P. K. Dick on seeing a promo for Blade Runner. Note, SF has always been "dying", we have always been at war with Eurasia. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
I know there's the whole, "Life imitates art because art intimidates life" back and forth thing, but the end result is, your life should contain art. At least that's how the proponents of Art Nouveau felt.
Another step close to synthetic DNA. Also interesting because of how they showed evolution by implementing an artificial selection pressure (being able to cling to certain proteins). And there you have it, creationists, evolution shown in a laboratory. Again. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
The twenty worst tramp stamps. Warning, lots of butt-crack and whale tale to be seen there, may be NSFW. As my friends comment, Dan: "The entire 1st Corinthians? wtf?", John: "And with a typo in it, too… but nobody ever notices it because they're too busy being horrified by the concept." Yea and verily. (Pointed to by John)
Because yesterday was not only Pixel-stained Technopeasant Wretch Day (and I forgot to dress up for work), it was the day we celebrate Shakespeare's birth day, how Shakespeare changed everything. Love him or hate him, or think he was just a front for someone else, there's no denying how the world shaped to his vision. (Grokked from Tor.com)
US measles cases reached 15 year high in 2011. (Grokked from Catherine Shaffer)
The Slactivist on the LCWR sanctioning. There are times in the world that I fear we are falling into another dark ages, where learning and critical thought diminishes to only that which conserves the established powers and orthodox dogma. And then there are times you can see the dark hands move to instill such a regime.
"Got that? Republicans want to spend money on defense that the Defense Department doesn't want, and it wants to pay for the spending by slashing aid to struggling families -- because they have it way too easy right now… Say hello to The Sympathy Gap." This was one of the things that changed for me after I left the GOP. I used to be a strong proponent of "pulling yourself up by your bootstraps", until I noticed many people not only didn't have bootstraps, but didn't even have socks let alone boots. I've also been one to talk about how I worked all the way through college, but I also graduated with debt. So did my wife. And college has only gotten more expensive (outpacing inflation) since then. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Alligator Quotient: I'll never get the smell of alligator out of my clothes.