Lucy Knisley on the comforts of life — I really like this piece.
Children playing at air war — A strange photo from x planes.
I met a character out of Dickens — A love letter to vanishing London from Roger Ebert.
War of the Worlds: 1905 — Detroit, with the moon towers that later wound up in Austin, one near my old house.
Lusi Mud Volcano: Indonesia — From NASA's Earth Observatory.
The Big Hold-Up — Daniel Larison on the Shelby Senate hold on Obama nominees. I'm rapidly becoming a big fan of Larison, even though we don't agree on much, because he's honest about GOP policies and politics. Almost literally no one else on the Right is. Look at the conservative outrage over Obama's handling of the Underwear Bomber, which happens to be virtually identical to Bush's handling of the Shoe Bomber, which conservative commentators were perfectly fine with. Larison doesn't fall into that "Democrats did it, there it's bad; Republicans did it, therefore it's good" trap. I am learning a lot from him about both political analysis and rhetoric.
Harold Ford Jr., Michael Steele spar on issues during Arkansas appearance — "Steele attacked President Obama for letting the Bush tax cuts expire for families who make more than $250,000.'Trust me, after taxes, a million dollars is not a lot of money,'" And this is the party that a significant percentage poor and middle class American votes with? The reporting claims this is a joke, but the statement is completely consistent with GOP politics and policy. Confidential to anyone in America making less than six figures: the GOP does not have your interests at heart, and they're happy to say so quite openly. (And yes, I know I've been taken in by a couple of parody links. But when the parody is indistinguishable from the everyday rhetoric, pace Colbert, isn't that a symptom of a much deeper problem?)
?otD: Did she feed you tea and oranges that come all the way from China?
Writing time yesterday: 0 minutes (infusion day)
Body movement: 40 minute suburban walk (with the pump on)
Hours slept: 9.5 (fitfully)
This morning's weigh-in: 232.0 (!)
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 10/10
Currently reading: [between books]