Another week in which there’s just too much good stuff. This is because the people I follow on Twitter rule the universe. They’ve got great taste!
Elevatorgate continues apace. Some of you are probably sick of hearing about it by now, but the first link explains why it matters.
Greta Christina’s Blog: Why We Have to Talk About This: Atheism, Sexism, and Blowing Up The Internet. For all those weary of the subject, this is the one post you must read before walking away.
She Thought: Legitimate Anxiety. The answer to all those idiots comparing anxiety caused by men to anxiety caused by black people.
The Biology Files: Who is the Elevator Man? For me, he’s someone I know. A completely different take on the Elevator Man dust-up.
Focal Point: Attention, Space Cadets: Do Not Proposition Women in the Elevator. For those who aren’t quite getting that, a useful metaphor is contained herein.
Lousy Canuck: The Problem with Privilege (or: missing the point, sometimes spectacularly). See? Men can get it. This man does. Men who aren’t getting it: bloody well go read this and see if maybe just a smidgeon of sense gets through.
That which deranges the senses: The elevator thing. This post breaks things down into easily-understandable chunks, and includes simple advice on how to entice the ladies.
Daylight Atheism: Atheists, Don’t Be That Guy. Really. It’s that simple.
Pandagon: The “Nice Guy” defense. Can we say fallacy, boys and girls?
Skepchick: Frequently Answered Questions. Read over this list before babbling.
Right. With that out of the way, on with the usual categories.
Eruptions: Erik’s Volcano Nightmare: Why can’t the media get science right? Righteous outrage and some very good points.
Nature Newsblog: What’s new about new synthetic organs? Someday soon, made-to-order organs might become the order of the day.
PodBlack Cat: The Great Vaccination Debate Infographic. It’s stark, seeing the difference between non-vaccinated and vaccinated. People who think vaccines don’t save lives need to take a second look at the numbers.
Geologic Froth: That fault only looks Photoshopped. It really does!
The Guardian: Effective things can come from silly places. I did not need to know about Ben Goldacre’s golden anal beam.
Mountain Beltway: Cascade Canyon. Haaawwwttt….
Earthly Musings: Time. This is a mind-bending way of looking at your birthday, perfect for geologists!
Superbug: The Clap Came Back: Multi-Drug Resistant Gonorrhea. Any future one-night stands will be delayed by STD testing. Yeesh.
Slate: A Bad Case of the Brain Fags. Minds out of the gutter, people! Go find out what brain fags actually are before you embarrass yourselves.
C&EN: Itching To Know More About Itch. Reading this made me itch. But it was worth it.
Scientopia: Chemistry For The Zombie Apocalypse. You will need this in your anti-zombie arsenal.
I Speak of Dreams: Waldorf/Steiner Schools and Low Vaccine Uptake Rates. If you need a really good horrified laugh at some incredibly ridiculous woo, read on.
Uncovered Earth: Take a Hike: Saddle Mountain. Michael covers some things about the hike the guidebooks don’t, plus yummy pictures!
Design Observer Group: The Scale of Nature: Modeling the Mississippi River. It’s amazing what it takes to bring a mighty river under control.
Google Blog: Hats off to the winners of the inaugural Google Science Fair. Girl power, people! It’s nice to see so many young women get recognized for genius science ideas.
The Guardian: Everyday inspiration shines through at the Google Science Fair. A closer look at some of the people and projects.
Cross-Check: Are Antidepressants Just Placebos With Side Effects? Considering I have a mother who’s bipolar, this isn’t an academic question, but a matter of life and death.
Culturing Science: The conservation school of hard-knocks, or how I chose hope over futility. A great post on avoiding despair while trying to save the world a bit at a time.
Wired: How Digital Detectives Deciphered Stuxnet, the Most Menacing Malware in History. Confession: I love this stuff. It’s got nerdalicious bits and it’s got forensics, all in one engrossing read. WIN!
Scienceline: Parasitized throughout the ages. We’ve had icky things hitching rides for a long time. Ewww.
Context and Variation: To save your marriage, hold the mayo… but only if you’re a lady. Bullshit science spanked thoroughly.
BoingBoing: The Singularity is Far: A Neuroscientist’s View. So when Ray Kurzweil starts in about it again, feel free to stuff your fingers in your ears and hum porno tunes very loudly until he gives up and goes away.
Not Exactly Rocket Science: Hacking the genome with a MAGE and a CAGE. This. Is. Awesome.
Wired: More Than Charismatic: The Ecology of Big Animals. Neat, startling photos of ecosystems with and without the big guys.
Scientific American: Why Is Quantum Gravity So Hard? And Why Did Stalin Execute the Man Who Pioneered the Subject? I wonder how much further physics would have advanced if Stalin wasn’t such a murderous asswad?
The Scicurious Brain: Ketamine and Major Depressive Disorder: Is it Better with Special K? Some intriguing results.
ScienceNOW: Anti-HIV Pills Powerfully Protect Uninfected Heterosexuals. This is excellent news for couples with an infected partner.
On Becoming a Domestic and Laboratory Goddess: How to Sell Your Fellow Students for $100. The rabid animal rights freaks are at it again, willing to pay students to spy on other students. Disgusting fucktards.
Science Sushi: What’s in a name? In which Christie Wilcox discusses sushi and sustainability, deliciousness, and unintended consequences.
Scientific American: Nature’s Nuclear Reactors: The 2-Billion-Year-Old Natural Fission Reactors in Gabon, Western Africa. Our own Evelyn Mervine talking about nature’s expertise in running nuclear reactors. Pure awesome!
