Draperyman — From the department of specializations you've never heard of. Art history courtesy of James Gurney.
Another image of extrasolar planets! — From the always awesome APOD.
Early Multicellular Life and Its Implications — interesting reading on several levels, from Centauri Dreams.
Yeah well you can prove anything with science — Interesting stuff on confirmation bias and the power of pre-existing belief.
Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on Michael Steele's Afghanistan remarks — In case you missed it, that's the RNC Chairman who said that "Afghanistan was a war of Obama's choosing." Pretty amazing feat by Obama to have started a war in October, 2001, nine years before he was elected. Some Republican dude was president then, but clearly the chairman of the Republican party has forgotten this. All of this reminds of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani saying there were no terrorist attacks during Bush's presidency. Because I guess 9-11 was either during the Clinton or Obama administration, and happened in some city Rudy wasn't mayor of at the time. (And yes, Steele is rightly catching a lot of criticism from Republicans and conservatives for his remarks. At some point the "blame Obama for everything Bush did" strategy does break down.)
?otD: How do you celebrate your birthday?
Writing time yesterday: n/a
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.5 (decent but interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: 227.6
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Ringworld by Larry Niven