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[links] Link salad Thursday crouton

Bloggasm on Tor’s free e-book program

Be a sex-writing strumpet — Some solid advice on sex scenes.

Climate change delusion — In which we discover that neither global warming denial, nor snark, are particularly American phenomena. (Thanks to tetar.)

Bush to G8: ‘Goodbye from the world’s biggest polluter’ — Classy to the end, that’s our president. Just makes me proud to be a Fratboy-American. Wait, I was never in a frat.


7/10/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (travelling)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: n/a

[links] Link salad for a hump day

Steven Hawking on the origins of the universe — I can barely follow this, and it’s in the popular press, but it is fascinating.

Zapping Individual Cancer Cells — A laser microscalpel which can target individual cells, one at a time.

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety — From the department of things I didn’t know I didn’t know. Interesting, in a food geek/international law/biotech way.

The Academy Strikes Back — An article about language bigotry in France, which provides an interesting triangulation on the “English only/official English” movements here in the US.

Freakonomics (again), this time on experience versus information — I’m not sure I agree with the proposition, but it’s an interesting question.

Fair play for the CIA — A review of Hugh Wilford’s The Mighty Wurlitzer, with some fascinating observations on the CIA. (Snurched from Scrivener’s Error.)

A list of McCain flip-flops — Mostly it’s conservatives who are consistency fetishists. Given the way Kerry got hammered over flip-flops in the 2004 election, it might be instructive to see how many times Mr. Straight Talk Express has changed his positions. Your Liberal Media was happy to help railroad Kerry but won’t touch stories like this about McCain, for the most part, because they’re so, um, liberal.


7/9/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (travelling)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: n/a

[politics] The global warming clown car

Here’s a squib I just heard on NPR, and then picked up on that bastion of pinko liberalism, The Washington Post: Cheney Aides Altered CDC Testimony, Agency Official Says. That would specifically be testimony on “the health threats posed by global warming.”

We know from prior episodes that there was wholesale censorship at NASA of climate change information, even in press releases. So just to be clear — my conservative friends tell me global warming is a myth, not supported by scientific evidence. Meanwhile, our conservative administration censors that scientific evidence, bolstering the conservative view on global warming. How tidy.

Nice work if you can get it, but supremely unsurprising for the intellectually bankrupt amoralists who compromise the contemporary Republican party. Here’s the punchline, though, what had me laughing out loud in the car:

According to NPR (not cited in the WaPo story), Cheney’s office has stated the edits were made because the testimony was contradicted by the findings of UN scientists.

This would be the same UN Republicans have loathed with a passion for the past half-century and worked actively to undermine for the past quarter-century? The same UN that was so wrong on Saddam’s WMDs that Cheney’s office had to establish the Iraq Study Group to end run around the UN as well as the vast majority of the US intelligence community? The UN which is simultaneously the laughingstock and bugaboo of conservative cranks from coast to coast?

I don’t know about you, but I’m not irredeemably stupid. In this context, that is the most bizarre political explanation I can imagine, especially coming from Cheney’s office. It doesn’t even begin to pass the giggle test.

But hey, no scientific evidence, right? The UN says so, it must be true. Nothing to see here, please move along citizens or we’ll move you.

[links] Link salad for a Monday

In cased you missed them over the weekend:

Escapement in The Washington Post [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Me talking about the emotional penalties of cancer [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]


tetar with a letter to the late, great Thomas Disch

The Ethics of Interstellar JourneyingCentauri Dreams bumps into a problem SF has been wrestling with for generations.

First Detailed Map of the Human Cortex — I have commented before that brain imaging studies of writers while they are in a state of writing fugue would probably be quite revealing — if nothing else for performance management. At one point I seriously suggested such a study to a friend who does research psychology, and volunteered to participate.

lillypond with a wonderful photo of the_child

Studebaker Cathedral:: 1908Shorpy with another awesome image. This one borders on apocalyptic, if the Apocalypse had happened during the administration of Teddy Roosevelt.

Freakonomics on the DC gun ban — This article doesn’t align well with my opinions and beliefs about gun control, but it’s interesting, and comments on the available statistics.

McCain promises to balance budget — Hahahaha. Here’s the doozie: The McCain administration would reserve all savings from victory in the Iraq and Afghanistan operations in the fight against Islamic extremists for reducing the deficit. I’m pretty sure your average high school sophomore could spot the glaring flaw in the logic. Will anyone in conservative America even notice Mr. Straight Talk’s utter bullshit on this one? Or maybe Your Liberal Media? Nah…


7/7/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (travelling)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 252.2
Currently reading: Pavane by Keith Roberts [ abebooks.com ]

[links] Link salad for a Sunday

One of my favorite Calvin and Hobbes ever — Though I do love the one about being in the right place at the right time.

And on the subject of comics, Get Fuzzy takes on the Eugene, Oregon phone book — Hahahahahahah.

APOD with a stereo image of the Apollo 17 landing site — Sometimes I think about the fact that long after our species and all its works have turned to dust, the moon landing sites will still show evidence of our time here on Earth. Imagine future explorers from among the stars interpreting that — Neal Armstrong’s footprints should last longer than the fossils in the Olduvai Gorge have. I suppose this has already been used time and and again in SF, but it’s a haunting image.

Cool swing tricks — I am so not showing this link to the_child. (Thanks to Interrupting Gelastic Jew.)

The Lost Book Clubio9 on the self-referentialism of televsion. Still, I applaud. Now, how to get them reading Mainspring and Escapement….

sartorias with an amazing bit of video

“…the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves”Language Log on Jefferson, Bush and the elision of ellipses.


7/6/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (still recovering from surgery)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 252.0
Currently reading: n/a

[links] Link salad for a three-day weekend

Laptops stolen from Claron West Students — Ouch.

Legendary Swords’ Sharpness, Strength From Nanotubes, Study Says — The relationship between Damascus swords and carbon nanotubes. The things you learn doing story research…

APOD with a cool image of a comet between fireworks and lightning — You need to scroll to the right to get the full effect.

The Wall Street Journal promotes the offensive hagiographication of Jesse Helms — Shorter version: Without Helms, liberals would be nothing, so never mind the bigotry. Meanwhile, C.E.P. is cranky about it, too.

7/5/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (still recovering from surgery)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: n/a

[links] Link salad, fireworks edition

James Gurney on realism — I love this blog. He’s an artist, talking to other artists, but I learn a lot from him about the creative process.

Water on Mercury — What will they think of next? Paging Unk and Boaz, your caves are flooding.

Could Our Own Proteins Be Used to Help Us Fight Cancer? — Interesting. (Thanks to lt260.)

Diamonds hint at ‘earliest life’ — The science may be iffy, but there’s some neat Deep Time sfnal elements to this article. (Thanks to lt260.)

Juan Cole on Your Fourth of July and my Fourth of July — Strongly recommended reading, especially for conservatives. Not polemical, just a series of observations contrasting with current state of the nation with the original intent of founders.

Former Senator Jesse Helms is dead — I can find absolutely nothing good to say about the man and his many decades of political evil, but the press surely will. My sympathies to his family in any case.


7/4/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (away from home)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
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[links] Link salad for a Wednesday

specficrider and I have another article up at IROSF

A rather nice photo of the_child and the Niece — Courtesy of lillypond.

Biblical Text-Writing May Have Poisoned MonksName of the Rose anyone?

Lost Beatles interview recovered

The joys of research — Sometimes you find the crazy, sometimes the crazy finds you. I turned up this Web site on the mystical and numerological significance of Washington, D.C.’s street layout while reseaching details for “In the Forests of the Night,” my current WIP.

Gold Pill makes your poop glitter for $425 — Mmm…shiny. (Thanks to danjite.)

Astronomers on verge of finding Earth’s twin — A remarkably misleading headline to an interesting story. (Thanks to lt260.)

Unwrapping the chocolate genome — As lt260 says, global warming or no global warming, we shall have chocolate. (Thanks to lt260.)

For the sake of the girl with the beautiful swing — Garrison Keillor on the Bush legacy. (Thanks to my Aunt M.)

Citing Need for Assessments, U.S. Freezes Solar Energy Projects — Drilling in ANWR? You bet! Solar energy plants in the desert? Environmental catastrophe! Your Bush administration energy policy at work. (Thanks to danjite.)


