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[links] Link salad wakes and wonders

Tweet! Tweet! Tweet! — The eminently readable Roger Ebert on Twitter.

The Mother of All InventionHow the Xerox 914 gave rise to the Information age. Ah, the march of progress. Fascinating if brief squib on a significant piece of technological history.

Deeper impact: Did mega-meteors rattle our planet? — This is both frightening and cool. We have some analogous spooky geology here in the Pacific Northwest. (Via

Senate narrowly votes down antiscience greenhouse gas Resolution — Your Republican Party: still doing their besto combat the inconvenient liberal bias in reality. Who you gonna believe, their electoral strategies or that lying realworld data?

Homosexuality, Porn, and the Classroom — Coz, you know, you can catch teh gay, even from someone else’s kids by proxy. Good thing the Catholic community is on the ball!

BP spill response plans severely flawedOmissions, errors riddle firm’s regional plan for the Gulf, analysis shows. See! Industry self-regulation works fine! Who needs the government?

Oklahoma State Senator Aims To Stop ‘Liberal Judges’ From Imposing Sharia Law — Sometimes the fruit loops don’t all fit in the box, I guess. Duncan is also known for being among a group of lawmakers who returned their gift copies of the Quran to a state diversity panel, because they said the book endorses “the idea of killing innocent women and children in the name of ideology.” I think that’s called the Bible, sir. See Old Testament.

Congrats to Rush Limbaugh on his fourth traditional marriage — Family values win again!

?otD: What question of the day would you ask?

Writing time yesterday: n/a (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.0 (interrupted)
This morning’s weigh-in: 226.4
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 5/10
Currently (re)reading: Pyramids by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad dreams of the Serengeti

Pharoahs and care bombsLanguage Log on the perils of copy editing. They’re talking in a journalistic context in this piece, but the same issues definitely apply to us fictioneers.

Why the Library of Congress cares about archiving our tweets

As Europe Reopens Skies, a New Cloud Looms — I can’t decide if this is systemic resilience or systemic fragility. Either way it’s morbidly fascinating.

Detailed View of Ash Plume at Eyjafjallaj√∂kull Volcano — As seen from orbit, courtesy of NASA’s Earth Observatory site.

The Beetlecam — Wildlife photography as you haven’t quite seen it before.

Every Voter Is A Values Voter — Damned straight. Just because you have some particular version of God on your side doesn’t mean you’re right, or have a monopoly on values.

The United States is not a ‘Christian nation’ — Unless we want to be like Saudi Arabia, with a state-enforced religion.

?otD: Ever touched a lion? (I have.)

Writing time yesterday: none (family disruption)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 (solid)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (scale is out of batteries)
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 4/10 (fatigue, GI distress)
Currently (re)reading: Jingo by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad tries to make a good impressionism

This week, ran a pair of collaborative stories by me and , with an accompanying article by and an art blog post from Irene Gallo. The stories: “The Starship Mechanic” and “Looking For Truth in a Wild Blue Yonder

Post a Story for HaitiCrossed Genres hosts a writerly fundraiser for Haiti. My piece is here: [ | LiveJournal ]

I nominated @MatchesMalone for a Shorty Award in humor — He’s a very funny guy on Twitter. If you Tweet, check him out, as well as other possible Shorty nominees.

Contagious cancer: The evolution of a killer — Some fascinating stuff here, even if you don’t share my particular focus on this issue. Among other things, story fodder for you writer types.

The physics of space battles

Voice of the ancients — Hahahahahahahaha. Hippie nonsense. Hahahahahahahaha. This is hilariously snarky.

“Cheating on your wife is a deal breaker for Republican voters — but only if you’re a Democrat.” — Ah, yes, the vaunted intellectual and moral consistency of American conservatives.

Making out is its own reward — Roger Ebert on, among other things, the history of college sex. (And though it’s not his point, the piece also presents a very clear example of why people like me tend to assume sheer bugfuckery is the default position of conservative thought.) Ebert is a hell of a writer, how did I not know about him all these years?

Into the ClosetA question now is whether the opponents of same-sex marriage can plausibly claim, as their court papers have sought to do, that they face threats to their lives and property comparable to those faced by civil rights workers in the Deep South in the 1950s and 1960s. Ah, the conservative cult of victimization. People working assiduously to victimize others, who then try to claim their own rights are imperiled. Um, no. Sorry, conservative America. Could you at least pretend to stand up for your beliefs, especially while cramming them down the throats of an unwilling nation? And yes, I suppose it’s progress when conservatives are self-aware enough to be ashamed of their bigotry instead of proud of it. (Thanks to Scrivener’s Error.)

?otD: Manet or Monet?

Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.0
This morning’s weigh-in: 226.2
Currently reading: Bangkok 8 by John Burdett

[travel] A dinner in Austin

Hey, Austin peeps, I’m going to tentatively schedule a dinner for 6:30 tonight here in Austin. I’m going to need someone to pick me up, though (I’ve asked if she can help).

Let’s say the Threadgill’s on Riverside down near the Palmer Auditorium, 6:30 pm, Thursday 2/26. I will confirm here on the blog and via twitter as soon as I know for sure.

[test] Testing twitter cross-post feature

This is a test. In the event of a real post, you would have been provided with wit and erudition, or possibly a deranged liberal-progressive political rant. You may shop as usual, there is no need to return to your homes.

ETA: I will not be cross-posting my twitters to my blog. My twitter feed will be receiving notifications of new blog posts. Fear not, loyal readers.