Farfetched — Sci-Ence on "minimally counterintuitive ideas". (Read the text below the comics.) This is related to some very important concepts in fiction, which I'll probably blog about soon.
The original 1811 Commissioner’s Plan for Manhattan’s famous street grid and the fascinating story of how it came to be
Human head found at Hollywood sign: The myths and legends of the famous Los Angeles landmark
Special Relativity for Dummies, I mean writers
Meteorite found in Morocco came from Mars — Fragments of a meteorite which landed in Morocco last summer are extremely rare chunks of the planet Mars, scientists have announced.
'Biohackers' Get Their Own Space to Create — (Via
First Demonstration of Actuation-At-A-Distance Effect For Labs-On-A-Chip — Microelectromechanical devices could soon be remotely controlled using light thanks to a proof-of-concept experiment demonstrating 'photoelectrowetting'. Not spooky action at a distance, unfortunately.
Researchers evolve a multicellular yeast in the lab in 2 months — Or maybe the so-called Intelligent Designer leaned in and created it while no one was looking.
Talk cancelled. Threats of violence found persuasive. — Pharyngula passes on reports of some especially disgusting religious behavior on the part of a Muslim man.
Portland City Council approves anti-war and corporate-personhood resolutions
What's A 'Discouraged Worker?' — Why Oregon's unemployment rate had declined despite a lack of significant job growth.
China report spells out "grim" climate change risks — Global warming denial, just like evolution denial, is found only among people of a certain ideology that explicitly rejects actual data in favor of the filter of their worldviews. Neither of those conservative hobbyhorses has any basis in actual reality. Virtually no one comes to either view on the face of objective evidence. China is not so afflicted.
Polls: Republican Voter Enthusiasm Drops, Dems Not Far Behind
?otd: Why do they call it thimble winter?
Writing time yesterday: 2.25 hours (revisions to Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid)
Currently reading: The Atrocity Archive by Charles Stross<