Review: Jay Lake's Mainspring — A reader reacts. They liked it.
A review of Extraordinary Engines — Which takes a fairly dim view of my story therein.
A new review of Is Anybody Out There? —
Death by Ham: Playing the Odds of Getting Published — Maggie Stiefvater on the odds of getting published. She's even more pessimistic than I am, I had the base number about 1:20,000 for novels, she has it at 1:38,000. But she has a lot to say about how those numbers unfold, which I agree with.
The Junkers F.13 — a beautiful photo of an inter-war float plane.
Genes for Extreme Longevity — Scientists can predict who will live past 100 using a subset of 150 genetic variations.
Russian spy ring needed some serious IT help — I probably shouldn't laugh at this, but it is funny. (Via my sister.)
More deadly than the male. — The Edge of the American West on the cultural narratives about female spies. I found this piece both fascinating and creepy. A bizarre angle on sexism, too.
The sting of poverty — What bees and dented cars can teach about what it means to be poor - and the flaws of economics. (Thanks to seventorches.)
Climategate’s death rattle — Unfortunately, the story will never die, because the same denialists who promoted and believed this in the first place will simply assume the truth has been suppressed by the liberal media. Amazing how hermetically circular counterfactual thinking can be once you discard evidence in favor of ideology in your foundational assumptions.
?otD: Can you describe your favorite color using sense-words that don't include the visual?
Writing time yesterday: n/a
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 (decent)
This morning's weigh-in: 227.2
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 2/10
Currently (re)reading: Children of Dune by Frank Herbert