Happy birthday to gows!
State of the 'Song
Pretty much okay, helped by staying in last night.
90% done. Still have to figure something out for my cousins and my... demicousins? My cousins' cousins related to me through marriage. There are four of them, and I can give classic books to the wee ones, but the teenagers require more thought. Must Facebook-message their mom.
* XKCD is DEAD ON.
* Bright of the Sky for free on Kindle! I loved this series. You should grab it.
* Methods of communication among activists [h/t vylar_kaftan]. I tend to emote or logic-bomb, often both simulataneously, depending on the crowd - but, then, the thing I'm an activist about is something people regard as deeply personal already, so emoting Gets Results. I have been known to Nuke, but not when I'm wearing my BARCC hat, and only when the person has proven that they're not going to listen anyway.
The latest test in quantum mechanics provides even stronger support than before for the view that nature violates local realism and is thus in contradiction with a classical worldview. By performing an experiment in which photons were sent from one Canary Island to another, physicists have shown that two of three loopholes can be closed simultaneously in a test that violates Bell's inequality (and therefore local realism) by more than 16 standard deviations. Performing a Bell test that closes all three loopholes still remains a challenge, but the physicists predict that such an experiment might be "on the verge of being possible" with state-of-the-art technology.
Work, home. Knitting my butt off, either in the afternoon or evening; I'm 20 rows from the end of Elayna's shawl and need to jump on something for my birthmother next, to have done by the 20th. Tonight is the first night of Chanukah!