May 23rd, 2010


[links] Link salad goes for a sky ride

The tumultuous saga of funA Japanese review of Mainspring, run through the Google translator.

Authorship — Similarities (and differences) between board game design and novel writing. (Via goulo.)

16 Items They Only Sell At Chinese Walmarts — Not for the faint of heart. (Via various sources, including willyumtx.)

Wall Street's dirty, rotten scoundrels — Roger Ebert on the film Inside Job and the regulation of Wall Street. All about how market self-regulation, that mainstay of conservative thought, has failed spectacularly. To the surprise of no one who isn't a conservative, since anyone with sense knows self-interest trumps self-regulation damned near every time, especially when big money is involved.

We can't cure the disease by praising the symptoms — More on the intellectual fraud that is Intelligent Design. A fatuous, offensive religious stalking horse that uses the pretense of the language of science to advance a Creationist agenda.

Two more police officers killed, two wounded in shootouts with apparent white supremacists — Remember kids, it's not terrorism when conservative white people do it. It's patriotism. (Via shelly_rae.)

Draw Muhammad Day: A Compilation — I think this one speaks for itself. Your religious prohibitions don't apply to me or anyone else who's not a co-religionist. Whether you're Christian, Muslim or an FSM adherent. That's why we have a First Amendment, to guarantee freedom from religion. (Via lt260.)

?otD: Funicular or cable car?

Writing time yesterday: none (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: brief suburban walk later
Hours slept: 9.5 (reasonable)
This morning's weigh-in: 234.4
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 8/10 (fatigue)
Currently (re)reading: Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold