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[links] Link salad lays a colored egg

Vintage Ad for Fat-ten-u Products — Huh?

Bert Untooned — Art Guru James Gurney asks, What would Bert from Sesame Street look like if you kept his cartoon proportions but made him otherwise real?

I foresee that nobody will do anything about this problemLast year a mainstream psychology researcher called Daryl Bem published a competent academic paper, in a well respected journal, showing evidence of precognition. Instead of designing new studies to see whether people could consciously tell you about the future, he ran some classic psychology experiments backwards.

Australian outback time lapse — The night sky in HD.

Exoplanet Aurora as Detection Tool — Oooh cool.

Berbers in Libya — Language, culture and minorities in Gadaffi’s Libya.

?otD: Eastercon or Westercon?


4/24/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (convention day)
Body movement: to come
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Nifft the Lean by Michael Shea

[links] Link salad thinks about maps

Video: SWITL magic goop scoop — Weird robotics. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Spaceflight: Risky Business — From the blog Vintage Space. (Via Centauri Dreams.)

Geopolitics in First-Person Shooter Video Games — Weird and interesting squib from Sociological Images.

Radiation Dosage ChartInformation Is Beautiful with a visualization of dosage levels and consequences.

Libya and the Conservative ConundrumA fair percentage of [conservatives] reject the president’s policy of bombing Libya while being in favor of bombing Libya.

Who’s Really Behind Recent Republican Legislation in Wisconsin and Elsewhere? (Hint: It Didn’t Start Here) — An essay from embattled historian William Cronon. The GOP may have bitten off more than they can chew in trying to intimidate this guy. (Thanks to [info]shsilver.)

Haley Barbour Comes Out Against Slavery — Nice to see the leading lights of the GOP catching up on current events. Also some interesting historical counterfactuals in this piece.

Gingrich fears ‘atheist country … dominated by radical Islamists’Hours after declaring Sunday that he expects to be running for president within a month, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he’s worried the United States could be “a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists,” in the foreseeable future, according to Politico. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Are conservatives really this stupid? This is nothing but scare word bingo. In what conceivable universe are radical Islamists also secular atheists? (Via Pharyngula.)

?otD: Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?


3/29/2011
Writing time yesterday: 2.25 hours (revisions on Sunspin, net 600 word gain to manuscript)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 249.6
Currently reading: A Bard’s Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella; Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts

[links] Link salad rises up early in the morning

Tourist Class: 1906 — Ths photo from Shorpy raises a lot more questions than it answers. Fetchez la vache!

Kleopatra and her kids — I love the idea of asteroids having their own moons.

Philosophy, Breakfast and Life ElsewhereCentauri Dreams on, among other things, 19th century views of extraterrestrial life.

Do shadows weigh anything?

High radiation levels at Japanese plant raise new worry

Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear powerJapan’s disaster would weigh more heavily if there were less harmful alternatives. Atomic power is part of the mix.

All Hell Breaks Loose in the Middle East — Juan Cole with a roundup of Friday’s events in Libya and many other countries.

Thomas Jefferson’s Cut-and-Paste BibleOur third president sought to separate the words of Jesus from the ‘corruptions’ of his followers. Because, you know, every word of the Bible is literally true as God wrote it. In English. With the help of Ronald Reagan.

?otD: What do you do with a drunken sailor?


3/26/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (revisions on Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride, urban park walking to come
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 250.6
Currently reading: A Bard’s Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella; Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts

[links] Link salad is lonely out in space

Biomedical news in brief — Brief, interesting qquibs about autism and cancer, among another things.

The Bowery: 1905 — Mmm, trains.

The Future of Air Travel — Ca. 1910, at any rate.

Criggo on helicopter tours — What a business model! The flight is free, but the landings cost extra.

WAG RageLanguage Log on some peculiarities of British sport culture.

Do You Have Free Will? Yes, It’s the Only Choice

Media Coverage of the Fukishima Nuclear Reactor Crisis

The Ego Advantage — David Brooks of The New York Times on Qadaffi’s decades-long grip on power.

Who’s in hell? Pastor’s book sparks eternal debate — Nice religion you people have there. Proud of it, are you?

Indiana Prosecutor Encouraged ‘False Flag’ Assault On Walker To Discredit Wisconsin Unions — Nothing to see here, citizen, move along.

