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The Writing Life: The point of the long and winding sentencePico Iyer says writing longer phrases is a way to protest the speed of information bites people are subjected to each day. (Via [info]scarlettina.)

Uneasy Neighbors in a Southern Gothic Tale — A strange story of racism and real estate. (Via my Dad.)

Role reversal: Employers say they can’t find workers

Americans scaled back on health spending during recession — Hmmm.

Processed meat ‘linked to pancreatic cancer’A link between eating processed meat, such as bacon or sausages, and pancreatic cancer has been suggested by researchers in Sweden. Oh, my bacon!

Salad-bar strategy: The battle of the buffetWhy buffet tables are a microcosm of greed, altruism & sexual politics. (Snurched from Curiosity Counts.)

Every presentation, ever — Hahahah.

For Priests’ Wives, a Word of Caution — A weird little squib that does nothing to make me feel better about the Catholic church.

How Likely Is a Runaway Greenhouse Effect on Earth?The results of the latest analysis are not entirely reassuring. This is science. Asking questions, exploring uncertain answers. Certainty without full and consistent proof is for ideologues.

Felix Salmon: How Capitalism Kills Companies

Italy’s Financial Turmoil Turns Mafia Into Nation’s Largest Bank

Missouri Republicans Introduce Bill That Forces Educators To Teach Creationism In Schools And Universities — Because willful ignorance isn’t spreading fast enough? (Via [info]shsilver.)

Haley Barbour’s pardons put Southern redemption on trialFormer Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour defended his mass pardon of over 200 current and former convicts, quoting the Christian principle of redemption enshrined in Southern law and tradition.

Israeli Mossad Agents allegedly Impersonated CIA in fostering Baluch Terrorism against Iran

Obama challenges Republicans on goal they embrace — Given that their stated number one priority is to unseat Obama, this isn’t hard. The GOP isn’t interested in jobs, or the economy, or running the country more effectively.

Everyone’s Got a Right to Their Own Opinions… — Another day, another bald-faced Republican lie that Your Liberal Media won’t be challenging.

?otd: Are you in your own space this weekend?


1/14/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (2,500 words on short story)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.75 (solid)
Weight: 220.6
Currently reading: 7th Grade Stories by [info]the_child and her class (last year)

[links] Link salad looks toward the weekend

A reader reacts to Green — Rather much with the liking.

The language of stamps — A little bit of lost culture. (Via David Goldman.)

Pass the Large Grain of Salt — I found this article on cuisine to be hilarious.

Old, million-dollar violins don’t play better than the new models

US Cancer Deaths Continue To Fall, ACS Report

Cubelets Are Modular Programming in Meatspace — I still love this concept.

How researchers learned to stop time (and maybe enable hackers)

“Nobody has the right to take another life” — Roger Ebert on the death penalty. Worth the read, as most of his posts are.

Petitioners Ask Portland To Stop Regarding Corporations As People

Boehner: Richard Cordray appointment ‘unprecedented power grab’ by Obama — Right. Because no Republican president ever made a recess appointment. Not ever. Nope. No way, no how. No, no, don’t go look up the facts! Believe my opinion!

Could a mystery candidate for GOP race still emerge? — “Anybody but Romney” is still a powerful force in GOP politics. And in a party that has made a fetish out of mixing religion and politics, specifically Christianism, his Mormonism will always be an issue.

Gingrich is out for revenge — Ah, the Newt we know and love, long time GOP standard bearer.

Progressives and the Ron Paul fallacies

?otd: Cheese, Grommit?


1/5/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.5 (fitful)
Weight: 213.2
Currently reading: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

[links] Link salad for a whole new year and the end of time on the Mayan calendar

Telegraphic language — Complaints from another era about the influence of media on literature. Always amusing to read this stuff, sort of like reading about Socrates complaining about kids today. His day, twenty-five centuries ago.

Raiding the Lost ArkA “filmumentary” offering an in-depth look at the making of the 1981 collaboration between Spielberg and Lucas through behind-the-scenes footage, rare interviews with cast and crew, reconstructed deleted scenes and subtitled facts.

Technology Review‘s Favorite Gadgets of 2012

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done — Roger Ebert on the mortality of friends.

Obesity Linked to Changes In The Brain

Presidential campaign needs to get real on salvaging middle classWith the coming U.S. presidential election, 2012 offers voters, business leaders and politicians an opportunity for a joint debate over the fundamentals of capitalism in America. Not from the GOP, it’s not. The Republican party is all about protecting the 1%.

Noting “Nastier” Attacks, Gingrich Will Make Adjustments — Mr. GOPAC Memo himself, the primary inventor of the modern no-holds barred attack politics that have significantly empowered unthinking conservative radicalism and did more to wreck our process of governance than any other modern human, is now concerned about electoral nastiness. Fuck you, Newt, and born-again Catholic horse you rode in on to fool the rubes.

2011 in Review Stonekettle Station reviews many of the (as always) completely wrong hysterical conservative predictions for 2011. (Did you notice the mass exodus from the military when DADT was repealed? Because I didn’t either. But there’s no accountability for the bigoted asshole Republicans who shouted that from the rooftops for months beforehand.) Because, Your Liberal Media certainly never will hold Republicans accountable for the alarmist shit they spew. High snark factor, btw. (Via Steve Buchheit.)

?otd: Didja stay up til midnight?


1/1/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 11.0 (solid)
Weight: 209.8
Currently (re)reading: The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey

[links] Link salad trips over its shoelaces

[info]gerryhuntman reviews The Fathomless Abyss — Moderately with the liking.

Online Merchants Home In on Imbibing Consumers — Am I the only one who thinks this article is ridiculous? (Via my Dad.)

North Korea not the only offender: 6 official photo fudgings

China plans to put astronaut on the moon — And good for them.

We should scour the moon for ancient traces of aliens, say scientistsOnline volunteers could be set task of spotting alien technology, evidence of mining and rubbish heaps in moon images.

Astrophysics and cheeseThere are 2.455 x 10^54 dietary calories in a cubic light year of cheese. As Greg Feeley says, “This is an abuse of cheap calculating power.” (Via [info]danjite.)

Doh! The top 10 tech ‘fails’ of 2011

Award Time for Ideas That Shine — (Via my Dad.)

South Pole Reaches Its Highest Temperature Ever Recorded — Weather is not climate, but still… (Via [info]danjite.)

Looking to Streamline Airport Security Screenings — And this: President Obama and the Spread of Security Theater (Both via The Infrastructurist.)

The Big LieWall Street has destroyed the wonder that was America.

Vote Obama – if you want a centrist Republican for US presidentBecause Barack Obama has adopted so many core Republican beliefs, the US opposition race is a shambles

The Pointless Search for New Republican Candidates Continues — Romney Romney Romney.

?otd: Socks with sandals?


12/30/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 10.0 (solid)
Weight: 208.0
Currently (re)reading: The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey

[links] Link salad tastes funny

Author Interview – Philip Athans

What’s the ‘value’ of a cancer treatment? — A discussion of cancer treatments and costs in the UK. (Via Curiosity Counts

Ecosystems shift as climate changesBy 2100, nearly 40 percent of land-based ecosystems – forest, grassland or tundra, for example – will have moved from one type to another. More liberal bias in the facts.

This poll tells you everything that’s wrong with American politics

The GOP’s Long and Winding Road — Primary politics on the Right.

G.O.P. Monetary Madness — Paul Krugman on Ron Paul’s fiscal policy.

Newt Gingrich: Gay People Choose To Be Gay Like Priests Choose Celibacy — Playing the bigot card always seems to go over so well with conservatives. Are you proud of your Republican party?

?otd: Do clowns taste funny to you?


12/19/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 13.25 (solid plus napping)
Weight: 209.4
Currently (re)reading: Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey

[links] Link salad is logy

Conversations About Bigotry, Literature, and the World Fantasy Award

Novels and Short Stories…[info]kenscholes with more on this topic.

I’ll be Holmes for Christmas, or Sherlock Holmes and the case of the missing holiday

The iPhone’s Many NarrativesA thousand pictures are worth how many words?

Inexplicable Particle: Why Even I’m a Higgs Bozo

Autism hidden in plain sightAs more children are diagnosed with autism, researchers are trying to find unrecognized cases of the disorder in adults. The search for the missing millions is just beginning.

Illinois Sheriff: 5 Were Killed in Murder-Suicide and Couple Found Dead in Massachusetts Mansion Died From Gunshot Wounds — More proud American citizens using their Second Amendment rights in defense of their essential liberties. If you’re gun owner, how many deaths is your gun worth to you? For me, your gun rights don’t trump a single death.

Ancient Rome’s 99%

Newt Gingrich: 15 Things You Don’t Know About Him — I find Gringrich’s currently popularity with the GOP base inexplicable. He’s a serial adulator, the consummate Washington insider, a history professor and therefore one of the despised elites, and a Catholic, religion many evangelicals don’t even consider to be Christian. Beloved by the same people who despite elite professor and political insider Barack Obama, a man who’s still married to his first wife without a hint of scandal.

?otd: Have you ever eaten kimchi?


12/17/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Hours slept: 12.25 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently (re)reading: Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

[links] Link salad says hakuna matata

Library of Congress to receive entire Twitter archive — (Via [info]corwynofamber.)

Detecting a ‘Funeral Pyre’ Beacon — There’s a story or two embedded in this piece from Centauri Dreams.

Hundreds of NASA’s moon rocks reported missing — I’ve handled both lunar and Martian meteorite fragments, but I’ve never held a moon rock.

Big climate change could happen fast – and soon — Rush says otherwise, and he should know.

How can climate change denialism be explained? — The key word is denial, of course. Or ideology. Take your pick. Reality doesn’t enter in to it.

To State Dept., WikiLeaks or Not, Secrets Are Secrets — Because, um, yeah. (Via [info]danjite.)

OWS Occupies the Department of Education — (Via [info]tillyjane, a/k/a my mom.)

Romney Losing Among Fox News Viewers — (Via my Dad.)

Rick Perry and the Politics of Resentment — Ta-Nehisi Coates on conservatism and privilege.

?otd: What’s a problem-free philosophy?


12/9/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.75 (fitful plus napping)
Weight: 209.8
Currently (re)reading: A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold

[links] Link salad looks into tutelary dentistry

The Fathomless Abyss is now on sale for all your holiday reading needs — A shared world anthology from Mike Resnick & Brad R. Torgersen, Mel Odom, J.M. McDermott, Cat Rambo, and me, edited by New York Times best-selling author Philip Athans. More details here. Go check it out.

Jonathan Lethem on The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick…a fascinating new 1,000-page record of the iconic sci-fi author’s attempt to explain a series of mystical revelations that happened to him towards the end of his career.

Cancer cells poisoned with sugar — (Via both [info]e_bourne and [info] markbourne.)

Secrets of the asteroid belt: Vesta actually more like a planet

10 Creepiest Abandoned Water Parks on Earth — Urban decay. (Via [info]danjite.)

Rent-Free Religion in New York’s Public Schools — Church planting does not strike me as a good thing, in the short or long run. I’m a big believer in the Establishment Clause, which oddly does not appeal to the strict constructionists on the Right. (Via [info]scarlettina.)

‘60 Minutes’ Shames Justice Dept. Over Wall Street

Where I stand on the Occupy movement — Roger Ebert is eloquent and measured, as usual.

Jon Huntsman Flip-Flops On Climate Change — And so the last rational GOP candidate surrenders to the Republican primary crazyfest.

?otd: Vandemar or Croup?


12/7/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 10.25 (solid)
Weight: 210.8
Currently (re)reading: Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold

[links] Link salad wonders where you’ve been

Algae helps explains Antarctic ice sheet formation

After Lean Acorn Crop in Northeast, Even People May Feel the Effects

How COPPA Teaches Children to Lie — (Via David Goldman.)

19 Occupy Portland protesters arrested at park — Because riot police are just what you need to deal with nonviolent protest. My city is shamed.

The Bomb Buried In Obamacare Explodes Today-Hallelujah! — Another road to the sane, efficient solution of single payer healthcare? (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

What ‘Women for Cain’ saw in him doesn’t exist in natureOver the last few election cycles, it’s become clear that voters want a “regular” guy or gal who goes hunting and enjoys low-brow TV, but is also smart enough to solve the most challenging and complex problems the world has ever faced. Well, except for that last bit. W’s presidence and the current GOP primary have both proven that “no smarter than my narrow-minded, anti-intellectual self” is an import qualifier for a GOP candidate.

?otd: Where you think you’re going?


12/3/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: none (chemo fatigue)
Hours slept: 12.5 solid (overnight plus napping)
Weight: n/a

[links] Link salad couldn’t be paid to stop there

A reader reacts to Endurance — And likes the book quite a bit.

To Develop Expertise, Motivation is Necessary but Insufficient — There’s a lesson in this piece for both aspiring writers and working writers.

CO2 climate sensitivity ‘overestimated’Global temperatures could be less sensitive to changing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels than previously thought, a study suggests. Interesting stuff.

We Are the 99.9% — Paul Krugman on income distribution and productivity.

NYT Claims Increasing Bipartisan Support for Plans that Could Raise the Cost of Medicare Policies by $34 Trillion — Mmm, that conservative privatization fetish is really going to pay off this time!

?otd: Ever been to Cleveland?


11/26/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 11.5 (solid sleep plus napping)
Weight: 207.8
Currently (re)reading: I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad for a chemo-hazed Saturday

Science Fiction and the Interstellar Idea

Mystery ‘city’ caught on stunning time-lapse video from space revealed to be massive Midwest oil field

Apparent cyberattack destroys pump at Ill. water utilityIn separate incident, hacker claims access to SCADA system at Houston utility. As David Goldman says, “And so it begins.”

Fox Falsely Dubs Alleged White House Attacker As “‘Occupy’ Shooter” — What, Fox lying about something to make people they disagree with look bad? Despite the fact that multiple law enforcement agencies found no connection. Wonder if they looked for a connection between the Tea Party and a gun nut from Idaho? Nah, why would anyone think such a thing?

Older, Suburban and Struggling, ‘Near Poor’ Startle the Census — Nothing to see here, citizen. Move along.

The myth and fact behind Newt Gingrich’s 1980 divorce

Police Response to Occupy Wall Street is Absurd — Mind you, this Forbes talking. Not exactly a hotbed of liberal sentiment.

?otD: Been grooving all week with you?


11/19/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 0.0 minutes (chemo fatigue)
Hours slept: 15.00 (solid sleep plus napping)
Weight: n/a
Currently (re)reading: Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad rolls it up for chemo

An Open Letter to Simon and Schuester CEO Carolyn Reidy — A bizarre rant from an S&S author. As @ColleenLindsay says, “Writers, don’t EVER do this. You have a problem? Let your agent handle it. You have meds? TAKE THEM.”

Decoding Western art’s buried messages

Spiders offer up useless gifts to get sex — but ladies not dupedMales will even play dead to get more action in this devious 8-legged world. Yeah, I’ve been on dates like that.

Mysterious Symbols in China Desert Are Spy Satellite Targets, Expert Says — Cool weirdness. Nazca ‘r us. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Recipe Networks Reveal Human Taste PreferencesNetwork science is revolutionising the future of food.

Moving mirrors make light from nothingResearchers claim to have produced sought-after quantum effect. (Also thanks to David Goldman.)

Faster-than-light particles repeat speed despite tweaks

Why Wall Street Still Doesn’t Get It

This Cannot Be the Way Occupy Ends — Police militarization and peaceful protest.

A very smart Occupy Wall Street poster — (Via Curiosity Counts.)

Gingrich Called for Jail for Politicians with Freddie Mac Ties — Despite the fact that he took $1.2 million from them as a lobbyist. More of that justly famed conservative intellectual consistency and sterling ethics. Not like those flip-floppng situationist liberals, no no. Nothing to see here citizen. Move along.

?otD: Having a better Friday than me?


11/18/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.25 (solid)
Weight: 219.2
Currently (re)reading: Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett