The Cranky Cave Troll — This explains the attack in the Mines of Moria far better than Peter Jackson ever did. Heh heh heh.
The 10 Most Defining Performances in the History of Genre Television — You'll probably quibble with the picks, but it's a fun list.
Claws out for pilfering pussycat — Sally McLellan's cat makes the papers. See the cat's Facebook page here.
Penicillin as an Aphrodisiac? — The law of unintended consequences strikes again.
Life and soul of the Mars party — Heh.
Centauri B: Targets and Possibilities — Centauri Dreams on the problems of Going There.
In origin-of-life experiment, cooperative molecules win out — RNAs that help each other assemble are more effective than selfish replicators. Interesting in its own right, but the multilayered political and cultural metaphor really writes itself here, doesn't it?
Preacher Gives Interesting Gay Rights Speech...wait for it — This is about three minutes long, and very much worth the watching. All the way through. (Via
"Are You Not Entertained?" — The banal, everyday evil of people who think they're doing good. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
Life and Sex — This isn't to say that the conservative concern over sexual ethics is wrong-headed. It's just that it has been folded into the Pro-Life conversation in a way that confuses the picture. You think you're talking about life when we are often talking about sex (and its consequences). In my personal opinion, you can't have it both ways from a policy perspective. If you want to protect life then that's the priority, that's what you have to do. The "pro-life" movement is about nothing more than controlling the behavior of others whom pro-lifers disapprove of. But then, that's pretty much the entire conservative movement in a nutshell, isn't it? Controlling the behavior of others so conservatives can feel better about themselves. That's precisely the reason why conservatism explicitly depends on generating more "angry white guys" for its survival. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
Election facts support Obama — Those liberal "facts" can't hold a candle to conservative truthiness, though. Not in the post-truth world the GOP is dragging us all into.
?otD: Are you an eediot?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 0.5 hour stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 10.0 (9.0 hours solid, plus napping and dozing)
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