Elevenses And Then Some: How To Prepare A Feast Fit For A Hobbit — Now that’s a lot of food… (Via Lisa Costello.)
Benedict Cumberbatch sees Smaug as sexy
Misheard for the holidays: When good song lyrics go bad — (Thanks to Dad.)
The Best of the Worst Logo Designs — Oh geeze. (I think I got this from Steve Buchheit, but I have lost the source.
Isle of Coll secures ‘dark isle’ status — Mmm. Dark Isle. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
First Lasing Nanofibres Open The Way For Cheap, Soft Laser Textiles — By adding laser dyes to organic fibres, researchers have demonstrated a technique that should lead to textiles that lase at all visible frequencies. All the world’s a rave, and we are merely stoners.
Metropolome — Researchers take advantage of rapid and cheap DNA sequencing technologies to map the bacterial microbiome of New York City.
Trust Me (I’m a kettle) — Charlie Stross on the virtues of tech paranoia.
Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics — The amplituhedron looks like an intricate, multifaceted jewel in higher dimensions. Encoded in its volume are the most basic features of reality that can be calculated, “scattering amplitudes,” which represent the likelihood that a certain set of particles will turn into certain other particles upon colliding. Huh. (Via David Goldman.)
Vitamins’ Old, Old Edge — From the beginnings of life roughly four billion years ago, they have played a central, necessary role. In fact, early life forms used to be veritable vitamin factories.
Furthering the Conversation on the HPV Vaccine — Katie Couric sorta-kinda apologies, but not on the air!, for giving weight to vaccine denialists in a segment on the HPV vaccine. Which is the precise intellectual and moral equivalent to sorta-kinda apologizing for giving weight to evolution denialists, climate change denialists and proponents of supply-side economics: all destructive counterfactuals with no evidence-based support, crafted from knowing lies and deceptions for which real people pay a real price.
Melting Arctic sea ice could be altering jet stream — More studies look at links to extreme weather. Nothing to see here, kids. Just corrupt liberal scientists falsifying data to get a bigger share of that sweet government grant money. Thank God for Rush Limbaugh and the Republican party, or someone might have to take this shit seriously.
Australia Court Nixes Gay Marriage in Capital — A day after India’s Supreme Court recriminalized gay sex, Australia’s High Court has overturned the capital’s same-sex marriage legislation. This culture war really is over, but the forces of bigotry, clothed in the self-valorizing righteousness of their faith, will keep the battles going for years to come.
Brave Colorado gun-owner stands his ground against disabled children hogging handicapped space in Walmart parking lot. — See. This is why we need widely available firearms in the hands of everyday citizens. Because of this kind of safety-oriented crime prevention. Just ask any conservative about those thirty thousand gun deaths a year. Those are absolutely necessary losses so that this responsible Colorado gun owner can pursue his theoretical defense of essential liberties against the socialist threat of handicapped children whose parents need to use the disabled parking space. I feel so much safer now, and so should you. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
Support for a $10 Minimum Wage Is Surprisingly High — Every time in my life there’s been an effort to raise the minimum wage, conservatives have raged about job losses and damage to the economy. Every time, they’ve been dead wrong. Every time, Your Liberal Media gives them full coverage and credibility, and never asks about their history of being dead wrong on the issue at every turn. So it went with integration. So it goes with gay rights. So it goes in America, where the conservative narrative is dominant even with almost no track record of accuracy.
Republican Senator Alexander Aide Arrested For Possession And Distribution Of Child Porn — This is why Sarah Palin’s “real Americans” always vote Republican: their upright moral standing. Want to imagine what the reporting would be like in Your Liberal Media if this had been a senior Democratic aide? We would never hear the end of it. Since this was a Republican aide, the story will die immediately.
Boehner Snaps At Conservative Groups For ‘Using’ House Republicans — “These groups aren’t acting out of principle, and they’re not trying to enact conservative policies. They’re using you to raise money and expand their own organization,” Boehner said, according to the source’s paraphrase. “No one controls your voting card but you.” Hi, Speaker Boehner. Welcome to reality. Where the hell have you been through the past four decades of Movement Conservatism?
Mandela and the Question of Violence — One should never lose sight of why America preaches nonviolence to some people while urging other people to arms. Ta-Nehisi Coates is on fire.
?otD: Did you smell that cheese?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)