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[links] Link salad goes nuts

Babel Clash continues to discuss steampunk — Including the question of whether Atlas Shrugged is steampunk.

Lies You Believe — Advice for aspiring writers, or not. Though my favorite bit is probably the intro...

The Sky’s Dual GradationsArt writing guru James Gurney on painting skies. I was struck by this: It’s easy to make a sky look like paint. It’s hard to make it look like a radiant veil interposed over infinity. With only slight paraphrasing, this is an excellent comment on the craft of writing as well.

Mickey Mantle's outstanding experience at Yankee Stadium — Not especially worksafe, hilarious. (Via danjite.)

Abandoned aviation museum in Russia — Some haunting photos.

Spaceport of the future, as seen from 1957 — From Vintagraph.

More on the Kepler exoplanetary findings from Centauri Dreams

Yesterday's post on religion and childbearing generated an interesting and moving comment thread

The Julie project — Wrenching photojournalism on life and parenting. (Via willyumtx.)

The tiny island of Sark is a window back to the Middle Ages – and that’s good for science — Cool little squib from io9.com. And click through the BBC link concerning Sark's governance.

Brewster Rockit on political framing — Straight from FOX News to your ears.

More States on Anti-Sharia Law Bandwagon — From a South Dakota bill: No such court may apply international law, the law of any foreign nation, or any foreign religious or moral code with the force of law in the adjudication of any case under its jurisdiction. What is a "foreign religious code"? How is this conceivably Constitutional under the First Amendment? For that matter, why is this conceivably a good idea? I can only presume the intention is to force a return to Native American spiritual practices, since the last time I checked none of the Abrahamic religions originated within the United States. To be specific, the Ten Commandments were written in a desert in the Middle East, making them a decidedly foreign religious and moral code. And let's not even discuss the Beatitudes. Conservative intellectual clarity at its finest.

America and India love their antiscience — I really don't understand what conservatives think they're doing in privileging the teaching of Creationism. Someone with such an education won't be a competent critical thinker, and will ultimately suffer in the job market. Not good for their children, or anybody else's who is stuck with their narrow counterfactual agenda. If that privileging is extended to the entire society, for instance by defining rationalism as a form of workplace discrimination, then our society as a whole will be crippled in terms of economic competitiveness compared to societies that are reality-based. Since conservatives by and large also identify as "America first" types, you'd think they would not prefer America become a second-rate nation. Yet that is precisely the eventual outcome of this kind of policymaking.

?otD: How many links in your salad is too many links in your salad?



2/4/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (Took the day off from fiction.)
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 252.0
Currently reading: One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde

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