7/2/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (still recovering from surgery)
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This morning’s weigh-in: 254.8
Currently reading: n/a

The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia Amazon ]

[links] Link salad, Tuesday crouton

Discovery may make ghost imaging a reality — Hmmm. I am suspicious of the physics of this.

Penguin recognition software — No, really. The security scare finally starts to pay off.

On Wesley Clark on John McCain — I’ve mostly been staying out of this issue, because it’s not an “issue” except to McCain people looking for flames to fan. Good commentary, though.

Evidence Faulted in Detainee Case — In case you think the Bush administration is operating the prison camp at Guantánamo in good faith and with just cause, or something. This line struck me as especially twisted” American officials have said that they cannot return Mr. Parhat and 16 other Uighur detainees at Guantánamo to China for fear of mistreatment. So really what we’re doing is helping them by keeping them in Gitmo. I feel so much better now.


7/1/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (still recovering from surgery)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 256.0
Currently reading: The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia Amazon ]

[links] Link salad for a Thursday

Open question thread from me — Now with answers!

jimvanpelt muses on author Web sites

Dark Energy Survey AdvancesCentauri Dreams with some cool science, some cool tech and an extremely cool photograph.

Data Retention Effectively Changes the Behavior of Citizens in Germany — Just remember, the innocent have nothing to fear.

Making with the eye babies — A description of Pensacola Christian College. While I realize that many of the world’s great universities have roots as religious schools, the increasingly high profile credibility of Evangelical diploma mills (especially law schools!) has frightening implications on a number of fronts.

Republicans, Democrats Differ on Creationism — Gallup with a poll on Creationism and evolution. Cripes, I don’t know why they’re blaming Republicans on this one. According to this piece, less than 20% of Americans across the board poll for a purely natural explanation. Our entire country is infected by idiocy. Repeat after me: spiritual truth is not equivalent to empirical truth.


6/26/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (still recovering from surgery)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 256.0
Currently reading: The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia Amazon ]

[links] Link salad for hump day

Fantasy Book Critic reviews Escapement Amazon ] — I think he liked it.

SCI FI WIRE covers Escapement

Boing Boing gives a shout out to this year’s Campbell nominees

PS Publishing talks about me, a little

The art of Eric Tan — This is very cool. Now on my daily browse.

PETA Targets Computer Programmers With String Of Bizarre Protests — I’m pretty damned sure I’m not believing this, but it’s still funny. (Thanks to lt260.)

Australian experience with fisheries restriction — A hot issue here in the Pacific Northwest, to be sure. (Thanks to lt260.)

Dynamic tower skyscraper — Fascinating a number of levels. (Snurched from Gizmodo.)

How to masturbate an elephant — This blog post is the reason the Internet was invented. All done now.

More on Dobson and Obama — A terrific rant from the Christian Left.

White House Refused to Open Pollutants E-Mail — More conservative “la-la-la, I can’t hear you” on global warming. Literally, in this case. (Snurched from theinferior4.)

Standing ovation for Clinton’s return to Washington — I believe I’ll be donating to help retire her campaign debt.


6/25/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (still recovering from surgery)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 257.2
Currently reading: The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia Amazon ]

[links] Link salad, I’m in Seattle edition

Fantasy Book Critic with an interview of me, and a review of Mainspring Powell’s | Amazon thb | Audible ]

Mississippi Floodwaters in Iowa — (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Animals Must ‘Pay Their Way’ — A 1926 view of environmental preservation. The illustrations are bizarre.

The Official Jewish Tartan — McMazeltov! (Snurched from Interrupting Gelastic Jew.)

Scientists: Weather extremes consistent with global warming — Uh oh. USA Today signs on to liberal fearmongering. Al Gore must have sent them a horse’s head. Where are the 101st Fighting Keyboarders when you need them? Where have you gone Rush Limbaugh, the nation turns its lonely eyes to you?

Barack Obama is a Muslim, and other stories — The shame and glory of political rumors. (Thanks to my Aunt M.)


6/21/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (still recovering from surgery)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia Amazon ]