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[links] Link salad is lonely out in space

Biomedical news in brief — Brief, interesting qquibs about autism and cancer, among another things.

The Bowery: 1905 — Mmm, trains.

The Future of Air Travel — Ca. 1910, at any rate.

Criggo on helicopter tours — What a business model! The flight is free, but the landings cost extra.

WAG RageLanguage Log on some peculiarities of British sport culture.

Do You Have Free Will? Yes, It’s the Only Choice

Media Coverage of the Fukishima Nuclear Reactor Crisis

The Ego Advantage — David Brooks of The New York Times on Qadaffi’s decades-long grip on power.

Who’s in hell? Pastor’s book sparks eternal debate — Nice religion you people have there. Proud of it, are you?

Indiana Prosecutor Encouraged ‘False Flag’ Assault On Walker To Discredit Wisconsin Unions — Nothing to see here, citizen, move along.

Smaller government, smaller dreams, smaller peopleWe seem to have become a small-minded people obsessed with smaller government, smaller visions, smaller aspirations — a crimped, cramped people from whom it seems unimaginable to expect or ask for this kind of hard work and investment and long-term foresight. Regardless of their own rhetoric, that is observably the conservative vision in a nutshell. “To each their own, and those who don’t have enough deserve what they didn’t get.” One of the most important reasons that I’m a liberal-progressive is that I profoundly oppose the divisive closing of the American spirit that the GOP has been driving us towards all my lifetime.

?otD: Is Mars cold as hell?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (2,500 words on Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 250.4
Currently reading: A Bard’s Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella; Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts

[funny] Lawrence Durrell on Serbian railroad crews

Reading after my nap on the first leg of my flight home, this made me laugh out loud:

“The engine was a very old one. It had been abandoned before the war by an American film company, and the Yugoslavs had tied it together with wire. Its gaping furnace, which was white hot, was being passionately fed by some very hairy men in cloth caps who looked like Dostoevsky’s publishers.”

— “The Ghost Train” by Lawrence Durrell, from Esprit de Corps, 1958

[links] Link salad invades with thirty armies and some hot dice

My story “‘Hello,’ Said the Gun” is live at Daily Science Fiction

Less Talk, More Rock — An old essay on Boing Boing about the creative process, from the perspective of videogames. Pretty interesting stuff. (Gakked from, um, somewhere.)

Eye of the Storm — A wonderful animated steampunk music video. Just watch. (Via [info]oldcharliebrown here.)

Icemobile: 1905Shorpy with Grand Trunk car ferry crossing the Detroit River in winter. Mmm, trains on ice.

Walter Rothschild and the rise and fall of Sclater’s cassowary — Proof postive that zoological history is no less weird than any other branch of history. Plus trained zebras!

Remapping Computer Circuitry to Avert Impending Bottlenecks — A rethinking of computing architecture. (Via my Dad.)

Small Nuclear War Could Reverse Global Warming for Years — And the award for Most Bizarre Headline goes to National Geographic.

Wingnuts Discover Limits to Executive Power — That would be “limits to executive power when wielded by a non-white, non-Republican.” Like Ed Brayton, I sure don’t remember the Right being angry at Bush for exactly the same thing. Hmm, what could the difference possibly be?

The Most Disturbing Personality on Cable Television — Conservatives on Glenn Beck. He’s your boy, enjoy him. (Though in fairness, Beck’s ratings have been in steep decline, so maybe there’s a limit even on the Right.)

Dagny Taggart Wept — Paul Krugman quoting George Will on railroads: [P]rogressivism’s aim is the modification of (other people’s) behavior. Uh, George…have you looked at a single conservative talking point in the last 30 years? The conservative movement is about nothing but modifying other people’s behavior. Who can be pregnant when, who can have sex with whom, who can marry whom, who can travel when and where, who is allowed to endure financial risk and who gets to be bailed out, what governments other countries are allowed to have. In plain language on the face of its own premises, conservatism is dedicated to the most intrusive government possible.

?otD: South America or Australia?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (2,500 words on Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 254.8 (! – too many carbs yesterday, ate dinner quite late)
Currently reading: Between books

[links] Link salad is running low and slow

McSweeney’s reviews Good Night, Moon — Snerk.

Mammatus Clouds Over Olympic Valley — I’ve actually seen these in real life once, in Texas. It makes for a very weird sky.

Locomotive Breath: 1906 — A cool shot of Salem, MA from Shorpy. Mmm, trains.

Switchable Metamaterial Makes Itself InvisibleA metamaterial that turns itself off could dramatically improve magnetic resonance imaging. Not in the casual, everyday sense of ‘invisible’, but this is sill extremely cool. Yes, we are living in the future. Any questions?

Water, Water Everywhere — A new view of the solar system.

Top Five Myths about the Middle East Protests — Juan Cole is interesting and informative.

?otD: Got sleep?

Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (revisions on a short fiction project)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (interrupted)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Currently reading: Dead Iron by Devon Monk