All right, people. Stop writing awesome stuff I feel compelled to read. Actually, don’t stop, but do allow me to throw my hands up in despair. I need another me who does nothing but read cool shit on the interwebz and can download the results directly into my brain.
Anyway. There’s this one post I have to put right up here, because it’s about the Cascadia Subduction Zone and it’s utterly terrifying, enthralling, and some of the best writing I’ve yet seen.
Outside: Totally Psyched for the Full-Rip Nine.
And now, on with the rest of teh awesome.
Anthropology in Practice: Pieces of the Human Evolutionary Puzzle: Who Was Australopithecus sediba?
Context and Variation: Menstruation is just blood and tissue you ended up not using.
Andrew Alden: Dietary Minerals and Real Minerals.
Obsidian Wings: A brook, run, creek, branch, or stream runs through it.
Glacial Till: The Molalla River, Oregon.
Scientific American: Wire Up Your Sense of Smell: How the Internet Is Changing the World of Perfumery.
Arya M. Sharma, MD: Should We Outsource Obesity Treatment To Weight Watchers?
Atomic-o-licious: The Smell of it.
Guardian: The versatility of science graduates should be celebrated not criticised.
Georneys: Geology Word of the Week: O is for Ooid.
Uncovered Earth: Sunday Science Photos, September 4 – 10.
Glacial Till: Meteorite Monday: The Hayabusa mission to Itokawa.
Denison Geoblog: Flint Ridge, Ohio.
Scientific American: Nile Crocodile Found to Comprise Two Different Species.
Butterflies and Science: Butterflies and Social Science.
The Atlantic: The Dark Side of the Placebo Effect: When Intense Belief Kills.
Clastic Detritus: Seafloor Sunday #89: Photo From the Deepest Part of the Ocean.
American Rivers: The importance of small streams.
Galileo’s Pendulum: A Planet With Two Suns.
The SciencePunk Blog: Five iconic science images, and why they’re wrong. (This solar system scale model is a bit more realistic.)
Scientific American: How to Improve Your Life with Story Editing.
Highly Allochthonous: One recipe for flooding: Take a tropical cyclone and add steep topography.
Scientific American: Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: The Situation Is in the Mindset of the Observer and Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: The Power of Public Opinion.
My Modern Met: Town Squeezed Between Giant Boulders.
Metageologist: What you ought to know about metamorphism.
Cosmic Variance: Trusting Experts.
The Conversation: Diamond planets, climate change and the scientific method.
Scientific American: Peace of Mind: Near-Death Experiences Now Found to Have Scientific Explanations.
Decrepit Old Fool: The alien menace.
Geotripper: Vagabonding across the 39th Parallel: A Canyon Along The Colorado River? Really?
Earth Literally: Dynamic Topography: What’s in a name?
Strange Maps: 531 – A Rio Runs Through It: Naming the American Stream.
Anthropology in Practice: On My Shelf: Geologic City (A Review).
Matt Kutcha: Mineral Cleavage Test.
Mountain Beltway: A dismaying course, part II: evolution and Clinker.
Skepchick: Guest Post: Birdchick – Are sea eagles coming after your children?
Not Necessarily Geology: Folded Lakes Marble.
The Last Word on Nothing: Guest Post: Part of Me Forever.
Outside the Interzone: Volcanic Ramblings Part 3: Salt Creek Falls.
Pub Rants: In The Author’s Shoes.
LitReactor: Interesting new tool for writers, might be worth subscribing to.
The Coffee-Stained Writer: Fiction Friday: getting into your characters’ heads.
Nieman Storyboard: Story, interrupted: why we need new approaches to digital narrative.
Bob Mayer’s Blog: Marketing and Indie Authors: Our Successful Release of The Jefferson Allegiance.
The Book Deal: What authors can learn from the bestseller lists.
The Passive Voice: Is There Anything That Can Take the Pain Out of Ebook Formatting?
A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Guest Post from Bella Andre (aka Lucy Kevin) (aka Bella Riley).
