You *will* get the Batpost tomorrow, but this heatwave has completely messed my ability to think up, and I’m having to get up early and write in the morning before work, before everything heats up, rather than at 10PM when I normally write. I can barely breathe, in fact. So for now, links. Sorry. You’ll have proper posts every day for the rest of the week. Sorry again.
Jack Graham on Hannibal
The Atlantic on a world without work
Lady Mark absolutely destroys a proposal from Liberal Reform. I usually find myself in agreement with Joe Otten, who defends the proposal in the comments, but not this time.
What is code (in the computer sense)?
Leonard Pierce on streaming services and the impoverishment of culture
Sadly, while the US Supreme Court made some very good decisions this week, it also made some bad ones. One was reaffirming the constitutionality of the death penalty. Here are some excerpts from the dissent, showing why this was wrong on legal, as well as moral, grounds.
And finally, Head Of State is now available to buy as an ebook, as well as pre-ordering in dead tree
First, congratulations to the US. Still a long way to go for full LGBT+ equality, but it’s a major step.
I’ve not posted for a couple of days because I’ve been working on exclusive material for the book version of California Dreaming, which should be out next month. On top of the songs discussed here (and there are thirteen more of those to go) there’ll be entries for I Got You Babe, Once I Was, I Walk On Guilded Splinters, and Love Story (You And Me), an entry on the Monterey pop festival, a “Where are they now?” section, a bibliography and (in the print edition only) an index. Once Caldream is out, I’ll be finishing the series of essays I started on Cerebus…
I’ve also been working on a backlog of Batposts — those will start going up again from tomorrow.
But for now, while you wait for these, some links:
Claiming Tim Farron isn’t a ‘strong liberal voice’ is only possible if you don’t have a clue what liberalism is. There are many good reasons for voting for Norman Lamb over Tim (though I’m a Tim supporter myself), but Tim being illiberal is not one.
Nicholas Whyte on the new Hugo voting proposals
Why coffee pods mean Americans are drinking less coffee
Millennium versus the Home Office
A *wonderful* collection of Tom Swifties (Slate Star Codex, so I’d avoid the comments as a general principle)
Feminist Aspie on how ableism makes autistic women more likely to be abused
And a great short-short story by Peter Watts
I’ll be posting my review of the Beach Boys shows tomorrow — I accidentally hit “post” on an unfinished draft just a minute ago, which some of you may have seen before I hid it, but it should be about twice as long when I’ve finished it. In the meantime, have links.
Many people have written about the horrible news that Charles Kennedy has died. Alex Wilcock’s post is possibly the best, but Jennie’s is the one I found most moving, by a long way.
No, MPs are not “giving themselves a pay rise”
How *not* to do cryptography, Bitcoin style…
If Labour want to challenge the Tories, they must embrace electoral reform
A massive list of downloadable John Peel shows
Why do we fetishise work?
Penises ruin everything, even Lego
And John Wheeler’s delayed-choice experiment has been performed and went as predicted, meaning that decisions made in the future really do affect the past.
I’m still slogging my way through the “best” novellas of John C Wright, World’s Greatest Living Author (according to the Rabid Puppies), and I’m losing the will to live. There are only so many heavy-handed Christ analogues beating one over the head with American culture-war crap one can take, and I’m a LONG way past my limit for the day. The next couple of days I’ll be posting gig reviews (the Beach Boys and Paul McCartney) so expect the “best” novella post on Friday or Saturday.
In the meantime, have links.
Alex Wilcock’s post-election post about the Lib Dems
Charles Stross reprints an old story about Labour authoritarianism, because of Cameron’s own authoritarianism. I like Richard Gadsden’s comment, as well.
Tom Ewing on a conference about music journalism
The stages of grief: the journey to constitutional liberalism
We need to make the case for liberalism as a whole, not just a set of policies
And a blog post about extracting audio from photos of records
Posting will be intermittent here for a couple more weeks. I’ve been a little blocked for the last month or so (yes, I know, I wrote a ten thousand word ebook in three days last week — I expected to write that in one day, and would have done had I been at full writing ability). The election result has made that ten times worse.
