Linkblogging for 2/11/15

I was going to post a review of 2001 (yes, the Kubrick one. Yes, I have a reason) today, but my open tabs have reached a critical mass, so I’m going to dump them on you all and do the proper post tomorrow.

The “set point” hypothesis of weight has long been put forward by fat-positive people, but no-one’s ever had a mechanism to explain it. This study suggests one. (Warning — contains description of animal experiments)

The Northern Caves is a rather good short-novel-length serialised story by “Nostalgebraist”. It has its flaws, but some of the people who liked some of the stuff I did in Head of State with character might like it. It’s definitely Gray Tradition stuff…

People who talk about how “uploading” would be easy know nothing of the human brain, apparently. I was already convinced it’d be almost intractable based on my own experience of emulators and virtualisation, and I’m not surprised it’d be even more difficult from the other end.

Why not apply to be a member of the house of Lords?

Why Wellness isn’t the answer to overwork

Tim Farron accuses Government of cutting support to refugees

Creative Commons-licensed stock photos of women of colour in tech jobs

John C. Wright is a whey-faced coxcomb

Paul Magrs’ random Doctor Who story generator

What software is made of

And finally, here’s the greatest mash-up of all time:

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5 Responses to Linkblogging for 2/11/15

  1. Mike Taylor says:

    I don’t see anything in that House Of Lords nomination page about needing to be a lord. Is that right? Surely it can’t be?

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      That’s right. Anyone at all can nominate themselves, or anyone else, for membership. You probably won’t get *accepted*, mind, but you can nominate yourself.

      • Mike Taylor says:

        And then what? If you’re accepted, does someone make you a lord?

        • Andrew Hickey says:

          Yep. The commission who review the nominations make two recommendations a year to the Prime Minister, who by custom passes them on to the Queen, and then you become a Lord (or Lady).

          • Mike Taylor says:

            Good grief. I’m going to have to stop corresponding with you. You keep telling me things that make my jaw hit the ground, and it’s getting painful.

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