Linkblogging for 16/08/08

Hello! I’m Holly, Andrew’s wife. While he’s in Oxford for his course, Andrew has graciously asked me to do some linkblogging for him if I so choose. My interests, while overlapping with his enough for domestic bliss, do not involve as much music and hardly any comics, but I hope I can interest the usual readers of his blog in one or two of these things that have interested me.

io9 has a good and necessary explanation of why the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still is, well, pure sucky evil. Couldn’t have said it better myself. I shall have to memorize some of this for the next time I mention this movie and get a blank stare in return.

Another favorite blog of mine, Scholars & Rogues, highlights a worrying trend in USian print media: newspaper publisher Gannett is getting rid of 1000 jobs. Coming from the US and living in the UK now, I’m keenly aware of the impact that non-commercially-motivated media can make on the general population, and I think it’s tragic that the US is so severely lacking in that. This is one of the many reasons that it’s such a shame. We’re long since past the point where proof is needed that news influenced by money isn’t worth the pixels it’s printed on, but this is a sad reminder nonetheless… especially as it means 1000 more people will be looking for jobs in such a poor economy.

Liberal Conspiracy looks at the possible benefits of irrational beliefs, and the different kinds of irrationality that provide just one more reason that Richard Dawkins isn’t going to change anybody’s mind.

And, just for fun, here’s a unique view of the most recent solar eclipse: from 30,000 feet! (Or something. I don’t know how many thousand feet, it’s not specified, but you get the idea.) Just when I think that one total eclipse looks pretty much like any other, here I get to see parts of the sky that aren’t even dark. I like the commentary and squealing from the passengers too.

Andrew says that if he can finagle some wireless access there will be a Doctor Who post for you tomorrow.

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