I will be your dancing monkey, hat on the table. — Scott Lynch is helping people.
Parents can inflict emotional harm, not realize it — Parents and other caregivers who demean, bully, humiliate or otherwise emotionally abuse children may not know the harm they can cause and often do not get the help that they and their children need, says a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The fact that some reporter felt it necessary to write that lede makes me cringe, both as a parent and as a human being.
Steam powered USB drive — This made me laugh. Both cool and funny. (Thanks to David E. Vincent.)
Fire Tennis — The Slo Mo guys play around… (Thanks to
Vanishing Voices — National Geographic with a photo essay on language loss.
Microbial Life In An Undersea Volcano, New Limits Of Life Defined — Mmm, extremophiles.
NASA releases low-res video of Mars rover descent — I think this is about two frames per second. Pretty cool stuff.
Curiosity update: Heat shield spotted! — In case you missed it, this is darned cool as well.
Obedience on the Job — Interesting squib about workplace relations.
US precipitation trends to drain 7 million jobs by 2050 — Nothing to see here, citizen. Move along. Don't mind those lying climate change scientists in their government Ferraris.
Climate change is here — and worse than we thought — There goes that pesky reality again, interfering with the conservative narrative.
White Terrorism at Oak Creek: The Paranoid Style in American Violence — Remember just a few years ago when conservative outrage forced the Department of Homeland Security to withdraw a report on right wing terrorism in the United States? Yeah, neither does anyone else. Including Your Liberal Media. Because Real Americans with guns aren't terrorists. Or something.
O’Connor: Declining approval for high court a ‘disappointment’ — Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor called the declining public approval of the high court a “great disappointment” and suggested the ruling in Bush v. Gore may have sparked the public’s loss of faith in the judicial branch. Ya think? Bush v. Gore, that travesty which you voted for, Madame Justice? Maybe if you'd been a little less nakedly partisan and little more focused on Constitutional jurisprudence back then, the Supreme Court wouldn't have quite the black eye it does now.
Dick Cheney clarifies criticism of Sarah Palin: Process was a mistake — What I find hilarious about this article is the quote from Palin defending herself, near the top of the piece. It's classic Palin word salad: barely intelligible, defensive and resentful. A brilliant way to confirm Cheney's original point even while reporting on his FOX News apology tour.
Harry Reid's Master Plan — Ta-Nehisi Coates on Harry Reid and Mitt Romney.
Why Romney and the Rich Will Never Really Get It — [W]ealth and status decrease our feelings of compassion for others.
?otD: Have you seen the future?
Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 (solid)
Currently reading: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski; Near + Far by Cat Rambo