'Life of Pi' took Ang Lee on an epic journey of his own — Roger Ebert on this film.
Chand Baori — I've never even heard of a step well. This is very strange and beautiful.
Steampunk art is now terrorism, according to the TSA — Feel safer now? (Via Lisa Costello.)
NASA's not sharing a 'historic' find on Mars... yet — Data from a sample of Martian dirt could be earth-shattering, but the space agency is taking time to check its work. The Bad Astronomer with more. (Or less.)
In Space, Flames Behave in Ways Nobody Thought Possible — Cool flames? Really? (Snurched from Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
Tech Start-Ups Find a Home on the Prairie — What I find funny about this piece is that company I work for originated as a Midwestern tech startup over two decades ago. (Thanks to my Dad.)
Researcher wants nanotech patent moratorium — Claims advances in the field are "being stifled at birth." What this really means is that other countries will make substantial advances with huge economic and technological implications while here in the US the whole field dicks around in court.
Monsanto insurance: USDA tells farmers to pay for avoiding troubles with agro-giant — the best maneuver for any Monsanto foe to take right now is to simply buy insurance, suggesting that the top guns will be given the go-ahead to continue with their contested habit of near endless litigation, a practice that has a tendency to leave the little guys bankrupt and out of business — only to be bought up by the billion-dollar Monsanto corporation after their bills can’t be paid. In other words, give up, ordinary citizens, you can't fight the abuses of corporate America. Btw, if you're a conservative, this is what your beloved industry self-regulation looks like. Profit optimization at the expense of everyone and everything. Sort of like my relationship to the Google Books Settlement, actually. (Via
The Very First Americans — Newt Gingrich honors the original migrants over the Bering Strait land bridge 15,000 years ago at the end of the last Ice Age. No, wait, never mind. He's talking about white people 400 years ago. Apparently no one before then was American. All those ones that came before? Illegals. Ask any conservative.
The Real ‘Evangelical Disaster’ — The great evangelical disaster is that evangelicalism has become synonymous with Republicanism rather than the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yup. Atwater and Ailes needed a reliable voting bloc back in the late 1970s, and you guys eagerly signed up. That's why almost two entire generations of young and middle-aged Americans can casually dismiss Christianity as a source of hatred and vitriol, because your leaders sold your souls for a mess of pottage. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
Police officer quits after comments about Barack Obama — When questioned by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office integrity unit, he said he also didn't care if a nuclear explosion killed everyone in the Northeastern U.S because they supported Obama. Remember, this dingbat Republican creep had a badge and a gun and powers of arrest. Stay classy, conservative America. It's what you do best.
Members of the 112th Congress Depart, Taking Their Quirks Along — Senator Hutchison had a purse boy? Really? (Via my Dad.)
The New Republicans — There has been a lot of talk since the election about the possible emergence of a new faction within the Republican party, or at least among the conservative intelligentsia. These new Republicans, we’re told, are willing to be more open-minded on cultural issues, more understanding of immigrants, and more skeptical that trickle-down economics is enough; they’ll favor direct measures to help working families. So what should we call these new Republicans? I have a suggestion: why not call them “Democrats”?
The GOP's Voter Suppression Strategy — That's what you do when you can't win on ideas. Assuming that you lack integrity, intellectual honesty or any commitment to the democratic process. Gee, which party are we talking about, again?
?otD: Having a deep fried turducken today?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (30 minutes on stationary bike)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (solid)
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing Agenda 21 and sending good Christian girls to Obama's abortion camps: 0
Currently reading: Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold