The Self-Sabotaging Writer — Kameron Hurley on the perils of being a writer. (Via Steve Buchheit.)
What the Nook Means — A new Nook's on its way. Can it save books?
The Milhous Collection — A meticulously assembled selection of mechanical musical instruments, vintage automobiles and more. (Via
Cloud Cover’s Role in Exoplanet Studies
Study measures mammalian growth spurt — It takes 24 million generations for mouse-sized mammals to evolve into elephants — but shrinking back is much faster.
Mind-reading program translates brain activity into words — The research paves the way for brain implants that would translate the thoughts of people who have lost power of speech.
The End of Health Insurance Companies — I don't think I actually believe this piece, but it's a nice thought.
Inside the heresy files — Interrogation. Surveillance. Ethnic profiling. Censorship. The words come from 21st-century headlines, but they have an ancient pedigree. Cullen Murphy on how the Inquisition ignited the modern police state. (Snurched from Scrivener's Error.)
McConnell’s Revisionist History: Congress Gave Obama Everything He Wanted! — Can he possibly believe this? McConnell, of all people? More to the point, why does anybody else believe this?
Marsh on Obama: The Party’s Over — Sigh.
Delusions of Obama the Idiot — It's amazing that the GOP has somehow convinced itself that Obama is some kind of beguiling intellectual lightweight. Once you accept that ideology trumps reality, it's easy to put faith in any whackdoodle idea that enters one's head.
Gingrich, Romney, and “Reckoning with the Base”
Romney versus Gingrich slugfest is harbinger of Republican civil war — We can only hope. Meanwhile, I continue to marvel at the Republican base's vitriolic view of liberals, who are guilty of bringing America such heinous sins as the forty hour work week, paid vacations, child labor laws, clean air and water, and other such violations of our civil rights, all over the strong objections of conservatives.
Welfare Drug Testing Bill Withdrawn After Amended To Include Testing Lawmakers — Don't worry, it will be back. Oppressing the poor is a club sport for the GOP.
Huh? Mitt claims Newt outspent him in S.C. — Huh. Republicans lying about each other. The candidates and party leadership know it doesn't matter. The message always trumps facts. The low information voters who make up the GOP base will just nod and follow along like they always do.
The Myth of the American Political Intelligence Gap
?otd: When's the last time you attended a live reading?
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (Sunspin revisions)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 (solid)
Currently reading: The Man in the Moone, and Other Lunar Fantasies ed. Faith Pizor