Did I link to this before? I can't remember. The Saga of Biorn. Ah, those vikings.
Of dogs and surfs, or the privilege of the male life and how that affects publishing and story writing in our society. There's not much else to say about it, except part way through my own novel I realized 1) all the bad guys were Chinese and none of the good guys were and 2) except for a sex (not exactly romance, she wields sex as a weapon) interest I didn't have very many women in the book (although they were all over the place in mental pictures). So I made a conscious decision to place more women and Chinese in. Also I made a conscious decision to include the panoply of females (from one you do not want to get on the bad side, executives, receptionists, and the old Chinese women who knit the society together). (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)
A story about how we're geared towards fatty foods. I have noticed in my dieting that if I can avoid starting to eat unhealthy foods, I can stay away from them. But once I break that diet (eating chips, or my current failing - milkshakes) it's hard to break back out of that cycle. For the record, I buy a shake about twice a week, but that's still too often. So my own dietary issues match to this study (and yes, it does feel like quitting an addiction to stop pop/chips/fatty foods). (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Satire FTW! (Pointed to by Dan)
A school board reverse a decision to remove The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie from school reading lists after, you know, they actually read it. Hey, they liked it. Strange, that. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)
The 20 worst restaurant meals. People eat out 4 times every week? (Pointed to by John)
Jim Wright takes a larger and future look at the current debt ceiling circus. Very wise Jim is. I only have one critique, the Chinese still tie the yuan to the dollar (albeit not as much as a decade ago). They couldn't uncouple it fast enough to also not be taken down with us.
A side comment about all the wunderkind speaking about how the President is lying, and we have plenty of money to pay the bills, blah, blah, ba ba. Okay, the President has shown his math, and has practically every economist (or at least all of them I've heard, there are some who say it'll be very bad, but we ought to do it anyway)on his side. Time to show your math. If I was a total SOB and didn't care about the pain (economic and physical) we would inflict, I would say, "Let's do it. And if it's okay, I'll join. I'll sign up. You'll have converted me. But if it doesn't go so well, you all sit down, STFU, and let the adults run the store." However, all big name TP people know they can vote against it, and it'll still pass. They're just signaling that their votes will be "no" so the whips can do their calculus. It's a cynicism. I guess to be polite, it's because if the government does nothing but pay military people (no contracts, not supplies, no gas… guess how long a military will function on just pay) and service the debt, we've go plenty of money (and, oh, they would like it if the government did only those things… until they realize they still need government functions to go forward with business, unless you're willing to trash all our laws). Personally, I'll agree with the laws that prioritizes who gets paid, but only if House Representatives and Senators are the very last on that list.
More evidence of the Tea Party having mission creep. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Tweet of my heart:
kristenschaaled: We are told the tax break to the rich increases jobs and yet the unemployment rate keeps rising. Get a new lie. (retweeted by bigbadchang and 100+ others)