Amazon Buying Audible.com for $300M — (Tipped from a mailing list I'm on.)
Locus Recommended Reading: 2007 — Mainspring [ Powell's | Amazon | Audible ] is on there, along with my novelette "Crossing the Seven", and the short story written by gregvaneekhout and me, "C-Rock City". (Thanks to controuble for the tip.)
Incorrections in the news room — The perils of automatic correction via search-and-replace. "Queen Elizabeth has 10 times the lifespan of workers and lays up to 2,000 eggs a day."
Shorpy with another gorgeous railroad photo — Trains in Cajon Pass.
Galactic Broadband — "...another way to send information in a radio signal — even a narrow-band radio signal — by encoding it in the orbital angular momentum. It's as if they've found 'subspace channels,' a là Star Trek."
wtf_nature with non-Newtonian fluids — This is seven kinds of cool. I sense a kitchen science experiment coming on here at Nuevo Rancho Lake.
What's really wrong with newspapers — An interesting perspective on the decline of newspapers. If you believe in the magic of self-correcting market forces, you'll dismiss this as liberal fluff, but it touches on a lot of reality-based issues.
Study Reveals Why Monkeys Shout During Sex — More than you wanted to know about primate sex. (Unless you're a Young Earth Creationist, "primate" would include you. Offer not valid for all belief systems.)
Domestic Partnerships Allowed in Oregon — As of Monday. I am so proud of my adoptive home state. Ooops, I can hear the rending noise of heterosexual marriages already being pulled apart! Good Christian fear for sinners here!
Marry Our Daughter — I found this completely by accident while looking for something else.
Yes We Can — a very striking political video for Obama. Worth the watch whether or not you're interested in him.
How the Republican Party Committed National Suicide — This is freaking hilarious, if you can stand the persecuted-conservative rhetoric. A rant by someone who thinks that all liberals are socialists, and that McCain is a liberal. (He doesn't go on to complete the syllogism, thereby betraying a lack of a classical education.) Apparently liberals who are unable to shut up about the benefits of socialism have taken over the Republican party. I'd settle for having liberals take over the Democratic party first, but since that hasn't happened yet... My presumption is the writer is one of those conservatives for whom anyone he doesn't agree with is a socialist by definition, rather than someone who actually has any understanding of what socialism (or liberalism) is. (Slow site to load, btw.)
A Swede comments on American politics — Oddly, this denizen of the Socialist Hell that is Sweden doesn't notice that the liberals haven taken over here. He must not have gotten the memo. Darn that reality-based reality!