November 4th, 2008


[links] Election day link salad, not utterly political

Cow and horse revellers in fight — It’s like the lion and the unicorn, only less dignified. (Thanks to danjite.)

Savage Chickens: One Panel Humor — (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Cassini might hold secrets to life on Saturn moon — Repurposing a deep space probe to search as life (but not as we know it). (Hat tip to Gizmodo.)

Are You Evil? Profiling That Which Is Truly WickedA cognitive scientist employs malevolent logic to define the dark side of the human psyche. Hmm. (Thanks to lt260.)

Carbon-Capturing Rock — Geologists discover that certain rock formations could sequester large amounts of carbon dioxide.

Polar warming ’caused by humans’ — Dang. That liberal conspiracy is everywhere. Good thing Conservative America is on the job, protecting the world from inconvenient truths! (Thanks to lt260.)

When is a human human?Bad Astronomy Blog on the politics of embryos. He deploys one of my favorite analogies in this discussion of Colorado’s Proposition 48, a bald-faced attempt to establish religious tenets in the state constitution. ry this thought experiment: you’re walking down the street, and you see a building on fire. You enter it to help anyone out, and see it’s a lab. On one side is a five-year-old boy, and the other is a petri dish clearly labeled as having a dozen fertilized eggs in it. You only have time to rescue the boy or the eggs. What do you do?

The Ghoul’s Glossary: the 2008 Election — Heh. Sample: Communist: 1. A believer in a graduated income tax (”Communists” include Adam Smith and 81% of professional American economists). 2. When modified by ‘Chinese’ : A supplier of retail goods to Walmart.

Question of the day: Why is a duck?

Body movement: 30 minutes on the stationary bike
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 223.8
Currently reading: n/a

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[politics] Vote

If you’re a US citizen (and for you smart asses, haven’t already voted), go do it now.

Whether you did it today or early, leave a comment here about why you voted. I’m curious what my non-American readers think, too. Not snark or argument — I happily host plenty of that on this blog as it is, and may moderate accordingly on this thread — just your own thoughts on voting.

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[process] Post-novel ennui, contest anent same

By rights, I should come down with a raging case of post-novel ennui in the next few days. Election Day will certainly keep me distracted today. There’s always things popping in my personal life, of course. But I’ll be curious to see if this more controlled drafting process in Tourbillon will affect the course of post-novel ennui.

In a related note, I hereby announce a contest! Leave a comment here about the way I should best combat post-novel ennui. Feel free to be highly creative.

As usual, after a few days I’ll post a voting poll. Winner as determined by a jury of their peers shall receive an inscribed ARC of Green, as soon as I have them to ship out. Usual rules and arbitrary errors by the moderator apply.

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[politics] The United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion

As the Government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the law, religion or tranquility of Musselmen

    — Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the United States and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli of Barbary

A treaty written by the Founders in the time of the Founders. Not that this will affect Dominionist fantasies at all, but it’s definitely worth noting. (Thanks to AH.)

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