Getting rid of adverbs and other adjuncts — I have never understood the writerly obsession with killing adverbs.
What was the odd original name of February? — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
Who pooped? — Surprisingly educational Web site about one of my most important subjects. (Thanks, I think, to
Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us — Yep. Imagine what this would be like in a single payer system without for-profit margins? (Via
Molecule Helps Nanoparticles Sneak Past the Immune System — Researchers have given nanoparticles the ability to tell immune cells not to eat them, a development that could have broad implications for medicine.
New Guidelines for Genetic Testing in Children
The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food — Ouch. And I say this as an unreconstructed junk food junkie.
Flowers use electrical signals to summon bees — Nature's own violet wand?
Zombie Replicants to Outperform the Living — “Zombie” mammalian cells that may function better after they die have been created by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico (UNM). Umm… This piece isn't datelined April 1st.
Life Advice From Machines — This is sweet and cute. (Thanks to
The Unparticle May Lurk in Earth's Mantle —
Mars Panorama - Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 177
Private Mars Mission in 2018? — Paging
The Intellectual Gravity of Brilliant Baseball Players — Ah, scientific illiteracy in all its glorious forms. (Thanks to
Opera Muliebria — On being a woman in a gendered world. Sobering and important.
Movement Conservatives Are Far Too Eager to Cheer On Their Politicians — Movement conservatives are too eager to cheer on politicians from their own side and don’t do nearly enough to hold them accountable. The praise that is being heaped on Cruz in recent weeks is one of the more annoying examples of this.
QotD?: Boom shakalaka?
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (0.5 hours on a new story, to draft complete at 3,200 words, and 0.25 hours working on my collaboration with
Hours slept: 6.25 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