The Year's Best Science Fiction - 30th Annual Collection — Go check this out. I'm in it.
The Decline and Fall of the Book Cover — (Via AH.)
REVIEW: Bared to You by Sylvia Day — Wow, what a review. Snarkalicious. (Thanks to Marta Murvosh.)
A penguin being tickled — I will die of teh cutez. (Thanks to David Goldman.)
Chinese Cuisine Patterns Revealed By Food Network Analysis — The links between different regional cuisines in China become clear when recipes and ingredients are viewed as a kind of web, say computer scientists.
20 Ludicrous Things Said By Yoga Teachers — Snerk. (Via Lisa Costello.)
Molecular signals identified that let some organisms regrow lost heads — Manipulating the signals can produce a worm with a head at both ends. I've known some people like that.
Finding the Galactic Internet
Pale Blue Dot: An Alien View of Earth — NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab used to have just such a display with the full mosaic of photos posted up in an auditorium, says Hansen-Koharcheck. "And to show the whole thing it covered, oh, I don't know, 12 or 14 feet," she says — of mostly empty black space, with just a few pinpricks of light showing the planets. One of them was labeled Earth. "One of the guys that took care of that display told me one time that he was forever having to replace that picture," says Hansen-Koharcheck, "because people would come up to look at it and they would always touch the Earth." (Via David Goldman.)
Architecture: Designs for the Great Tower For London in 19th Century catalogue — A response to the Eiffel Tower? (Via
Clay Lacy, in his DC-7 "Super Snoopy”, races a dragster during the 1971 San Diego Cup airshow — This is a "wow" photo for me.
Hauling New Treasure Along the Silk Road — Centuries ago, the cargo on the Silk Road across Asia included spices and gems. Today, it’s likely to be computers and other electronics, moved by rail along an often-desolate 7,000-mile route. (Thanks to Dad.)
Arctic methane 'time bomb' could have huge economic costs — Man, those crazy liberals and the shit they get up to in order to try to hoax good conservative "true facts". To think that an entire planet's ecosystem and climate would cooperate in such chicanery, not to mention 99% of the scientists in the climate field. Thank God for Rush Limbaugh and the Republican party, or we might have been tricked into doing something.
Virginia governor GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli launches website that pushes for reinstatement of state's anti-sodomy law — The state attorney general also wants oral sex between consenting adults to be a felony even though a federal court struck down the state's 'Crimes Against Nature' law in March. As Cuccinelli wants to make the private sex lives of every adult in Virginia a matter of public interest, I think he and his wife should lead the way with complete disclosure of their sexual practices. This is what it means to be a conservative, right?
Rise of the Warrior Cop — Is it time to reconsider the militarization of American policing? Sigh. (Via
George H.W. Bush Shaves Head In Solidarity With 2-Year-Old With Cancer — I don't have a lot of use for Bush the elder. He helped enable the political and cultural disaster that was the Reagan years. He bears enormous responsibility for Dubya's existence in many sense of that phrase. And Barbara Bush is one of the most manipulative, dishonest characters in late 20th century politics, all of Nancy Reagan's petty vileness in sweet grandma drag. But nonetheless, I have to give props to Bush 41 for doing this.
QotD?: Ever had your lease on life renewed?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Number of FEMA troops on my block conducting Department of Justice investigations of white patriots: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg