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[links] Link salad is called Maurice by some people

Bad Writing — Ta-Nehisi Coates introduces a video.

Fractals, Reverie, and Biofeedback — Art guru James Gurney on something I've often noted but never quite framed into words. Interestingly, I also think (as with many of his observations) that this observation has analogs in the writing of fiction.

Journal of Universal Rejection — For all your self-esteem destroying needs. (Via Asher.)

Meat-Eating Furniture — Ouch. (Thanks, I think, to danjite.)

Photo of the interior of an airship gas bag — Mmmm.

Exoplanets: Answering the Big Questions

Jim Hines is extremely sensible about the healthcare debateI don't get it. I don't understand the fear. I don't understand the greed. No health care system is or ever will be perfect, but we could do so much better. Instead, health insurance companies rake in billions in profits while an estimated "68 adults under age 65 die every day because they don't have coverage." And Jim Van Pelt follows up. I couldn't possibly say it better than these guys already have.

And of course, Elizabeth Moon. If you're a conservative, please tell me why you think the current system is sensible, just and fair. If you don't think so, please tell me what you and your party are doing about it, other than working to undo the partial fix that is HCR.

Colorado GOP Chairman Quits: 'I'm Tired Of The Nuts' — "Tell it like it is..." Everybody sing!

Things Conservatives Don't Want You To Know About Ronald Reagan — Speaking of tiresome nuts. A little more antidote to the Reaganic hagiography. Ah, those pesky little facts.

A conservative Christian leader explains that global warming can't be true because it's snowing too hardHow stupid do these people think we are? The question answers itself, sir. Ah, the dangers of excessive literalism and a practiced aversion to even minimal critical thinking. (Via Dispatches From the Culture Wars.)

Krugman Loses Perspective — A response to the Paul Krugman post I linked to yesterday about climate change, food insecurity and revolution. (Via ericjamesstone.)

What California should learn from the Texas budget crisis The so-called Texas Miracle is in trouble, demonstrating that fashioning fiscal policies strictly along low-tax lines doesn't protect you from budget deficits or business slumps or make your residents necessarily happy or healthy. A piece on the failure of the "Texas miracle", which it turns out was largely propped up by those hated stimulus funds. Governance by conservative principles in action.

?otD: What the heck is the pompatus of love, anyway?



2/9/2011
Writing time yesterday: 2.25 hours (500 new words, revisions and editorial to Sunspin, plus 0.5 hours of WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Weight: 251.2
Currently reading: Between books

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