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.
I’ll have this week’s podcasts done tomorrow, along with a Batpost, but tonight I’m working on the Where Are They Now? bit of California Dreaming, so you get links.
First, on that Tim Farron interview, I don’t think it’s my place to talk, but to boost the voices of LGBT people. Here’s what a few of my LGBT friends had to say last night…
A mathematical argument against “evidence-based” policy — “Put differently, knowing how effective a treatment is, does not tell us how effective any policy is, which is intended to administer that treatment in practice” “This result is peculiar, for it implies that policies such as imposing cigarette taxes cannot be informed by knowing the extent to which smoking causes cancer”
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.
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.
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.
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.
A *wonderful* collection of Tom Swifties (Slate Star Codex, so I’d avoid the comments as a general principle)
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.
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.
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