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[links] Link salad mutters

Analysis of “Midnight at Valdosta’s” by Jay Lake — Hmm. Interesting.

Sophia Stewart wins the Matrix copyright infringement case — Fascinating. (Via [info]danjite.) Update: Snopes.com reports this is false. (Thanks to [info]corwynofamber.)

11 terrifying kids from vintage adverts who will freeze the very marrow in your bones — Contributor David Goldman says the kid in #11 looks like a young me. (Via David Goldman.)

24,000-Year-Old Body Shows Kinship to Europeans and American Indians — Much as with Kennwick Man, if the science had not been suppressed.

Print your own dinosaur bones Ever dream of holding a sauropod skull in your hand? New imaging and printing technology may soon give the public unprecedented access to millions of fragile, rare fossils. Love the headline! (Via AH.)

Eating nuts ‘may prolong life’ — My dating strategy is validated! No, wait…

Boeing 747 Mistakenly Lands At Tiny Kansas Airport — Oops. (Via [info]danjite.)

Universal Law of Commuting Discovered in African, European and US Mobile Phone Data — Marchetti’s constant. Huh.

Bill Gates condom challenge ‘to be met’ by graphene scientists — (Via David Goldman.)

Japan reports volcano raises island in seas far south of Tokyo

4.4 billion-year-old meteorite NWA 7533 is straight outta MarsSimilar to rocks found by Spirit rover, meteorite is a clue to early Mars. Warning: facts not valid for Young Earth Creationists and other willful idiots who believe The Flintstones was a documentary.

NFL Hazing and Jonathan Martin’s “Man Card” — I have found this whole business utterly ridiculous, but then I have a strong (and unreasonable) personal bias against any story involving organized or professional sports.

The persecution of Christians: 4 ways to respondSlacktivist Fred Clark deliberately avoids deconstructing the false self-valorizing persecution narrative of American Christianists in favor of a broader view of actual religious persecution.

?otD: Argle bargle?


11/21/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 241.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing down donut shops: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad asked him which was the way back home

Cars, Cards & Carbines – Multi-Genre Fiction Anthology — A Kickstarter for a project in which I have a story.

The Lord of the Rings personality type chart — Snerk.

When I Finally Realized What I Was Seeing, This Was The Coolest Thing Ever. Look Closer. — Mmm. Cars. (Via [info]danjite.)

Space Weathering: The Mars Connection

Scientists Confirm Existence of Moon — The headline is pretty funny, but also a tad misleading. Science! It works, bitches. (Via David Goldman.)

Elk vs. Photographer | Great Smoky Mountains National Park — Funny, but yow! (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Shark jumps out of aquarium into swimming poolA shark managed to jump out of its aquarium on to a water slide at a hotel swimming pool used by guests. The ending of the story is not so funny as the headline. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

People who don’t forget can still be tricked with false memoriesPeople with highly superior autobiographical memory also form fake memories.

A Cold War Fought by Women — Hmm.

Majority of red-state Americans believe climate change is real, study showsStudy suggests far-reaching acceptance of climate change in traditionally Republican states such as Texas and Oklahoma. Huh. You sure couldn’t tell it by who they elect to Congress. (Via [info]madwriter.)

Anti-LGBT activist slams church over ‘effeminate’ Jesus: ‘He smelled bad… He was a man’s man’ — Amazing how often God’s inviolate Word and eternal plan for Man so often coincides with each individual believer’s bigotries and prejudices.

Why Black Folks Tend to Shout — Ta-Nehisi Coates on George Zimmerman’s repeated violence.

Up in ArmsThe battle lines of today’s debates over gun control, stand-your-ground laws, and other violence-related issues were drawn centuries ago by America’s early settlers. (Via Ellen Eades.)

Special Report: The Pentagon’s doctored ledgers conceal epic waste — (Via BBB.)

Rep. Trey Radel charged with cocaine possessionRep. Trey Radel, a freshman Republican from Florida, was arrested on Oct. 29 for possession of cocaine in the District of Columbia, according to D.C. Superior Court documents. This is why the GOP is so popular: law and order, dedication to moral principle, and Christian values.

State Rep. Uses Sledgehammer To Destroy Homeless People’s PossessionsStay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best. I stand corrected, thanks to [info]nicosian. Apparently this violent loon is a Democrat. My confusion is understandable but inappropriate. My apologies.

?otD: Do you take a right at the light and go straight on until night? At what point are you on your own?


11/20/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 241.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing down donut shops: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad takes a walk with its sister, the moon

The C-Word or “C” is for Cancer — Author Eugie Foster is in great and sudden need, something I understand all too well. I will be shifting some of the funds raised for me to Eugie. Please join me in helping her.

You can do a lot in a lifetime if you don’t burn out too fastLisa Costello on her first year in Portland (with me).

METAtropolis: Green Space is now available for pre-order — Edited by [info]kenscholes and me. Stories by Elizabeth Bear, Tobias S. Buckell, Mary Robinette Kowal, Seanan McGuire, Ken Scholes, Karl Schroeder and me. Check it out.

A favorable Russian review of Escapement

8-year-old flags ‘sexist’ children’s books; bookstore takes notice — Wow. (Via [info]threeoutside, among others.)

Wind Turbine Bird Threat Overstated, Study Suggests — (Via David Goldman.)

Galloping robot “WildCat” — Crazy video. (Via [info]threeoutside, among others.)

When to Catch a Lie via TextA recent experiment finds that when people are about to lie via digital text they take longer to construct their words. I can think of about a million things wrong with this, but it is still interesting. (Via David Goldman.)

Shutdown Stops T. Rex Trek in Its TracksThe ongoing government shutdown has stalled plans to haul a near-complete T. rex fossil to its new home at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, a federal institution forced to shut its doors last week.

Creationism and Climate ChangeSkepticism about evolutionary science, it seems, bleeds over into suspicion of all mainstream science. If mainstream science has been proven, from creationists’ perspective, to be a naked emperor, then its conclusions on every topic must be treated warily. I’ve been saying precisely this about conservative politics and culture for years. Privileging evolution denial has validated magical thinking at all levels and devaluated evidence-based reasoning. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Judge Demands Sikh Man Take Off His “Rag” — American conservatives: always at the forefront of the battle for religious liberty. Their religious liberty, not anyone else’s, of course. Sarah Palin “real American” bonus points for total indifferent ignorance about the differences between Muslims and Sikhs. (Via [info]goulo.)

A Ghost of May Days Past: East Germany Rises Again! — Politics and the map.

Inquisitive Justices? No Argument There

What did Justice Scalia mean? — A linguist takes on the Supreme Court’s most narrow-minded and intellectually dishonest justice. (And that’s saying something.)

Why the Devil Quit Bothering Pigs, According to Justice Scalia — And this man sits on the Supreme Court. Are you proud of your Republican party?

The Craigslist Ad That Will Make The Government Shutdown Seem Hilarious — This is pretty funny.

Despite federal shutdown, MAVEN mission still blasting off to MarsKey role as communications hub keeps probe on schedule.

How Democrats Got a Spine“Dealing with terrorists has taught us some things,” said Washington Rep. Jim McDermott after voting no on one of Thursday’s GOP bills. “You can’t deal with ’em. This mess was created by the Republicans for one purpose, and they lost. People in my district are calling in for Obamacare—affordable health care—in large numbers. These guys have lost, and they can’t figure out how to admit it.”

Deadlock — Jim Wright on the government shutdown. A must-read, especially if you consider yourself a supporter of the shutdown.

The Importance of CompetenceLosing the last election seems to have exhausted Republicans’ patience rather than forcing them to scale back their ambitions. Winning parties are often guilty of overreaching and imagining that they have an electoral mandate to advance their preferred agenda no matter what, but it is very unusual for a losing party to have the same delusions of grandeur. The simple answer to that is that Republicans don’t think they lost. They’ve never considered Obama’s victories legitimate. Listen to their rhetoric: conservatives see themselves as the aggrieved victims of liberal conspiracies to steal elections. They know perfectly well how much they have to manipulate voting rolls, turnout and polling to win, and cannot imagine Democrats doing anything different.

?otD: Have you been living underground, eating from a can?


