Science fiction: Images from other worlds – in pictures — A new exhibition at the British Library presents the rich history of SF down the ages, from Lucian of Samosata in the 2nd century to the Russian novel that inspired 1984. (Thanks to AH.)
Why don't we love our intellectuals? — The fact that a nation that lives by its considerable wits should be in denial about its reliance on the life of the mind is truly weird. This article is about the UK, but the anti-intellectual strain of American conservatism has overwhelmed our culture as well.
Texas Passes Bill to Make Some Fish Tales a Crime — Telling tall tales may be a matter of pride in Texas. But it may soon be against state law to tell one about a fish. (Thanks to Dad.)
The iPad in Your Hand: As Fast as a Supercomputer of Yore — Plus clustering!
Future Splashdown in Ligeia Mare? — Sending a boat to Titan. Wow.
German TV: 'Star Trek' terrorists killed bin Laden — Um, yeah...
Morgellons: A hidden epidemic or mass hysteria? — It's a mysterious condition that affects tens of thousands worldwide. But what is it?
Nine of the 10 loudest climate-denying scientists tied to Exxon — Climate change deniers like to point out that they have scientists on their side, too. But an analysis of more than 900 papers supporting climate skepticism showed that about 20 percent of those papers came from the same 10 scientists, and nine of them, according to The Carbon Brief, have ties to ExxonMobil. (Thanks to danjite.)
My hope is built on nothing less — Slacktivist Fred Clark on the politicization of Evangelicals, and the shibboleths of homosexualtiy and abortion. These two pre-eminent issues — abortion and homosexuality — have become the crux of American evangelicalism (pun intended) in part due to the politicization of evangelicals over the past three decades, years in which evangelical Christians have come to be regarded, by both outsiders and insiders, as primarily a bloc of voters. A great deal of money was spent during those years to convince evangelicals to come to think of themselves in this way and that money has had its intended effect.
What's wrong with the political class in this country
Creeping Sharia a 2012 Republican Primary Issue — Confidential to the GOP: This is one of those issues, like Birtherism and evolution denial, that makes the entire conservative movement look like batshit screaming lunatics to anyone who isn't already invested in the ideology. Pick an issue with meaning, like abortion or tax policy, and we can at least disagree without everyone else laughing hysterically at you.
Seniors, Guns and Money — Paul Krugman on the silliness and venality of the GOP congressional delegation. (Including the bizarre "don't pick on us for Medicare" whinge.)
?otD: Got implants?
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (galley edits to Endurance)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (fitful, Vicodin-assisted)
Weight: 242.4 (broke my diet badly last night, on purpose)
Currently reading: Sasha 124 by Alex Tillson