A Brain Scientist’s Take on Writing: From St. Martins, to Self Publishing, to Amazon: Q&A With Barry Eisler.
Write It Forward: The real gatekeepers in publishing now? Authors.
Terrible Minds: Twenty-Sided Troubadours: Why Writers Should Play Roleplaying Games.
Genreville: Authors Say Agents Try to “Straighten” Gay Characters in YA.
Atheism and Religion
***Dave Does the Blog: Man Does Not Live By Bread Alone … but he doesn’t live long without it, either.
Lousy Canuck: Why don’t atheists just shut up and stay home? (a repost) and What is an ad hominem? What isn’t?
Oregon Live: Another faith-healing death of a child puts Oregon City parents on trial.
Camels With Hammers: A Living Illustration of the Problem With Trying To Love The Gay Person But Hate Her Gayness and How Religious Bullying Makes Atheists So Angry: One New Atheist’s Story.
On Humanity, Naturally: Concerns About the Religious Right Are Not Overblown.
White Coat Underground: A trick question.
Jezebel: County Attorney Accused Of Making Rape Jokes, Ignoring Child Porn.
Emily L. Hauser – In My Head: “Like a girl” – yes, again.
The Guardian: As the Topman T-shirts show, misogyny is now so commonplace it’s mundane.
The Guardian: Let’s get this straight. Gender studies isn’t about ‘women good, men bad’.
Slate: The Girl Scouts’ Allegedly Radical Feminist Lesbian Agenda.
The Daily Beast: Women: The Invisible Poor.
Science Sushi: Observations: Why do women cry? Obviously, it’s so they don’t get laid.
Ynet News: Cadets dismissed over woman’s song.
National Postdoctoral Association: A Postdoc’s Guide to Pregnancy and Maternity Leave.
ABC News: Forever 21′s ‘Allergic to Algebra’ Shirt Draws Criticism.
Almost Diamonds: And Then You Wait.
Gamasutra: Gamazon: ‘Feminist Whore’ Powers Activate.
ThinkProgress: GOP Legislator: Homosexuality Is ‘More Dangerous’ Than Terrorist Attacks Because We Have To Deal With It Every Day.
Paul Krugman: Setting Their Hair on Fire.
Wisconsin Gazette: GOP memo instructs DMV workers not to tell voters that photo IDs are free.
Thoughts from Kansas: Why science questions matter for candidates.
Media Matters: Murdoch’s U.S. Hacking Woes Grow.
Washington Post: Bachmann’s wrongheaded attack on HPV vaccinations.
White Coat Underground: Ignorance, beatified.
Almost Diamonds: Emily for Elizabeth.
***Dave Does the Blog: Lying Talking Points for the 2012 Election (Collect the Whole Set!).
Newser: Debate Crowd Cheers Letting Uninsured Die.
The Dish: Republicanism As Religion.
Politco: GOP grumbles about jobs plan.
Grits for Breakfast: From the off-topic irony department: Fire Follies.
Bioephemera: Pseudonymity: Five Reasons the New Scienceblogs/NG Policy is Misguided.
Society and Culture
Decrepit Old Fool: Dan Savage at Illinois State University.
Stories from the Heartland: Some real Shock and Awe: Racially profiled and cuffed in Detroit.
Jay Rosen’s Press Think: We Have No Idea Who’s Right: Criticizing “he said, she said” journalism at NPR.
Def Shepherd: Why A Heterosexual, Married, North Carolinian Father Of Three Cares About LGBT Equality.
Pam’s House Blend: Bible-beating Kentucky lawmaker wants to pass a bill to protect anti-gay bullies.
Mike the Mad Biologist: “Why the HELL Didn’t He KEEP HER IN THE HOSPITAL?” and Why Low-Income Parents Rationally Choose Failing Schools.
Foreign Policy: Got Cheap Milk?
The Mary Sue: How To Have An Awesome Wedding: Do it With Dinosaurs.
The Washington Examiner: You have a right to record the police.
Danger Room: How to Beat Terrorism: Refuse to Be Terrorized.
HamdenRice: Most of you have no idea what Martin Luther King actually did.