Dog and Cat Dress-Up for Great Justice — Cherie Priest with a steampunk pet fashion show as an Act of Whimsy in support of the cancer fundraiser on my behalf. Hahahah.
My Terrible Surprise – The Dreaded High School Novel — Pat Rothfuss' contribution. Ack!
In Which I, John Scalzi, Sing a Lost Bob Dylan Song For Jay Lake — A musical interlude from our esteemed Mr. Scalzi. As the man himself says, harmonica is the new cowbell.
Jay Lake cancer fundraiser: expect a 3D scan of my head while making a funny face originated by John Scalzi — Cory Doctorow on the forthcoming scan of his head.
A dozen good documentaries — Roger Ebert on 2012 films.
Human rites — Rituals bind us, in modern societies and prehistoric tribes alike. But can our loyalties stretch to all of humankind? Refleshing? Really? Wow. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
Mind over Map: the World Is What You Make It — Some interesting mind games with world maps.
In California, It’s U.S. vs. State Over Marijuana — I am strongly in favor of legalization, or at a minimum, significant decriminalization. Our drug laws are hypocritical at best in a culture that so strongly endorses alcohol, tobacco and caffeine. No dog in the fight personally (I've never even bothered to seek a medical marijuana card for my chemotherapy), just fairness and common sense.
IBM's Watson Gets A 'Swear Filter' After Learning The Urban Dictionary — Heh. (Via David Goldman.)
Tetrapod anatomy: Backbone back-to-front in early animals — Textbooks might have to be re-written when it comes to some of the earliest creatures, a study suggests.
French WWI images found still in camera — Wow. (Via
NASA Awards $17.8M Contract For Inflatable Addition To Space Station — Sometimes the jokes just write themselves. For reals, this is cool and significant, but how can it not be funny?
Can This Man Save Pinball? — An arcade entrepreneur has a plan to resuscitate the dying pastime—with a little help from the Wizard of Oz. (Via
Dick Armey dishes dirt accidentally — Dick Armey had no idea he was speaking to the left-wing Media Matters organization during an interview last week, he told The Daily Caller Tuesday. Instead, Armey thought he was chatting with the conservative Media Research Center. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
?otD: Locked and loaded?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (stress)
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing disability rights: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks