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A page is turned — UK's Financial Times with some actual industry analysis of the Amazon-Macmillan negotiations. (As opposed to the generally simplistic US press coverage of "Macmillan is raising ebook prices, oh well".) There are some errors here, such as an odd comment about ebooks having no marginal costs, and a mistake in describing bookshops as working on the agency model, but this is still some pretty interesting work. (Thanks to blog commentor Stevie.)

Has Amazon Moved Your Buy Button? —The Author's Guild is funny and practical.

Highlights from TED 2010, Wednesday: "We can eat to starve cancer" — Angiogenesis, diet, exercise and cancer. Of obvious interest to some of us. (Via both shelly_rae and @gralinnaea.)

The Two-Streams HypothesisArt neuropsychology guru James Gurney with a fascinating piece on how the human visual system works. As Dr. Egon Spengler said, "Don't cross the streams."

Saturnalian Moon Dance — Some seriously 'wow' photos from Cassini.

Give 'em the old razzle-dazzle — Interesting piece (with lots of photos) on disguise and camouflage of capital ships in the era of optical range finding. And yes, that's a lot more interesting than I just made it sound. (Via Interrupting Gelastic Jew.)

Ancient Human Genome Sequenced — I think I went to high school with this guy, actually.

Dubai court annuls marriage to 'bearded lady' — Juan Cole with some interesting thoughts on Islamic veiling, identity and culture hacking thereby.

madwriter with a point about where the money goes — Must be nice to be on Wall Street. This stuff might drive even me to be a Socialist.

Rachel names the GOP hypocrites — This video is worth watching, especially if you somehow imagine the GOP retains any intellectual or moral consistency. Maddow names names and gives examples, over and over, of GOP congressmen and senators who slam the stimulus hard in the national media as an abject failure, then take credit for money and jobs at home. Her larger point is that the Republicans have utterly abandoned policy for politics. Not that this is news...

Pastor Wiley Drake prayed for the death of John Murtha — Ah, Christianism. That deranged, righteous intersection between conservatism and religion. Worst of both worlds, the virtues of neither. I don't understand why the GOP ties itself to these moral monsters. (Well, votes, of course, but at such a cost to the character and credibility of the conservative movement.)

Affirmative Action and Political Hypocrisy — On both sides of the aisle in fact, but guess which major conservative party leads the league by a mile in the hypocrisy standings?

Human microchips seen by some in Virginia House as device of Antichrist — Uh, yeah. Check out this gem: "I just think you should have the right to control your own body," [Republican] Cole said. That's a pretty bizarre sentiment from the party that enthusiastically supports forced pregnancy and criminalization of private sexual behavior between consenting adults. I'm sure Cole will be walking this little mistake back any time now.

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Writing time yesterday: 60 minutes (revisions on Endurance)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.75 (soundly)
This morning's weigh-in: 225.0
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 6/10
Currently reading: [between books]

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