Smaller government, smaller dreams, smaller peopleWe seem to have become a small-minded people obsessed with smaller government, smaller visions, smaller aspirations — a crimped, cramped people from whom it seems unimaginable to expect or ask for this kind of hard work and investment and long-term foresight. Regardless of their own rhetoric, that is observably the conservative vision in a nutshell. “To each their own, and those who don’t have enough deserve what they didn’t get.” One of the most important reasons that I’m a liberal-progressive is that I profoundly oppose the divisive closing of the American spirit that the GOP has been driving us towards all my lifetime.

?otD: Is Mars cold as hell?


3/25/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (2,500 words on Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 250.4
Currently reading: A Bard’s Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella; Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts

[links] Link salad contemplates dentition

GBS Update: The Settlement Is Dead; Long Live the Settlement Negotiations!Scrivener’s Error with more on the banal evil that is the Google Books Settlement. Perhaps the witch will stay underneath the farmhouse.

Copyright Troll Opens Floodgates to Mass RepostingRighthaven set out to punish bloggers who reposted articles, but a federal judge just ruled nonprofits have exactly that right. I love the fact that the word ‘troll’ is in a headline from MIT Technology Review.

What does the filler text “lorem ipsum” mean? — Etaoin shrdlu!

The Griffin Book — This is kind of interesting. A bit about casino blacklists.

Radical Screw-Propelled VehiclesDark Roasted Blend with a cool photoessay on one of the weirder solutions to transport problems.

Gadgets You Should Get Rid Of (or Not) — Ah, convergence.

Brown Dwarfs and Planets: A Blurry Boundary — Mmm. Sunspin.

Steve Buchheit on radiation exposures — A tricky topic.

Libya: More questions than answersSlacktivist on just war and Libya.

Evolution Made Us All — A Sunday school hymn parody. Hahah. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Huckabee: “I’d Love the World to be Led by People Who Have a Biblical Worldview” — As Ed Brayton says, “[H]istory shows that those who hold to a Biblical worldview don’t generally do anything but fight against equality for everyone else.”

Gay marriage a right — not a poll questionIn extolling the fact that the majority now approves same sex marriage, do we not also tacitly accept the notion that the majority has the right to judge? Try to imagine for a moment the consternation upon some woman’s face if a story in the paper announced that “X” percentage of Americans now favors allowing women to work outside the home. Try to picture the brisk dialogue that would ensue if you informed some Jewish man that you now supported his right to practice his religion. Speaking of Biblical worldviews and oppression…

?otD: Do you have any human teeth in your possession?


3/24/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (2,500 words on Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 251.0
Currently reading: A Bard’s Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella; Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts

[links] Link salad is horrified to discover morning comes every day

Tales for Canterbury — I am a contributor to a NZ charity antho in support of the recent earthquake there, with a reprint of my short story “Eggs For Breakfast”.

Fantasy Literature reviews Black Gate issue 14 — Including a very favorable mention of the collaborative story by Mike Jasper and me, “Devil on the Wind”.

METAtropolis: Cascadia reviewed in Turkish — I think they liked it, if Google’s language tools can be trusted.

Another Comment on the Eisler Decision — Dean Wesley Smith on an interesting development in publishing.

Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like SchoolNew research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger ages, may backfire. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Coercive Sterilization? Think of the Children! — Some peculiar and discomfiting reading.

A Clever End Run Around the Movie-Streaming Gremlins — A strangely retrograde approach to movie streaming. (Thanks to my Dad.)

Equatorial Rains on Titan — The sirens they bathe in streaming starlight, wrapped by wind and wave.

Three inventions that will change the world — Shirley, Goodness and Mercy?

A take on nuclear power — Tobias Buckell on the costs of various power generation schemes.

xkcd radiatesBad Astronomy on xkcd on a rational assessment of the dangers of radiation from various sources.

After the earthquake: A long, hot summer — A fascinating description of Japan’s real problem regarding the power plants. (Via [info]nojay.)

100 Years of Air StrikesThe world’s first aerial bombing mission took place 100 years ago, over Libya. (Via [info]danjite.)

Top Ten Ways that Libya 2011 is Not Iraq 2003 — Hmmm.

?otD: How tiny are your Gashlycrumbs?


3/22/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (took the day off to recover)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Weight: 252.4
Currently reading: A Bard’s Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella; Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts

[links] Link salad wakes up once more down in Oregon

Parthenon MoonAPOD with a great moonrise. We saw this same effect in Orlando Saturday night, framed by palm trees.

A flying wing airliner — A Sunday fantasy from x planes.

A legacy from the 1800s leaves Tokyo facing blackoutsA decision made at the dawn of the electric age is complicating Japan’s efforts to keep the lights on. (Via [info]danjite.)

The Big Dangers Still Faced at FukushimaThe issues that will determine the long-term impact of the nuclear crisis.

King crabs invade Antarctica — More liberal conspiracy from Mother Nature. Who you going to believe on global warming, Rush Limbaugh or that lying observational data?

How the No Fly Zone Can Succeed — WTF? I go away for the weekend and we start bombing another Islamic state?

?otD: Have you ever seen the Cascade volcanoes from the air?


3/21/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (WRPA, no Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 4.5 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 256.2 (short sleep, lots of food and drinking?)
Currently reading: A Bard’s Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella; Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts

[links] Link salad, in the scriptorium, with the marble bookend

Speculative Book Review likes Green — Quite a bit, actually.

A review of the recent ebook reprint of my short story “Hitching to Aurora” — I think they liked it.

Style is Story is Style — Jeff VanderMeer is wise.

Launch Pad 2011 is open for applications — Astronomy workshop for writers. I did this in 2008. It was an awesome experience.

From Lab to Red Carpet — Actors who are scientists. Fascinating. (Via David Goldman.)

History of Computers: An Infographic — In case you were wondering. (Via @glynmoody.)

A Window Into the Nuclear FutureTerraPower — with the backing of Bill Gates — has a radical vision for the reactors of tomorrow.

Peeking past RheaBad Astronomy with a ridiculously awesome Cassini photo of two of Saturn’s moons.

Blood Spatter Breakthrough For Forensic ScientistsWorking out exactly where projected droplets came from using their spatter pattern has never been possible…until now.

As Regimes Fall in Arab World, Al Qaeda Sees History Fly By — Al Qaeda and the current unrest in the Middle East. Interesting piece.

The Wisconsin Lie Exposed – Taxpayers Actually Contribute Nothing To Public Employee Pensions — Facts are so inconvenient. Look! Bill Clinton!

More Bang, Less Buck than You ThoughtA Tiny Revolution on the stimulus and government spending. I especially like this bit: [W]e talk about government “spending” as though the dollars pour out and into a black hole. This is certainly true for a couple of holes in Asia, but in other cases it’s quite mistaken. There are many instances where government outlays may best be understood as investments – and we should talk about them in this way. If only this country had a reality-based political discourse.

The Vacuous Accusation of Elitism — Speaking of non-reality based political discourse. One of the most powerful men in the country, speaking to a group of Republican donors who probably paid thousands of dollars for a seat at the fundraiser, calls public employees unions the “privileged elite.” For that matter, does anyone remember John “I don’t know how many houses I own”/”Son of an Admiral” McCain calling Obama elite? “Elite” is another base-enraging scare word like “socialist” that the Right has redefined to mean “anyone I don’t agree with.”

?otD: Who done it?


3/1/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (3,000 words on Sunspin, a bit of WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Weight: 251.8
Currently reading: Dead Iron by Devon Monk

[links] Link salad would be a great name for a rock band

[info]the_child, Mother of the Child and our friend Holly King are showing in the Southeast Portland Art Walk next weekend — They’ll be in Holly’s home and studio, #38 on the art walk map. Holly will be showing cast glass and mixed media sculpture, Mother of the Child will be displaying watercolors and pencils, while [info]the_child will be offering prints and note cards of some of her digital artwork.

The Tolkien estate over-reaches — Ah, trademark enforcement. Thou shalt not speak the name of the Master.

HarperCollins Puts 26 Loan Cap on Ebook Circulations — This won’t end well. (Via [info]danjite.)

Cops: Orlando Man Sabotaged “Whac-A-Mole” Games — Weird headline, weird story.

Cats Adore, Manipulate Women — I plead the Fifth on this one.

Dero Nazi saucer jocks in snow — A striking Sunday fantasy image from x planes.

Red Snow Moon Over Edmonton — In which APOD demonstrates that Edmonton is actually the mouth of Hell.

How To Turn A Laser Into A Tractor BeamPhysicists work out how to generate a backward pulling force from a forward propagating beam

The World Oil Politics of the Libyan Revolt

Why Wouldn’t the Tea Party Shut It Down? — The politics of the Federal budget.

The G.O.P.’s Abandoned BabiesRepublicans need to figure out where they stand on children’s welfare. They can’t be “pro-life” when the “child” is in the womb but indifferent when it’s in the world. Mmmm, family values. Remember kids, reload and it will all be okay!

