July 15th, 2013


[links] Link salad scrabbles hard

Linguist Finds a Language in Its Infancy — Some sad, creepy Australian racial politics embedded in this story. (Via [info]danjite.)

The Perfect Papers For Each Journal — Geek humor FTW! (Via David Goldman.)

A Startling Look Inside California’s Sex Doll Factory — Very weird, creepy and cool all at once. NOTE: Decidedly NSFW, may be triggery. (Via [info]danjite.)

Marooned at the end of the worldCNN's Dugald McConnell based this story on reports by six members of the 1913 Arctic expedition, including his grandfather.

Volcano's screams may explain eruption's awesome power

Alien Probes Could Be Surfing the Galaxy

Gold! $250K in centuries-old coins found

A Century of America’s Imperial Deep State

For black Americans, justice with an asterisk — Welcome to Republican America, where gun rights count more than civil rights and Stand Your Ground privileges the shooters.

Stand Your Ground Increases Racial Bias in “Justifiable Homicide” Trials — And so we are all safer with guns. Especially those of us who are conservative white men. Sarah Palin's Real Americans.

Obama's day: Honoring George H.W. BushPresident Obama spends part of Monday paying tribute one of his Republican predecessors. I will bet $100 right now that no Republican president in the next 40 years will ever do anything of this kind for Obama in turn.

QotD?: Can I buy a vowel?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 249.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block building mandatory gay marriage halls: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey


[photos] North Head and Cape Disappointment, southwestern tip of WA state

A week ago, when we were out at the Long Beach peninsula in southwestern Washington state, Lisa Costello took a number of photos at North Head and Cape Disappointment.

North Head


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As usual, more at the Flickr set.

Photos © 2013, Lisa Costello

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[movies] Despicable Me 2

Yesterday, a few hours after dropping the delightful @SiltyReed off at the train station, [info]the_child, Lisa Costello and I went to see Despicable Me 2imdb ]. I rather liked the first one, and this sequel did that rare trick of holding up to the original.

It was entertaining, sweet and charming, and managed to appeal to both generations of my party in some fun and interesting ways.

Like a lot of movies, Despicable Me 2 doesn't survive deconstruction well. Gru's relationship with the minions is extremely troubling if you try to take it literally. El Macho was a disturbing villain in ways that Vector from the first movie was not. On the other hand, Lucy, the female lead, (mostly) does a good job of rescuing herself and managing her own stuff. And Gru's girls are allowed to be smart, funny and empowered.

However, the movie charmed me sufficiently that those factors only occurred to me afterward, when thinking over what I saw. In the theater, I experienced a mishmash of old James Bond tropes, family humor and rom-com moments, wrapped in well executed animation and scripting that was sweet enough to take the sting out of what could have been the tougher bits.

A whole lot of fun, if you like animated feature films in the first place.