Best Science Fiction, Fantasy Books? You Tell Us — NPR asks your opinion. Go vote! (Snurched from the mighty Daniel Abraham.)
The Justice League of Bulgarian Socialists — (Thanks, I think, to my brother.)
How Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon Unearthed Lost Photos From American Graffiti — A combination of crowdsourcing and machine intelligence just found a lost treasure in the Magnum Photo archive, a technique that could have wide application.
War Evolves With Drones, Some Tiny as Bugs
Mining Your Smart Phone for Health Data — A new app analyzes mobile-phone activity for warning signs of disease flare-ups.
Radical therapy sees injured US soldier regrow muscle — I love living in the future.
My Ex-Gay Friend — A tough one.
Endowed by their Creator with certain WHAT? — Some fun linguistic neepery regarding the United States' Declaration of Independence
NBC airs Pledge of Allegiance without "under God" — Creeping Shariah!
Why I'm suing Georgia over immigration law — A principled Republican official speaks out. (Thanks to
McKinsey releases methodology; firm concedes study not predictive — Gosh, conservative lies about healthcare? In writing? What's amazing isn't the lies, it's that McKinsey actually got called to account by the allegedly liberal media.
David Mamet’s Right-Wing Conversion — [Mamet is] Quoting Deepak Chopra, of all people, as saying, "Our thinking and our behavior are always in anticipation of a response. It [sic] is therefore fear-based,: he seizes the chance to ask, "Is it too much to suggest that this quote contains the most basic prescription of liberalism, 'Stop Thinking'?" Like so many conservative critiques of liberalism, this is pure projection. The Big Lie from another angle. My most basic working definition of contemporary American conservativism is that it is founded on the morbid fear that someone, somewhere might be enjoying an undeserved benefit at one's own expense. That, in a nutshell is fear.
The Thirty Years' War ... — Ta-Nehisi Coates comparing the American Civil War with the Thirty Years' War. Plus a money quote from the Vice-President of the Confederacy which pretty much puts paid to the whole 'Civil War wasn't about slavery' apologia so beloved of modern conservatives.
How Today's Conservatism Lost Touch with Reality — Some inconvenient truths from the real world.
?otD: Will you praise the not-so-distant sister sun?
Writing time yesterday: 0.25 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Currently (re)reading: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin