Just a few links for now — hope to have another Kinks post up today. If not it’ll be chapter 3 of the Peculiar Branch story.
Expo, a band featuring some of my friends, have released a benefit single for the Trayvon Martin justice campaign. It’s on the honour system — it’s a free download, and if you like it, then you donate what you can afford. Expo are good musicians and good people (Tilt, who did the cover design, is a regular commenter here and my songwriting partner in the National Pep, and Christian who co-wrote the song helped proofread my Beach Boys book.), and it’s a very good cause.
The Newlyn Research Group (a research group into medical cybernetics I’ve done some work with) have announced the Cargo-Cult Prize for Medical Informatics — one hundred trillion Zimbabwean dollars to anyone who can show that the criteria for the so-called ‘gold standard’ Cochrane reviews make any sense at all.
In much the same way, the Health At Every Size blog pulls apart a piece of ‘research’ into the effectiveness of a commercial weight-loss package that was published in JAMA. If you ever want to see just how bad the state of medical ‘science’ actually is, just look at the average paper in JAMA or Cochrane…
The great DVD company GoFasterStripe , who do budget-priced DVDs of good comedians whose stuff isn’t considered commercial enough for the big companies, have started offering some of their older older titles as even-more-budget-priced, DRM-free, downloads, which you can download multiple times, starting with some of Stewart Lee and Richard Herring’s stuff from the middle of last decade. Herring’s Someone Likes Yoghurt is one of the most astonishing displays of technical virtuosity as a stand-up I’ve ever seen.
The Marx Brothers Research Council on why he doesn’t like A Day At The Races. Personally, I have much the same mixed feelings about the post-Paramount Marx Brothers as I do about the post-1977 Beach Boys — it’s a horrible shame to see such talent wasted on such rubbish, but what I wouldn’t give to have that much talent to waste…
And Rudy Rucker explains how he’s going about creating ebooks to self-publish. Unlike me, he appears to be using the horrible Microsoft monstrosities most people use, so this might be more use than my posts to those who have limited computer experience.