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[links] Link salad reads and writes

Nalo Hopkinson on why some stories don't work — Good stuff, Maynard.

Solar eclipse on the horizon — Another striking image from APOD to follow on yesterday's.

'Nemesis' and Orbital ChangeCentauri Dreams on the sun's alleged dark companion and Extinction Level Events.

A Scientist Takes On Gravity — Gravity as an emergent property rather than a force? (Via Dilbert.com.)

How Twitter Could Better Predict Disease OutbreaksSocial media is particularly useful for anyone who wants to track the present--or predict the future.

ROW 13: Why some airlines have it and others do not — This is probably unkind of me, but I don't have a lot of patience for superstition. Once you've been trained by your church or your political party to accept blatant counterfactuals in the name of ideological "truth", you begin to lose the ability distinguish reality from idiocy and lies.

We are all post-racial now — This from a group that still sometimes call themselves "tea baggers"? Um, no.

Obama and Illegal ImmigrationWhile the Republicans scream about Obama allegedly wanting amnesty (frankly, I wish he did) and not caring about illegal immigration [...] the New York Times reports that the administration has significantly ramped up inspections and prosecutions of companies that hire illegal immigrants. As Ed Brayton says, "don't let the facts get in the way of a good story." Which is the Republican media strategy in a nutshell. Outrage motivates the base much better than policy, and the allegedly liberal media never gives corrections or retractions a fraction of the coverage of the original headlines.

?otD: What book showed you the way to being a better reader or writer?

Writing time yesterday: 2.25 hours (revision, editing and WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: 231.0
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert

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