10/8/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minutes (stationary bike)
Weight: 242.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing laws passed under the Constitutional process and fully subjected to judicial review: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad for the last days of a better nation

Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família — A video showing the planned completion of Gaudí’s designs for the cathedral in Barcelona. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Terrifying Lake Turns Birds Into Statues — Real or art project? Does it matter? (Via Lisa Costello.)

Who’s got guts? Young infants expect animals to have insides — Mmm. Sweetbreads. (Via David Goldman.)

SETI: Looking for von Neumann Probes

Supervolcanoes ripped up early Mars

Making the case for life having originated on MarsMars’ early environment might have been more hospitable than Earth’s.

Beach cuspsBeach cusps are arc-like patterns of sediment that appear on shorelines around the world. Cusps consist of horns, made up of coarse materials, connected by a curved embayment that contains finer particles. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Health of oceans ‘declining fast’

A climate skeptic states his caseIt’s an odd mix of hard-core physics, basic errors, and digs at Al Gore. Since there simply is no coherent evidence-based argument supporting climate change denialism, the errors are inevitable.

The Role of Conspiracist Ideation and Worldviews in Predicting Rejection of Science Among American Conservatives, but not Liberals, trust in science has been declining since the 1970’s. Climate science has become particularly polarized, with Conservatives being more likely than Liberals to reject the notion that greenhouse gas emissions are warming the globe. Conversely, opposition to genetically-modified (GM) foods and vaccinations is often ascribed to the political Left although reliable data are lacking. There are also growing indications that rejection of science is suffused by conspiracist ideation, that is the general tendency to endorse conspiracy theories including the specific beliefs that inconvenient scientific findings constitute a “hoax.” (Via Jaws.)

Poll: Large Number Of Republicans Believe Conspiracy Theories On Guns, Sharia Law — Because being conservative means never having to acknowledge reality.

Effects of Shutdown Felt in the Final Frontier

National Parks: Shutting Down America’s Best Idea — Welcome to conservative America: no hope, no change, and nothing works.

Blame the Bush Era for Current Republican Dysfunction — Frankly, I think the roots go back to Reagan and the GOP’s attempt to recover from the disaster that was Nixon. We’ve been paying the price for deliberately toxic conservative politics since 1980.

Top Ten Things Ted Cruz did to the NSA and other Security Agencies that Edward Snowden Couldn’t — The patriotism of Republicans knows no bounds.

The Shutdown Caucus Explains Itself — The conservative mind is a wonder to behold.

Where Poor and Uninsured Americans Live The 26 Republican-dominated states not participating in an expansion of Medicaid are home to a disproportionate share of the nation’s poorest uninsured residents. Eight million will be stranded without insurance. Hence the overwhelming conservative passion to deny the Socialist scourge of affordable healthcare access.

150 Years of Racism: Attitudes in the American SouthA new paper by Avidit Acharya, Matthew Blackwell, and Maya Sen has discovered that the proportion of enslaved residents in 1860 — 153 years ago — predicts race-related beliefs today. As the percent of the population in a county accounted for by the enslaved increases, there is a decreased likelihood that contemporary white residents will identify as a Democrat and support affirmative action, and an increased chance that they will express negative beliefs about black people.

Perry: Wife Misspoke About Abortion — Oops. A brief glimmer of sanity from a GOP spouse is swiftly walked back.

?otD: Remember when government worked?


10/3/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 242.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block implementing Kenyan Muslim socialism by helping poor people see doctors: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad is sorry that it wrote that book

Magazine Monday: Subterranean Magazine, Fall 2013 — Terry Weyna, not so much with the liking of “Hook Agonistes” by [info]seanan_mcguire and me.

Married cancer patients are more likely to surviveMarried people are more likely to survive cancer than their single peers, study finds.

The Most Beautiful Dead: Photographs of Europe’s Jeweled Skeletons — Weird stuff. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Gingers of the World, Unite! — Red headed maps for the win.

Escape from Tomorrow Trailer — Ok, this is pretty weird. Guerilla film making in the Magic Kingdom. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Let’s Hear From the Lady Astronaut Who Taught Gravity‘s Sandra Bullock About Life in Outer Space — I met Colonel Coleman at Lonestarcon 3, and was quite impressed with her. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Mars hopper concept ‘is feasible’

Cyborg Astrobiologist Put Through its Paces in West Virginian Coalfields

Comet collisions increase chance of life across solar system, research suggestsFindings by astrobiologists from Britain and US suggest violent celestial impacts deliver building blocks for life to planets. (Via David Goldman.)

