Proper post tomorrow, but I’ve been absolutely exhausted over the last few days. So here are some linky things instead.
The first ever adaptation of 1984 — a radio version starring David Niven
The original, Borges-approved, translation of The Garden Of Forking Paths (his best collection of short stories) which went out of print after Borges’ widow commissioned a new translation with different royalty rates, is available as a PDF here
James Graham on extremism, the Paris attacks, and Star Wars
My friend Miriam, who doesn’t know or like 60s LA music very much, was interested in some of my posts about it anyway, and so on Saturday she is going to try livetweeting her reactions to the full four-hour mix of all the music I talk about in California Dreaming. She’ll be tweeting as Mimbletron, and the mixcloud mix is here
Britain’s got a Lib Dem sized hole in its heart
And Slate Star Codex has hardball questions for the next Republican debate (usual SSC comments warning probably applies)
I was going to post a review of 2001 (yes, the Kubrick one. Yes, I have a reason) today, but my open tabs have reached a critical mass, so I’m going to dump them on you all and do the proper post tomorrow.
The “set point” hypothesis of weight has long been put forward by fat-positive people, but no-one’s ever had a mechanism to explain it. This study suggests one. (Warning — contains description of animal experiments)
The Northern Caves is a rather good short-novel-length serialised story by “Nostalgebraist”. It has its flaws, but some of the people who liked some of the stuff I did in Head of State with character might like it. It’s definitely Gray Tradition stuff…
People who talk about how “uploading” would be easy know nothing of the human brain, apparently. I was already convinced it’d be almost intractable based on my own experience of emulators and virtualisation, and I’m not surprised it’d be even more difficult from the other end.
Why not apply to be a member of the house of Lords?
Why Wellness isn’t the answer to overwork
Tim Farron accuses Government of cutting support to refugees
Creative Commons-licensed stock photos of women of colour in tech jobs
John C. Wright is a whey-faced coxcomb
Paul Magrs’ random Doctor Who story generator
What software is made of
And finally, here’s the greatest mash-up of all time:
OK, so I’ve had a week off after completing California Dreaming — the paper formatting will take another week or so, but the book itself is done and all backers should have an ebook copy at the moment — and so I’m planning to get back to blogging every (or at least most) day(s). Proper writing (and podcasting) will resume tomorrow, but for now, links:
Slate Star Codex on people wrongly applying economics to psychiatry ETA I normally warn about the comments on Slate Star Codex and forgot to this time, but I am reliably informed that the comments on this article are toxic even by the normal standards there. A friend on Twitter says “That SlateStarCodex was excellent… And then the second comment was raving antisemitism, the next combined MRA logic with stereotyping autistic men as undateable with a touch of transphobia mixed in. And then I gave up. Not blaming you for linking – you’ve warned about SSC’s comments before just boggling at the intensity of the bullshit.”
So if you’ve not seen my warnings before, DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS ON SLATE STAR CODEX if you are likely to take offence at… well, basically, at anything at all…
Don’t blame mass shootings on mental illness
Johnny Echols of Love is touring the UK next year, with Baby Lemonade (the band that backed Arthur Lee on his last few tours)
Congratulations to my friend Annie Wallace (who many Beach Boys fans will know well) for becoming the first out trans actor to play a trans character in a UK soap opera.
Tim Farron challenges Labour and SNP to back immigration bill amendment
Momentum and the future of political parties
Masculinity is an anxiety disorder: breaking down the nerd box
A very nice review of my Multiversity ebook
Read the comic adaptation of Illuminatus! online
The revolting left
On empathy, autism, and criticism
Proper post tomorrow
Apologies for having a couple of days off from blogging — I was at a funeral on Wednesday and that left me so drained I ended up going to bed at 6:30PM yesterday. I have two blog posts 90% done each — a Batpost, which will go up as soon as I get up in the morning, and a Caldream post, which will be up on Sunday — so if I can get some writing done tomorrow I’ll actually have a backlog. But for now, links.
How Democracy Works, by Andrew Rilstone
Peter Watts on the networked-cyborg-rat-brains paper
Another of Jack Graham’s pieces of Doctor Who fanfic featuring a female Doctor
Animals that might go extinct if no-one eats them
Tim O’Neill does Go Set A Watchman as Ayn Rand
And Why you don’t need two-factor authentication