Tags: news


[links] Link salad lurches off to ReaderCon

Scrivener's Error in interesting about book marketing — Also Rupert Murdoch and conservative politics.

Advocating for Aesthetic — A discussion of steampunk as a genre, or not. Mike Perschon touches on some of my own thoughts here.

How to Sell Your Fantasy & Science Fiction to Agents and Editors Live Webinar Registration — Phil Athans does a Webinar.

Signal boost: An estate sale in Walnut Creek, CA — If you're in the area and want, you know, books.

Ponds on the Ocean — Melt ponds on the Arctic ice cap. Cool photo.

Solar Wind Changes Atmospheric Pressure over South Korea

Tea party members tackle a new issue: manatees — As one tea partier is quoted as saying, "We cannot elevate nature above people," explained Edna Mattos, 63, leader of the Citrus County Tea Party Patriots, in an interview. "That's against the Bible and the Bill of Rights." God bless America. (Via David Vincent.)

?otD: How strong were you by the time you got to Woodstock?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (Sunspin)
Body movement: n/a (airport walking to come)
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 228.4
Currently reading: Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord


[links] Link salad sleeps like the undead

When Fatty Feasts Are Driven by Automatic Pilot — Boy do I know this feeling.

Phone apps can let users outsmart the law

Automakers Give Flywheels a Spin — If memory serves, flywheel-equipped buses have been around for a while.

Risk-free energy technology currently insufficient to fulfill needs — A Japanese editorial on nuclear energy.

Atlantis' Last ApproachAPOD with a beautiful, sad photo.

More on the Neptunian year from Bad Astronomy — What is a year, you ask? Ah, nuance.

1957 Frederick's of Hollywood Ad

14 Propaganda Techniques Fox 'News' Uses to Brainwash Americans — Remember, fair and balanced. (Via [info]shsilver.)

The Dirty Digger — Roger Ebert on Rupert Murdoch. What I can't figure out is why the Murdoch scandal is a scandal. There's nothing new or surprising about News Corp's conduct. It's like being shocked to find out that FOX has an editorial slant, or that water is wet. Juan Cole with more on this, including an interesting thesis.

Angry Tea Party Stirring up GOP Revolt — Doesn't "angry" pretty much describe the Tea Party? Enraged, low-information, counterfactually obsessed conservatives.

Marriage Equality = Republican Albatross — And it couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch of venal, opportunistic hypocrites.

Real Dems Beat Fake 'Dems' In Wisconsin Recall Primaries — Ah, the GOP. If you can't win on ideas or by sowing panic, just cheat. Look! Over there! Voter fraud! ACORN!

?otD: Do you know where you're going to?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (badly interrupted)
Weight: 227.2
Currently reading: Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord


Your liberal media at work

Headline in today's Omaha World-Herald:

"Evolution Figures in Local Races: Three Candidates Open to Other Theories."

I'm far too busy to deconstruct this right now, but let me count the ways...

(And yes, I know, the Omaha World-Herald is scarcely to be expected to be a bastion of liberalism, or even centrist balance, but the blatant intellectual dishonesty in that headline is breathtaking.)