May 5th, 2012


[links] Link salad's man MCA's got a beard like a billy goat

Making Progress Against Clutter — This has nothing to do with me. Nothing whatsoever. Nosirree, Bob.

The Surprising Shortcut to Better Health — A discussion of body movement which happens to dovetail well with my own exercise strategy.

Grief in the Time of Facebook

Map’s Hidden Marks Illuminate and Deepen Mystery of Lost Colony — Virginia Dare, where are you?

11 Rivers Forced Underground — A cool piece from National Geographic. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

'Supermoon': Large Full Moon Tonight — For all you skywatchers.

Full Moonrise — Speaking of the moon...

Heartland Institute compares belief in global warming to mass murderUS thinktank launches poster campaign comparing Unabomber and Osama Bin Laden to those concerned about global warming. I don't even know where to begin with this. Heartland Institute's logic for this is identical to saying Hitler was a Christian, therefore to believe in Jesus is equivalent to Nazism. As is so often the case with conservative causes, they fail on the merits and so resort to sensationalism. Also, I disagree with the headline. It misleads in implying that climate change is an article of faith rather than objective reality overwhelmingly supported by both data and theory and a nearly-universal scientific consensus. "Believing" in global warming is like "believing" in gravity. (Thanks to [info]gummitch.)

Never forgetNever forget…Dorothy Counts being mocked by an entirely white audience on enrollment day at Harding High School. September 4th, 1957. It's moments like this that make me ashamed to be white.

Tagg Romney has twin boys through surrogate — Good for them. But, um, isn't this pretty unconservative?

Missouri Republican Rep After Coming Out As Gay: “It’s A Moment Of Peace” — Man, do I feel sorry for this guy. To be a gay Republican these days must be an intolerable tension.

Love the people, hate the plumbing — Hahaha. As tipster Gabrielle Harbowy points out, "This is what happens when aggregator bots repost any mentions of their keywords, without human audit. You get a plumbing news site accidentally promoting a queer sf book when the author's "love the people, not the plumbing" post is retweeted."

North Carolina Pastor Sean Harris: Parents Should 'Punch' Their Gay-Acting Children — Ah, conservative Christians. You shall know them by their love.

American lifespan by county — Tobias Buckell talks about the gaps in American life. I'd be very interested in a map overlaying this data with political affiliation. I'm pretty sure I know what it would show.

No Separation of Church and State, Say Conservatives (Except on Health Care, Food, and Other Jesusy Things Like Peace)Conservatives respond to the culture war by asserting that we’re a Christian nation with the can’t-miss implication that our government (when not highjacked by liberals) is godly, founded by Christian men, with laws and freedoms based on Judeo-Christian principle. I know these positions well, having grown up in conservative circles. But when it comes time for the government to act in ways congruent with Christianity, like feeding the hungry (food stamps) or caring for the sick (health care), conservatives grimace, play the small government and personal responsibility card, and argue that we can’t have government in the role of the church. So which is it? (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Do Nothings and Know Nothings — More on Republicans in Congress.

?otd: What's up with your bad breath? Onion rings?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (3,900 words on Their Currents Turn Awry)
Body movement: 2.0 hour suburban walk
Hours slept: 8.5 (fitful)
Weight: n/a (forgot)
Currently reading: The Blade Itself Joe Abercrombie


[personal|photos] A wee bit of updatery

Last night I slept eight and half hours. Then I got up and went for a two-hour walk this morning, including the hidden canyon stretch of the Springwater Trail. I always feel good when I'm walking like that, which makes me wonder why I don't do it more often.

While down in the greenery, I ran across these two gentlemen:


(Sorry for the blur, this is a tight crop of a phone cam shot taken from a distance.)

A bit later, walking past the police station, I saw another group of birds:


Clearly, there was a theme to the morning.

Laying low today, except for [info]the_child's late afternoon lacrosse game, and a possible dinner with [info]lizzyshannon this evening. (We're still discussing logistics.) Likewise laying low tomorrow except for taking [info]the_child to choir practice. The only other things I am doing are morning bloggery, writing time on Their Currents Turn Awry, and packing for this coming week's travel.

The week itself is going to be a mother bear of a trip. Even so, I'm close on the book, and expect to be done within a few days despite travel silliness. I'll take a couple of days' brain break, then be back on Going to Extremes. But this weekend... low and slow.

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