I’m trying a new method of getting round writer’s block, which involves restricting the amount of time every day you write, so if it works there’ll be fewer posts at first but it should lead me to writing more in the longer term.
In the meantime, links (and I’ll try at least to post links every day):
I’m not the only one who’s been writing a lot on Mindless Ones at the moment — the posts on Mad Men are worth reading even if, like me, you don’t watch the show.
Millennium on the election and where we go next (NB there have been a LOT of posts from Lib Dems and fellow travellers on this, many very good, but most don’t need to be shared any further right now. There’s a real danger at the moment of searching for scapegoats — it seems that Nick Clegg has been nominated by many, and while I never had much time for him as a leader and think he bears a great deal of responsibility, I also think that spending the next five years pouring vitriol on 12.5% of our parliamentary party may not be the best way to rebuild — so I’m trying, as much as my naturally mouthy nature will let me, to be quiet).
Tom Ewing on Tintin and anti-semitism
Feminist Aspie says “Yes, you do mean me”
And Andrew Rilstone on Star Wars, Watsonism, and Doylism
Sorry for the lack of posts the last couple of days; my insomnia has been particularly bad, and I had to do two hustings this week, on Wednesday and yesterday, as part of the election campaign. I don’t like public speaking, it’s not my political strength, and it used all my brain power for the week.
I hope to get an early night tonight and then write up a backlog of posts this weekend, so those of you who are missing my Cal Dreaming, Cerebus, or Batposts, or wondering what happened to the Heinlein and Pratchett reading guides (Sid & Doris Bonkers), will be pleased. I also want, probably tomorrow, to post something about how the Lib Dems deal with coalition-forming, because everything I’ve seen from supposed professional journalists has been at best a misunderstanding and at worst outright lying. Between life stuff and the Rabid Puppy fiasco, I’m about a month behind where I wanted to be with blog posts — I still need to review The King In Yellow, The Locksley Exploit, and Liberating Earth on here as well.
But right now, you get links, as I’m too sick with exhaustion to write:
An Amnesty petition to stop the drownings in the Mediterranean.
Jonn Elledge on what he wants politicians to say. Warning to some: this is on a New Statesman-affiliated site, but it’s not actually on the New Transphobe itself for those boycotting.
An oral history of the making of Airplane!
On autism, the Big Bang Theory, context, labels, and responsibility
Andrew Rilstone has released a short ebook about Winnie The Pooh for his Patreon subscribers. He’s also reviewed the Superman vs Batman trailer.
I’m sure you’ve already seen a link to Phil Sandifer’s 13000 word piece on the Rabid Puppies, but if not, here it is.
And speaking of the Rabid Puppies, here’s Charles Stross on hippo arse leeches
Now that things are more or less back to normal round here, and I don’t have about 500000 Redditors all saying “I think you’ll find…” at me (and incidentally, this blog was *also* found this week by the people at the small penis Reddit; the fact that those people were infinitely more secure in themselves says a lot about what really does and doesn’t cause insecurity) I can start posting again. There’ll be proper posts tomorrow and for the few days after, but for now you can have links.
Abigail Nussbaum on power, race, the Hugos, and Benjanun Sriduangkaew
Graph theory for kids
Autistic and queer: coming out on the spectrum
It’s Easter, and that means that it’s time for Cavalorn to knock yet more Eostre myths on their heads.
Andrew Rilstone on sequels, fairy tales, and Star Wars
Feminist Aspie gives an Autism Acceptance 101
James Graham on his ambivalence about the Lib Dems — I am a lot more positive about the party than James is, but I think for someone disillusioned by the party he’s very fair.
Alex Wilcock rewrites The Red Flag in light of Labour’s anti-immigrant mugs
Millennium on why Miliband shouldn’t be allowed to claim credit for Syria