Still way, way behind in my reading. Sorry. Last night I had to tell myself to go to bed when it was almost 1am (I normally get up a little after 6am). Too much.
The value of tenacity (because I haven't had time to write my own squib about it)
Justine Larbalester with the moving goals posts of "I know I've made it as a writer when…".
Catherine Shaffer on the "boys won't read about girls" canard. Look, okay, some boys won't, but that's because they're mirroring the attitudes they see at home and in their idols. For the real book industry (or at least the geek based genres), that's not too large a population to really worry about, because those people don't buy icky genre books anyway.
The Council on Foreign Relations new report finds "(t)he United States' failure to educate its students leaves them unprepared to compete and threatens the country's ability to thrive in a global economy and maintain its leadership role…". Don't worry, I'm sure if we just let the kids pray, learn creations, dismiss that global warming pap and give greater local authority and control, it'll all sort itself out. Actually, they put a heavy emphasis on "competition and choice" even though that's been shown to not affect outcomes. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)
Calculating the refresh rate of the universe. (Pointed to by John)
Haven't done this yet, so before it gets too far away, in all the hullballu, I nearly missed the passing of Peter Bergman. A founding member (the founding member) of Firesign Theatre, his work has had a large influence on my sense of humor and the way I view the world. If you ever see me sitting by myself watching the crowds passing by and smiling, it's probably because in the back of my head there is a tape running giving all the background comedic noise that was de rigor on the Firesign Records. "Antelope Freeway, one sixty-fourth of a mile…" (that sketch runs through my head every time I use the GPS).
ZOMG, the new EPA rules will mean another coal fired power plant will never be built in the US. Well, the industry (power generation) doesn't seem all that concerned 'cause they're all huffing the natural gas these days. But I'm sure we'll get the various conservative propaganda engines fired up about it (they, BTW, do run on coal, the high sulfur kind). So, to head off any strikes, I've just got one question for ya, where the fuck are you on clean coal? It's been over a decade and you only have 1 pilot plant who's technology has proven to be too expensive and doesn't scale well. Time for that lie to die it's quiet death.
The myth of the independent voter. While there are some, it's not really the 40% that is often touted.
The smear campaign against Trayvon Martin. Why would conservatives want to smear a 17-year old murder victim? Because they know that this is exactly the case people have been making against the fringe positions and laws pushed by the NRA. And it's a big enough story that they can't bury it. So they need to create the narrative that Travyon was "asking for it", Zimmerman was "protecting" himself, and Travyon was the aggressor here. Because the opposite of those positions destroys their arguments. Again, as I stated here, their arguments hold no logical basis.
Good thing we didn't let the terrorists win, filling us with fear and hate and the desire to destroy our own cultural and moral foundations.
Tweet of my heart:
@vidensadastra: So as it turns out when you work at a library "I don't want to leave my book group" is a totally valid reason to get your schedule changed.
Alligator Quotient: When you stack enough of them together, they look like a big, squiggly leather wallet. From the inside.