Testing the flotation dynamics and swimming abilities of giraffes by way of computational analysis — I adore geek science. This article is freaking hilarious.
Is Betelgeuse about to blow? — Where is Michael Keaton when you need him?
LightSail-1 Nears Critical Design Review — Centauri Dreams on the Japanese solar sail mission.
Vaccine refusal is putting everyone in danger — Diseases such as measles and mumps are creeping back as well-meaning parents, wary of an unproven link to autism, refuse vaccines for their children, exposing them and others to a proven risk. The subhead is misleading. The vaccine-autism link isn't unproven, it's thoroughly discredited, at length.
The Visible Hand — A fascinating analysis on racial discrimination in purchasing behavior. Including a distinction I've never before encountered between "animus discrimination" and "statistical discrimination". Purely a descriptive piece, no conclusions or recommendations.
How Did Ulysses Grant Become a Caricature? — Ta-Nehisi Coates on U.S Grant. This is interesting.
Obama Administration Turns Focus To Homegrown Terrorism — I note that even this story focuses on domestic Islamic terrorism, rather than the "patriots" and militant forced pregnancy enthusiasts that infest the American Right.
Eyewitnesses Confirm Israeli Gunplay; Egypt's lifting of the Blockade likely Temporary — Mideast specialist Juan Cole with analysis of the Israeli ship attacks from the Egyptian perspective.
?otD: What's the strangest animal you've ever touched/held/been licked/bitten by?
Writing time yesterday: 15 minutes of WRPA (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid once I got there)
This morning's weigh-in: 230.0
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 8/10 (fatigue)
Currently (re)reading: The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett