How Paperbacks Transformed the Way Americans Read — (From AH via
Scott McKenzie's San Francisco was a hippy anthem with a life of its own — San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair) didn't reflect the particular sound of the city itself. Not that this mattered – it was great pop and its idealism lives on. (Snurched from Cora Buhlert.)
Sigur Rós - Fjögur píanó — A wild piece of video art. Note, NSFW. (Thanks to Marta Murvosh.)
Children warned name of first pet should contain 8 characters and a digit — Ah, security. (Thanks to
Bee-rotica: A beginner’s guide to insect sting fetishes — Rule 34 is alive and well. (Thanks, I think, to
Battling the Yakuza — Japan's authorities are clamping down on the criminal underworld, but the mighty Yakuza refuse to back down.
Some Hidden Historical Gems in the School of Dentistry — Mmm. A museum of dental oddities, right here in Portland.
Exotic Detections: Wormholes and Worldships
Helix Collapse Fails to Crush Hope for Vertical Wind Turbines
Decline In Circumcisions Could Prove Costly — Hmm.
Is Climate Change To Blame For This Year’s West Nile Outbreak? — Ah, science. All about the questions instead of the certainties. One of the wonders of evidence-based thinking is that you can learn new things.
Antarctic ice sheets may have changed the planet's heartbeat — Some fascinating science in this article.
Arctic ice cap set for record-breaking summer melt session — Temperatures have been inconsistent and winter ice is thin.
Religious Right Still Oblivious of their Double Standard on Boycotts — According to LaBarbera and Mefferd, it is inappropriate for companies to back gay rights efforts or groups because they will be offending customers when they should be remaining neutral in the “culture war.” However, if a company like Chick-fil-A opposes gay rights, then it is an admirable decision worthy of support and any criticism of their activism is an assault on freedom. Actually, this headline didn't need the words "on Boycotts". (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
Why are all the GOP celebrities such nuts?
Republicans Condemn Akin's Comments As Blemish On Party's Otherwise Spotless Women's Rights Record
Top Five Worst Planks in GOP Platform — Geeze, where to begin. Any decent, sane human being should be horrified by pretty much all of these.
Romney doesn't lead Republicans, he follows them
The Irony Of A Black President — Ta-Nehisi Coates is brilliant on Obama, race and American society.
?otD: Will you stand your ground?
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo