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[links] Link salad gets a decent night’s sleep

Disney “La-Haut” (“Up”) balloon over Chambley — This is awesome.

Transcending the Material — A knitted skeleton. Wow. (Via scarlettina.)

Tracks: 1908Shorpy with some railroad pr0n.

New Nukes — My friend chriswjohnson on nuclear energy in the green era.

Adorable Girl Tests Global Warming Hypothesis — As the man says, are Republicans smarter than a nine-year-old? (Via lt260.)

[Juan] Williams supported Imus Firing, Censoring of Rap Music — Protected speech doesn’t mean freedom from social or professional consequences.

If Jesus was a Candidate for Office — Oh, this is hilarious. No doubt He would let the houses burn, too.

Joe Miller’s private “guards” were active-duty military — Yeah, I got your small government conservatism right here. Right here in the shitter along with freedom of the press, at least in the Tea Party world.

?otD: Mickey or Andy?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (medical follies)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
This morning’s weigh-in: 241.0
Yesterday’s chemo/post-op stress index: 4/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: I Wonder by Marian Bantjes

[photos] Australia: Touring Melbourne, Railway Stations

After visiting the National Gallery of Victoria, we took a tram to one of Melbourne’s railway stations, as a waypoint for further walking. Near the end of the day, we visited another. Interesting stuff.

A classic facade.

Seen from a distance.

The old shot tower, inside a modern railway station.

Another view of same.

Vertical garden next to the old shot tower.

A great big watch…

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

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[links] Link salad mends your robbing ways

Coming Through: 1905 — Mmmm, trains.

Testing, the Chinese Way — (Via willyumtx.)

Family win $1.5 million in autism-vaccine payout — If you read this story carefully, there seems to be a legitimate thread of science in it given that a rare genetic disorder is involved, but the anti-vaxers are going to run hard with this as if it were applicable across the general population.

Anthropology and Changing Myths vs. “Eternal” Scripture — Ah, Truth as an absolute. So much of the world would be so much more peaceful if people could let of that conviction. (Via lt260.)

Challenge to Hate Crimes Act Dismissed — Once again with that weird idea some conservatives hold that being limited in their expressions of bigotry and discrimination is itself a form of bigotry and discrimination.

Tom Ross, Delaware GOP Chair, Threatened With ‘Bullet In The Head’ — Once more we hear the reasonable, measured tones of conservative rhetoric at work.

Newt Gingrich Is So Off, He’s Not Even Wrong — This story in regard to Gingrich’s bizarre remarks about Obama’s alleged African socialism. Of course, the headline is generally applicable, along the lines of “Sun rises in east.” More on this from Ta-Nehisi Coates, examining the underlying assumptions.

Intolerance — Park51 and Islam in America, as we betray our own values.

The Talibanization of AmericaViewed from Pakistan, the rise of U.S. Islamophobia looks depressingly familiar. Another wonderful gift from your Republican Party and the American conservative movement.

?otD: Have you been taught how to play Monopoly and how to sing in the rain?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (Kalimpura)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid)
This morning’s weigh-in: 251.2
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 2/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently reading: Worldshaker by Richard Harland

[links] Link salad got feet down below its knees

Historians locate King Arthur’s Round TableHistorians claim to have finally located the site of King Arthur’s Round Table – and believe it could have seated 1,000 people. “Number seven Buddha’s delight special for 1,000, and make it snappy.”

SMBC with more on gay engineers — :: laughing ::

The Amazingness of Instant — Scott Adams with a take on the iPad.

The Detroit 1905 — Look! It’s a railroad on a boat! I’ve always been fascinated by mutlimodal transportation.

A visit to the Real Doll factory — Not work safe, not brain safe. But fricking fascinating. Really. You have been warned. (Via Rocket Propelled Chainsaw — For when the zombies are just too much. (Via David Goldman.)

Antimatter deep underground may be key to predicting quakes — Big science, weird stuff edition, from

Why Our Universe Must Have Been Born Inside a Black HoleA small change to the theory of gravity implies that our universe inherited its arrow of time from the black hole in which it was born. Weird science for all you skiffy types.

Conservative Women’s Groups Mum On Vitter Scandal — More of that famed principled consistency, I see.

Republicans Just Don’t Like the Unemployed, Cont’d — Anybody who thinks people choose to live on unemployment rather than work has no idea what it means to be poor, or how far unemployment compensation (doesn’t) go toward meeting even minimal monthly commitments for anyone with a roof over their head. This is conservative idiocy of the rankest order, thinking with their ideology to the absolute exclusion to any, you know, facts.

Mobutu Sese Seko on Terry SavageThis is the great turd in the conservative work-ethic punchbowl—that as much as we like to ignore class in this country, it works with a particularly effective determinism in the vast majority of cases. If you are born middle class, you will likely be middle class. If you are born in poverty, you will likely die there.

?otD: Got toejam football?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (4,200 new words)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 (decent)
This morning’s weigh-in: 233.0
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 2/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert

[links] Link salad remembers spine-tingling railway sleepers

Big Painting Sale — Terry Windling is having a painting sale to help a relative meet medical costs. Check it, boost the signal. (Via shelly_rae.)

More on fried olives (for those who are following the saga) — garyomaha with more on the fried olives made by shelly_rae.

The milkman cometh — Back to the days of future past?

Trains And Railways Extravaganza, Part 2Dark Roasted Blend with some distinctly curious railroad images. A must-read for steampunks and railfans.

Time to Wake Up, Sleeper Spy — Can you ever really go home?

The Liberal Dilemma and Conservative Conflict — joshenglish takes on some cultural and political tropes. I largely agree with him.

The Poor Always PayAn Asian bank for low-income women is out to teach Wall Street a lesson. Those conservatives who think the poor are just lazy (there are a few in my extended family with that opinion) ought to try it for a while. Not college-student poor, but true poverty.

?otD: Would you, could you on a train?

Writing time yesterday: 2 hours (2,500 new words, plus extensive WRPA)
Body movement: stationary bike ride to come
Hours slept: 8.5 (decent)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 2/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert

[links] Link salad wonders about choirs of clouds

SF Airshow — This is some serious cool.

Jiffy Lube: 1904 — Steam locomotive pr0n from Shorpy. Mmmm.

Save Your Eyes: Use Your Goggles — Steampunk before steampunk was cool. Like 1936.

Wondermark on the difference between engineering and math

The dreaded vuvuzela claims its first victim — Soon they will stalk the night, their flat-toned hunting calls striking terror everywhere.

Why We Dream: Real Reasons Revealed — (Snurched from

Trees, Sky, Galactic Eye — This APOD photo functions on so many levels…

Handing Out The Car KeysThe Edge of the American West on WASPS, privilege and wisdom. Um, yeah.

The Thing About Dave, Cont. — Ta-Nehisi Coates with more on Dave Weigel. I was struck by this bit, near the end: It’s fun to be mean, and it makes your side howl–and sometimes it’s even necessary. But my game is as follows–stating my opinions directly, clearly and without equivocation and without undue malice. That’s pretty much what I was getting at in my post a while back on kindness in discourse. [ | LiveJournal ] Also, if you’re interested Ed Brayton and Keith Olbermann on the same topic.

?otD: Do you really want to go to heaven?

Writing time yesterday: n/a
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.0 (solid)
This morning’s weigh-in: 225.4
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 6/10 (GI follies)
Currently (re)reading: Children of Dune by Frank Herbert