Extraordinary Engines is forthcoming — Including my steampunk short story, “The Lollygang Save the World on Accident”, which itself is an homage to K.W. Jeter’s Farewell Horizontal.
Just How Big Is the Damn Universe Anyway? — Professor (and fellow Tor author) Mike Brotherton explains how big the universe really is. We sneer at observability here on this blog.
Scientific American on media bias — Color me a bit surprised at some of this information. But then, I have my own observer biases. It’s also worth noting the specific measurements discussed are very narrow. (As opposed to, say, counting the number of Republican commentators covering the Democratic convention vs the number of Democratic commentators covering the Republican convention.) Also this article somewhat elides the definition of “media” in “media bias”, which lordofallfools and I have been going back and forth on for a while. Specifically, many conservative observers don’t seem to want to include talk radio in the “media” of “media bias” unless you also include Hollywood. Which strikes me as deeply cockeyed, as much of non-sports talk radio is explicitly political, while very little of Hollywood’s output is. (Thanks to lt260.)
The 1912 Republican convention — Some interesting political history. My favorite bit: Roosevelt had become the most dangerous man in American history, said Taft, “because of his hold upon the less intelligent voters and the discontented.” Which would pretty much be the core of modern Republican electoral politics: oversimplify the issues and sell to people’s fears. (Thanks to danjite.)
National Review Online on Monday’s failure of the bailout bill vote — “After the legislation was defeated and only one-third of House Republicans backed the plan, John Boehner and Roy Blunt took to the microphones and indicated that Pelosi’s speech had been so alienating and offensive that a significant number of House Republicans changed their mind and voted against the bill.
Can they be serious? Do they realize how foolish and irresponsible they sound? On one of the most important votes they will ever cast, insisting “the speech made me do it” is lame and adolescent. The vote, after all, was on the legislation, not the speech.”
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
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This morning’s weigh-in: 232.0
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