Steve Jobs’s Death: The World Reacts — Cancer claims a very prominent life. The first computer I ever used was an Apple IIc (I think), and I’ve been a Mac user since 1985. Every one of my books was written on a Mac, as were the vast majority of my short stories. Every phone call I’ve made for years has been on an iPhone. Jobs’ vision of technology and usability have influenced my life in profound ways. Juan Cole with more, a fascinating perspective on Jobs.
Essay: Publishing Favors the West — Charles A. Tan on the issues of being a writer outside the US/UK orbit.
The Future of the Book — Bestselling author Sam Harris explains his current solution to the strange new media world—and why he’s publishing short ebooks. (Via AH.)
Comets created Earth’s oceans, study concludes — Mmm, volatiles.
Nobel Prize in Chemistry for dogged work on ‘impossible’ quasicrystals — Daniel Shechtman, who has won the chemistry Nobel for discovering quasicrystals, was initially lambasted for ‘bringing disgrace’ on his research group.
Long Cold Spell Leads to First Arctic Ozone Hole — There goes reality with that darned liberal bias again. If only things fit people’s preconceived notions, life would be so much simpler!
A Moral Gene? — Hmmm…
Evangelicals vs. science — Slacktivist Fred Clark delves into the roots of Christian and Christianist idiocy on evolution, global warming and so forth.
What They’ve Come to Find at Occupy Wall Street Is America — Charles Pierce on the Occupy Wall Street protests. Well worth the read.
Sarah Palin’s Die Hard Supporters ‘Stunned,’ ‘Disappointed’ — The Dunning-Kruger presidential ticket certainly has taken a big hit here.
When I Needed Help, I Got Propaganda — While Republicans have made their concern for the unborn clear, the fact that many of them proposed cutting nutrition programs for infants by about 10 percent earlier this year suggests that their concern for babies may end once they’re born. That’s been true of the forced pregnancy enthusiasts on the Right since the beginning. Conservative pro-life concerns end at birth. Years of rhetoric and legislation assaulting women and children’s programs and promoting the death penalty make that unassailably clear.
?otD: Got Apple?
Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (2,500 words on a short story)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (interrupted)
Currently reading: Among Others by Jo Walton