All yours... until your credit card expires: Barnes & Noble 'stops customers accessing ebooks they've already paid for' — Nice move, Barnes and Noble. You've lowered yourself to Amazon.com's level of predatory business practices. (Via
Steampunk Keyboard — (Via
Preaching the incontrovertible to the unconvertible — Language Log revisits an old bogeyman, the spurious that/which distinction so beloved of copy editors.
“Homicide Victims Rarely Talk to Police,” and Other Horrible Headlines
cancer. canceling. postponing. waiting. growing. — Amanda Palmer on the hard choices of cancer in the lives of people around you. In case you somehow missed this. (Via Lisa Costello among others.)
Genetic Sequencing Traces Romani Back to Ancient Indian Origin — The original headline could use some work, though the article is more nuanced. Also, note the first comment under the piece. (Via David Goldman.)
Cold case cops find new DNA strategy — A cold case detective working to identify eight bodies found in John Wayne Gacy's home in 1978 developed a new way to find other possible victims of Chicago's most notorious serial killer. Ah, the majesty of the law. (Via Lisa Costello.)
The catfish that strands itself to kill pigeons — (Via Steve Buchheit.)
You don't have to be local — I'm not very good at being local, but I do split my energy. (Via David Goldman.)
One Month Later: 30 Post-Election Rebuilding Tips From Republicans — I'll bet good money the GOP swiftly returns to generating angry white men as their core electoral strategy. To do anything else would require the GOP to confront the huge number of issues about which it has been dreadfully wrong, and the modern conservative movement is clearly incapable of that degree of introspection.
Evangelicals vs. Persons With Disabilities: The real dangers of fighting against imaginary monsters — This vote also harms America’s leadership, influence and reputation in the world. It makes America look ignorant, petty and spiteful. It makes us look that way because 38 Republican senators caused America to be ignorant, petty and spiteful. And this ugly, harmful stupidity is all based on fantasy — based on nothing more than evangelicals’ preoccupation with pretending that they’re waging a heroic battle against Satanic baby-killer abortionists and against the one-world government of the Antichrist. How is that different from almost every other conservative position these days?
?otD: Got milk?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bike ride
Number of FEMA troops on my block teaching evolution to children and redistributing wealth: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks