- Mad Friday part 2 | Manchester Evening News
The photographer who got that classic Renaissance shot last year has gone out on the town again. There is a gallery. I'm not sure whether he's some kind of genius savant, or whether people in Manchester just naturally fall over and/or drop things in perfect accord with the Golden Ratio.
(tags: art photography photos journalism booze britishness )
- Moscow, December 25 1991: the Last Day of the Soviet Union
Today it is twenty-five years since the end of the Cold War.
(tags: history coldwardinosaur books omgSo90s )
- This is the truth about the Berlin Christmas market terror attack | Mirror Online
Fleet Street Fox lays down some truths.
(tags: terrorism news fuckwits immigration racism )
- The Terrible, Mysterious Disease That Haunted the Age of Exploration
"...the way the disease colored the experience of exploration during the Age of Sail, shifting social relationships and affecting perceptions"
(tags: books science sailing history natureoftruth health )
- Why we must demand brands stop funding hate | Gay Star News
"[I]t’s not enough to just to not buy the papers anymore. We need to take positive action."
(tags: racism sexism homophobia journalism fuckwits activism handwringingLeftyGuardianistasFTW DailyMail solidarity )
- The movie that doesn’t exist and the Redditors who think it does | New Statesman
TIL about the Mandela Effect.
(tags: psych natureoftruth )
- 2016 in pictures: The best science images of the year | Nature
Ooh some of these are lovely. And some of them are just as depressing as the rest of 2016.
(tags: science news photography photos art )
- Rhythm of breathing affects memory and fear | Northwestern Now
"Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered for the first time that the rhythm of breathing creates electrical activity in the human brain that enhances emotional judgments and memory recall." That's nice, but anyone with a passing familiarity with yoga could have told them that.
(tags: science news psych )
- The Science of Pranayama
Here's a book by Sri Swami Sivananda (publication date 1935), citing the Bhagavad Gita (publication date unclear but c. 5th--2nd century BCE), expressing the same idea.
(tags: health science books natureoftruth wellness woo )
- I'm a Scientist, and I Don't Believe in Facts | Scientific American
Poorly expressed, but a fair enough point. As it stands, though, this simply feeds the trolls. Someone needs to point out that the nature of the scientific method is no excuse for bloviating about evolution or climate change.
(tags: science opinion natureoftruth )
- A real Good Samaritan | BBC News
Quite sweet. Although I'm fairly sure that ASLEF used this as their go-to excuse for the following twenty years.
(tags: glurge writing society )
- How the traditional red telephone box is going 21st century | The Conversation
I'm still going to miss the K2.
(tags: nerd news livinginthefuture tech )
Wed, Dec. 21st, 2016, 07:23 pm
Well done, everyone. We're halfway out of the dark.
And so am I.
- VPNs, Encrypted Messaging, Private Browsing | The Mary Sue
For no particular reason, just in case it ever becomes useful one day. January 20th, 2017 is a day.
(tags: activism drumpf politics crypto computing )
- Kate Bush, Theresa May and the trouble with political partisanship | The Conversation
c.f. also Orson Scott Card, Tom Cruise, Peter F Hamilton, Eddie Izzard, OH JOHN RINGO NO, Spike Milligan, Russell Brand, Roman Polanski
(tags: psephology politics society homophobia scifi indyref acting movies art )
- This is Cuba's Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify – all without the internet | Vox
Luxury! When I were a lad, something something 1.44kb diskettes
(tags: internet samizdata computing politics )
Thu, Dec. 1st, 2016, 02:47 am
Across the nation, every beloved comedian, treasured thespian, and talented musician tentatively opens door #1 on their festive calendar, hands all a-tremble. Can they last through to calendar's end?
It was a choice what was behind that door: a choice between a miniature chocolate and the Reaper Himself. Anxiously collapse that waveform. The chocolate behind door #1 is, however, an advent calendar chocolate, and therefore somehow still manages to be disappointing.
2016 is 91.667% done with, folks. Let's at least try to make it with [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] still intact. Names removed, because at this stage I don't want to tempt fate.
It's doing the rounds on the Facebooks, and I thought I was probably due for an update.
Your Political Compass
Economic Left/Right: -6.63
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.41
A little more libertarian than I was expecting, but actually it's very close to last year's result: the 0.2 shift downwards is probably because I'm inna mood today. Have shifted quite a ways to the left fiscally, though. I blame scotm for that.
Still, the only mainstream political party remotely close to me on the chart is the Greens, and I live in England now, where I understand the Greens are significantly more flaky.
- Sparks of the Meltdown | Talking Points Memo
"locked in for a ride with an emotionally unstable man whose personal insecurities and instinctive racism now seem only to be accelerating"
(tags: drumpf fuckwits usa politics )
- From Parthian chicken to flat breads: experimenting with a Roman oven | British Museum blog
Alright, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and tagines....
(tags: food history cooking incrediblyobscurereference )
- Anti-Choice Groups Use Smartphone Surveillance to Target 'Abortion-Minded Women' During Clinic Visits | Rewire
And it will only get worse from here on out.
(tags: advertising surveillance sousveillance technology livinginthefuture feminism religion fuckwits whyfacebooksucks )
- wunami comments on "Write drunk; edit sober." - Ernest Hemingway | reddit
pajh's Rules for Life #11 is: "Write while you're still angry. Edit when you're sober. Publish when you're sure". Turns out I probably didn't invent it after all (but then, neither did Hemingway). I should probably be paying a little more attention to pajh's Rules for Life #5.
(tags: writing lifehack )
- I Wrote Drunk And Edited Sober For A Week, And Here’s What Happened To My Work | Bustle
Speaking of Rule #11. "Don’t do this unless you are a highly qualified functioning alcoholic".
(tags: booze writing blogging )
- The Incredible Story of NASA's Forgotten 'Rocket Girls' | ThinkProgress
"They worked alongside famous figures like Carl Sagan, Wernher von Braun, and Richard Feynman, and they were ultimately essential to the discoveries that made those men household names."
(tags: computing feminism history spaaace )
- Photos: SDL Outnumbered in Glasgow, Before Being Dumped in Pub on High Street | A Thousand Flowers
Stay classy, Glasgow
(tags: fuckwits Scotland racism )
- Cyberpunk Anime: A Huge List of Everything | Exolymph
TODO: 1) install superfast fibre broadband 2) take several weeks off work
(tags: cyberpunk tv movies nerd )
- McConnell Repeatedly Refuses To Say Trump's Attack On Judge Is Racist | Talking Points Memo
This is how politics works.
(tags: news racism fuckwits politics USA drumpf )