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[links] Link salad flies high, is never gonna die

The Future of Digital Manga, A Fairytale — A long thoughtful essay on the relationship between content, readers and publishing formats. Very much worth the read if you have any interest in ebook publishing issues. (Snurched from @Mari_Kurisato.)

Cat Rambo’s upcoming teaching schedule for online classes — In case you, you know, want to learn something.

the art of (re)inventing yourself — Justine Musk is interesting and wise.

Fascism for Nice People — Lavie Tidhar with an interesting response to recent criticism of his remarks on steampunk.

Maintain the rage — Alan Baxter on the reactions to Prometheusimdb ], with bonus cultural critique. God, I need to stop thinking about this movie. I’m like a dog to vomit.

Prometheus Species Origin — Argh. Must stop! (Thanks to @jeremiahtolbert.)

Revealing Colon Cancer’s Escape Route — Sigh. (Thanks to David Ivory.)

Pet piranha bites off Illinois toddler’s fingertip — Why isn’t this is a reckless endangerment charge or something?

Roman jewellery found in ancient Japan tomb

‘Twisted Light’ Beams Data at a Staggering 2.56 Terabits Per Second

Knitting community outraged over Olympic dig; USOC apologizes — Don’t mess with knitters, man. Even I know that. They might have to cut you.

Far-Fetched Scams Separate the Gullible from Everyone Else — This makes my head hurt. (Via David Goldman.)

The evangelical mind must obey the moneyed enforcers of the tribe

Rising Sea Level Puts East Coast At RiskThe sea level on a stretch of the US Atlantic coast that features the cities of New York, Norfolk and Boston is rising up to four times faster than the global average. It never fails to amaze me how liberals have managed to co-opt the natural world into their global warming scam. Thank god for the Republican party, stemming the tide of reality every day. Your GOP: the Canute of the modern world.

Yes, there is an alternative to capitalism: Mondragon shows the wayWhy are we told a broken system that creates vast inequality is the only choice? Spain’s amazing co-op is living proof otherwise.

Some Thoughts on Democratic Norms — Ta-Nehisi Coates takes a historical perspective on the profoundly destructive Roberts court.

Justice Scalia Rages Against Obama On Immigration — Yep, no conservative ideology on this Supreme Court. Just impartial jurisprudence and principled intellectual consistency. Nothing to see here citizen, move along. Confidential to SCOTUS: You people are becoming an embarrassment to history.

Republicans support Obama’s health reforms — as long as his name isn’t on them — Gee. What a shock. Remember when conservatives incessantly mocked the so-called “Bush Derangement Syndrome”?

?otD: By the way, which one’s Pink?


6/26/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (WRPA, plus 0.25 hours and 300 words setting up a new short story)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 5.25 (interrupted)
Weight: 239.0
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate

[links] Link salad in another dimension, with voyeuristic intention

Google to Announce Venture With Belgian Museum — Oooh, an analog search engine. This is cool. Reminds me of the paper-based relational databases described in Eugene Sue’s The Wandering Jew (published in 1844/1845). (Via my Dad.)

Exposure to D. & D. early in life? — Hahahahahah. A handy infographic. No, I don’t recognize myself on there. Not anywhere. Why do you ask? No, not me. Nuh uh.

The lifespan of a falsehood — Fascinating. (Via Steve Buchheit.)

Pediatricians get more firm when parents refuse vaccines — Hell, yes. Willful ignorance is willful ignorance. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

New type of extra-chromosomal DNA discovered — This apparently has implications for both cancer and autism.

Fugates of Kentucky: Skin Bluer than Lake Louise — Are they Melungeons? (Via my Dad.)

Most Detailed View Yet of the Apollo 11 Moonwalks: Big Pic — Not that this will faze the moon landing denialists in the slightest.

Exotic Antimatter Caught in Disappearing Act — So, why don’t “exotic matter” and “exotic dancer” have parallel meanings?

3D-nanoprinting speed record set by Vienna University — (Via David Goldman)

Busy Nest Box — Chris Johnson’s high tech owl nesting box is back in business for the season.

Mysterious hog farm explosions stump scientists — How can you not love a headline like this?

Social networking sites and politics Liberals are the most likely to have taken each of these steps to block, unfriend, or hide. In all, 28% of liberals have blocked, unfriended, or hidden someone on SNS because of one of these reasons, compared with 16% of conservatives and 14% of moderates. Not quite the result I would have expected. (Via [info]ericjamesstone.)

PMO Scientists Pest ControlDon’t let scientists wreak havoc with your agenda. Hahahah. (Thanks to [info]threeoutside.)

The Hypocrite in Everyone Else — We’re all hypocrites. It’s human nature. It’s the hypocrisy in those who claim moral superiority, and profit from those claims, that truly rankles.

How the NBA Takes Money From People Who Don’t Like Basketball — This story certainly plays into my confirmation biases.

Goldman Sachs director in London quits ‘toxic’ bankA manager at US banking giant Goldman Sachs in London has quit, saying he could no longer work there “in good conscience”. Goldman Sachs would be part of that Wall Street establishment that Kenyan Muslim Socialist Obama has worked to protected above all other players in our economy. Tell me again why this has been a national priority?

Santorum, Gingrich Decry ‘Anti-Christian Bigotry’ In Run-Up To AL, MS — Um, I’m pretty sure it’s the Christians who are doing most of the persecuting in this country. A lot more abortion clinics get shot up and bombed than churches do. And, well, teh gay!

Reid Dares GOP: Block Judicial Nominees, And You Will Also Stall The JOBS Act — You know, that whole advise and consent thing. If Democrats in the Senate had treated Bush this way, the howls would still be echoing. When Republican do it to Obama, well, that’s just good patriotism.

Tilting at Dutch windmillsFrom [Santorum press secretary] Stewart’s perspective, Santorum being “a strong pro-life person” apparently gives him license to make up nonsense about the Netherlands. Republicans: The party of simply making shit up to confuse the voters.

?otd: Well secluded, do you see all?


3/14/2012
Writing time yesterday: 3.5 hours (2.25 hours on nonfiction first draft unrelated to Extremes; 1.25 hours of WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.75 (solid)
Weight: 237.0
Currently reading: Blood of Orange by Lizzy Shannon; Requiem by Ken Scholes

[links] Link salad lights out for Powells

A reader reacts to Green — I think they liked it.

Save the Words — They need a good home. (Via [info]danjite.)

Klan Air: 1922 — The Klan had an air force? (Look at the markings on the tail of the plane.)

Huge Lake Could Increase Chance of Life on Jupiter Moon

Gamburtsev ‘ghost mountains mystery solved’ — Mmm, Antarctica.

Russians are leaving the country in drovesSome chafe at life under Vladimir Putin’s rule, but for many others, economic limitations are the prime motivator. Experts say the numbers have reached demographically dangerous levels.

The Brutal Truth About Penn StateThe problem can’t be solved by prayer or piety — and it’s far more widespread than we think. I have always despised athletic privilege, in part because I was a victim of it during much of my schoolchild years, but the business at Penn State takes athletic privilege to a level of vile insanity.

Welfare for MillionairesA startling new report reveals the billions in government dollars that benefit America’s wealthiest citizens. Every conservative knows that giving money to poor people who desperately need it just encourages them to be lazy. Giving money to rich people who don’t need it? That’s the American way!

#Occupy: The Tech at the Heart of the Movement — (Snurched from curiosity counts.)

Gods Help Us, St. Louis Did it Right #OWS — (Via [info]drjon.)

Wall Street on guard for Occupy day of action — Hide behind your money, boys. Mayor Bloomberg will always err on the side of wealth.

Has a Harvard Professor Mapped Out the Next Step for Occupy Wall Street? — Another Constitutional Convention? Is Lessig nuts? Given how well organized the Christianist core of the Republican party is, we’d wind up living in a theocratic state with no revenue base. All this “Christian government” stuff is no different than Shariat law, after all.

?otD: Coming to my reading tonight?


11/17/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.5 (solid)
Weight: 216.4
Currently (re)reading: Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad considers cured meat

In which my Dad asks for a little help with some American social history: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Engineering the end: How planning for loss helped a family through it — Ah, cancer.

DIY Bacon Roses — Just because. (Via Miki.)

French school lunches — An amazing snippet of video… (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Name of the Year — Heh.

A Gay Former N.B.A. Player Responds to Kobe Bryant — Yeah. I know. Me mentioning sports. But this is a gender (and to some degree, race) issue. Both of which I do care about.

The New Cold WarThere has long been bad blood between Iran and Saudi Arabia, but popular protests across the Middle East now threaten to turn the rivalry into a tense and dangerous regional divide.

Neediest and sickest would pay the price under GOP budget plan — Mmm, compassionate conservatism on the march. You guys sure know how to make America proud.

?otD: Bacon or pancetta?


4/18/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 5.75 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 247.0
Currently reading: Nifft the Lean by Michael Shea

[links] Link salad wakes up and wanders, is not lost

Book Report: Mainspring by Jay Lake — I think he liked it.

Writing is a Sail Boat, And I’m Stuck on the Reefs — Jeremy Tolbert on the white whale that is writer’s block.

No Fuel, No Fire — Alex J. Kane riffs on a comment of mine about reading to be a writer.

Skullduggery: verbal mis representations — A fascinating writing class/workshop opportunity from Shanna Germain, if you happen to be in the Portland area.

Video games 13,823, Huck Finn 8,088 — Roger Ebert on reading and what it means to life. And, yes, video games.

Document dematerialization — Ah, the perils of translation. Nuance is a funny thing, especially when you are blissfully unaware of it.

Send A Message Of Hope…Or I’ll Thump You — Generosity and cancer. (Via shelly_rae.)

Doping in the Tour de FranceFreakonomics on, among other things, lying.

Concept Plane: Supersonic Green Machine — Aviation concept art from APOD.

TrES-2b: Pushing Exomoon Limits — Ok, I’m kind of boggled here. Also, “astroseismology”?

Starfish Prime — High altitude nuclear testing. Ah, Big Science. And to think: we could have had Project Orion!

The Government Has an Online Identity Plan for You — Hmmm.

Cutting Off the Ring — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the gap between public statements about people made online (or in print) and public statements face-to-face. Overheated invective offers your adversaries a way out. You may have the superior argument, but a string of ad hominem allows your opponent to change the subject, and reduces you in his or her eyes, and in the eyes of your unswayed audience. I wish more of the Internet hit squad understood any of this.

?otD: How long could it take, how bad could it be?


7/7/2010
Writing time yesterday: 2 hours, 20 minutes
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 (solid)
This morning’s weigh-in: 231.6
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert