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[links] Link salad has a city in its mind

Genre Kryptonite: Unusual Dystopias

Are eReaders Really Green? — (Snurched from Andrew Wheeler.)

Bellevue’s Stella’s nets ‘best burger’ title — This is where I ate this past Monday.

Zombie-ant parasitic fungus kept in check by hyperparasitic fungusAnt colonies are protected against brain-manipulating parasitic fungi by another fungus.

Blond hair evolved separately in Europe and the South Pacific

The oldest living thing on Earth is 6,000 tons of grass — Cool. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Mars Opportunity rover reaches Endeavour crater, finds signs of ancient Martian water

Bringing an Asteroid to Lunar Orbit

Fermi Epicycles: The Vela Pulsar’s Path — A very cool image from APOD. The written explanation is just as cool.

Greenland glaciers speed up, swelling rising seas — Amazing how Al Gore has managed to get even the glaciers to go along with his crazy liberal global warming conspiracy. Rush Limbaugh to the ice cap, stat!

?otd: Will you come along and take that ride?


5/4/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (2,600 words on Their Currents Turn Awry)
Body movement: n/a (airport walking to come)
Hours slept: 6.0 (fitful)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: The Blade Itself Joe Abercrombie

[links] Link salad chows down on good, corn-fed Midwestern beef

For sale – but Who would buy 22 Tardises? — Heh. (Via Gene S.)

Business English: Useful, yes. But mandatory? — (Snurched from Scrivener’s Error.)

Marilyn Beaver — Art project cum fundraiser (and generalize weirdness) courtesy of my aunt, who is a ringleader.

Insights From the Youngest Minds — Cognitive psychology and infants.

Supercomputing Power Could Pave the Way to Energy-Efficient Engines

100 Days and Counting to NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Landing

The Downfall of IBM — Ah, business. The wisdom of markets. (Via [info]danjite.)

Running against a party, not an opponent[T]he president is “discovering the one benefit of a Republican Congress dominated by true believers,” by “making the crazy work for him.”

Politicizing Bin Laden’s deathSome members of the GOP say Bin Laden’s death shouldn’t be used for politics, but it’s part of a new 7-minute Obama campaign video. Right. I can really respect the GOP’s moral and intellectual leadership on this issue because no Republican ever used Osama bin Laden, or terrorism in general, for political purposes.

The Republicans Are Burning Down the House of Democracy — It’s helpful when Your Liberal Media occasionally takes note of political reality.

?otd: What’s the best thing you ate last week?


5/1/2012
Writing time yesterday: 3.5 hours (2.0 hours and 4,600 words on Their Currents Turn Awry, 1.5 hours on WRPA)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 (fitful)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: The Blade Itself Joe Abercrombie

[links] Link salad rises up earlie in the morning

Finding an Agent — Lucienne Diver.

Reference to humans with this and that — This kind of language neepery fascinates me.

NASA’s 1966 plan for a mission to Mars

A Closer Look at the Titan Airplane

Parasite Insights: Using Lice To Map Socialization — This is both interestingly cool and rather hilarious.

Wisconsin Equal Pay Law Repealed Because “Money Is More Important For Men” — Yeah, conservative ethics. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Gingrich says it’s not yet time to end campaign — Hahaha.

Why Rick Santorum won’t stop — Hahaha.

The Right Flames the Volt“There are so many legitimate things to criticize Obama about. It is inexplicable that the right would feel the need to tell lies about the Volt to attack the president.” (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Republicans Are Still the Party of Insolvency and Imperialism — Anyone voting Republican in the forthcoming presidential election is flatly ignoring the bald facts of what happened the last time we had Republican rule in this country in favor of bizarre, fetishistic fantasies about Obama’s alleged beliefs and actions.

?otd: What do you do with a drunken sailor, anyway?


4/9/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (2,600 words on Their Currents Turn Awry)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.75 (solid)
Weight: 239.8
Currently reading: The Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Flewelling

[links] Link salad plays hard, sleeps hard

The power of introverts — (Via [info]garyomaha.)

Where Death Shaped the Beats — A bit of countercultural history for you.

93-year-old Florida woman retires her ’64 Mercury after 576,000 miles on the road

Q&A With Dr. Michio Kaku: Where Are Our Flying Cars?

See the Elephant Face on Mars — Ancient astronauts! Intelligent design! Pareidolia!

U.S. Coast Guard fires on “ghost ship” that drifted across Pacific

Why Republicans and Democrats Can’t Feel Each Other’s PainA new study shows why empathy doesn’t cross the political aisle. Interesting in light my comment that conservatism is a profound failure of empathy for those less fortunate. (Via [info]ericjamesstone.)