Theoretical physics: The origins of space and timeMany researchers believe that physics will not be complete until it can explain not just the behaviour of space and time, but where these entities come from. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Computer simulations suggest war drove the rise of civilizationsAgriculture and military technology make this model a good fit for real world data.

The Science of Stress, Orgasm and Creativity: How the Brain and the Vagina Conspire in Consciousness — (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

As Climate Change Report Draws Near, Deniers Raise Voices, Bury Heads Deeper

Disarm: A Mechanized Orchestra of Instruments Built from Decommissioned Weapons — Finally, a use for firearms. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

American gun use is out of control. Shouldn’t the world intervene?The death toll from firearms in the US suggests that the country is gripped by civil war. (Via [info]danjite.)

TN license offices deny name changes to same-sex couplesTN couples consider lawsuits after Supreme Court decision. Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best.

GOP demands we defund Obamacare to stop abortion provision that’s an urban mythYou’d think that, in a normal person, a normal political party, the fact that your most effective way of winning over public opinion isn’t the truth of your convictions, and of your positions, but rather a lie, would give them pause. But you’d be wrong.

?otD: Are you sorry for the things you took?


9/24/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 243.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block violating religious freedom by treating LGBTQ people like human beings: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad mumbles through life

High Speed Flower Explosions — (Via Lisa Costello.)

This Really Exists: Giant Concrete Arrows That Point Your Way Across America — Cool stuff. Real old school GPS. (Via KOF.)

New Approach to Explaining Evolution’s Big Bang

Curiosity rover’s methane result challenges life theory

?otD: What?


9/20/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: n/a (early errands)
Weight: n/a (early errands)
Number of FEMA troops on my block violating religious freedom by treating LGBTQ people like human beings: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad was wondering under what circumstances we would use this

METAtropolis: Green Space — The new audiobook is up for pre-release. Check out the cover art and table of contents. Stories from Elizabeth Bear, Tobias S. Buckell, Mary Robinette Kowal, Seanan McGuire, Karl Schroeder, Ken Scholes and me.

Time Travel and Gender — Cora Buhlert with more on this topic.

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments — Hah! (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Telling My Child of My Cancer — A wonderful piece from Janet Freeman-Daily.

DNA Double Take[S]cientists are finding that it’s quite common for an individual to have multiple genomes. Some people, for example, have groups of cells with mutations that are not found in the rest of the body. Some have genomes that came from other people. (Thanks to my Dad.)

World’s Strangest Vehicles, Part 2Dark Roasted Blend is funny. However, note the blow quote at the top of the article. Heh.

Alien Civilisations: Two Competing Models

Robotic Snakes Could Invade Mars (For Science)

Speaking Very Ill of the Dead

Who Made That Built-In Eraser? — Ah, life’s little details. (Via my Dad.)

If you want to get fit, get fidgetingForget dieting, weight-lifting and all those work-outs – try fidgeting instead. Because, according to new research from the US Mayo Clinic, tiny exercise performed often enough can have as big an effect as rigorous exercise done less frequently. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Intel’s Anthropologist Genevieve Bell Questions the Smart Watch

Why Debunk Climate Change Deniers?[S]adly, the people who deny the reality around them have a very large megaphone, and in some cases have a lot of motivation to use it. Money, power, riling up the electorate, or, perhaps worst of all, pure zealotry. Nothing is as impenetrable as an armor wrought from fervent ideology. Welcome to conservative America, where the facts are only relevant if they’re on the Republican side.

Antarctica Sea Ice Hitting Record HighsThe record sea ice doesn’t contradict global warming. Because Antarctic sea ice encircles a frozen continent, the factors controlling its growth are complex, and include winds, warming air temperatures and even the ozone hole. Wind plays a greater role the size of the ice pack than air temperature or ocean currents.

International Politics and the First African American Flight Attendants

Women Can’t Vote in Sistersville

David Vitter’s kamikaze anti-Obamacare crusade gets even weirder — Are you proud of your Republican party?

Oklahoma National Guard reverses stance on same-sex couple benefitsOklahoma now joins Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana as the only states that have publicly said they will limit how and where such couples can register for benefits, despite a recent Pentagon directive. It’s only the law, and military policy: little things which conservatives care passionately about under most non-gay circumstances. Are you still proud of your Republican party?

The US government has betrayed the internet. We need to take it backThe NSA has undermined a fundamental social contract. We engineers built the internet – and now we have to fix it.

Qotd?: Did I say ‘dart gun’?


9/18/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 247.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing golf courses for Agenda 21: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad for a cool Tuesday

Do artists need to learn non-computer skills? — Interesting. I wonder if there are parallel issues for writers.

Extraordinary Photos From A 1972 Rothschild Surrealist Dinner Party — Wow. (Via [info]danjite.)

How to cook an 18th Century ‘prison pie’ — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

The Science Behind Bigfoot and Other MonstersThe authors of a new book apply the scientific method to the study of some very elusive creatures.

Physics: No, you can’t tip a cow — Really? (Thanks to David Goldman.)

PSU coffee cup goes into orbit — Cool! (Via David Goldman.)

New Role for Disabled Kepler? Finding Exotic Alien WorldsCrippled spacecraft could unearth new planets by detecting warped starlight.

Future NASA Mars Rovers May Have Smart Camera to Tackle Terrain

Exomoons: A Fine Line for Habitability? — Ewoks!

Texas still seeing attempts to limit evolution in school textbooksStop us if you’ve heard this before: one textbook reviewer suggests teaching creationism. Because being conservative means willfully lying to everyone’s children, not just your own.

Global warming? No, actually we’re cooling, claim scientistsA cold Arctic summer has led to a record increase in the ice cap, leading experts to predict a period of global cooling. Uh, yeah. Phil Plait debunks this piece of denialist propaganda in detail.

Wonkbook: The best sentence about tax reform, ever.“Get rid of the deductions that don’t affect me.” That’s what Debbie Schaeffer, the owner of Mrs. G TV and Appliances, told Max Baucus and Dave Camp, the chairmen of the Senate and House committees charged with tax reform, when they asked for her advice. Ah, the majestic ethics and intellectual honesty of the American conservative is once more on display. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Human beings will adjust’ — Talking about conservative opposition to healthcare reform. In context, “Human beings will adjust” appears to be a remarkable euphemism for “We’re going to let poor, sick Americans die on the streets.” Well, duh. They’re conservatives. In my case, any conservative who opposes the Affordable Care Act without offering a substantial and comprehensive alternative is someone who explicitly wants me personally to die broke and in pain, very soon. It really is that simple. And that’s why I cannot possibly be a conservative. Because I am a moral human being and cannot wish that fate on anyone. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Ga. insurance chief brags about sabotage of ObamaCare“Let me tell you what we’re doing (about ObamaCare),” Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens bragged to a crowd of fellow Republicans in Floyd County earlier this month: “Everything in our power to be an obstructionist.” Being a conservative means gleefully denying healthcare to millions and somehow imagining yourself to be a patriot for doing so. Are you proud of your Republican party? (And remember when Republicans stood for the rule of law? Nope, neither do they.)

Qotd?: How’s the weather in your world?


9/10/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.75 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: 30 minutes (stationary bike)
Weight: 244.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing golf courses for Agenda 21: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad feels froggy and foggy and faint

Street’s Corner: Sci-Fi Writer Becomes Genomic Pioneer Science fiction writer Jay Lake turns a terminal cancer diagnosis into an opportunity to help mankind by being the first person to open source his entire genome on the internet. A television interview with me.

“Hook Agonistes” is available now![info]seanan_mcguire talks about our collaborative novella.

Richard Derus Talks About His Jay Lake Reading Project

Ten rules for writing fictionGet an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again – if all else fails, pray. Inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing, we asked authors for their personal dos and don’ts. (Via Scott Frey.)

Ten of the Best Storybook Cottage Homes Around the World — So cool! (Via Lisa Costello.)

The Crumbling Chaos of Abandoned Amusement Parks — Cool stuff. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Time Travel? Don’t Forget to Pack Your Wormhole — I left mine at DS9.

Surprise! Your Flight Attendants are All Strangers

Phosphorous minerals stoke speculation of life beginning on MarsNew theories suggest our home world was merely a second stop.

Hedgefox Buys MetayachtMany people are trying to figure out why Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post, so in the same spirit—the spirit of trying to understand the intentions of powerful people willing to pay to maintain the sensory organs of our society—I too will speculate. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Mega-canyon discovered beneath Greenland ice sheetThe formation has been hidden under ice for more than four million years.

Industrial Age soot blamed for mid-1800s Alps glacier retreatThe use of coal sent massive amounts of black carbon and other dark particles into the atmosphere.

How the Fukushima Ice Barrier Will Block Radioactive Groundwater Japan plans to stop leaking radioactive groundwater at Fukushima with an underground wall of ice. Here’s how it would work.

Pennsylvania court to consider marriage licenses for same-sex couples — Christianist bigots are losing, piece by piece.

Ohioans are split on gay marriage and not ready to overturn the state’s ban on it, poll shows — Sadly, in some places Christianist bigots still cling to power, following their own Savior’s injunction to love their neighbors by striving to deny basic human and civil rights to their fellow Americans.

The Guardian Partners Up with the New York Times Because America — Ah, freedom of speech. (Via [info]danjite.)

Qotd?: Are you still trapped in summer land?


9/4/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minutes (stationary bike)
Weight: 244.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing gold courses for Agenda 21: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad walks into the fire

Open dinners in New Zealand — Wellington – Thursday, 8 August – 6 pm – The Southern Cross; Auckland – Tuesday 13 August – 6 pm – Galbraith’s Alehouse. See also the SFFANZ announcement. (Thanks to [info]khaybee.)

The Stars May Not Lie, But Why Are They So Racist? — A very snarky review of my novella. (Hint: they didn’t like it.)

‘Death With Dignity’ Difficult For Hospice Workers

Before the Stewardess, the Steward: When Flight Attendants Were Men

Inside The Genius, But Asocial Elevator’s Brain — Hah. (Via David Goldman.)

Crochetdermy, Wonderful Crocheted Taxidermy Art Sculptures — Yow! (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Issue of Sexual Consent Between Elderly Adults With Dementia Proves Problematic

How to put a human on Mars

Volunteers See Fukushima Radiation on the MoveCrowd-sourced data provides a high-res view of radiation levels in Japan.

“Stable” parts of Antarctic ice may have retreated in the pastIce in one region retreated hundreds of kilometers when CO2 was last this high. Nothing to see here citizen. Move along.

A Brown Mother’s letter to her Sons and a White Mother’s letter to her Son — Sigh.

A Religious Legacy, With Its Leftward Tilt, Is Reconsidered — There is more to religion in this country than the socially and morally toxic conservative Christianism that has come to dominate the cultural discourse.

“Finally, Real Numbers on Voter ID” — Ah, that conservative commitment to democracy. Because voter fraud is a problem which occurs on a par with death by meteor strike, and thus must be resolved by Republicans, entirely coincidentally to the detriment of an enormous number of minority voters who just happen to lean Democratic. (Via Scrivener’s Error.)

QotD?: Got any big news today?


7/24/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 250.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block conducting Department of Justice investigations of white patriots: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg

[links] Link salad for a Comic-con Friday

Jay Lake Pre-Mortem Readathon, Review the Fourth: Pinion

Because convenience shouldn’t make sense — Hahahahaha. And ow?

Durian amok: fluid beasts/hija-beasts — Wow, this piece about the hijab is fascinating. (Snurched from Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

A Lesson in the Desert — Meditations on life.

Chimpanzees and orangutans remember distant past events

Scary vintage advertising encourages children to celebrate the joys of lead paint

Largest viral genome yet carries 2,300 genes that are new to biologyThe enormous new virus is visible with a light microscope.

Austria’s Alien Museum Comes In Peace (And With Solar Power) — Heh. (Via David Goldman.)

