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Linkblogging for 17/04/14

Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew Hickey on April 17, 2014

Now that the house-moving stuff and the health stuff have settled down, and I’ve nearly finished the formatting-someone-else’s-ebook stuff, I’m planning to use much of the long weekend to build up a backlog of posts for here for the next few weeks. While you’re waiting for that, have some links:

Yahoo’s core business —, flickr, tumblr and the rest, every Yahoo! service anyone outside China knows about — is worth -$3.45 billion. Yes, that’s a minus sign.

Brad Hicks, one of my favourite bloggers, is posting again on a new site

The arrow of time is caused by quantum entanglement or, rather, they’re the same thing…

No, Easter is not about Ishtar

Slate Star Codex on the problem with the “skeptic” movement

And both Plok and Simon Bucher-Jones responded to the writing meme…

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Linkblogging for 07/04/14

Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew Hickey on April 7, 2014

Firstly, my apologies for my lack of recent posts. Since this time last month I’ve attended Lib Dem conference, been laid low with pneumonia for two weeks, moved house, and proofread a five-hundred page book for Andrew Rilstone (and I’m still in the process of formatting his ebook, which I’m behind schedule with — if you’re one of his Kickstarter backers, it’s my fault, not his, that you haven’t got your ebooks yet). The next few weeks I plan to get as much written here as possible, because May is going to be ludicrously full again…

I’ll be back posting properly once I’ve got the ebook done (a day or two, I think), but for now, have links:

Amazingly, the Independent actually had a sensible piece for Autism Awareness Day

Charles Stross on why jobs are a bad thing

Leonard Pierce on geeks and “born this way” arguments

Peter Watts on Heinlein, oxytocin, and group selection

The inexplicable rise of open-plan offices Someone brought up open plan offices in the equalities consultation at conference, and I actually shouted “Yes!” — they’re hateful things, damaging to both health and “productivity”.

Scott Aaronson on promoting science for the right reasons A lot of what he talks about there actually also fits very well with political messaging.


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Sick Linkblogging

Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew Hickey on March 12, 2014

I’m not a well boy at the moment — I’d had a throat infection for a few weeks, but over conference it turned into what seems to be pneumonia (and again, I cannot apologise enough if anyone else has caught this from me — I wasn’t *ANYTHING LIKE* this unwell before going, or I would not have considered in a million years going to conference). It seems to be responding to antibiotics, but I’ve also been sleeping for something like sixteen hours a day. That means very little time for blogging.

So while I wait for the ability to breathe, have some links:

Richard Herring spent International Women’s Day replying to idiots on Twitter who were asking “when’s International Men’s Day then?” by telling them it was November 19. All of them. It starts out funny, then gets tedious, then gets funnier, then more tedious, then even funnier… read the whole thing.

Lance Parkin on why Batman is like the Klan

The Bible in palindromes

Zoe O’Connell on the failures of the Cameron porn filters. Apparently the Girl Guides were blocked. Possible rape trigger warning for the discussion of one of the sites that wasn’t.

The Aporetic on why daylight saving is rubbish

And a blog collecting ebooks of public domain gothic, horror, and supernatural stories.


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Linkblogging For 18/02/14

Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew Hickey on February 18, 2014

I’m working on some new fun stuff, some of which will start turning up here later this week, but for now, have links:

Leonard Pierce has a new fad diet

Charles Stross discusses Baboon Fart Odyssey

John Scalzi on petitions. There’s a specific one that prompted this, but it’s good general advice.

Radio 4 without the Archers

Dealing with sexual harassment at the political grassroots

The passport office’s sham review of gender-neutral markings

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Linkblogging For 05/02/14

Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew Hickey on February 5, 2014

I’m working on the next California Dreaming post (on Memories Of El Monte) but it might not be up until Friday, as tomorrow night I’m off to see Kristian Hoffman and Joey Arias, so have some links for now.

And if I don’t post it soon, someone poke me to write the piece about Lib-Labbery I’ve been meaning to write for about three weeks…

First off, I’m in the Pop World Cup again. VOTE ITALY!

Autistic brains create more information [than those of neurotypicals] when at rest

Max Tegmark on why parallel universes aren’t unscientific nonsense

Free (legal) readings and adaptations of SF stories as MP3s

A deed poll generator — if you’re in England or Wales and want to change your name, just fill in this form, print it off, and get someone to witness you signing it. Especially useful for trans people who don’t want to pay expensive lawyers’ fees.

Matthew Rossi on why survivors of sexual abuse may wait years before going public. May be hugely triggering, but worth reading if you can.

Uncle Bernie, Novelty Mart, and Frank Zappa in the comics

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