Call for Submissions: ‘Suffered from the Night: Queering Stoker’s Dracula.’ — An interesting project from Lethe Press.
Orbitz Isn’t Showing Apple Users the Best Available Travel Rates — That pretty much guarantees I will never, ever use Orbitz for anything ever again in my life. They can spin all they want after the fact, the point is they've proven they cannot be trusted. (Via David Goldman.)
Searching for John Snows — What 19th-century disease can teach us about today's Open Data movements. (Snurched from @stevenbjohnson via @lilithsaintcrow.)
Biology's Master Programmers — For more than a decade, synthetic biologists have promised to revolutionize the way we produce fuels, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals. It turns out, however, that programming new life forms is not so easy. Now some of these same scientists are turning back to nature for inspiration.
Signing Up for Google's Glasses Is Like Signing Up for a Mental Illness — Are you prepared to manage the distractions inherent in a portal to the Internet that you literally can't avoid? Because like all new technologies, Google glasses are a sign of moral decay that will rot your brain. Also, get off my lawn!
Russian Missile Forces Have ‘Safe Busting’ Sledgehammer — As tipster David Goldman says, this is somewhat missing the point of having a safe.
DVD Player for Christians — Personally, I find this creepy and weird and more than a little sad, but I'd much rather have people censoring movies in their own home than in mine, or at the cinema. (Thanks to
A tempest in my soul: A son's secret brings a Southern Baptist minister to his knees — It's a lot harder to cling to your conservative fear and bigotry when the Other is your own family. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
US Department of American Redundancy Department — Language Log is funny about political rhetoric.
Ideology vs. Principle — Paging conservative America, who lost their principles long ago in service of their ideology.
And further off the deep end... — It really is worth emphasizing that this kind of thing did not happen on a regular basis when George W. Bush was president. The ideas were out there — fringe cranks on the left regularly trotted out bizarre theories about September 11 and shadowy Saudi influence, or whatever. But it stopped there, and it stopped there because responsible Democratic leaders refused to sanction it.
?otD: Might your eyes just as well be closed?
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (2,700 words of short story first draft to wrap at 5,000 words)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 (fitful)
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate