Three Links and Two Plugs — Cora Buhlert with a number of items of publishing interest.
Languages cool as they expand: Allometric scaling and the decreasing need for new words — Um, wow? (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
A Pickpocket’s Tale — I met a theatrical pickpocket once at a trade show in Vegas. He told me what he was going to do to me, invited me to watch him, and did it without me realizing even so. I literally would not have believed that was possible until I had experienced it myself. (Via David Goldman.)
The death of a young paparazzo — Roger Ebert on pop culture and a topic I normally have zero interest in, except he's so damned graceful about speaking to it.
Being Overweight Is Linked to Lower Risk of Mortality — Speaking as a fat guy, I say, hmmm.
Scientists breed big-brained guppies to demonstrate evolution's trade-offs — Warning: So-called liberal "facts" and "data" not valid for conservatives, creations and other willful idiots.
Quantum gas goes below absolute zero — Ultracold atoms pave way for negative-Kelvin materials. Well, freeze my Fargoes off. (Via
Sahara rock appears to be first meteorite from Mars' crust — The specimen is unlike any of the 110 or so Martian meteorites found on Earth, providing a unique glimpse of the Red Planet's surface, experts say.
Do we have a superstitious belief in widespread superstition? — I have a much harder time finding sympathy for triskaidekaphobes than for most fears, simply because it's so objectively ridiculous. As fears go, that's as irrational and silly as believing in supply side economics or denying climate change, albeit far less destructive. I mean, being irrationally afraid of snakes or spiders or falling actually makes some sense. And yes, I do realize that irrational fears are by definition irrational, which means there's a slight hole in my thinking.
America lives under the shadow of George W. Bush — And we will suffer for a long, long time from the shadow of that arrant idiocy of that incurious fool whom conservatives foisted upon us through judicial malpractice and election tampering. Bush's deficits, economic collapse and foreign wars were the pinnacle of conservative political achievement and the opposite of conservative principles. (But ask me sometime how I really feel about Dubya.)
Politicians Should Learn Bigger Lessons From Their Pet Causes — Empathy is demonstrably not a conservative value, as evidenced by the behavior of both candidates and audiences during the 2012 primaries.
?otD: Are you down in the tunnels trying to make it pay?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Number of FEMA troops on my block teaching critical thinking skills to the children of conservatives: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks