Beth Zuckerman reviews the Hugo-nominated novellas
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope — Hahahah! (Thanks to Mom.)
Jane Austen, Game Theorist
What Do Women Want? — Discovering What Ignites Female Desire
You are entering a reconstruction zone — Breast cancer survivor Diane Mapes on reconstruction.
The Weird New World of Girl Cheese — Gendered cheese. Because reasons. (Thanks, I think, to Lisa Costello.)
America’s BBQ Battle: an Eater’s Guide — :: wants :: (Via
Man catches 200-year-old fish — Hmmm.
How Should We Respond When Humans and Sharks Collide?
Meet the Baby Liligers Born in a Russian Zoo — The cubs are three parts lion, one part tiger -- and 100% adorable. (Snurched from Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
Genetic History of Great Apes Over 15 Million Years Could Lead to Medical Advances
Tiny stem-cell livers grown in laboratory
Brain’s ‘Garbage Truck’ May Hold Key to Treating Alzheimer’s and Other Disorders — Interesting. (Via David Goldman.)
Why good deeds don’t go unpunished — Being overly generous can get you punished as a nonconformist.
Mars Rover Curiosity Captures Video of Martian Moonrise — Mmmm.
Too Much Wind Energy? Save it Underground in Volcanic Rock Reservoirs — Write your own joke here.
No Atheists in Foxholes, no Climate Change Deniers at front Lines of Wildfires — Actually, there are plenty of atheists in the foxholes, but still.
The insane things people still try to bring on airplanes
Neil Steinberg & Dave Gushee on the damaging idea that ‘hating gays is a bedrock of Christian faith’ — The question remains: How can McDonald’s sell cheeseburgers, violating Jewish law? Not a toughie. Answer: Because the laws of kosher don’t matter to anyone but observant Jews. … Jewish dietary law has no bearing on secular law. Neither does a sectarian interpretation of Biblical law. Ever.
Huge document dump shows how Church protected abusers — What is despicable isn’t just that these abuses occurred in the first place, or even that in so many cases, church administration knew about the abuse and actively endeavored to cover it up with apparently zero regard for the welfare of victims. It’s also that so many of the guys who let this happen remain in positions of authority in the church today. But without religion in our lives, how shall we find a moral compass? Suffer the little children, indeed.
Mystery in killings at Oakland Wingstop — Remember, an armed society is a polite society. Those thirty thousand gun deaths a year are a small price to pay for your Second Amendment right to mistakenly shoot restaurant workers. I'm sure everyone is much safer now.
LeVar Burton explains his ritual to prevent being shot by police — Sigh. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement — Wow. This is disturbing.
QotD?: Are you celebrating something today?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (vacation)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (away from home)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block building mandatory gay marriage halls: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Snuff by Terry Pratchett