I’m afraid there’s rather a lot. Dear Aunty Flow was here last week, so all I was good for was sitting very still for several days, reading blog posts between waves of pain. Then people kept posting more awesome shit, and wouldn’t stop, and by the end of the week, my list of unread links was enormous, and I couldn’t help but to read nearly all of them despite the fact I really should’ve been doing other things.
I have no self control.
But I have a lot more knowledge than I had at the beginning of the week, so you shall hear no complaints. Now, on with the links!
Mountain Beltway: Words matter .
The Plainspoken Scientist: Use your words (wisely) .
The Biology Files: The meaning of words for scientists and the public: context matters.
Southern Fried Science: The Importance of Word Choice: Terms with multiple meanings for scientists and the public.
Occupy Wall Street
Decrepit Old Fool: Occupy BloNo – the local Occupy Wall Street group.
Mike the Mad Biologist: Is Our Media Learning? Not When David Brooks Is Around.
Threat Level: In a Single Month, the Occupation Became a Force.
The Atlantic: Public Radio Host Fired After Speaking for Occupy D.C.
Almost Diamonds: Outing the Ringers.
Lousy Canuck: Science dispels “vagueness” about Occupy Wall Street and
Everywhere a sign.
Balloon Juice: Long Division.
Occupy Cyberspace – American Autumn:
Blue Collar Atheist: Thank you, Occupy Wall Street.
Occupy Writers: By Lemony Snicket.
It is NOT Junk: Arsenic, quasicrystals and the myth of the science martyr.
Degrees of Freedom: The Periodic Table, and Why Batteries Don’t Work the Way You Think.
Life = Science + k: The rise of DIY labs.
Through the Looking Glass: Who speaks for the trees?
Earth-Pages: The useful geoneutrino.
Dinosaur Tracking: A Beautiful Baby Dinosaur.
Clastic Detritus: Friday Field Photo #158: Looking over Glacier Grey in Patagonia.
Science Daily: Earthquakes Generate Big Heat in Super-Small Areas.
OUP Blog: Cockroaches, who needs ‘em?
New Scientist: Rover scientist: Why I’m spending 13 days underwater.
Astrophile: The rebel star that broke the medieval sky.
Cocktail Party Physics: Burn, Baby, Burn: Understanding the Wick Effect.
Contrary Brin: Arguing With Your Crazy Uncle About Climate Change.
Decrepit Old Fool: Invasive species in Normal – unexpected learning.
Earth and Mind: Going Negative on “Negative Feedback”.
White Coat Underground: Baseball and quackery.
Outside the Interzone: Volcanic Ramblings Part 5: Lotsa Lakes and Volcanic Ramblings Part 6: Cascades Slop Over Into Basin and Range.
The Scicurious Brain: The Pill and Relationship Satisfaction, aka the power of interpretation.
Nature News: Warning on neural technique.
The Last Word on Nothing: What Makes a Pun Funny?
Off the Shelf Edge: Conglomeratic submarine canyon fill, Point Lobos, California.
Disease Prone: Cerebral Palsy Challenger.
Highly Allochthonous: Does plate tectonics control magnetic reversals?
White Coat Underground: I get mail!
Scientific American: Find the Hidden Colors of Autumn Leaves.
Mountain Beltway: Bookshelfed mullions from Norway .
The New York Times: It’s Complicated: Dragonfly Love Comes Calling.
Science-Based Medicine: The Cure.
Discovery News: Glowing Sand Tells Time: No Hourglass Needed.
Science-Based Medicine: Reiki.
Not Exactly Rocket Science: Scientists correct the typo behind a genetic liver disease and “Living fossil” cycad plants are actually evolution’s comeback kings.
Chicago Tribune: Younger doctors not as pro-vaccine as older docs.
COSMOS: Seeing and not believing.
Starts With a Bang!: Game Over for Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos?
Scientific American: Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: The Importance of Perspective-Taking.
Up-Section: Teaching geoscience to religious students.
Roxy Drew: (Human) Sex Is Boring.
Glacial Till: Meteorite Monday: Impactites.
It’s Okay to be Smart: If this video doesn’t make your jaw drop … you don’t have a jaw.
Andrew Alden: Look Out for Underlooks.
The Passive Voice: How to Read a Book Contract – Where Are We Gonna Fight?
Boundary Vision: Learning about science writing from kids.
Write to Publish: Good Reads 101 – Part 2 Tell me about your book…
The Guardian: A life in writing: Terry Pratchett.
A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Guest Post by Rob Siders of 52 Novels.
Patricia C. Wrede: After the Writing.
Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week: Collateral damage of the non-open reviewing boycott.
Twenty Palaces: Why does realism matter?
Write it Forward: What Does It Take To Succeed in Self-Publishing?
WWJTD: The Beginning.
Jezebel: Six Myths About Sex And Gender, Busted.
Almost Diamonds: Why “No Means No”.
Crude Matter: Girlybits 101, now with fewer scary parts!
Context and Variation: Ladybusiness justice, and why Plan B shouldn’t be your only birth control.
Neurotic Physiology: XO Jane’s Health Editor…are you playing with me?
AAUW Dialog: The Hormones Made Her Do It.
Atheism and Religion
Scientific American: The Real Science behind Scientology.
Rock Beyond Belief: Penn Jillette misses the point about Atheists and the Chaplaincy.
Mother Jones: America’s Atheist Warriors.
The Guardian: Why I refuse to debate with William Lane Craig.
Stupid Evil Bastard: Jesus Ween – Once again some Christians try to take the fun out of something popular.
Almost Diamonds: Taking It Downhill.
Digital Cuttlefish: Are Evangelicals Dangerous? A Response.
Greta Christina: Religion Relies on Social Consent.
Mother Jones: Perry Officials Censored Climate Change Report.
Mike the Mad Biologist: Just Go Galt Already, Will You?
Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub: Because Obama opposes them, Limbaugh endorses terrorists and murderers.
Paul Krugman: Rabbit-Hole Economics.
Science Insider: Ron Paul Would Erase Billions in Research Spending.
McClatchy: Commentary: How to explain Herman Cain.
Society and Culture
Lousy Canuck: Unpacking the Astrology Vs Computers lawsuit.
The Crommunist Manifesto: Canada’s hate speech laws collide with reality.
Contrary Brin: Was 1957 America Better Than Today? (An Outright Rant!) .
Scruffymutt’s Posterous: How To Ruin Someone’s Life For No Good Reason.