The search for the lost atmosphere of MarsNasa’s Maven mission, due to launch later this year is one of two missions along with the Curiosity rover, which hopes to discover how the Martian atmosphere changed and whether it ever had the right conditions for life.

New study finds it’s too soon to tell if ice sheet loss is acceleratingBut long term, we’re committing to meters of sea level rise.

Nervous GOP staffer: ‘Climate change is real’Republicans can admit that 97 percent of scientists just might be right without having to embrace Democratic ideas that would grow government. There is metacommentary here that is more interesting than the core piece. In 2013, with the threats posed by the climate crisis intensifying, a Republican staffer on Capitol Hill is only willing to acknowledge reality if he can do so pseudonymously. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

GOP to Poor American Kids: Silly wabbits, Food Stamps are for Corporations! — Are you proud of your Republican party?

Failing to Understand When Non-White People Distrust the Police

Detroit’s Bankruptcy and America’s Future: Robots, Race, Globalization and the 1%The big question is whether Detroit’s bankruptcy and likely further decline is a fluke or whether it tells us something about the dystopia that the United States is becoming.

Jimmy Carter: US “has no functioning democracy”The former president weighs in on NSA and the future of Internet platforms like Google and Facebook. ([info]danjite.)

QotD?: Have you seen Jabba the Hutt?


7/20/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (away from home)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block conducting Department of Justice investigations of white patriots: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

[links] Link salad rises up into the air and explodes

Jay Lake Pre-Mortem Readathon, review the second: Mainspring

Beth Zuckerman reviews the Hugo-nominated novellas

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope — Hahahah! (Thanks to Mom.)

Jane Austen, Game Theorist

What Do Women Want?Discovering What Ignites Female Desire

You are entering a reconstruction zone — Breast cancer survivor Diane Mapes on reconstruction.

The Weird New World of Girl Cheese — Gendered cheese. Because reasons. (Thanks, I think, to Lisa Costello.)

America’s BBQ Battle: an Eater’s Guide — :: wants :: (Via [info]garyomaha.)

Man catches 200-year-old fish — Hmmm.

How Should We Respond When Humans and Sharks Collide?

Meet the Baby Liligers Born in a Russian ZooThe cubs are three parts lion, one part tiger — and 100% adorable. (Snurched from Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Genetic History of Great Apes Over 15 Million Years Could Lead to Medical Advances

Tiny stem-cell livers grown in laboratory

Brain’s ‘Garbage Truck’ May Hold Key to Treating Alzheimer’s and Other Disorders — Interesting. (Via David Goldman.)

Why good deeds don’t go unpunishedBeing overly generous can get you punished as a nonconformist.

Mars Rover Curiosity Captures Video of Martian Moonrise — Mmmm.

Too Much Wind Energy? Save it Underground in Volcanic Rock Reservoirs — Write your own joke here.

No Atheists in Foxholes, no Climate Change Deniers at front Lines of Wildfires — Actually, there are plenty of atheists in the foxholes, but still.

The insane things people still try to bring on airplanes

Neil Steinberg & Dave Gushee on the damaging idea that ‘hating gays is a bedrock of Christian faith’The question remains: How can McDonald’s sell cheeseburgers, violating Jewish law? Not a toughie. Answer: Because the laws of kosher don’t matter to anyone but observant Jews. … Jewish dietary law has no bearing on secular law. Neither does a sectarian interpretation of Biblical law. Ever.

Huge document dump shows how Church protected abusers What is despicable isn’t just that these abuses occurred in the first place, or even that in so many cases, church administration knew about the abuse and actively endeavored to cover it up with apparently zero regard for the welfare of victims. It’s also that so many of the guys who let this happen remain in positions of authority in the church today. But without religion in our lives, how shall we find a moral compass? Suffer the little children, indeed.

Mystery in killings at Oakland Wingstop — Remember, an armed society is a polite society. Those thirty thousand gun deaths a year are a small price to pay for your Second Amendment right to mistakenly shoot restaurant workers. I’m sure everyone is much safer now.

LeVar Burton explains his ritual to prevent being shot by police — Sigh. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement — Wow. This is disturbing.

QotD?: Are you celebrating something today?


7/4/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (vacation)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (away from home)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block building mandatory gay marriage halls: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Snuff by Terry Pratchett