Darwin's Ghosts, By Rebecca Stott — Before 'Origin of Species', many European and Arabic thinkers had outlined the principles of natural selection.
Cook's View of the Transit of Venus — This is cool. 18th century science, on the hoof.
What You Hate Most About Waiting in Line
The Amazon Effect — An interesting history of everybody's favorite serial market power abuser.
2 troubling examples of Google's conflicts — Google showed their hand with the banal evil that is the Google Books settlement, which in its current proposed form overturns three centuries of copyright law and abrogates core intellectual property rights of all authors everywhere in favor of one corporation's interests. Their famous motto is long dead, why would anyone be surprised now?
Are women better than men? — Roger Ebert on writing triggery and ill-advised blog posts.
“We are a sideshow no longer” — At his first same-sex marriage since Obama's big announcement, a longtime advocate reflects on a decades-long fight. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
Conservatives Attack Scientific Findings About Why They Hate Science (Helping to Confirm the Science) — Some would like to dismiss the inconvenient findings about the political right, but the science won’t let them.
How Obama Was Dangerously Naive About STUXNET and Cyberwarfare — A Times exposé suggests that the White House failed to consider how our own cyberweapons would be used against us. Juan Cole with more on this.
?otd: Do the clouds expect it when it rains?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (spent the day cleaning)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: 242.4 (!!)
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate