Dude, Where’s My Accent? — Why the California Vowel Shift may have us all by the tongue. Also this. Snerk. (Via David Goldman.)
Lovebible.pl — Charlie Stross is very funny.
Why Do We Call People Redheads Instead of Orangeheads?
Who Put the O in Portland? — More on the ‘round maps’. I was also struck by this comment: [T]here’s scientific evidence for the fact that GPS technology is making us less, rather than more spatially aware. When we rely, as is now so commonplace, on satellite-guided driving instructions tailored to our specific trip, we’re preventing our brain from doing what it should do naturally: making ‘mental maps’ of our surroundings. That’s been exactly my experience of using GPS.
How to Talk to a Live Person: Every Customer Support Number You’ll Ever Need — A holiday calling guide. (Thanks to my Dad.)
Soylent hits its 1.0 formula, nears release — We talk with Soylent’s creator on what’s changed since we slurped down the beta. Soylent peen is greople!
You Can’t Get Entangled Without a Wormhole: Physicist Finds Entanglement Instantly Gives Rise to a Wormhole — (Via Bruce Taylor.)
Die, selfish gene, die — The selfish gene is one of the most successful science metaphors ever invented. Unfortunately, it’s wrong. This is freaking fascinating. (Thanks to AH via tillyjane.)
Animal Locomotion: Reanimating Muybridge’s 19th Century Illustrations with GIFs — Zoopraxography indeed. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
Tolkien gesture – scientist maps climate of Lord of the Rings — Mount Doom is like LA and the Shire like Lincolnshire, so says a climate model based on author’s famously detailed maps. (Via danjite.)
The Most Important Command in the Old Testament isn’t what you think — A little linguistic analysis for you. And guess what? It’s not about teh gayz or sex or the abomination of widely available, affordable healthcare. Not at all. (Via daveraines.)
Australia’s first gay marriages conducted — Another bigotry domino falls, at least temporarily. Sadly, the forces of religiously-cloaked conservative intolerance are still very strong.
Iceland in shock as cops kills a man for 1st time in history — Clearly they need more guns to be safe. No, wait, they have more guns.
South Carolina Sheriff Refuses To Lower Flag For Mandela — Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best.
Special Report: Thailand secretly supplies Myanmar refugees to trafficking rings — As Daniel says, this is stunningly evil. Sigh. (Via danjite.)
Apartheid’s Useful Idiots — For many years, a large swath of this country failed Nelson Mandela, failed its own alleged morality, and failed the majority of people living in South Africa. Ah, we are again reminded of the much vaunted moral consistency of American conservatives.
A reminder of what Republicans thought of Mandela — It’s a constant theme of conservatism to falsely take credit for the progressive causes of yesteryear while attempting to destroy contemporary ones. You have to give the GOP a break here. When their own record is a nearly unbroken string of failures and policy disasters, they can claim no credit at all except false credit.
Santorum: Fight Against Obamacare Like Fight Against Apartheid — You don’t have to be bone-stupid to be a conservative, but demonstrably it sure as hell helps. Really, what can any rational, moral human being say to something like this?
“History? We don’t know. We’ll all be dead.” — The conservative project in general really, truly doesn’t give a damn about human suffering. They live in an abstract universe in which their dedication to their rigid ideology simply trumps all moral concerns about real human beings in the here and now. They just don’t give a damn.
?otD: Where was that one night?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (very fitful)
Body movement: n/a (traveling)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)