Los Links 10/14

Herein are contained the links that saved my life last week. At the end of long days spent explaining to angry people that, when millions of them all try to activate their snazzy new iPhone 4s at once, and those anxiously counting the days until their upgrade decided they could all at least have OS 5 right now, it is not the cell phone carriers’ fault that the Apple servers got completely overwhelmed. Not to mention, even their hold music said “Sod this for a game of larks” and buggered off to do something else, leaving nothing but silence as the endless wait for technical assistance ensued. This, also, was not the fault of the cell phone carriers. But we got blamed anyway.

I will not discuss the specifics of the week from hell. I will only say that I appreciate Apple for ensuring my continued employment, and that if I hadn’t had some excellent science blogs to come home to, I would have ended up unemployed anyway due to a nervous breakdown.

Let these links work their magic for you!


CSM: Kraken monster ruled ancient seas? Scientists wary of new theory.

Laelaps: The Revenge of the Imaginary Kraken.

Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week: Smoking Kraken.

Discovery: Smokin’ Kraken?

Andrew Alden: The Great Kraken Fracas.


Occupy Wall Street

Paul Krugman: Panic of the Plutocrats.

Rolling Stone: My Advice to the Occupy Wall Street Protesters.

Almost Diamonds: Understanding Occupy Wall Street.



Context and Variation: The three things I learned at the Purdue Conference for Pre-Tenure Women: on being a radical scholar.

Surprising Science: Five Historic Female Mathematicians You Should Know.

Neurotic Physiology: Friday Weird Science: The Narcoleptic dog in your Disney film.

Clastic Detritus: Friday Field Photo #157: Evidence of a 500 Million Year Old Storm.

Highly Allochthonous: Friday focal mechanism: mountain building in Argentina and Scenic Saturday: Waterfalls need the right rocks as well as water.

Glacial Till: Why I’m a Skeptic.

Science News: A Shadowed Past.

Not Necessarily Geology: Source of the Elusive Waterfall Conglomerate.

Wired Science: What 300 Sea Otters Can Tell Us About the Ocean.

Gizmodo: How Japan’s Oldest Wooden Building Survives Giant Earthquakes.

I Can Has Science: Favorite Reaction – SN2.

History of Geology: October 9, 1963: Vajont.

The Washington Post: Naked mole rat genome may point way to long, healthy life.

Speakeasy Science: The Poisoner’s Calender (No. 2).

The Connection: A conversation with… David Kroll.

NeuroDojo: Planning is essential; plans are useless.

Scientific American: Big Rocks, Big Science.

Uncovered Earth: Earth Science Week: It’s Official in Oregon, A Halloween Challenge: Geo-Pumpkins.

Newsweek:  How to Think About the Mind.

The Guardian: Amanda Knox: What’s in a face?

New Scientist:  Zoologger: The first reptile with a true placenta.

The Big Picture: Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition.

Nature News: A fight for life that united a field.

Dan’s Wild Wild Science Journal: Dissapearing Ice At The Top of The World and The Roof of the World.

Not Exactly Rocket Science: Scientists sequence the full Black Death genome and find the mother of all plagues.

Neuroskeptic: Mountains of Mental Disorders.

Up-Section: The Iron Ore of Bell Island, Conception Bay, Newfoundland.

Scientific American: Having a great science conversation with a kid.

Georneys: The Care and Feeding of a Geologist: A Guest Post by Barbara Mervine .

80beats: Study: Fish Have Been Jumping on Land for 150 Million Years and Hiding it From the Fossil Record.

Discover: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About… Fire.

Etnaboris: Growing growing growing.

Science Daily: The Strange Rubbing Boulders of the Atacama.

Respectful Insolence: The “toxin gambit” on steroids.

Andrew Alden: GSA Meeting: The Anthropocene Panel.

Metageologist: Thermobarometry: quantifying metamorphic conditions.

Riparian Rap: LRRD at GSA Minneapolis.

Science Blog: Critical Minerals Ignite Geopolitical Storm.

The Guardian: If you want answers, why not run your own trials?

Science Sushi: Social Media For Scientists Part 3: Win-Win.



Public Radio International: Author Samuel R. Delany on the evolution of sci-fi.

The Fall of Print: How a new survey of ebook discovery habits lends hope to self-publishers and tips for better marketing.

A Brain Scientist’s Take on Writing: The Psychology of Attraction: Uncertainty.

Patricia C. Wrede: The Hat Lecture.

Jane Friedman: Book Proposals in the Digital Age.

Society of Authors: The short story tweetathon.

Take As Directed: Scientist copy-checking: Point-counterpoint at the Guardian.

The Biology Files: What’s wrong with this piece on science and journalism? Oh, let me count the ways.

The Panic Virus: Guardian ends run of smart science journalism discussions, publishes exercise in idiocy.

Lingua Franca: Before You Submit: Some Tips for Self-Editing.

Boing Boing: An interview with Sir Terry Pratchett.

The Business Rusch: The Way We Were.

The Passive Voice: What You Don’t Know About Find and Replace in Microsoft Word.


Women’s Issues

Blag Hag: Pfft, why waste money on battered women?

Tiger Beatdown:  On Blogging, Threats, and Silence.

Central Science: An America’s Next Top Model Chemistry Tongue Twister.

The Scicurious Brain: The more feminine you look, the more children you want. It must be science.

Context and Variation: Framing and definitions: are you maternal enough to be a woman?

Almost Diamonds: When a Camera Isn’t Enough.


Atheism and Religion

Skepchick: Ultra-Orthodox Men Throw Feces, Call Little Girls Sluts.

The Wall of Separation: Special Delivery: Fourteen Writers Remind Jim Wallis That The Religious Right Is A Real Problem.

Almost Diamonds: Help Make Foxholes Safe for Atheists.

Scientific American: Doomsday, Apocalypse, and Rapture, Oh my!

KOMO News: Couple pleads not guilty in homicide of adopted daughter.

Alternet: Is Atheist Money Too Controversial for the American Cancer Society?

This Week in Christian Nationalism: Air Force Academy Cadets Decide They Must Pretend To Be Fundamentalist Christians.

Why Evolution Is True: Mason Crumpacker and the Hitchens reading list.

The New York Times: A Voice, Still Vibrant, Reflects on Mortality.

WWJTD: Spare The Rod, Spoil The Child Not Relevant In Child Abuse Case.



Max Udargo: Open Letter to that 53% Guy.

Mother Jones: Charts: 6 Big Economic Myths, Debunked.

Verdict: Gaming American Democracy: A Perfect Storm in Which Republicans Disenfranchise Voters While Giving Corporations Unchecked Powers.


Society and Culture

Whatever: BrandLink Communications Has the Internet Drop on its Head.

The Blogress:  That’s why I’m not allowed to be here unsupervised. [You have to read this. It is funny as shit. -ed.]

Facing South: Real ‘Norma Rae’ dies of cancer after insurer delayed treatment.

The X Blog: He’s Suffered Enough!!!

Token Skeptic: Head-Desk Your Horoscope.

Lousy Canuck: Owning the slur.

The Week: Why gay men don’t get job interviews.

Lawyers, Guns and Money: On Columbus Day.

Los Links 10/14
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