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Linkblogging For 02/03/15

Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew Hickey on March 3, 2015

OK, no, I’m not really going to keep the clickbait headlines up.
No proper post tonight, because I’ve spent my writing time working on a thing Simon Bucher-Jones asked me to do. That will hopefully be up in a little while, once I’ve finished it (if he likes it. It’s… grown a bit from the original brief. If he doesn’t, I’ll post it here).

So today, you get links.

The Locksley Exploit, by Philip Purser-Hallard (the second volume of the Devices trilogy) is out today as an ebook, though so far only on Google Play. Buy it.

Abigail Nussbaum links to her Hugo ballot choices for short fiction. I’m going to read all these, especially the novelettes and novellas, to see if there’s anything that can go in my own nominations.

Martin Wisse on the way female authors are written out of histories of SF

If you put a gorilla in CT scan photographs, radiologists won’t notice it

Feminist Aspie on the Disability Day of Mourning

No, gerbils didn’t cause the plague

Your HR Department Hates You

What it means that James Bond is now public domain in Canada

Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People

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Linkblogging For 24/2/15

Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew Hickey on February 24, 2015
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Linkblogging For 20/2/15

Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew Hickey on February 20, 2015

Just links today, I’m afraid…

I don’t normally link to the other Mindless Ones here — I’m not sure why, it feels like nepotism or something, even though it’s a fantastic site — but since all the Big Serious Important Comic Sites seem to be ignoring Brett Ewins’ death, all the more reason to link to this by The Beast Must Die

Is Work Good?

An article on the absurd results likely in the next election thanks to our broken system

The Wrong Objections to the Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Physics

A rather wonderful introduction to 50s and 60s jazz on Freaky Trigger. I was already aware of a lot of what’s talked about here, but hadn’t put it together in quite this way (oddly, this stuff is feeling rather than thinking music for me, even though it’s some of the most analytical, theoretical music ever made…)

Leonard Pierce on the campaign to change the name of a building named after a white supremacist bigot

Slate Star Codex provides a mental-health-based case for a basic income

Zoe O’Connell responds to Peter Tatchell on free speech vs freedom from criticism

Dave Page on some of the problems with “vote for policies” websites

Andrew Rilstone on the “Islam is not a race” argument

Dinah The Aspie Dinosaur is a new webcomic about a dinosaur with Asperger’s.

The NSA and GCHQ illegally broke into the computers of the world’s largest manufacturer of SIM cards, and got access to all the encryption keys on all the cards.

A clear candidate for best headline I’ll see this week “The Toronto Circus Riots of 1855: The Day The Clowns Picked The Wrong Toronto Brothel”

Alex’s Archives on lessons Lib Dems need to learn about coalition

Online voting won’t work, but that won’t stop them from introducing it anyway

The intertwining of whorephobia and transphobia

Sarah Brown on the letter by transphobes to the Observer

Fifty Shades of Grey exposes the problem with extreme porn laws

Are New Atheist authors and leaders trying to pull the same awful crime that Neopagan authors and leaders tried back in the late 1980s? Brad Hicks thinks so…

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Linkblogging For 12/2/15

Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew Hickey on February 12, 2015

A visit to the sleep clinic at an ungodly hour this morning means I didn’t get any sleep, so you get links today…

The state of whole-brain emulation in 2015

On the continued critical primacy of the white male auteur Jon Hunt makes some of the points I was trying to make the other day, better than I did.

Language and autism: what every social care professional should know

Are the main political parties heading for extinction?

The Tories think the current immigration rules are unfair — so they promise to make them worse

MP3s of the record sent on the Voyager probe

Love and Garbage on those sites that claim to sell plots of land with titles in Scotland

Slate Star Codex on some of the reasons black people may be underrepresented in polyamory (As always, a reminder that many of his readers are neoreactionary “Red Pill” types, and so even more than usual I wouldn’t look at the comments (I’ve not looked at them myself))

And The Daily Mash on our wonderfully simple voting system

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Linkblogging for 8/2/15

Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew Hickey on February 8, 2015

Sorry for the comparative silence for a few days. I had a migraine that lasted longer than most do, and that’s mucked up my brain chemistry enough that I’m not thinking straight (made a real idiot of myself on Twitter earlier, for example). I should be back properly tomorrow, and I’ve got a week off which I intend to spend mostly writing, so should build up a decent backlog of posts, but for now, have links:

Basic income thought of as vaccination

The polygraph has been lying to us for eighty years

A transcript of Bob Dylan’s speech to the MusiCares event

Stewart Lee on ticket touts

Why the EU should introduce a basic income

Lawrence Burton reviews Zenith

Samsung TVs are listening to everything you say

Peter Watts has reasons to be cheerful about privacy

Slate Star Codex on current treatments for addiction

Andrew Rilstone on interpreting the Bible

Freaky Trigger on The Masses Against The Classes

Phil Sandifer on The Five(ish) Doctors

And my wife, Holly, talks about how the British immigration system affected her mental health.

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