?otD: What’s your favorite possible name for a rock band?


2/28/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (2,600 words on Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Weight: 251.8
Currently reading: Dead Iron by Devon Monk

[links] Link salad contemplates the shores of Tripoli

I will be on Twitter tonight at #sffwrtcht from 6 pm to 7 pm Pacific — Tune in for a live interview and discussion moderated by @BryanThomasS.

SFWA with the 2010 Nebula Nominees — Congratulations to all my friends and colleagues on the ballot!

Scrivener’s Error with yet more on Borders — With a very specific comment (and citation) on the question of book inventory as consignment.

Are You Smarter Than an Eighth Grader (From 1895)? — In my case, hell no. That’s what I have the Googles for.

Hung Out to Dry: A Taxonomy of City BlocksStrange Maps with a rather curious interpretation of urban cartography.

Why Earth And Titan Share Twin AtmospheresEarth and Titan have thick, nitrogen-rich atmospheres. That’s because both formed from the leftovers of cometary impacts, say planetary geologists.

The Threatening Scent of Fertile Women — Interesting squib on human sexuality. (Via David Goldman.)

Language Log on spelling the name of Libya’s leaderAnd The Straight Dope‘s classic column on the same topic.

30% of Libya in Hands of Youth Movement

George Lakoff on what conservatives really want — I continue boggled at the political flimflam that has managed to make the interests of the top 1% of American society (economically) the overwhelming obsession of so many millions of poor and middle class ‘values voters’.

Firefighter refused call to Tucson shootingA veteran firefighter refused to respond to last month’s deadly shooting spree that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords wounded because he had different political views than his colleagues and “did not want to be part of it,” according to internal city memos. Good thing he was there to stand up for family values!

?otD: Ever been to North Africa?


2/23/2011
Writing time yesterday: 2.5 hours (Endurance copy edits, 2,000 words on a collab, review of Sunspin outline)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 252.6
Currently reading: Dead Iron by Devon Monk

[links] Link salad under the Milky Way tonight

tor.com publishes the cover of Endurance — Green is back… More on this from illustrator Dan Dos Santos.

A reader reacts to Green — Ironically in the light of my recent copy editing activities, the reviewer mentions wishing that the book was a trilogy.

Scrivener’s Error with more deep neepery on the Borders bankruptcy — Including more on the inventory question that [info]cathshaffer and I were discussing in comments yesterday.

The Creative Process — In handy pie graph form. From this post by Dr. Pezz. (Via [info]jimvanpelt.)

Sorry About All the Bombs — The author of The Anarchist Cookbook speaks.

The Six-Legged Meat of the FutureInsects are nutritious and easy to raise without harming the environment. They also have a nice nutty taste. Mmm. Hexapodamania.

Haze Over China — Note the use of the term “photo-like image” in the explanatory copy. Huh?

Herald Square: 1908 — Note the use of the term “electrified owls” in the explanatory copy. Huh?

The Gates of Hell Have Opened in Tripoli — Juan Cole on the situation in Libya.

Canadians Who Look Like Justin Bieber — Because to conservative America, not having to worry about going bankrupt over medical bills is a bad thing. Um…

Disgraced ex-Tea Party leader, Mark Williams plans to infiltrate SEIU Rallies — More evidence that because conservatives can’t win on ideas, they have to lie and cheat. Anybody remember the Brooks Brothers Riot? FWIW, Ed Brayton on liberals being assholes, too. Please note that while extremely regrettable, being an asshole is not the same as being a provocateur.

Birtherism: Worst. Trap. Ever. — Birtherism, like evolution denial, is one of those counterfactuals so beloved of conservatives that makes it very hard for me to take anything else they have to say seriously. Contrast with climate change denial or right-to-life activism, where I can at least perceive an intellectual or moral grounding, however wrongheaded I might personally find those positions. It’s the difference between ideas that you have to be basically nuts to believe in the first place and ideas that reasonable people can disagree on.

The Odd Conservative Hostility Towards Mitch Daniels[C]ulture war politics isn’t a net loser for the GOP, and it may be the only thing that keeps [the party] competitive. From conservative commentator Daniel Larison. Fascinating read.

?otD: Do you have time for private consultation?


2/22/2011
Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (short fiction revisions, WRPA, Endurance copy edits, review of Sunspin outline)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 251.6
Currently reading: Dead Iron by Devon Monk