June 2nd, 2012


[links] Link salad made a video, it ain't even got cable

"It was as if a light had been Nookd…"The Nook edition of Tolstoy's War and Peace (in its English translation) has been de-Kindled, quite literally. Every instance of the text string kindle has been replaced by Nook. Hahahah. Ah, ebooks.

You and I are handcuffed together. Using ONLY 3 words, what would you say to me?

At Clifton's Cafeteria, someone left a light on. For 77 years.During renovations of the Broadway eatery, a neon lamp that was switched on during the Great Depression is found behind a partition. The owner estimates it's generated more than $17,000 in electric bills. Wow, this is very weird.

Amelia Earhart: New evidence tells of her last days on a Pacific atoll

Everything you Always wanted to Know about Drones …

Earth-Threatening Asteroid Pushed Around by Sunlight

What questions are keeping astronomers up at night?

Is Our Civilization Detectable? — From interstellar space, of course. What did you think this headline meant?

History shows there's a lot to learn from planetary transitsEven in 18th century, astronomers used Venus crossings to measure size of solar system.

Air rage: Passengers 'quicker to snap'

U.S. nuns crack back at Vatican crackdown — I realized recently when encountering a priest while traveling that my personal opinion of the Catholic Church has taken a sharp, deep turn to the negative over the past few years. Between the disgusting way the church has handled their decades-long child sex abuse problem and the U.S. bishops' vigorous current efforts to undermine women's rights and health both within the church and in the nation as a whole, I have a very hard time viewing the church as a positive component of American society. Note this is a comment on the hierarchy, not on individual believers. But the believers support their poisonous hierarchy with their church attendance and their tithes… So my thoughts run in circles.

Conservative Jews OK Gay Marriage — Another bigotry domino falls. Yes, I know people who oppose gay marriage on grounds of social policy don't think they're bigots. Neither did people who opposed interracial marriage on grounds of social policy. But they were and are. The rationalization is painfully obvious from outside that worldview. (Snurched from @twilight2000.)

Baptist's radio show canceled over Trayvon Martin commentsThe radio show of a longtime Baptist ethicist has been canceled because of comments on that show about the Trayvon Martin case, according to a report Friday in the Baptist Press. Per my remarks of yesterday, color me quite surprised at this further outbreak of accountability for conservative misbehavior. Is it possible that the zeitgeist is changing?

Prove Mitt's not a unicorn, group says in satirizing 'birthers'

Jay Townsend, GOP Spokesman: 'Let's Hurl Some Acid At Those Female Democratic Senators' — Stay classy, conservative America. It's what you do best. (Via [info]danjite.)

?otd: Is it the aspiration to make the other rappers think you're dope?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 (solid)
Weight: 240.6 (!)
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate


[movies] Snow White and the Hunstman

Yesterday evening, [info]the_child and I went to see Snow White and the Huntsmanimdb ].

Well. Let me see. My main reaction, as I commented on Facebook and Twitter last night, was that the entire movie chewed the rug. Enjoyable (or at least entertaining) but not all that good. A fun ride, though, and some real cool set piece moments scattered through the film. Charlize Theron was awesome as the wicked queen. The scenery really did its job well.

Distraction factor the first: the whole time I was watching this movie, I kept thinking that Kristen Stewart sure is a ringer for Cat Valente. (Not that this was the film's fault. I blame my brain and my longstanding wee crush on Cat.)

Distraction factor the second: Every time I tried to think about what was actually going on, it made my brain hurt. This movie is sort of the high fantasy equivalent of Cars 2imdb ]. Why was she wearing leather pants under her dress while locked in a prison cell? Why would a girl who'd spent the better part of a decade locked away know (or remember) how to ride a horse, let alone be in shape to do so? Are they all moving at relativistic speeds, because there sure is a hell of a lot of time dilation going on? Why… well, never mind. You get the idea.

Pros: Gorgeous, some pretty neat camera work, over the top in precisely the right self-conscious way to entertain me.

Cons: Didn't make much sense, lacked internal consistency, never grabbed either my head or my heart.


[sale] Short story "The Cancer Catechism" to Dark Faith II

Per co-editor Jerry Gordon here, the table of contest of Dark Faith II. The subject of my story is left as an exercise for the discerning reader.

“Subletting God’s Head” by Tom Piccirilli+
“The Cancer Catechism” by Jay Lake+
“The Big Blue Peacock” by Nick Mamatas+
“Kill the Buddha” by Elizabeth Twist*
“Robotnik” by Lavie Tidhar+
“Prometheus Possessed” by Matt Cardin+
“Night Train” by Alma Alexander
“The Sandfather” by Richard Wright+
“Sacrifice” by Jennifer Pelland+
“Thou Art God” by Tim Waggoner*
“Wishflowers” by Tim Pratt
“Coin Drop” by Richard Dansky+
“Starter Kit” by R.J. Sullivan*
“A Little Faith” by Max Allan Collins and Matthew Clemens
“The Revealed Truth” by Mike Resnick
“God’s Dig” by Kelly Eiro*
“The Divinity Boutique” by Brian J. Hatcher*
“The Birth of Pegasus” by K. Tempest Bradford
“All This Pure Light Leaking In” by LaShawn M. Wanak*
“Fin De Siécle” by Gemma Files
“The Angel Seems” by Jeffrey Ford
“Magdala Amygdala” by Lucy A. Snyder+
“A Strange Form of Life” by Laird Barron
“In Blood and Song” by Nisi Shawl and Michael Ehart*
“Little Lies, Dear Leader” by Kyle S. Johnson+
“I Inhale the City, the City Exhales Me” by Douglas F. Warrick+

+ Original Dark Faith contributors
* Unsolicited submissions