Found in a Junk Shop: Secrets of an Undiscovered Visionary Artist — (Via Ellen Eades.)
Cost of Dying: A shift in how we end our lives
A Panda Escapes From the Zoo, and Social Media Swoop In With the Net — Hah! (Thanks to Dad.)
The story behind the island that wasn’t there — How a 1908 error managed to persist through the satellite era. Yesterday in the ocean air, I saw an island what wasn't there; it isn't there again today, I wish the hell it would go away.
Beneath the waves, lost to the desert sands, or simply reclaimed by nature, these are some of the world’s most beautiful locations that civilisation abandoned — (Via
The Watchers — Skybox wants cheap, accurate satellites all over the sky. This is some gee-whiz shit. Countervailing commentary here. (Both links via David Goldman.)
Oregon Designates Official State Microbe — Beer, beer, beer.
Texas abortion bill dies as confusion marks end of session — 'In Texas, we value all life,' Gov. Perry TX. Said on the eve of the state's 500th execution. Because for conservatives, there's never enough cruelty enshrined in law.
High court voids key part of Voting Rights Act — The conservative wet dream of returning the United States to a violent, discriminatory past continues to prosper against all common sense and principled morality.
Hey, remember back when we used to have a Voting Rights Act? — This decision by five strict Constitutionalists completely ignores the Fifteenth Amendment in order to support the "angry white men" political strategy of the GOP, and also completely reverses the court's own earlier logic on these same issues, again in favor of the "angry white men" political strategy. So much for the Roberts Court having any historical legacy other than deep and abiding shame at their mindless conservative partisanship.
QotD?: Where did you put those diamonds?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (day overwhelmed with busy-ness)
Hours slept: 5.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Number of FEMA troops on my block persecuting conservative political groups on behalf of the IRS: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Snuff by Terry Pratchett