July 26th, 2011


[links] Link salad for a quiet Tuesday

Why science needs art — Art guru James Gurney is fascinating. There's a parellel here to the relationship between fiction and reportage, I think.

Will We Ever Have a Fully Digital Brain?British researchers are using a million ARM processing cores to simulate the human brain--or 1% of it, at least.

Rocky Surprises on the Far Side of the Moon — Mmm, volcanoes.

Could New Rover Find Fossils On Mars?Rover "Curiosity" ups the ante in search for life beyond Earth, but can't directly detect Martian life.

Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have 'Nothing to Hide' — (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Insanity or Belief? — Anthroslug on the Norway killings. I have long thought much the same thing about the connection between the loudly stated beliefs of the American Right and their absolute denial of the consequences of those beliefs.

Who owns America? Hint: It's not China — Where is the debt?

A win for reality in Texas! — Amazingly, the ongoing and generally successful conservative campaign to destroy education in this country actually lost a round. In Texas.

Anti-government, anti-democracy — The Tea Party is what conservatism has come to. Much to their shame, and to the deep detriment of the country as a whole. The contradictions of these Hobbesian hippies are seen most clearly when they are asked to explain what it is that they are for — what it is that they would like to see replace the "government of the people, by the people and for the people" at which they sneer with such vicious contempt. It's not easy to get an answer.

Do I have to pass some bureaucrat's religious test? — On clerks in New York state who view issuing same-sex marriage licenses as a violation of their religious freedom. To which I say the same thing I say to pharmacists who won't issue birth control meds under so-called "conscience laws". Get a different job, or do the one you have. Only a conservative could twist logic so. (Snurched from Dispatches from the Culture Wars.)

?otD: At work?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (post-op recovery)
Body movement: 30 minutes stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.5 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 226.8
Currently reading: A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin


[cancer] Getting so much better all the time

Over the past half day or so I have managed nine and half hours of sleep, including waking twice on my wound side. (Ouch.) Also, finally the gates of my lower GI have properly opened, which is a relief so profound it cannot be described, and a cliché so worn that someone who's never been in the position of needing that relief tends to find it laughable. (I was similarly blissfully uninformed and tactless in my youth).

Another day of laying low. Things do hurt a bit less.

Tomorrow my surgical oncology followup.