Let’s Send John Away! — Electric Velocipede is running a promotion. Check it out.
Things we say today which we owe to Shakespeare
A Picture of Language — The art and science of sentence diagramming. (Via David Goldman.)
The Brain on Love
Cat Scientists of the 1960s — Hahahah. (Via
Moon Rock Analysis Casts Doubt on Lunar Origins
Skylab-Salyut Space Laboratory (1972) — Some cool space history.
A Brief Window: The Bussard Ramjet in the 1960s
Not Worth the Paper It’s Built On — A billion Euro house built of shredded bills. (Thanks to Dad.)
Hey wait. I liked that movie. Why does it suck again? — Urban fantasy author J.A. Pitts on John Carter [ imdb ].
To Kill a Mockingjay — Scrivener's Error with some interesting observations on The Hunger Games film.
Racist Hunger Games Fans Are Very Disappointed — Wow. I am beyond boggled. WTF is wrong with people? (Via
Rodriguez: Vandalized by speech — A public square awash in racial invective is sure to alienate many Americans and weaken democracy. Hate speech, especially on a mass, organized basis, is almost entirely a conservative phenomenon. I know that many of my Christian friends feel themselves subject to hate speech, but most of what they encounter is simply a kind of public disagreement and challenge that was unthinkable in our culture until quite recently — having your privilege criticized isn't hate speech, friends. Christians in this country have never encountered a fraction of what every person of color and every gay person has to hear almost every day.
Cyanide and Happiness on a similar note
Iraqi Immigrant Beaten to Death in California — But all these right wing voices, on the radio, on television, in syndicated columns and high-trafficked blogs have made Shaima Alawadi the enemy, for the accident of her birth, her faith. They fill the ears and the empty brains of angry, disaffected people looking to blame anyone for their own crappy lives and they robbed five children of their mother. Mission accomplished, wingnuts. Welcome to the hell your hate has wrought.
Lobbyists, Guns and Money — Paul Krugman on ALEC. I am always fascinated by hard right organizations that claim to be fair and balanced, or nonpartisan. It's all part of that very successful strategy the GOP has been pursuing since Reagan of redefining the political center far to the Right. The Obama of today, accused by conservatives of being a socialist, would have been conservative twenty years ago. C.f. the much despised "Obamacare", which began life as a Heritage Foundation proposal in the 1990s, and first saw enactment as a Republican proposal in Massachusetts under Romney. Yet now it's screaming leftism.
For his own good, Rick Santorum should be bound and gagged in public — A British view of Senator Frothy Mix.
Bush Senior Also Promised Moscow more Flexibility after Election — You know, in case you're outraged at something Obama said recently. Conservative commentator Daniel Larison with more on this.
?otd: Spring ahead or fall back?
Writing time yesterday: 3.75 hours (0.75 hours on Little Dog, 0.5 hours on Going to Extremes, 2.0 hours on Sunspin, 0.5 hours on WRPA)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Currently reading: Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch