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[links] Link salad misses Philip Seymour Hoffman already

His Friends Know Him as Petroswickonicovick — On names and naming traditions in Brazil. (Via Dad.)

Ashes to Ashes, but First a Nice Pine Box — On building your own coffin. (Via Reynardo.)

Nine Treasures — Mongolian folk metal. Yo. (Thanks, I think, to [info]danjite.)

In China, ‘Once the Villages Are Gone, the Culture Is Gone’ — Changes in culture. (Via Dad.)

Lunar Time Lapse Panorama including Yutu Rover

How the Media Missed the Story of the Millennium: One Climate Blockbuster after AnotherThe fact that 97% of scientists who have weighed in on the issue believe that climate change is a human-caused phenomenon is not a story. That only one of 9,137 peer-reviewed papers on climate change published between November 2012 and December 2013 rejected human causation is not a story either, nor is the fact that only 24 out of 13,950 such articles did so over 21 years.

Hillary Clinton: ‘fun to watch FOX when it’s someone else being blitzed’

The Cheapening of American Politics: Why did Obama reward O’Reilly with an Interview?Fox cheapens our lives by reducing respect for human rights. It pushes homophobia, the restriction of women’s choice, Islamophobia, xenophobia (irrational fear of “foreigners”) and white and Christian triumphalism. It is hypocritical, in that it slams Muslims and Arabs while being 6% owned by Saudi billionaire al-Walid Bin Talal.

4 Ways Tunisia Is Now More Progressive Than The United States — (Via [info]danjite.)

Go Ahead, Try it That Way”We’re in this mess for a reason, and it’s because GOP leaders either doesn’t understand the conservative ideal (which is why they can’t articulate it), or they do understand it and simply don’t like it.” If that’s true, it’s probably the only thing “GOP leaders” and the American people have in common.

?otD: Life is precious and short enough already. Why go too soon?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: n/a (post-operative)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block inventing polar vortices: 0
Currently reading: n/a

[links] Link salad heads for the mountains

Clarkesworld, Year Four, part one — A review that covers my short story, “Torquing Vacuum”.

Think Seeing A Little Male Nudity On TV Is Too Explicit? Then … It’s Time To Hear The Hard Truth.

At Fake Hospital, Kaiser Runs a Testing Ground for New TechnologyPushing around supply carts for miles, tending to plastic babies, and maintaining an ersatz operating theater are how one health-care giant figures out what saves money.

How to Fall in Love With Math

The Boy Genius of Ulan Bator — Wow. (Via [info]danjite.)

Trading bots create extreme events faster than humans can reactOur algorithms now show collective behavior that we do not control.

Another Week, Another Climate Change Denial Article in The Mail — Climate change denialism has slightly more intellectual credibility than evolution denialism, but that’s sort of like saying tire rubber is slightly more edible than asphalt.

The Banality of Systemic Evil70 percent of those age 18 to 34 sampled in a poll said they believed that Snowden “did a good thing” in leaking the news of the National Security Agency’s surveillance program. So has the younger generation lost its moral compass? (Via David Goldman.)

Qotd?: How high will you go today?

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

[links] Link salad has scan anxiety

10 Classic TV Shows You Still Can’t Watch Online — (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Has Big Data Made Anonymity Impossible?As digital data expands, anonymity may become a mathematical impossibility.

US returns stolen Tyrannosaurus dinosaur to Mongolia

In Poland, Pursuing Valuable Energy Deep in the Earth Fuels Dissent Above Ground — Fracking oil.

Why did Komen for the Cure give Nancy Brinker a 64 percent raise? — Now that the Komen foundation has become a shill for right wing politics and policies, as opposed to a non-partisan charity devoted to cancer research, I think all of our cancer donations should go almost anywhere else. And believe me, nothing about this story convinces me otherwise. I’ve certainly stopped supporting any Races for the Cure.

Brady resigns as Illinois GOP chairman amid gay marriage controversy — The ‘controversy’ being that Brady showed insufficient bigotry to retain his qualifications as a good conservative. The GOP keeps pretending to clean up its brand, but the true face of conservative America keeps showing through.

5 Lowlights From The NRA Convention — Because the gun culture is all about high-minded principle, reasoned discourse and keeping it classy. Remember, according to the NRA you are safer with guns, even if you happen to be one of the 30,000 who die unnecessarily every year. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Blade Runner, Terminator, Minority Report and the deliberate sabotage of the Postal ServiceSo if your whole political shtick is based on being anti-government, then the Postal Service is a threat you’ve got to get rid of. That’s why, back in 2006, Republicans in Congress passed something called the “Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act,” requiring the agency to “pre-fund its future health care benefit payments to retirees for the next 75 years in an astonishing ten-year time span.” If you haven’t heard of this, pay attention. It’s all the GOP’s intellectual dishonesty and ongoing vandalism of government rolled into one neat package.

QotD?: What scares you?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (WRPA)
Hours slept: 7.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 248.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block digging for fossils in the yards of God-fearing Republicans: 0
Currently reading: The Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad for another Tuesday in Omaha

Don’t forget the Kalimpura ARC caption contest [ | LiveJournal ]

Honeyed Words by my good friend J.A. Pitts has won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award for Best New Novel — Go give him some love.

A Steampunk Wristwatch I Would Love to Afford — Clickety clack. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Mongolian BlingWe follow three young rappers as they combine traditional Mongolian music with western rap to create nomadic hip hop. (Via my brother.)

A transgender story: My daughter, my sonWhen Sarah became Finn, her parents began their own journey.

The person you used to be still tells you what to do — (Via Lisa Costello.)

Fossil reveals spider in mid-strike — I love behavioral fossils. (Via David Goldman.)

Mind-Control and Instant Skill — Optogenetics and you.

Organism without a brain creates external memories for navigation — I’ve been on dates like that.

SpaceX Falcon 9 lost an engine on the way up; Dragon on its way to ISS — Or maybe not. Apparently it’s in the wrong orbit.

The Ohio State University Marching Band Does Video Games — Hahah. (Via Jersey Girl in Portland.)

Restraint — Ursula K. LeGuin on social sacrifice. (Thanks to [info]controuble.)

Chick-fil-A’s Biblical Family of the Day — Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy: “We support biblical families.” Today’s Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day: Solomon (1 Kings 11:1-3).

Charlie Fuqua, Arkansas Legislative Candidate, Endorses Death Penalty For Rebellious Children In Book — Welcome to the Christian nation of America that our conservative friends want to institute.

Romney says Obama hasn’t signed any Free Trade Agreements (false) — The really great thing about being a Republican candidate in America is that Your Liberal Media will dutifully report any baldfaced lie you tell as if it were true, making any challenge to that lie seem like progressive whining. Thus neatly reinforcing the hermetic seal on the conservative echo chamber.

Ryan gets testy, calls off interview, when asked about tax cuts (video) — Oops. GOP presidential campaign accidentally meets a truthful moment.

Romney 2006 calls Romney 2012’s jobs attacks ‘silly’ — Remember, kids. When white Republican governors do things, that’s statesmanlike leadership. When African-American Democratic presidents do the very same things, that’s Kenyan Muslim socialism.

Inside the campaign: The Romney rebellion — I think letting Mitt be Mitt is the best thing they could possibly do. With his lifelong record of unselfconscious entitled selfishness and unprincipled beliefs, the real Mitt will really shine with the voters.

The Candidate of “Omni-Directional Belligerence” — The cheapness of foreign lives plays well in the pulpits of Peoria. Welcome to Romney’s America.

?otD: Into the office with the post chemo bring down. How about you?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hour (chemo fog)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (suburban walk)
Hours slept: 10.0 (7.5 hours solid, plus considerable napping)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

[links] Link salad flies to Omaha post-chemo

Don’t forget the Kalimpura ARC caption contest [ | LiveJournal ]

Mongolia | 1913 — I’ve been to some of the places in these photos.

The spy who loved men: She was Churchill’s favourite spy, the inspiration for Bond’s lover in Casino Royale, and always had a knife strapped to her thigh — (Via [info]danjite.)

Space junk could be hunted down by harpoon-firing satellites

The Patent, Used as a Sword — Sigh. Sort of like me being free to sue Google over the banal evil that is the Google Books Settlement.

Fighting the beast: How can Clifford Russell be saved?Slacktivist Fred Clark on penetrating the inviolable shell of the conservative worldview. He is much kinder than I.

How the G.O.P. Became the Anti-Urban Party

Clinging to Myths and Talking Points — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on Romney’s campaign rhetoric.

Romney is back to loving Massachusetts — Because conservatives are principled and consistent, not like those liberal flip floppers.

GOP House candidate wants to expel MuslimsAnother Arkansas Republican thinks slavery was a “blessing” for blacks. Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best. And never mind that old Constitution. You guys use it like you use your Bible – a closed book for closed minds to club other people over the heads with.

?otD: No, really. What are you doing today?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hour (chemo fog)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (airport walking to come)
Hours slept: 7.5 (interrupted, some napping)
Weight: 227.2
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

[links] Link salad times its rhymes

Kalimpura — Illustrator and artist Dan Dos Santos discusses how he developed the cover art to my next novel, Kalimpura from Tor Books.

[info]mcjulie with an epic rant on literary snobbery

Help an author research: British Law in the Regency — Mary Robinette asks for help.

The Big War Over a Small FruitSimple but clever ideas have made America great. Now a small seedless fruit has become an emblem of marketing in our era. Will your local supermarket ever be the same again?

Inactivity ‘killing as many as smoking’

The Puzzling Problem Of Proportionate GrowthBiologists have long wondered how our organs all grow at the same rate. Now theoretical physicists think they’ve found a clue in the special way sandpiles grow.

Why isn’t Earth a lot wetter?

A hole in Mars — Another awesome APOD image.

A Biologist And A Psychologist Square Off Over The Definition Of Science

McDonalds staff accused of assaulting ‘human cyborg’ — Is there any other kind of cyborg?

Wealth Rises in Mongolia, as Does Worry — Welcome to the boom town. I first visited Ulaan Baatar in the Iron Curtain days. Wow have things changed. (Via Brendan Boerner.)

The sins of the father — A sportswriter comments on Joe Paterno’s true legacy.

Republicans Attack Obama For Giving States Flexibility On Welfare Reform — Because conservatives have always been staunchly against states’ rights. No. Wait. What…?

American history, as told through the two RomneysIn the ’50s and ’60s, a period considered the economic heyday of a free and capitalist post-war America, George Romney paid 37 percent of his income in federal taxes. By 2010, Romney’s son paid a total of 13.9 percent of his income in federal taxes, this in an America that is supposedly well on its way to becoming a socialist state, with a confiscatory federal government intent on stealing the wealth of its highest earners.

No, Obama Isn’t Taking Credit For Building Your Business — The Republican lie on this one is breathtakingly stupid and transparently dishonest, even by the usual abysmal standards of conservative discourse. Which doubtless sells well to the base, and low information voters, but this doesn’t stand up to fifteen seconds of scrutiny. Luckily for Romney and the GOP, Your Liberal Media won’t put much effort into debunking the claim, so as usual, the lie will get a lot of traction and stick in people’s minds.

?otD: How now, brown cow?

Writing time yesterday: 30 minutes (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 4.5 (solid but short)
Weight: 239.4
Currently reading: The Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie

[links] Link salad girds to head south to Portland once more

A Physician’s Perspective on Self-trackingHow can we get the average patient to take charge of their health?

The rise and rise (and rise) of Apple’s iOS

The Luxury FrontierWhat happens when a country previously hindered by vastness and foreign rule awakens to wealth on its doorstep? With Louis Vuitton on one corner and one of the world’s largest gold deposits down the road, the previously nomadic society of Mongolia is putting down some rich roots. Last time I was in Ulaan Baatar, the country was barely beginning to emerge from the blight of Communism. How things have changed. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Climate of Denial: Can science and the truth withstand the merchants of poison?Rolling Stone on the politics of climate change. History will not judge conservatives or the American business community kindly on this issue.

If we can make it there … — Slacktivist Fred Clark on the New York gay marriage vote from a religious perspective. Forcing the rest of the world to abide by the tenets of your particular sect is deeply immoral and corrosive, regardless of whether or not your particular sect considers it a sin. (Mine does, but I’m not arguing that you must respect religious freedom because it’s the Baptist thing to do, I’m arguing that you must respect religious freedom because it is — in nonsectarian terms, for nonsectarian reasons — the just and moral thing to do. It’s also the only constitutional and the only legal option here in America.) Really, if you’re against gay marriage, don’t marry gay. It doesn’t affect you in any other way.

Senate GOP Posts Fake Tweets Pretending to Be From Democratic Leaders — Remember when Republicans used to bray about how unethical and immoral liberals are? Oh, wait, they still do. To hell with meeting kettle, pot, look in your damned mirror. (Via Dispatches from the Culture Wars.)

?otD: Is there a Darth, WA anywhere near Vader, WA?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (Kalimpura revisions)
Body movement: 30 minute urban walk to come
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently (re)reading: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

[links] Link salad contemplates baked goods

Walt Kelly’s Pogo and the Jabberwocky

How to Play Monkey-Pirate-Robot-Ninja-Zombie — (Via @jackwilliambell.)

Castle of the Maidens — Honestly, I think I liked the Monty Python version better.

The Must Have Poncho For This Season — (Thanks to David G., who threatened to give me this for my birthday.)

Ballard Street anent my recent post about the “idiots and assholes” theory of driving

Har Nuur, Mongolia — Since I’ve been posting images of Mongolia lately, here’s one of Mongolia from orbit.

Luftwaffe: 1919 — Post-war disarmament. These kinds of pictures can haunt me.

Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Dave Weigel firing — More commentary on the ‘liberal’ media, among other things.

BP burning sea turtles alive — I’m glad industry self-regulation is working out so well for everyone. Enron, Wall Street derivatives, the BP oil spill: so nice to see conservative ideals proven out in the market place.

?otD: Bagels or doughnuts?

Writing time yesterday: n/a
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 10.0 (good but interrupted)
This morning’s weigh-in: 226.4
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 7/10 (GI follies, sleep issues)
Currently (re)reading: Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert