I hate being disappointed by a promising book… — A reader reacts to Green. Not very much with the liking at all, I am afraid.
Science Fiction Studies: Special Issue on Chinese Science Fiction — (Via Cora Buhlert.)
Calvin and Hobbes on writing for academia
Mystery surrounds missing World War II love letters — Purloined, indeed.
Defence nerds strike back: A symposium on the Battle of Hoth — Hah!
Weatherwatch: Arctic hysteria caused by severe winters — Pibloktoq? (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
A tale of two worlds: habitable, or colonizable? — Karl Schroeder is smart.
Cultural Diffusion and SETI — What happens to us if our SETI efforts pay off?
How Nest’s Control Freaks Reinvented the Thermostat — Two men who created the iPod and iPhone founded Nest and injected new technology into the humble thermostat. Now they have their sights on the rest of your house. I've been wanting one of these for a while, but not enough to do something about it.
Flirting 101: Coaches teach daters to cozy up — Maybe I need this?
Bits and Pieces — It is quite amazing how many parts of the body belonging to famous people in history, somehow become separated from the body itself and turn up again, many years or even centuries later. Let me give you some examples… Heh. (Snurched from art guru James Gurney.)
Tiny mutation may have shaped modern humans, scientists say — genetic variant could have helped people survive crippling heat by giving them extra sweat glands, says a report from a team that sought to replicate the effect in mice.
FDA Approves 'Bionic Eye' to Help Against Rare Vision Disorder — Six million dollars later…
Scientists solve mystery of cosmic rays — Scientists have solved an astronomical mystery by discovering the source of cosmic rays.
Hints of cosmic ray-climate link in sediment core from Japan — But the correlation only holds during some of the times examined. Weird.
Geocentrism and a historical Adam — Slacktivist Fred Clark on the idiocy of some Christianist doctrine. And yes, geocentrism was once Church doctrine as well.
Wrapping up the ‘Biblical Family of the Day’ series — The gatekeepers indignantly claim that every word in the Bible is, by definition, completely moral. That doesn’t reveal a reverent devotion for the Bible, but rather an ignorant disdain for it.
The Social Trends Driving American Gangs and Gun Violence — Ta-Nehisi Coates interviews University of Chicago professor Harold Pollack.
How to Think About Guns: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast
Fox Claims That Declining Minimum Wage Is "Growing Exponentially" — Which happens to be flatly untrue. But since the facts as usual don't fit the conservative narrative, Fox as usual outright lies. Millions of Republicans nod along.
Senate Republicans Make a Spectacle of Themselves — Except for dedicated partisans, no one can look at the display most Senate Republicans have put on over the last eight weeks and conclude that these people should be in the majority.
Electoral college reform (fifty states with equal population) — Huh.
QotD?: Have you been around for a long, long year?
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (2,200 words on novella in progress, to 13,300 words)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Number of FEMA troops on my block covering up high crimes and misdemeanors in Benghazi: 0
Currently reading: Mort by Terry Pratchett