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[links] Link salad tries to catch a falling star

2012 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced — Look, it’s me! Whee!

How To Use Your World — An analysis of world building using my novel Mainspring as a negative example. Including some rather personal snark. Heh.

Fall or Fly? — On writing and day jobs. (Via Marta Murvosh.)

Borrowing E-Books — Andrew Wheeler on Amazon’s latest abusive-to-authors business idea.

The Kickstarter for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon (Portland, OR) — Go check it out!

A Digital Shift on Health Data Swells Profits in an Industry — Maybe in the New York Times, but not in real life. My current second opinion effort requires over three hundred pages of printouts, which must be faxed, because electronic records transfer doesn’t meet patient privacy requirements.

Can Boosting Immunity Make You Smarter?The body’s defense cells engage the brain in an intricate dialogue that may help raise IQ. (Thanks to Harald Striepe.)

The Brain is Not ComputableA leading neuroscientist says Kurzweil’s Singularity isn’t going to happen. Instead, humans will assimilate machines. Hmm. Emergent mind-body dualism? And no more Rapture of the Nerds? I am disappointed.

Can You Feel Me Now? The Sensational Rise of Haptic Interfaces — Reverse electrovibration? (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

A DIY Bioprinter Is BornMembers of the biohacker movement have created an inexpensive device to print cells. Will they print a leaf next?

Resources Between the Stars — Mmm. Steppenwolf planets.

Can Humans Do Better Than Dinosaurs When it Comes to Incoming Space Objects? — At the moment, no.

Bird-friendly Farms Catching On in CaliforniaMigratory birds find refuge on farms as part of conservation plan. When I lived in Texas, we called that a Chicken Ranch.

Well Now I’m Depressed — A robot designed to depress mice?

Witness: “I Bite Him. Bad Man. He Tasty.” — Hahah.

Raising the stakes on life’s big choicesUsing a coin-flipping website, an experiment aims to investigate how people make the most important decisions.

Subvert the Script — I’ve been on both ends of this social script jumping the proverbial shark.

Bark Up or Down? Firewood Splits Norwegians — I really don’t know what to say to this. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Exposé of Chinese Data Thieves Reveals Sloppy TacticsA report on the Chinese group that breached the computers of U.S. companies reveals that they took few precautions against detection.

The Lady and the Library Loafr: Gender and Public Space in Victorian AmericaFor Folsom and other Victorians, female readers not only disrupted library order but also threatened to rend the very social fabric of respectable Boston. (Thanks to Marta Murvosh.)

Family, Race, Religion: The U.S. is Becoming More Diverse — This is real America, not Sarah Palin’s crew of angry whites.

Governors, stop bashing liberal arts — It has the word “liberal” in it, so it must be evil. Because everybody knows liberals are responsible for such horrors as paid vacation, child labor laws, drinkable water and air, a safe food supply, free public education and other vile socialist chains that entangle American job creators.

The story of ‘Reagan’s Childhood Home’: A case studyBen Dimiero explained this morning, “While easily dismissed, the story serves as an illustrative example of the way the conservative echo chamber can twist facts and turn baseless speculation into their controversy du jour.” Your Republican party and its top priority: manufacturing more angry white men. Also, conservative commentator Daniel Larison on this same issue. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

PowerPoint Presentation Shows Boehner Selling The Sequester To His Members In 2011Although he now blames President Obama for the draconian spending cuts set to take effect March 1, just days before it passed House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) characterized the so-called sequester to Republicans as a way to hold the president accountable. Typical conservative: when your ideas and reality collide, lie, lie, lie. Millions of FOX News viewers will nod along and be angry at our Kenyan Socialist muslim president.

The Emancipation of Barack ObamaWhy the reelection of the first black president matters even more than his election.

QotD?: Ever seen a Nebula?


2/21/2013
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (0.75 hours on a new story, to 2,400 words, and 0.25 hours working on my collaboration with [info]the_child)
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 232.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block covering up high crimes and misdemeanors in Benghazi: 0
Currently reading: Mort by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad for a midweek

With Cancer, Let’s Face It: Words Are Inadequate — More on this topic. (Via [info]rinolj, who knows whereof he speaks.)

New study finds giant impacts aren’t periodic

Tech concern trollingPandagon on the privileging of older media and technology over newer developments. In other words, hey, you kids, quit digitizing my lawn.

Piece of doomed Shuttle Columbia discovered in drought dried lake

Astronomers Define New Class Of Planet: The Super-EarthRocky planets that are almost as big as Uranus seem far more common than anyone suspected.

The Cold War’s Missing Atom BombsIn a 1968 plane crash, the US military lost an atom bomb in Greenland’s Arctic ice. But this was no isolated case. Up to 50 nuclear warheads are believed to have gone missing during the Cold War, and not all of them are in unpopulated areas. (Snurched from Dark Roasted Blend.)

West Texas town faces looming prospect of dried-out reservoir — Weather is not climate, but changing weather patterns are. I’m sure Rush Limbaugh can explain this away.

‘We too fall with it’ — Slacktivist Fred Clark on the intellectual and spiritual poverty of Young Earth Creationism.

Is ‘Christian fundamentalist’ label correct for Norway terror suspect?

The Deficit Deal: We Got Taken — I really expected better from Obama. Unfortunately, I’m stuck voting for him in the next election, as the alternatives are unimaginably worse.

Fox ‘Expert’ Blasts Expanding Access To Birth Control: “Are We Going To Do Pedicures And Manicures As Well?”We’re $14 trillion in debt and now we’re going to cover birth control, breast pumps, counseling for abuse? Are we going to do pedicures and manicures as well? Ah, conservatism. Batshit cruel to the end.

Steve King: Covering Birth Control Will Make Us ‘A Dying Civilization’ — The rationalists on the Right check in on this topic. Not just cruel, but stupid, too!

Gingrich Accused of Twitter Fraud — The sterling ethics of conservatism are why so many heartland voters turn away from those venal moral relativists in the Democratic party.

?otD: Whereat?


8/3/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (post-op recovery)
Body movement: 30 minutes stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 225.2
Currently reading: Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks