"Holy Cow! It's Jay Lake reincarnated as a dog!" —
I Hear a Different Frontier — Nisi Shawl on post-colonialism in science fiction. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)
A fine bar of chocolate — Sonia knows whereof she speaks.
Famous Cave Paintings Might Not Be From Humans — "What we are saying is that we must entertain the possibility that these paintings were made by Neanderthals," Pike says. Those were humans' closest relatives, but they are not our species.
Christmas road test: Packard-engined Bentley — Oh good lord. :: wants :: (Thanks to
A Virtual Telescope Turns Back toward Earth — A plug-in for WorldWide Telescope lets curious users explore the home planet.
Mystery galaxy is older and more aggressive than expected — One of my favorite headlines of this week.
Groundwater responsible for nearly half of sea level rise? — You can’t believe everything you read, even if it's peer-reviewed. Climate change neepery and the scientific process. The reason the answers keep changing is that we keep analyzing the data. That's a feature of science, not a bug; something conservatives seem to be constitutionally incapable of understanding.
Study predicts imminent irreversible planetary collapse — “In a nutshell, humans have not done anything really important to stave off the worst because the social structures for doing something just aren’t there,” says Mooers. “My colleagues who study climate-induced changes through the earth’s history are more than pretty worried. In fact, some are terrified.” Rush Limbaugh will handle this, don't worry. (Via David Goldman.)
George W. Bush's Decapitated Head Appeared On 'Game Of Thrones' — I'm pretty sure the same conservatives who find the "shoot Obama" rhetoric and graphics amusing are the ones deeply offended by this. (Via
Michigan State Representative Silenced By GOP For Saying ‘Vagina’ — Right. Because conservatives want full legislative control over all the vaginas in America, but no one is allowed to actually say that. Ah, that much vaunted conservative intellectual consistency and compassion shine through once more.
Global Disappointment in Obama Actually Rational, unlike in US
Grading Presidents’ Foreign Policy Records — Even when Obama blunders, he doesn’t suffer as much political damage because we still remember how badly Bush performed and we are regularly reminded of what the terrifying practical alternative to Obama was every time McCain sounds off on an international crisis. The solution is obvious. Elect more Republicans.
?otD: Where are you off to?
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (Going to Extremes outline)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: 243.4 (!!)
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate