May 30th, 2013


[links] Link salad is always questing

Kyle Cassidy reads steampunk in the original Klingon

A quiet scene from The Matrix demonstrates how to make exposition compelling — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Ghost War — Electronic and physical deception during WWII.

Asteroid Mining Company Kickstarts a Space Telescope — Just think carefully about that headline for a moment. I love living in the future.

Awesome Time Lapse Video Shows 281 Days Of Roving On Mars

Scientists poke frozen mammoth, liquid blood squirts outA variation on the age-old "poke it with a stick" method revives cloning hopes.

Volcano nerds will love Oregon’s Newberry Monument

Holy Land for sale — Wow. Weird.

Police: Maine man staged kidnap that killed girl — What is the matter with people?

I was a liberal mole at Fox News: From Bill O’Reilly to Roger Ailes, here’s all the inside dope — (Via [info]shsilver.)

Americans Underestimate How Many Other Americans Support Same Sex Marriage — This is in line with the fact that most conservative positions poll much worse than politicians of any stripe believe. Viz the recent votes on gun control in the Senate. Strangely enough, Your Liberal Media significantly overrepresents the socially marginal ideas of the GOP as being a balanced part of the American zeitgeist. Think about this: Why aren't the core GOP stances of evolution denial and climate change denial laughed right off the newspaper page and television screen on the face of it? In any rational society, they would be. Like many if not most GOP positions, these aren't debatable issues among intellectually honest people with a grounding in reality. Conservatism has become a religion.

Health Care and Social JusticeLook at which states have rejected the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion -- and see how "color-blind" public policy can produce bigoted effects. Ta-Nehisi Coates on ObamaCare and race.

Gun Deaths Outpace Motor Vehicle Deaths in 12 States and the District of Columbia in 2010 — Because guns make us all safer. And unlike automobiles, there is absolutely no reason a sane society that values the lives, health and safety of its citizens would register or regulate firearms. Just ask the GOP and the NRA, they'll tell you.

This Is How the NRA EndsA bigger, richer, meaner gun-control movement has arrived. We should ever be so lucky as to get those vile, death-worshipping NRA bastards out of our political system.

Top Ten Michele Bachmann Goofs on the Middle East — Well, she is a Republican. As such, there's no political or cultural expectation that her statements should correspond with reality or those liberal "facts" and "data" in any way. Certainly Your Liberal Media doesn't hold conservatives accountable for their Reality Gap.

QotD?: Can you remember what you forgot?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (revisions to "Hook Agonistes")
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 248.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block scamming disaster aid slush funds: 0
Currently reading: Thud by Terry Pratchett


[personal] Links for morning blog crawl


[cancer|events] JayWake, in which I host my own funeral

Small Clockwork Departure You are invited to my pre-mortem wake and roast, a somewhat morbid, deeply irreverent, but joyous celebration of me. This is a time for celebrating my life, loves, and dark, twisted sense of humor. Bring your stories (hysterical, at my expense), your tasteless jokes, and any and all expressions gleefully macabre. Come party with the man who has never passed up the chance to poke cancer in the eye and laugh about it.

Saturday, July 27, 6:PM - ?

Holiday Inn Portland Airport
8439 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland, OR 97220

We are deeply grateful to the Cascade Writers’ Conference who is gifting us with the cancellation of their Saturday evening programming so that their members can attend JayWake. In addition, they have offered the unused space for our celebration. We are humbled by their generosity.

We are arranging for a group rate for out-of-town guests at the Holiday Inn. Please email for information on the hotel.

Food and Libations:
There will be a buffet dinner for guests who RSVP. RSVP-ing tells us how many people to prepare for. Please email or reply to the Facebook event to RSVP. Donations will be accepted (but not required) to offset the cost of the meal.

The Roast will begin at about 7:30. Be warned: the jokes and stories contained herein will not only push the boundaries of good taste, they will leapfrog over the boundaries blowing a raspberry. This is not a time to say how I touched your life. This is a time to say how I touched you inappropriately. Please contact for information on being a scheduled speaker.

We will be accepting donations to offset the cost of the meal and event. Use the PayPal button below, or contact if you'd like to donate in another way.

T-shirts with a black and white line art version of the art below, by Howard Tayler, will be available. Contact if you'd like to order one.

Planning to Attend?
If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to or at the Facebook event.

Clockwork Departure
Art © 2013 Howard Tayler. Reproduced with permission.

Questions? Email

This post is adapted from the JayWake page here.