Marty Halpern with more info on the Fermi paradox-themed anthology, Is Anybody Out There? — Check it out.
The Writer Who Couldn't Read
Controlled Access Lickometry — Language Log compares me to tech spam. :: laughing :: (Via @LeviMontgomery.)
If Men Could Menstruate — A classic reprint from Gloria Steinem. (Via goulo.)
The 10 Most Important Things They Didn't Teach You In School
Targeting mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) for health and diseases — Some serious anti-aging science. (Via shogunhb.)
Are Your Friends Making You Fat? — The role of social circles in behavioral adaptations. Some thinking in here that reflects my observation that cancer is a social disease. Gives me a lot to consider about social networks, too. FYI, headline is very misleading, the article is about much more than implied. (Thanks to willyumtx.)
'Party of Parasites' author took $1M in farm subsidies — Ah, that famed intellectual consistency of the conservative movement. Somebody please explain to me why it's welfare when somebody else gets the money, but a vital government program when a conservative gets the money?
Military Discipline — Elizabeth Moon on General McChrystal. Very well stated.
Lessons of Petraeus’ Iraq for Petraeus’ Afghanistan — It is frequently asserted that Gen. Petraeus "succeeded" in Iraq via a troop escalation or "surge" of 30,000 extra US troops that he dedicated to counter-insurgency purposes in al-Anbar and Baghdad Provinces. [...] But it would be a huge mistake to see Iraq either as a success story or as stable. See also Daniel Larison's remarks, which I think I largely agree with.
Scrivener's Error with interesting squibs on McChrystal (and the military-civilian interface in general) as well as a Supreme Court ruling on the right to privacy of anti-gay bigots to have their petition signatures hidden — Because you know, it's so dangerous to be straight and homophobic in America, what with all the violent gay mobs out bashing straights, and special legal rights for homosexuals and stuff. How's a Real American supposed to stand up to "San Francisco values" if they can't conceal their identity?
?otD: Water of life, or spice beer?
Writing time yesterday: n/a
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.75 (fiftful)
This morning's weigh-in: 222.6
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 8/10 (post-infusion)
Currently (re)reading: Dune by Frank Herbert