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Linkblogging For 25/04/11

Posted in linkblogging by Andrew Hickey on April 25, 2011

Am not sure if I’m going to be able to get the next Seven Soldiers post up tonight (I’m now working to Sunday as the deadline for getting the whole thing finished – I hadn’t banked on having several days of killer migraine in a row last week). So I’ve posted the last excerpt from the first Beach Boys book below (if you want my opinion on the live albums you’ll have to buy the book), and here are some links.

Wesley doesn’t like the novel The Daughter Of Time

Dave Ex Machina doesn’t like geeks (that post, and the utter cluelessness of some of the comments, sum up neatly why I don’t ever refer to myself as a geek or a nerd).

Sexonomics (the former Belle du Jour) on the effects on disabled people of laws attacking clients of sex workers
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Gavin B on Source Code and Saturday’s Doctor Who

David Howe on the death of Lis Sladen


James Ward doesn’t like rape jokes, especially ones that aren’t even funny.

Mike Taylor on Saturday’s Doctor Who

Simon Bucher-Jones has a poem about Sarah Jane


Evidence based medicine would be a good idea, if there was some evidence involved

Van Dyke Parks lists albums that marked major milestones in his life. Have I mentioned how ridiculously excited I am about seeing him live in a few weeks?

Lawrence Miles really, really doesn’t like Steven Moffat – I disagree with some of Miles’ views, but he writes so very, very entertainingly…

Adrian Bott on the modern myth of the Easter Bunny
. Adrian used to run an occult bookshop, so has less tolerance than most for the more extreme stupidities of Pagans. Just don’t read the comments.

And an interesting look at how automated pricing algorithms accidentally priced a book at $23 million

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  1. Jennie said, on April 25, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I think when you say Miles writes “entertainingly” what you actually mean is “bitterly, with an edge of misogyny”

    I managed to read past the photoshopped Radio Times cover which I found incredibly offensive, but when I got to the bit in the right hand sidebar where his objectification of Amy is most extant, I just closed the post down in disgust.

    I think Lawrence Miles, like theferrett on LJ is going to be added to The Daily Mail list of sites that I won’t go to because the fury they induce far outweighs any possible benefit of going.

    • Andrew Hickey said, on April 25, 2011 at 6:20 pm

      To be honest I hadn’t visited the site itself, just seen it in my RSS reader (I never visit the site itself, as he doesn’t have any comments or anything), so I haven’t seen the stuff in the sidebar. If it’s anything upsetting I do apologise.
      And yes, the Radio Times cover is rather unpleasant. I don’t see any misogyny in the article itself though.

  2. Gavin Burrows said, on April 25, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Thanks for the plug, Andrew!

  3. Jim said, on April 25, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    That Dave Ex Machina post is spot on. I think the issue is that in recent years, geek/nerd culture has becomes amorphous and all-encompassing, and also far more mainstream than it used to be. And arguing from a position of powerlessness (as many nerd culture agitators do) when your subculture is in the ascendant is kind of obnoxious.

    And I think that fanboyism and the nonstop mashups (zombie steampunk robot bacon you get the picture) are antithetical to what attracts me to SF and genre fiction: the sense of limitless imagination and the ability to create new worlds.

    • Andrew Hickey said, on April 25, 2011 at 8:16 pm

      Couldn’t agree more with all of that.

  4. pillock said, on April 25, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Seriously, what IS that bacon thing?

  5. Dan Coyle said, on April 26, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Lawrence Miles doesn’t like the current Who showrunner? I’m shocked, I tell you, I am SHOCKED!


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