Assignment: Impossible: Visions: No Worlds Left To Conquer. Alien fans. Gotta love ’em.
Paleoseismicity: The Wednesday Centerfault (7). And a very sexy centerfault ’tis.
Neuron Culture: Jo Marchant: How to Write (Long) About Science. “A writer is a reader who mutated.” Tons of excellent advice for all genres in here.
Roger Ebert’s Journal: Gatsby without greatness. This makes me die inside.
Nieman Storyboard: “Why’s this so good?” No. 2: McPhee takes on the Mississippi. This post won’t help you write like John McPhee, but it will help you write like the best possible you.
David Gaughran: Batting for a Broken System. Ah, yes, the old “If publishers screw themselves out of the market, we’ll all be sorry” trope. Riiiight.
Dean Wesley Smith: Chapter 8: Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: New York Works as a Quality Filter. HA HA HA HA HA HA H- Oh, wait, they were serious.
The Innocent Flower: What They Don’t Tell You About a Launch. Hint #1: it ain’t that glamorous.
Social Media Examiner: 9 Ways to Use Social Media to Launch a Book. There are a few good tips in here, if you can get through the blatant self-promotion.
Pimp My Novel: Guest Post: Four Elements of a Great Book Signing. Should you ever get so lucky as to a) have a book signing and b) have people show up, here’s some ways to keep it from merely being a lump of an author scribbling on title pages.
David Gaughran: The Anatomy of A Book Cover. For those of us intimidated by DIY, this is a good post breaking down the evolution of a cover design.
Bob Mayer’s Blog: Thrillerfest Wrap Up- Thoughts on Traditional Publishing, Agents and Self-Publishing. Very valuable thoughts, especially for those weighing their tradition-vs.-self-pub options.
GalleyCat: Google+ Hangouts for Writing Groups. Forget all that time wasted driving to some dingy, smelly little meeting from for a writer’s group meetup – go virtual!
Tales of a Mad Scientist: Why Are People Touching Me? A corollary to Don’t Hit On Women In Elevators: Don’t Grab People With Tattoos. Why the fuck are people so bloody dense?
Ophelia’s Web: Harry Potter is the Boy Who Lived. Hermione Granger is the Girl Who Studied And Saved Everyone. Hell to the yes! Fuck Harry – Hermione’s the hero!
MacLeans: Girls should not be segregated on public school property. I’m so glad we have a First Amendment that keeps most of this religious bullshit out of schools.
The Independent: Israel: Religious paper bans women from event. I wonder if the religious fucktard men who fall for this shit realize how weak and frightened, not to mention ridiculous and hateful, it makes them look?
Religion and Atheism
AlterNet: 5 Faulty Arguments Religious People Use Against Atheists (Debunked). Greta Christina makes fools suffer.
What Would JT Do? Securing the chains of history. All I’m going to say is this: read it. All of it. From the spanking of homophobic fuckwads right down to the Christian revisionist history, read it all.
Cosmic Variance: Free Will Is as Real as Baseball. So far, this is the only post on free will that hasn’t left me stone-cold bored.
Society and Culture
Culture Lab: Saving the planet: not just for pansies. Macho manly-men (and hard-as-nails women) can save it, too! Enlightened self-interest saves the day.
New York Times: Bomb Took 3 Limbs, but Not Photographer’s Can-Do Spirit. This man is the definition of hardcore. I’ll be thinking of him every time I’m tempted to snivel about my various petty problems.
Decrepit Old Fool: In which Tim Wildmon, American Family Association president, helps me buy a lawnmower. It’s like he’s that friend whose judgement works great as long as you do the opposite of everything he says!
Fabulous Lorraine: You Can Rest Easy Now. We Found Your Cat. I hope the people who abandon cats out in the middle of nowhere understand that this is not the right thing to do.
New York Times: The Good Short Life. This extraordinary man is living his final days perfectly, and demonstrates why assisted dying isn’t scary or depressing.
Scientific American: Taking Charge of Your Life and Your Death. A friend’s view.
NeuroTribes: An Eye-Opening Adventure in Socialized Medicine. It’s horrible, I tell you. Swift service, not getting shaken down for cash, having the means of healing in hand at an affordable price without having to drive across town. The horror! The horror!
The Compound Eye: Thrifty Thursday: What’s the difference between a $200 and a $2000 camera? I feel even fonder of my camera now!
Buffalo News: Soldiers’ stories. Brian Romans has a relative in this, but that’s not the only reason it rocks – this is art giving us a window into other minds.
Slate: How Facebook Saved My Son’s Life. See? Social networks do lots more than just suck up all your time.
Not Exactly Rocket Science: Seeing an American flag can shift voters towards Republicanism. We were already plastered in flags before this study. We’re going to be suffocated by them now.
Good Culture: Half of Americans Getting Government Aid Swear They’ve Never Used Government Programs. Even when their lips are firmly attached to the teat.
Questionable Authority: Michelle Bachmann wants to fire my wife. Because, y’know, weak widdle wimmins and teh icky gayz don’t belong in the military.
Archy: Where I stand on the family. Looks like someone isn’t gonna get elected by the frothing fundies! Hilarious and occasionally anger-inducing read.
Balloon Juice: Of Course They’re Crazy. Amazing how many people are just now awakening to the fact that the Republican party is full of batshit crazy freaks.
Bad Astronomy: Congress threatens America’s future in space. One gets the distinct feeling most of Congress wants America to become a third-world country.Astronomy