Junot Diaz and Min Jin Lee Tell it Like it is #origins #doubt #why people want to become writers — (Via @literaryanimal.)
Why Fingernails on Blackboards Sound So Horrible — Heh.
Scientists: Modern humans mated with different species — Rishathra, anyone?
China Launches Shenzhou-8 To Test Docking For Chinese Space Station
Are Bendable Smart Phones the Future? — For you near-term futurists.
System D: The Shadow Economy is the Second Largest in the World — Huh. Real life version of what we see in cyberpunk and elsewhere.
The medieval, unaccountable Corporation of London is ripe for protest — Working beyond the authority of parliament, the Corporation of London undermines all attempts to curb the excesses of finance. A strange and fascinating squib on a British legal oddity that affects us all. Plus bonus China Mieville references. Plutocracy on the hoof. (Via multiple sources.)
Dr. Livingstone's lost 1871 'massacre' diary recovered; discovery rewrites history — Interesting stuff about digital imaging. (Via
Are big banks feeling pressure from Occupy Wall Street? — Hmmm.
Major Parties Struggle for Popularity; Broad Interest in an Alternative
Wartime Contracting Commission Classifies Findings for Next 20 Years — Although the Commission on Wartime Contracting was created to expose waste and abuse, their records are sealed until 2031. Come on, Obama, we elected you to be better than the GOP. And that is a low, low bar.
Remember when Romney said he wouldn’t put a Muslim in the cabinet? He made his Mormonism relevant. — Interesting point. Up til now I've maintained Romney's religion isn't relevant to his run for the presidency, being a fundamentally private matter. But why should he be exempted from the same religious test he would place on people he would name to his own cabinet? We all know the answer, of course, because Republicans can always have it both ways. I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning.
Bruce Bartlett, Ex-Reagan Economist: Idea That Deregulation Leads To Jobs 'Just Made Up' — Well, that's what the facts say, but unlike those of us in the reality-base community, facts never got in the way of a good red meat to the base conservative talking point. (Via
?otD: Is it bound to take your life?
Writing time yesterday: 0.25 hours (chemo fatigue, tiny bit of WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 11.0 hours (fitful overnight plus napping)
Currently (re)reading: Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett