Mainstream Stories and a Metaphorical Science Fiction/Fantasy Dichotomy — Mike Brotherton is being his usually interesting, slightly cranky self.
Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price — What? (Via Year of the Word.)
The world's only immortal animal — Because they are able to bypass death, the number of individuals is spiking. They're now found in oceans around the globe rather than just in their native Caribbean waters. So kind of like Club Med?
Old Livers Made New Again — Unhealthy organs provide a framework for growing replacement ones. Note this is current research, not current medicine.
The Civil War As Revenge Of The Nerds — Ta-Nehisis Coates on racism, identity and politics both old and contemporary. This is why I read him — he is an amazing writer and thinker at so many levels.
I know, Arnold... — Obama BP humor. (Thanks to David Goldman.)
The President’s Moment — NYT criticizes Obama's leadership. I agree with them. I think I understand (though do not share) his centrist instincts, but there are times to step up the bully pulpit.
No 'truce' in sight — [Indiana] Gov. Mitch Daniels' remarks about social issues set off firestorm. Interesting. A conservative leader admits that harping on a rigid view of social causes held by a shrinking minority of Americans is counterproductive. The reaction is predictable, but in some cases bizarre, such as linking abortion rights to the deficit.
?otD: Is there no love inside the ice house?
Writing time yesterday: n/a (chemo exhaustion, did managed 90 minutes of WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 229.2
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 8/10 (very irritable)
Currently (re)reading: Small Gods by Terry Pratchett