December 27th, 2011


[links] Link salad looks toward the end of the year

A reader reacts to Green — Mildly with the liking, damning with faint praise one might say.

Blast Off! 36 Retro Sci Fi Book Covers — (From [info]willyumtx.)

The Muses of Insert, Delete and Execute — Writing in the digital age. (Snurched from [info]crowleycrow here.)

Navigating Love and Autism

Earth has two 'moons' right now, theorists say (Via David Goldman.)

The Mystery Behind AnesthesiaMapping how our neural circuits change under the influence of anesthesia could shed light on one of neuroscience's most perplexing riddles: consciousness.

The Underwritten States of America — 19th century medical insurance rate maps. Really?

Should Medical Journals Print Info That Could Help Bioterrorists?Scientists are butting heads with the government over whether scientific openness trumps national security. The fact that we're asking the question means the terrorists have won. Closing an open society is a victory for oppression.

FBI agent's journey from pulpit to prisonDarin McAllister's life unraveled as the housing crisis revealed inflated figures on his loan documents. The former LAPD officer sees his four-year sentence for fraud as another of life's tests. Why are we reading stories about fraudulent mortgage applicants when we should be reading stories about fraudulent mortgage executives?

Newly recovered court files cast doubt on Gingrich version of first divorce — I am beyond baffled at Newt's attraction to the GOP base. I think I understand why they liked Bachmann, for example (regardless of my own opinions of her, I mean), or even Romney, but Gingrich? Serial adulterer, serial liar, multimillionaire with a Trump sized ego who nearly wrecked the Republican revolution he helped launch? What's in him for them?

Springtime for ToxicsMindless opposition to “job killing” regulations is now part of what it means to be a Republican. Most conservative stances require mindlessness these days, not just opposition to environmental regulation.

?otd: Planning on any bonfires?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.25 (solid)
Weight: 204.4
Currently (re)reading: The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey


[cancer|movies] Mortality

I still don't have that larger post about mortality drafted, but it is coming. However, for an example of just how petty the human mind can be, one thing that's been bugging me the past few days is the notion that it's somewhat possible I won't live long enough to see both installments of The Hobbit movie. And that pisses me off.

Really, brain? This is what you find to regret about having cancer? That you might not be alive in December, 2013 to see part 2 of The Hobbit?