A reader reacts to Visitants, ed. Steve Jones — Including comments on one of my stories.
Not So Wild Review: Schlock Mercenary — I've said before that I think Schlock Mercenary is some of the very best long form SF around. This reviewer frames his praise differently, but seems to share my same fundamental opinion. (Via @howardtayler.)
Release the hounds! — Miranda Suri on learning to outline novels. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)
I Greet You in the Middle of a Great Career: A Brief History of Blurbs — Heh. (Via @legalnomads.)
How Do We Get There? — Cat Valente asks about the development of post-scarcity societies.
An obsessive history of The Elements of Style and what makes it a cultural treasure. — Even unto being wrong on a number of points of grammar and usage...
Indie Game: The Movie — For those interested in that sort of thing.
Space voyages shouldn't become politically incorrect
Komen Reverses Decision on Planned Parenthood Funding, Is Still Likely Full of Shit — Komen blatantly, obviously, and deliberately targeted Planned Parenthood. Their board room is still staffed with conservative donors and at least one vocal anti-choice politician. They're still a conservative political organization masquerading as a feel-goodery for people who just want to help cure cancer.
Komen May Continue to Fund Some Planned Parenthood Grants — A pro-life site accuses Planned Parenthood of being "dishonest thugs". This coming from the political movement that operates "Crisis Pregnancy Centers" (profound dishonest fake clinics meant to deceive and entrap desperate pregnant women) and actively encourages the murder of doctors (unconditional thuggery)? Project much? Of course you do, you're conservatives.
Komen backlash: Public turns fury on vice president Karen Handel
The big backlash against bullying women — Sadly, conservative America controls the discourse, and profits politically and culturally from the bullying of women. It's not going to stop.
Indiana backing away from bill allowing creation "science" into classrooms — Many similar bills are introduced in state legislatures each year and, in cases where their sponsors speak to the press, they tend to reveal a great deal of ignorance regarding both science and the law. In terms of science, they tend to misunderstand the meaning of the term "theory," think that there are multiple scientific explanations for life's diversity, or suggest evolution is a theory for life's origin. The Indiana bill's sponsor, Dennis Kruse, appears to get all of these wrong. It's tough getting ahead when you're flat fucking wrong in terms of both reality and the law, but conservatives will persevere. And they succeed far too often.
Romney's political success is a mixed blessing for Mormon Church — His presidential candidacy could be a breakthrough 'JFK moment for Mormons,' but it could also stir up more negative publicity for the church. I was sympathetic to Romney on the issue of religious criticism until he made it clear he wouldn't have a Muslim in his cabinet.
Chris Christie and the Nation-State Project — Ta-Nehisi Coates on conservative ignorance of history. Many of the actual people who were beaten and killed "in the streets"--Medgar Evers, James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, for instance--were attempting to secure the very right which Christie, bizarrely, believes they should have exercised. It's almost as if he doesn't know what the Civil Rights movement actually was.
As Romney’s slip-ups show, gaffes nearly unavoidable on modern campaign trail — Nush mostly just babbled. Romney's gaffes are golden soundbites for his opposition.
?otd: Ink much?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (busy with tattoos and Dad time)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 (solid)
Currently reading: The Man in the Moone, and Other Lunar Fantasies ed. Faith Pizor