Modernity vs. Posterity — An interesting view of fantastic literature, specifically with some notes to near-future SF authors. Critics have long maintained that science fiction was, as a genre, a reaction to man’s discomfort with the machine age, citing Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I think it arose because the future became, for the first time in history, more interesting than the past. (Via David Goldman.)
— Twitter answers the question "What technology from science fiction would you most like to see as science fact?"
Maledicta — Uncensored language research. Crank warning. Interesting but weird. (Thanks to
Rock of ages: Australia's oldest artwork found — Archeologist discovers Aboriginal rock art made 28,000 years ago in Northern Territory cave.
YouTube riders avoid charges — Trike daredevils will not be charged. If you think about it, this is one of those "living in the future" stories.
Digital differences — Pew on the current state of the digital divide.
Air Force's Secret X-37B Space Plane Lands in California After Mystery Mission
Jupiter's Rings Revealed — Another awesome APOD image, along with the usual excellent explanation.
Three Things Make a Post — Andrew Wheeler on (among other things) what my friend
Our Most Important Food Rule and How to Break It: A Rant — All about food consumed while traveling. I am extremely guilty of this. (Thanks to
Economists demonstrate exactly why bank robbery is a bad idea
RNC Latino Site Features Stock Photo of Asian Children — I believe they swiftly pulled this down, but well, to white conservatives, all those foreigners really do look alike, don't they? (Via
?otD: Having weather, are we?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (brain break)
Body movement: 40 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.0 (solid)
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate