Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

[links] Link salad for a quiet Saturday morning

Twice MaroonedArt writing guru James Gurney on the virtues of returning to a piece at different points in one's career. I've done this myself, the results can be striking.

Language Log with lots of neepery on the Google Books settlement — Regular readers are aware that as a holder of commercially active copyrights (ie, my books and stories) I consider the Google Books settlement to be nothing more than rancid, institutionalized thievery, in direct contradiction to the company's famous "Don't be evil" rubric.

Cat Herders — A truly hilarious EDS ad. (Thanks to garyomaha.)

Treadmill — Ha ha ha ha. (Thanks to safewrite.)

Science Fiction and Interstellar ThinkingCentauri Dreams with a must-read essay on SF and futurism, including the new-to-me phrase, "future envy."

Bad Astronomy Blog with a great video on the Big Bang Theory — The real one, not the TV show.

Placebos Are Getting More Effective. Drugmakers Are Desperate to Know Why. — Money shot: "To remain dominant in the future," he told Forbes, "we need to dominate the central nervous system." Um, yeah. (From Wired, via Freakonomics.)

Why Smart People Do Stupid Things — Interesting stuff. (Snurched from the twitter feed of mattforsythe.)

Green Like Me: Living without a fridge, and other experiments in environmentalism. The New Yorker on the real adventures of No Impact Man. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Oregon Police Do NOT Taser Naked Man — Well, good for my adoptive state. (Thanks to lt260.)

Creationist idiocy at it's finest — Money shot: ...since about 60% of the US population believes the earth and universe is about 6,000 years old, textbooks will not be allowed to include religious statements like 'millions of years ago.' In case you need a laugh this Saturday morning. Repeat after me: "Just because you believe it, doesn't mean it's true."

?otD: Werewolf?

Body movement: n/a (slept in to allow blistered foot to heal)
Hours slept: 7.5
This morning's weigh-in: 229.8
Currently reading: The Real Wizard of Oz by Rebecca Loncraine; Acacia by David Anthony Durham

Originally published at jlake.com.

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