December 24th, 2010


[links] Link salad got run over by a reindeer

Always innovative Toronto Public Library lets us check out humans as well as books — This is kind of cool. (Via willyumtx.)

High-Tech Electronics Dressed Up to Look Old — Everything old is new again. (Thanks to my Dad.)

Quote of the Week — Andrew Wheeler with George Orwell on atheism. Hilarious.

Schoolchildren announce bumble-bee breakthrough in top science journalA paper in Biology Letters today demonstrates how important it is for pupils to conduct their own original scientific experiments. Ok, this is cool. Primary school kids doing novel research. (Snurched from Scrivener's Error, who points out that "What is saddening, in a way, about this article is not that it happened... but that it's so exceptional.")

The Hazards of Nerd Supremacy: The Case of WikiLeaks — (Thanks to biomekanic.)

Rules For (Republican) Radicals — Money shot: More importantly, the GOP new rules mean that new tax cuts do not require any offsets at all. Which is to say, they are replacing a rule that prevented policies that add to the deficit with a rule that enables policies that add to the deficit. They may call that "strict," but it is the opposite. Coz that's how the GOP rolls: convinced of their own fiscal responsibility, despite those inconvenient true facts.

?otD: Tissue or wrapping paper?

Writing time yesterday: 5.0 hours (revisions, WRPA, Sunspin outline development)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (badly interrupted)
Weight: 249.6
Currently reading: Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban


[personal] Sick

Yesterday my throat started itching. Overnight I had a terrible time getting to sleep or staying asleep. A 3 am wrong number didn't help, either. This morning I am at the beginning of a fairly serious chest cold, it feels like. I've already canceled plans with the kenscholes family, and may not even have the energy and focus to write today.

As a result, the usual wit and erudition are postponed to a later date.

On the plus side, I watched a DVD of Inglourious Basterds last night. Enjoyed it quite a bit.