Where Things Stand — Nearly 90% of the books reviewed by The New York Times are written by white writers. That is not even remotely reflective of the racial makeup of this country, where 72% of the population, according to the 2010 census, is white. We know that far more than 81 books were published by writers of color in 2011. You don’t really need other datasets to see this rather glaring imbalance. (Snurched from
Dork Tower on tweeting and writing novels — Hahahah. (Via
Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling — (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
On Facebook, smart people like The Colbert Report and curly fries — Hello Kitty fans scored low on emotional stability.
Astronomers Conduct 'Reconnaissance' Of Another Solar System
Toward a Space-Based Civilization
Electronic Sensors Printed Directly on the Skin — New electronic tattoos could help monitor health during normal daily activities. I can think of some pretty cool nonmedical uses for this, too.
Sequencing the Underdogs — Transcriptome studies reveal new insights about unusual animals whose genomes have not been sequenced.
Failure to Hunt Rabbits Part of Neanderthals' Demise? — The inability to shift prey may have been deadly, study says.
Japan Erects Massive Sculpture of the Last Standing Tree from a Forest Destroyed by the 2011 Tsunami — (Via
Catholic officials break into a sweat over €23m investment in gay sauna
Why the world is so angry with Christians — It’s ludicrous, really, the way some Believers carry on in this nation about being persecuted. You know the type. They can be heard most often on talk radio or some cable television channel whining about how their religious freedoms are being infringed upon. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
Calgary Cruz sure is lucky he wasn't born in Hawaii — Anyone with the foggiest awareness of the facts understands that there's nothing controversial about Cruz's status. He's just really damn lucky that he was born in Canada instead of someplace overseas, like Hawaii, because then we'd have some investigating to do.
The GOP’s Bush Baggage — Bush did everything that fever-swamp conservatives like to accuse Obama of, and far worse. Why would anyone vote Republican after that disastrous presidency?
QotD?: Did you lose yourself in a familiar song?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (took the day off)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (21 degrees and snowing outside, what do you think?)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block escorting ACORN thugs to steal the votes of "Real Americans": 0
Currently reading: Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett