Timbuktu Libraries in Exile — Help us preserve a global cultural heritage from imminent loss and become part of the great learning adventure of Timbuktu. Fundraising for a profoundly worthy cause. (Via
Looking It in the Face — On aging and death… (Via David Wilford.)
What Is Capuling? 'Everyday I'm Çapuling' Turkish Protest Video Goes Viral — Language and culture in motion. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
Most European males 'descended from farmers' — Most men in Europe can trace a line of descent to early farmers who migrated from the Near East, a study says. Why is this surprising? (Via my Dad.)
Museum Bares All For Cycle Exhibition — Clothing is optional, of course. Riders will be charged one dollar admission for each item they wear. Portland Police recommend all cyclists wear a helmet, at the bare minimum. Ah, Portland.
Physics’s pangolin — Trying to resolve the stubborn paradoxes of their field, physicists craft ever more mind-boggling visions of reality. Interesting stuff. (Via AH.)
Mars rover Opportunity finds traces of 'drinkable' water
Atomic bomb tests confirm formation of new brain cells — Newly created neurons marked with isotopes from bomb tests. Because Science!
Contact Lens Computer: Like Google Glass, without the Glasses — Finally, retinal displays!
West Texas Oilfield Town Runs Out of Water — All those rural liberals in West Texas are just contributing to the climate change conspiracy.
4-year-old boy accidentally kills dad in Arizona — Because guns make us all safer. Just ask the 30,000 people killed in the United States every year by firearms. If you're confused, the NRA and the GOP can explain.
Response to an Open Letter — Hal Duncan speaks brilliantly to wounded, self-valorizing Christian privilege from an atheist (and nonheteronormative) perspective.
If I Were a Black Kid... — Ta-Nehisi Coates on education. Though he's speaking specifically of black youth, some of his comments are spot on for kids in any enclosed community, such as Christian homeschoolers or small towns.
#GOPHeartsLadies (video) — A great video from Emily’s Lists, titled #GOPHeartsLadies, walking us through the offensive things Republicans have said about women in just the past seven days. And Republicans wonder why they have a demographic problem. They just can't stop longing for the days of white, male, dominance.
QotD?: What the heck did cotton-eyed Joe ever do to you?
Writing time yesterday: 2.75 hours (revisions to "Rock of Ages")
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Number of FEMA troops on my block creating tornados for political distraction: 0
Currently reading: Making Money by Terry Pratchett