June 22nd, 2012


[links] Link salad is like jealous night and all her secret chords

The ethics of recycling content: Jonah Lehrer accused of self-plagiarismIs it OK to reuse old work? That's a loaded question with many variables.

Game of Thrones, the rom-com — Hahahahaha.

5 Scientists Share Their Baffled Reactions on the Science in 'Prometheus' — More from astronomy professor and hard SF author Mike Brotheron.

The Wizard of Oz in China — This is so cool. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Breast-cancer survivor fights city, wins right to swim in pool topless — Wow, what a complex issue. Health, body image, sexuality and public behaviors. Good for her.

Turtles fossilised in sex embrace — Everybody's got to go somehow… (Via @jeremiahtolbert.)

Flukeprints and Hydraulic White HolesThe patterns whales leave on the surface of the ocean are the time-reversed equivalent of hydraulic black holes, says the researcher who has measured them with laser imaging for the first time.

It must be true. I heard it on the Internet.Just because you’re smart doesn’t mean you’re right. This is an incredibly common fallacy, and one I see a lot. In many cases, the opposite is true, especially when it comes to closely-held beliefs. Smart people hear a claim and decide to check up on it, and then fall victim to the bias of only reading articles that support their pre-existing belief.

SMBC on evolution denial — Hilarious and true, but also pointless. People who deny evolution are not doing so on any intellectual basis or reference to facts, though they use the language of "truth" and "facts" to justify their irrational beliefs.

Creationism requires a global conspiracy of lying scientists and/or a lying God — The sheer poverty of imagination embedded in Creationism, not to mention the petty minded worldview, mostly makes me feel sorry for those Christians who delude themselves with such belief. (Except when those Christians come to dominate a major political party and ruin education and society for everyone, not just their own children.)

What Americans Learned From the Media About the Health Care Debate — What do you know? As usual, when analyzed objectively, Your Liberal Media strongly favors the conservative talking points. Surprise!

Toward a Politically Correct Conservatism — Ta-Nehisi Coates is dead on. This is how conservatives do political correctness: A guy who believes that merely being a Muslim should garner a multiple-decade stay in our prison system is somehow offended at being called out for bigotry. Yeah, stupid liberals. It's not nice to call people bigots. Especially bigoted people. More from him on this.

?otD: Are you deaf on the telephone?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (library talk)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 (solid)
Weight: 239.6
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate


[food] Foster Burger, Portland, OR

Yesterday, I met a friend at Foster Burger in SE Portland.

Thereupon I ate "the Burner", featuring sriracha sauce, roasted jalapenos, fried onion straws, shredded lettuce, American & cheddar cheese.

After considering the several varieties of poutine available, we also shared the black and white fries with parmesan, truffle oil, and house made squid ink aioli. I added a side of cole slaw to get some nominal greens into my lunch.

Wow. A taste avalanche.

The burger was pretty good, though I had to resort to knife-and-fork, and couldn't finish it in any case. Nicely hot. The fries were excellent. My friend and I both found the squid ink aioli a little peculiar, she described it as "muddy tasting". Not bad, not offensive, but decidedly different.

Still, a delicious, curious lunch, all in all.

The Burner

Black and White Fries

My friend's Turkey Bomb

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[events] Talk at the Milwaukie Ledding Library

Last night I gave my talk at the Milwaukie Ledding Library. That was a lot of fun. People came and went during the course of the event, with perhaps twenty-five total in attendance. The librarian I was working with turned out to be a friend of [info]tillyjane's housemate from their college days. Small world, etc.

I don't usually speak to library audiences, so it was an interesting twist to how I pitched my talk. I did get people to ask some questions, which was good. A young person wanted to know if Green's leather armor was made from the hide of Endurance. Which was a hell of a good question that I wished I'd thought of when writing the book. (The answer would probably still have been "no", but it would have been a nuanced, considered "no" instead of an "um…. no".)

Afterwards while chatting a couple of teenagers hung around without saying much. One of them finally worked up the courage to ask about books and her sister. I won't get into any more detail than that, but suffice to say the question was sweet and appropriate, and I was able to extend a small kindness that seemed to make several people very happy.

I like meeting people, and I like it even more when I reach them. My thanks to the staff of the Ledding Library for inviting me, and for going out of their way to make me feel welcome.