Conservatives Bristle At Federal Court’s Retaliatory Move At Obama[E]ven conservatives are concerned that the circuit court judges stepped out of bounds Tuesday — and made Obama’s point about judicial overreach for him. Remember, kids, it’s “judicial activism” when conservatives disagree with the outcome of legislation from the bench, but “wise Constitutional jurisprudence” when they support the outcome. Principled intellectual consistency is for liberals and fools.

Santorum moves fuel predictions he will exitCampaign that has pressed Romney hard ratchets back. Aww. The GOP primaries without Senator Frothy Mix will be like the circus without the clowns.

?otd: What time did you get up?


4/7/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (2,500 words on Their Currents Turn Awry)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: The Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Flewelling

[links] Link salad comes from somewhere back in your long ago

Dear Science Fiction Writers: Stop Being So Pessimistic!Neal Stephenson created the Hieroglyph Project to convince sci-fi writers to stop worrying and learn to love the future. (Via Dale Smith.)

The World’s Largest Atlas: Cheers Bests Klencke — Mmm, books.

Air Ship No. 9: 1904 — Coney Island, back in the day.

The Mighty Mathematician You’ve Never Heard Of — (Via [info]danjite.)

NASA re-creates huge Mars dust devil in 3-D video — Taz!

‘Thermal cloak’ hides objects from heat

Single molecule circuit controlled through quantum interference

Alien viruses from outer space and the great Archaeopteryx forgery

Global Warming Close to Becoming IrreversibleThe world is close to reaching tipping points that will make it irreversibly hotter, making this decade critical in efforts to contain global warming, scientists warned on Monday. Those pesky facts, biased against the conservative position. That’s what happens when you build your ideology on opposing the reality-based community.

Get the lead out: Have we already forgotten this lesson? The elimination of lead from gasoline is a paradigmatic triumph of American environmentalism. A danger to health was discovered by scientists. Public-health advocates and greens pushed and pushed for decades, often futilely, to get the government to take action. When EPA finally cranked up efforts to do something about it, the agency was viciously attacked. Industry shills said it was an agenda to control Americans’ lives, driven by scientists who wanted research money and a cabal of extreme environmentalists. They said there were no viable alternatives to lead and the regulations would raise gas prices and destroy the economy. They paid their own scientists to produce counter-evidence. They flooded politicians with money. Sound familiar? Climate change denial, anyone?

Pro-Compassion Of course I hated Planned Parenthood. The thing is, I didn’t know anything about Planned Parenthood. There wasn’t one in my town. I didn’t know anyone who had visited one. I certainly didn’t know anyone who worked at one. My anger and hatred was borne completely out of my ignorance. I chose only to listen to one set of stories, rather than to all of the stories. Modern conservatism in a nutshell.

‘Drive a wedge between gays and blacks’ — And the reason we’re supposed to vote Republican is because liberals and atheists are immoral?

‘Obamacare’ and the Right’s Own Private UniverseWe have half the country living in its own universe of belief, with its own history, its own politics, and its own physical laws. It’s like running elections against the anti-gravity party. It is not healthy for any of us. The Right explicitly and in so many words opted out of the reality-based community years ago. Unfortunately the rest of us still live here, suffering the consequences of blatantly counterfactual conservative delusions on a vast array of topics.

Dr Strangelove: Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love Rick Santorum — Charlie Stross on American politics.

?otd: Do you have the power to reason away what seems to be?


3/28/2012
Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (0.5 hours on a nonfiction piece, 1.5 hours on Sunspin)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

[links] Link salad wings its way back west

DIALOGUE: Between the Lines — I’ll be on the radio tomorrow at 10 am Pacific.

Cat Rambo teaches some online classes — Check it out.

New search planned for Amelia Earhart’s aircraft

NASA considering space station as dry run for 500-day Mars trip

10 Reasons the Rest of the World Thinks the U.S. Is Nuts — Amazingly enough, these are all conservative issues. Equally amazing, conservatives don’t care what the rest of the world thinks.

Rick Santorum under fire over ranting rightwing pastorRick Santorum is facing some awkward questions after footage emerged of a radical evangelical preacher opening a campaign rally with calls for all non-Christians to “get out” of America. Ah, those precious Constitutional freedoms so beloved of conservatives. Like freedom of religion. NOT. (Via [info]shsilver.)

?otd: Portland, OR or Portland, ME?


3/21/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (0.5 hours on WRPA, 0.5 hours on Little Dog)
Body movement: airport walking to come
Hours slept: 5.75 (fitful)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: The Ethical Slut by Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy

[links] Link salad rings the bells that still can ring

Interrogating the Text #4: Jay Lake takes a “Long Walk Home” — A reader analyzes my novelette in some detail.

Penguin is hosting a Twitter chat with author Deborah Harkness on April 4th — I rather liked her book A Discovery of Witches.

But I Worked So Hard![info]jimvanpelt on the indirect connection between hard work and achievement.

What’s The Best Time of Day to be Creative?

Slipping on a Few Antitrust Banana PeelsScrivener’s Error with some deep legal napery on the DOJ’s ebook price fixing investigation. Worth a patient read if you’re interested in the legal/business nuts and bolts of the issue.

Ikea Stonehenge — Heh. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

An Indo-European language tree — Interesting diagram. (Via my brother.)

“How to Make Friends by Telephone” ca. 1940s — (Snurched from Curiosity Counts.)

Digital Devices for Luddites — (Via my Dad.)

Lick Observatory Moonrise — Another stunning APOD image.

Mars: Boldly Going Where Lots Of Science Fiction Has Gone Before

How Do You Tell Time On Mars?Synchronizing rovers on Mars with their drivers on Earth is a bit of a challenge.

Why open science failed after the gulf oil spill — Yes, clearly what we need is less regulation.

The Trees Are All Right — Republicans and nature.

How the Ghost of Jerry Falwell Conquered the Republican PartyBefore Falwell, if liberals wanted to increase the minimum wage by one dollar and conservatives did not want to increase it at all, they could compromise and raise the minimum wage by fifty cents. Before Falwell, the American public’s ambivalence about abortion could find expression in the Hyde Amendment, which does not prohibit abortion but denies federal funds for the procedure. After Falwell, such compromises were seen not as part of the art of governance, but as a betrayal of first principles. After Falwell, conservatives could not entertain differences of opinion on many issues without being accused of political heresy. I’ve long said religion and politics mix poorly because politics requires compromise, while religion, especially the narrow minded literalism of American evangelicalism, rejects compromise as literally sinful. (Via Slacktivist.)

Rush Limbaugh vs. Bill Maher: Which one’s words were worse? — Right. Because Maher has such a vast audience, and such a profound influence over a major political party. Unlike Rush, who’s a B-list comedian with a C-list cable tv show and little political or cultural influence. No, wait. Did I get that backwards? God, how conservatives do love false equivalency. It lets them hide the venal horror of their beliefs from themselves.

No Game: Playstation Buying Lieutenant Gov Indicted For Ethics Violations — This is why we’re supposed to vote Republican, right? Because godless liberals have no morals. At least, that’s what’s been shouted in my ear all my life. Glad to see the GOP is holding up their sterling ethical tradition.

‘A Hug That the Media Won’t Show’ — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the latest episode of manufactured outrage from our friends on the Right. “Radical and bizarre” is a political movement which can’t face up to evolution; is campaigning for president while standing in front of a flag of treason; is “Kenyan anti-colonial behavior” and “a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists,” Asserting that white supremacy haunts our legal institutions is mainstream for anyone with a serious knowledge of our history.

?otd: How does the light get in?


3/10/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (Going to Extremes)
Body movement: 90 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: 236.8
Currently reading: 1491 by Charles C. Mann; Permeable Borders by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

[links] Link salad misses out on the space weather

The ebook of 1935

Andrew Jackson’s Big Block of Cheese — This is hilarious.

Moving Target: Why a Cancer ‘Cure’ Is So Elusive

20-minute workout can alter your DNA for the better, study says — Epigenetics on the hoof.

Velociraptor’s last meal revealed — The fossil is from Mongolia. (Via my brother.)

Twister on Mars Captured in Amazing NASA Photo

Strong solar storm heading for Earth

Researchers trap antihydrogen for insight into our matter-dominated universe

Scientists say they’re closing in on elusive Higgs boson

What We Learned About Nuclear Safety from Fukushima

Contraception ignorance: Stupid or evil? — But Jesus told them!

On Birth Control and the PatriarchyNever before in my adult life has an election cycle so obviously centered around women’s rights and how the conservatives would like to roll back the clock on that issue. I can make my own choices about my family life and my health. I don’t need Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, or Ron Paul to help me. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Why Does Santorum Stay In?

Parisians marvel at spectacle of U.S. election race — Yeah, I’ll bet.

Even In France, Romneyland Locks Down Those Who Knew Him…a fatal car crash that darkened his time there. Sort of like how we never talk about the fact that former First Lady Laura Bush killed someone in her youth. Can you imagine if that had been true of Bill or Hillary? We’d never hear the end of it from Your Liberal Media.

?otd: Seen the aurora borealis?


3/8/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (WRPA, otherwise took the day off)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid)
Weight: 237.0
Currently reading: 1491 by Charles C. Mann; Permeable Borders by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

[links] Link salad sleeps in

Patchwork Dreaming — Gerard Houarner on keeping the story going in your head.

Carl Zimmer responds to Jonathan Franzen’s rant against ebooks. — Very good.

The Upside of Dyslexia

“San Diego Demonoid”: you mean that dead opossum?

Does Mars have life? New study says it’s unlikely on the surface.

In Fuel Oil Country, Cold That Cuts to the Heart

Neil deGrasse Tyson on politicians and the electorate

Islam, Women and the West — Some interesting thinking on Western perceptions of the Islamic world by Jonathan Lyons.

Jury finds Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White guilty on 6 of 7 felony charges — No wonder Republicans claim to be so concerned with voter fraud. After all, if they’re committing it, surely everyone else is, too. Right? Anyone?

On eve of Darwin’s birthday, states take steps to limit evolution — It’s the full throated support for lunacy like this that obscures the value of any real ideas the conservative movement has. Like flavoring your stew with rat poison, it doesn’t matter how good your meat and veggies are.

Romney Is Not the “Stealth Tea Party Candidate” — Note to GOP: Romney is Wall Street delusionary conservative, not a Main Street delusionary conservative.

?otd: How much did you sleep last night?


2/5/2012
Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (1.25 hours on short story revisions, 0.75 hours on Sunspin revisions)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.0 (solid)
Weight: 228.0
Currently reading: The Man in the Moone, and Other Lunar Fantasies ed. Faith Pizor

[links] Link salad takes to the skies once more

World building 301: some projections — Charlie Stross on what the world looks like in 2032 and in 2092.

Emi Koussi and Aorounga, ChadTwo neighboring craters in Africa had very different origins.

NASA Rover Takes ‘Winter Vacation’ to Power Solar Panel — I know how it feels.

Understanding Religious Trauma Syndrome: Trauma from Leaving Religion

The 2011 Climate B.S.* of the Year Awards

Clean Elections — Doing things differently, and sensibly, in Connecticut. Note that one factor is that the reforms were introduced by Democrats, who aren’t answerable to a batshit antiscience/antireality agenda.

The Grating SantorumIn a campaign where W. is an unmentionable, Santorum is an unexpected revival of Bushian uncompassionate conservatism.

A Campaign Pruned of Bushes[T]hey simply eliminate 43 from the narrative, a bit of creative editing that helps them pin the mind-boggling level of federal debt overwhelmingly on Obama. Eight years of Bush, six years of the Permanent Majority, taking the country from (relative) peace, economic prosperity and budget surplus to trillion dollars wars, economic disaster and crippling deficits. Yeah, no wonder conservatives hate Obama. Voluntary amnesia makes that very convenient.

?otd: Been to Omaha lately?


1/9/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: Airport walking to come
Hours slept: 7.0 (fitful)
Weight: 215.8
Currently (re)reading: Moreta of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

[links] Link salad chews its way into Thursday

Possible life in the Martian trenches? — Oooh.

Dr. Smith, Warlord of Mars

Software Testing Startup’s Autistic Workforce Seeks to Change Business Culture

Early longevity gene findings disputedA trans-Atlantic dispute has erupted between two camps of researchers pursuing a gene that could lead to drugs that enhance longevity.

Windows 8 and the Reign of the Finger

The cold, cold case of Jack the RipperA retired homicide detective is trying to force Scotland Yard to release uncensored versions of files that might offer fresh leads on the identity of Britain’s most notorious serial killer.

The Apple effect: How Steve Jobs & Co. won over the world

Two graphs illustrating the relationship between bigotry and stupiditySlacktivist Fred Clark skewers anti-Islamicism.

‘Nobody in this country got rich on his own’ — Elizabeth Warren speaks straight to all the Galtians and Libertarians out there. I want this rhetoric in the White House.

Sonny Bono’s Brother, CuiThis is what it means to be a conservative: you think it’s obvious that 98% of climate scientists are falsifying data and/or supporting transparently bogus theories because they want to get their greedy little hands on some of that sweet, sweet grant money, while at the same time recognizing no financial incentive whatsoever on the part of oil company-funded “skeptics”—much less the oil companies themselves.

Ron Paul Says Aide Who Died With $400k Medical Bill Didn’t Need Government Help — Pretty much says it all about the conservative mindset, right there. I don’t know how you guys sleep at night, frankly.

The Jimmy Buffet RuleIf you ask the bottom 98 percent to sacrifice, that’s a prudent fiscal policy. If you ask the top 2 percent to sacrifice, that’s class warfare.

?otD: Got teeth?


9/22/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (too many medical appointments
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid!)
Weight: 220.2
Currently reading: Matter by Iain M. Banks