April 13th, 2011


[links] Link salad for another hump day

How not to bug the fuck out when writing a novel — (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Scrivener's Error with an especially interesting roundup of publishing related links on several topics

How to Teach Books to Kids — Ta-Nehisi Coates on high school reading.

A sweeping question for colleges that embrace quidditch — Uh...

7 Basic Things You Won't Believe You're All Doing Wrong — Including pooping. (Via Tim Keating.)

The Scary Reality of a Real-Life Barbie Doll

Rocket Plume — Art guru James Gurney with a fascinating analysis of a fascinating photo.

Could aliens be living on planets deep within black holes?At the centre of some black holes is 'an area where space and time exists'. Hmmm. (Via [info]madwriter.)

Is inequality a hazard or an indicator?An interesting IMF analysis finds that growth spells tend to last longer in places with relatively low levels of income inequality.

As Mammals Supplanted Dinosaurs, Lice Kept Pace — Mmm, lice.

Batteries that Recharge in SecondsA new process could let your laptop and cell phone recharge a hundred times faster than they do now. Fascinating. In some ways, batteries are still the most retrograde major technology that we have. (That being said, I also like the idea that trees are solar energy batteries.)

The Prosecution Rests, but I Can’t — A man, wrongfully convicted, speaks out. Worth the read, especially if you're a law-and-order type.

Judges Who Are Hungry, Fatigued More Likely to Deny Parole — Wow. I mean, not exactly surprising, but wow.

BirtherismI think the thing that pisses me off the most about the birtherism and the coverage is that no one will come out and state that what is obviously motivating this crap is racism. Period. End of story. Yep. This. Birtherism is the Intelligent Design of electoral politics. A foolish, stupid stalking horse that manages to lend credibility to people's superstitions/prejudices.

The 0.014 percent solution — Slacktivist on Federal budget dollars. [M]embers of Congress have been lying about funding for the CPB, NPR, PBS, etc. National Public Radio actually received fewer federal dollars last year than Jerry Falwell’s private conservative sectarian college, Liberty University. You'll never hear any conservative admitting that little fact. GOP 1, Reality 0.

NOM Leader Supports Same-Sex Marriage — What happens when a conservative actually pays attention to the reality around them. Their mind changes.

?otD: Whose idea was it to spell this 'Wednesday' anyway?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (WRPA, revisions and submittals)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 249.4
Currently reading: Nifft the Lean by Michael Shea


[photos|travel] The somewhat delayed balloon launch post

Finally it can be told. Or more to the point, finally I have the time (and bandwidth) to tell it.

Wednesday of last week, I went out to the Sarpy County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Nebraska with [info]elusivem and [info]garyomaha. Our goal was to fly [info]elusivem's hot air balloon with me as passenger.

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I'll be back in Omaha the week of 5/23. We'll see what happens then with the weather and the sky. Even though we never got off the ground last week, it was a lot of fun.

Photos © 2011, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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