One of the things I loved about The West Wing (you know, besides its intelligent writing and expecting the audience to get it) is that the characters were often shown reading (books, reports, etc). In that vein, Awesome people reading tumblr. (Grokked from John)
Seanan McGuire guests over on Jim Hines' blog about writers with day jobs. "Balancing work and life is hard in our modern world. Balancing work-that-pays-bills, work-that-soul-demands, and life can seem borderline impossible sometimes." Amen, sister. Sing it out.
There's been a lot of pixels spilled over the new TSA "ZOMG! Terrorists might implant bombs in their bodies", hysteria. This isn't new. I think I joked about this last summer when the whole, "Gropes R Us" and "backscatter" technology came in. Also, I believe it was used in one of the Dune novels, and I'm thinking sometime before then as well (although my brain is too fuzzy at the moment to pull it out). The best I've seen so far is Jay Lake's commentary on it. As someone who also once traveled with a few ounces of subcutaneous metal in them, me no likey the new ergs. (Also, as I commented elsewhere, the TSA, like the IRS, is doing the job they're directed to do, the paranoia culture is one of my critiques of how the previous administration handled 9-11).
Göbekli Tepe and the dawn of religion. (Grokked from Jay Lake)