Strong Female Characters, My Own Definition — Mur Lafferty Is Wise.
H.P. Lovecraft for Beginning Readers
Five hundred new fairytales discovered in Germany — Collection of fairytales gathered by historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth had been locked away in an archive in Regensburg for over 150 years. (Via @pauljessup.)
The Fiction to Reality Timeline
Scrivener's Error on, among other things, agents practicing law — Also some good political commentary there today.
The Disciples of Memory — Aging and memory, and Alzheimer's. (Via someone on Twitter, but I forget whom.)
Alien invasion a threat to Antarctic ecosystem
Quantum Biology and the Puzzle of Coherence
Why Do Cats Run the Internet? A Scientific Explanation — Because no one knows you're a dog? (Via David Goldman.)
Surviving “the Tyranny of E-mail”
A Review of the Lytro Camera — Man, do I want one of these. (Via my Dad.)
Neil deGrasse Tyson: How Space Exploration Can Make America Great Again
The Diabetes Dilemma for Statin Users — I have both elevated cholesterol and am pre-diabetic, so this one hits close to home.
The Specter of Denialism — Conspiracy theories surrounding the global HIV/AIDS epidemic have cost thousands of lives. But science is fighting back. Anti-science denialism can cost lives. Vaccine denialism certainly does. Global warming denialism will almost surely be a significant contributor to serious future losses of life and property.
Abortion-Mental Illness Link Doesn't Hold Up, Researchers Find — What do you know? Ideologically driven "research" doesn't actually produce valid results. Millions of conservatives would be shocked, if they weren't impervious to facts. (Courtesy of
Sluts Unite — By standing up to Rush Limbaugh’s slur, Sandra Fluke shows how sex positivity is recharging feminism.
Women react to Rush's apology: Not accepted?
Rush Limbaugh has so much more to apologize for — The man is the heart and soul of the modern GOP. He has nothing to apologize for that every conservative in America doesn't share. Even those GOPers who are now pretending to be shocked by Rush's remarks have been very happy to ride his vitriol to electoral success these past two decades.
Republicans, Be Bold! — For the Republican Party to be attractive again to the various groups that have historically found a home under the "Big Tent," whether it be 2012, 2016 or even 2020, it needs to think big and put forward a new generation of bold ideas that fit neatly within the overarching themes of Republican values. It wouldn't hurt to have a nominee willing and able to stand strong on their convictions either. Unfortunately for the GOP, when your convictions are based on peevish bigotry, denialism and big old helping of paranoid hate (c.f. Santorum), it doesn't actually pay to advertise them too far outside your own base.
The greatest actress in American political history — Roger Ebert on Game Change, the HBO film about Palin in the 2008 presidential campaign. When Newsweek's David Frum asked Schmidt what he thought about the film, he said it was "an out-of-body experience." Neither he nor Wallace (who confessed that after working with Palin she was unable to vote for McCain) has questioned its accuracy. Inflicting Palin on American politics will be McCain's enduring political legacy.
?otd: Where's the beef?
Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (30 minutes of WRPA, 1.5 hours on the Going to Extremes nonfiction proposal)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 (solid)
Currently reading: 1491 by Charles C. Mann; Permeable Borders by Nina Kiriki Hoffman