On Immigration — Yep, no conservative ideology on this Supreme Court. Just impartial jurisprudence and principled intellectual consistency. Nothing to see here citizen, move along. Confidential to SCOTUS: You people are becoming an embarrassment to history.

Republicans support Obama’s health reforms — as long as his name isn’t on them — Gee. What a shock. Remember when conservatives incessantly mocked the so-called “Bush Derangement Syndrome”?

?otD: By the way, which one’s Pink?


6/26/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (WRPA, plus 0.25 hours and 300 words setting up a new short story)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 5.25 (interrupted)
Weight: 239.0
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate

[links] Link salad looks forward to JayCon

Some reader reviews of my work — At Fantasy Literature.

[info]benpeek with an open letter to Ridley Scott concerning the film Prometheusimdb ] — Wow, that is some sophisticated ranting.

Chart House Birthday — My sister’s photo set of my birthday dinner this past Wednesday.

Questions about life — A survey, courtesy of the Niece.

Knock, knock: ‘Door of Paradise’ goes to Italy museum

Beware the Pedtextrian — Heh. (Thanks to [info]lillypond, a/k/a my sister.)

Mystery of Big Data’s Parallel Universe Brings Fear, and a ThrillAnd so it goes in the era of what is called Big Data, in which more and more information about our lives — where we shop and what we buy, indeed where we are right now — the economy, the genomes of countless organisms we can’t even name yet, galaxies full of stars we haven’t counted, traffic jams in Singapore and the weather on Mars tumbles faster and faster through bigger and bigger computers down to everybody’s fingertips, which are holding devices with more processing power than the Apollo mission control. Big Data probably knows more about us than we ourselves do, but is there stuff that Big Data itself doesn’t know it knows? Big Data is watching us, but who or what is watching Big Data? (Via my Dad.)

Snacks with few ingredients that you can pronounce — “Monosyllabic nature-fetishism?” Really?

Parasitic flower pirates genes from its host — Some seriously SFnal fodder here.

Artificial cells evolve proteins to structure semiconductors — This headline brought to you by the future.

Huge tsunami dock washes up in US — Ah, Oregon. (Thanks to Sally McLennan.)

Denied divorce, some same-sex couples ‘wed-locked’

Take PrideThis last Sunday, for the first time in its history, there was a specifically Mormon section of the Utah Pride Parade.

?otd: Coming to my birthday party?


6/8/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.75 hours (Going to Extremes outline)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.0 (solid)
Weight: 240.2 (!)
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate

[links] Link salad dispatches war rocket Ajax to bring back his body

What appears to be a Korean review of Green — Even with Google Translate, I can’t figure out if this is positive or otherwise.

Dorothy Parker in the Twitter Age — Ta-Nehisi Coates quotes Dorothy Parker on how writers should live.

The 18 rules I learned in my 1st year as a full time writer — Myke Cole is funny.

Shall we gather at the river? — Roger Ebert on the iconic John Wayne. I love the way this man writes.

Rock of ages: 40,000 year-old musical instruments the world’s oldest — Keith Richards also has been carbon dated, apparently.

To Save Some Species, Zoos Must Let Others Die

‘Mermaids: The Body Found’ On Animal Planet Argues Mythical Sea Creatures Are Aquatic Apes — Speaking as an East African plains ape, hello, cousins.

Radioactive bluefin tuna are likely to decrease over time

Sentinels of the Arctic APOD with a gorgeous photo of strange snow formations in Lapland.

Looking Back at an Eclipsed Earth — This is cool.

Soviet Moon Lander Discovered Water on The Moon in 1976The last Soviet mission to the moon, Luna-24, returned to Earth with water-rich rocks from beneath the lunar surface. But the West ignored the result.

The Secret Army inside the Army — The growth of Special Forces. Wasn’t this a Rumsfeld initiative as well?

Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don’t want the government spying on you (and they include ‘pork’, ‘cloud’ and ‘Mexico’) — Because pork is a threat to our nation’s vital security interests. Feel safer now? (Via [info]danjite.)

Romney’s run evokes pride, fear in Mormons — Actually, when the LDS inserted itself so heavily in the Proposition 8 vote in California, they opened themselves to the kind of politically-oriented criticism this article says adherents now fear from the Romney run. In this context, once you make someone else’s morals and private behavior an issue, you make your own an issue. Since Prop 8, I have no sympathy whatsoever for the Mormons undergoing critical public review.

Amercia! Epic Mitt Romney App Gaffe Goes Viral Online — Now, imagine the reaction from Your Liberal Media and the conservative commentariat if the Obama campaign had done this.

What The Pushback On Obama’s Spending Claim IgnoresOn the campaign trail, President Obama has touted recent data that dispels the notion that he has embarked on a spending binge — and his Republican opponents, citing various fact-checks, are aggressively pushing back. Part of the pushback, it turns out, inadvertently proves Obama’s larger point. Ya think?

?otd: Who is the savior of the universe?


5/30/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: 242.4 (!)
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate

[links] Link salad’s flag boy and your flag boy, sittin’ by the fire

Angelesen: Die Räder der Welt (Jay Lake) — What appears to be a positive review of the German language edition of Mainspring.

A natural history — Roger Ebert with a moving essay on growing up, and lost friends.

“Crab” chips, fruity Oreos? They’re big overseas — More on on-USAnian flavors. Snack food crack for me is Maui onion flavored Hawaiian kettle chips in creamy French onion dip.

Tornado near Tokyo kills 1, injures dozens — I’m always a bit surprised when I read about tornadoes outside the North American Great Plains.

Reminders of Secular Authority Reduce Believers’ Distrust of Atheists — Many of my Christian friends seem to have grown fond of the self-valorizing myth that they are being oppressed or persecuted in modern America, but it is still true that atheists poll at the bottom of trustworthiness. Amazing, the power we secular types have as a small and least-trusted percentage of the population.

The ‘Big Four’ markers of the evangelical tribeSlacktivist Fred Clark with some fascinating social history of the Evangelical movement.

Family Battle Offers Look Inside Lavish TV Ministry — This is precisely what our country needs more of, not those godless, immoral liberals.

Biden on gay marriage: ‘Absolutely comfortable with men marrying men, women marrying women’ — Good. As it should be, assuming you value an open, tolerant society. Which conservatives explicitly do not. Another of the many, many reasons I can never be a conservative.

Republicans! Get in my vagina! — Very sarcastic video, funny as hell decidedly not worksafe. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

The Right-Wing’s 20 Biggest Sex HypocritesThe ones who scream the loudest about how godly they are often turn out to be the exact opposite. Only twenty? But, but, but, Clinton had a blow job! (Via [info]danjite.)

How to End This Depression — Paul Krugman is, as usual, sensible.

Republicans on ‘Politicizing’ Terrorism, Then and Now — Well, it was fine when Bush did it, just not when Obama does it. Like so many other things. Just ask any Tea Partier about deficit spending, foreign wars or corporate bailouts. Those only became a problem for conservatives after an African-American progressive was elected to the Oval Office. The GOP: setting the standards for intellectual consistency in political discourse since, well, never.

Schwarzenegger: GOP, take down that small tent — You didn’t mind that ‘small tent’ when it got you elected, Arnie. I despise so-called moderate Republicans almost more than I despise the whackaloon conservatives that dominate the GOP these days, simply because while in a lot of cases the whackaloons really can’t seem to help being who they are, the Republican moderates are people who know better and went along with the nuts anyway for electoral advantage.

Historic campaign collision of race and religion likely to arouse both pride and prejudiceBarack Obama vs. Mitt Romney, an African-American and a white Mormon, representatives of two groups and that have endured oppression to carve out a place in the United States. How much progress has America made against bigotry? By November, we should have some idea. Hint: which man is running from a party that has built and sustains its political fortunes foursquare on bigotry and intolerance?

?otd: Jockamo fee na nay?


5/6/2012
Writing time yesterday: 3.5 hours (2.5 hours and 5,600 words on Their Currents Turn Awry, 1.0 hours of WRPA)
Body movement: 1.5 hour suburban walk
Hours slept: 9.25 (solid)
Weight: 240.0 (!)
Currently reading: The Blade Itself Joe Abercrombie

[links] Link salad watches the Child hit the boards

Skungy Art. “Surfing the Gnarl.” Read Feb 7, Feb 11. — Rudy Rucker on (among other things) the February 11th reading in San Francisco, where K.W. Jeter and I will be sharing the stage with him.

Author C.J. Marsicano is running a Kickstarter campaign to get a book out — Go check it out.

Penguin Further Narrows Library Access, Suspending Availability of Audiobook Titles — Hmmm. (Via [info]danjite.)

25 Things I Learned From Opening a Bookstore — (Via [info]willyumtx.)

The Hill Approach — Seth Godin on creativity.

The Story of a SuicideTwo college roommates, a webcam, and a tragedy. Tyler Clementi and Dharun Ravi.

Brains may be wired for addiction

Blood test accurately distinguishes depressed patients from healthy controls — Interesting. (Via @jackwilliambell.)

The Secret of Ant Transportation NetworksJust how ants create the highly efficient network of trails around their nests has never been fully understood. Now researchers think they’ve cracked it.

With Risk, Japanese City Takes On Once Accepted Fact of Life: Its Gangsters

Restored Edison Records Revive Giants of 19th-Century Germany — Talk about your obsolete formats… (Via my Dad.)

A case study of the tactics of climate change denialBut notice what he’s done. He’s taken what is clearly a minor point and blown it up as if it’s my main point. He’s used shady words (predictions, models) to cast aspersions, and to make someone (me!) look bad. Then, by “refuting” this minor issue he can then poison the well, strongly implying that all my arguments are wrong. That’s kind of a big no-no when trying to argue a point. But it packages well. A pretty neat summation of typically wrong-headed conservative discourse on a lot of issues.

Happy days are here again — Roger Ebert on Newt, Mitt and the evolution of political party nominating conventions. Entertaining and interesting bit of history, regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum.

The Invincible Nobility Of The Middle Class — Ta-Nehisi Coates on a modern political meme promulgated by both major parties. But the implication of a middle-class patriotism holds that the poor do not work hard, and do not play by the rules. Their poverty is a moral stain. It’s rather sad to see ostensible progressives reinforcing this message.

The Politics of Cancer — This Komen-Planned Parenthood business is one of the more disgusting maneuvers on the part of the conservative movement. I am beyond appalled. Bluntly, the Right has made it clear that they find it preferable for poor women to die of cancer than have any potential access to abortion. A stark indictment of the forced pregnancy movement.

Romney: Context for me, but not for thee — Typical Republican. “Do as I say, not as I do.” Romney brags about mining Obama quotes deeply out context, but protests the unfairness when Gingrich does precisely the same thing to him.

Bush beats Obama’s deficit spending by 5 to 1, but Romney targets the wrong guy to whine about — Much easier to complain about a black Democrat that acknowledge the Republican party’s responsibility for its actions when last in power.

Mitt Speaks. Oh, No!

Blending politics and religion, Obama says his policies are an extension of Christian faith — Ok, I find this kind of thing alarming whether it comes from Republicans or Democrats. This is a secular nation in a secular world, and rational thought should be the basis of our governance.

?otd: What’s the last game you played?


2/3/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (Sunspin revisions)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 (solid)
Weight: 230.2
Currently reading: The Man in the Moone, and Other Lunar Fantasies ed. Faith Pizor