I’m trying very hard to get the Preservation Act II piece done, but I actually now have panic attacks when I even think about writing about either politics or music, thanks to the various recent troll infestations (many of which only made it to my inbox, rather than to the comments section proper, thanks to the comment moderation I’ve got turned on here). Since Preservation Act II is a political album, it’s taking a while to get the nerve up. I’m hoping the post will be up tonight, but for now, here are some links.
Millennium on the Lords Reform debacle. Brilliant piece which sums up my thoughts exactly.
BoingBoing asks what fundamentalist Christians have against set theory. It’s interesting that fundamentalists would choose this of all things to be against, because you can actually construct a fairly good proof of the existence of God in set theory… (I don’t, however, think that argument works once you use Pearl’s mathematical formalism of causality rather than the definition they use there. Maybe fundamentalists should hate directed acyclic graphs and Bayes’ theorem instead? ;) )
The surviving Monkees — including Mike Nesmith — are reuniting for a 12-date US tour in November. We can only hope that a UK tour will follow…
Heresy Corner on the disgraceful ‘porn trial’ which led, thankfully, to an acquittal today. We *must* get rid of the abhorrent provisions against ‘extreme porn’.
An animated .gif showing the frequency of high-frequency trading over the last few years. I don’t know if I agree with the conclusion — that it shows the need for a financial transaction tax — or the argument in the comments that it shows that the possibility of rent-seeking is being destroyed by automation. But it definitely shows that something has changed *profoundly* in the last five years…
Prometheus: Calvinball Mythology And The Fall Of Meaning