No new blog post today — my CPAP machine leaked last night, and I was so unwell I had to come home from work at lunchtime and spend most of the afternoon in bed — so you get links.
Brian Wilson is touring the UK with fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin in September, in what may well be his last ever tour (sadly in arena venues with support, rather than his normal theatre venues with no support acts). Presale tickets are here (I’m going to Manchester, Liverpool, and Leeds).
If the Lib Dems are in government after the election, British embassies will be given the power to perform same-sex marriages abroad, even if one partner is not a British subject. Great work there from Lynne Featherstone and Tim Farron, two of my favourite Lib Dem MPs.
Andrew Rilstone pays tribute to Leonard Nimoy
Sarah Brown’s way of dealing with annoying people on Twitter is fantastic
On Bede, Pagan Kings, Rival Churches, and the Great Anglo-British Miracle-Off
How porn and lust have changed since the 70s — an interview with the (female) former editor of several porn magazines. Not safe for work, obviously. (Link was through a Facebook friend who currently works for one, and says her experience of the men who write in is similar).
Jon Hunt on why the Archies matter
“I gave my child autism”
And a prosecutor who sent an innocent man to death row apologises and calls for an end to the death penalty
I’ll have a proper post tomorrow (Batpost), but I’ve spent the time I would normally have spent blogging today and yesterday sorting out a new theme for this blog (the old one was long-unsupported), tidying up some (though nowhere near all) of the tags, and other routine maintenance type stuff. So links.
The trailer for Brian Wilson’s live PBS special that airs in a couple of weeks. The songs from the new album sound rather better in a live setting with Brian’s band than they do in the studio recordings, but I’m still not hugely enthusiastic about them. Hoping the stuff I *haven’t* heard from the album is better. But this special should be good.
Jack Graham on anti-Stratfordianism
Alex Wilcock lists fifty things he loves about Britain. I agree with at least forty-five or so.
Rachel Reeves, the failure of imagination, and the future of work
I can text you a pile of poo, but I can’t write my name
Clitoral piercings are probably not illegal
Sarah Brown’s speech to Lib Dem Conference calling for an end to trans conversion “therapy”
Feminist Aspie explains why functioning labels are bad
Italian scientists have recreated the DNA of the fascist warrior-poet D’Annunzio from a 99-year-old semen stain they found.
Eliezer Yudkowsky’s blog posts from 2006-2009 have been collected as a pay-what-you-want ebook. I think a lot of Yudkowsky’s stuff is wrong, and some of it dangerously so, and LessWrong seemed, last I looked, to have turned into a weird sewer of “Red Pill” men’s rights types (and it’s apparently getting ever more culty). But at the same time, a good proportion of Yudkowsky’s writing is genuinely clever — he’s maybe almost 10% as clever as he thinks — and if nothing else his writing makes you think. Certainly worth sticking a few quid in if you’re the kind of person, like me, who gets as stimulated by reading interestingly wrong people as by reading people getting things right.
A long interview with Stewart Lee. I will be disappointed forever that the planned TV show with Alan Moore never happened.
Jo Walton on Terry Pratchett
A good post on neoreaction, platonism, and transphobia.
The RPG version of Charles Stross’ Laundry is currently in a cheap bundle offer as DRM-free PDFs, with 10% going to the EFF
Stross has also written a piece about Pratchett
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
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…