January 3rd, 2008


[links] Link salad, sorta publishing edition

I am quoted at Media Bistro — Coverage of the fake publicist kerfuffle.

gregvaneekhout tips us to this top 5 list from Filipino blogger Charles Tan — Including two picks from Logorrhea Powell's | Amazon ], by me and bram452, as well as stories by gregvaneekhout his own self, deliasherman and benrosenbaum.

Skating under cars — Um, wow. Superpowers emerging? (Thanks to danjite.)

It's the new, new math — Course descriptions that include some gems as: "Students will examine the nature of God as they progress in their understanding of mathematics. Students will understand the absolute consistency of mathematical principles and know that God was the inventor of that consistency." Wow. Just wow. I think I saw God in the consistency of my fajita last night, too. (Thanks to goulo.)

Chasing Ray looks forward to Escapement Amazon ]

Science Fiction Awards Watch on the Best Fan Writer Hugo category

Assessing Active SETI's Risk — The San Marino scale, and the possibility of bad outcomes in talking to the stars. (They don't use the term "alien invasion" in the article, but that's what I think they're getting at.)

Taller Women by the Year 2000 — An article from 1949.

[photos] A new caption contest

Here's a new caption contest. First prize (after the voting poll) will be a freebie from Audible.com, which can be used for Mainspring Powell's | Amazon | Audible ] or any other title, including Old Man's War, A War of Gifts: An Ender Story or any of the Dune books.

So, put on your thinking wig and offer the appropriate caption for the following photo. Serious attempts at explanation are welcomed, as are inspired silliness. Usual rules apply, all entries evaluated at the discretion of Your Host, lengthy entries may be edited to fit the poll code, yadda yadda.

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[links] Link salad afternoon update

Hugh Ferriss and the Metropolis of Tomorrow — Some really nice pre-WW II futurism.

justinelavaworm on rewriting — Go read it. (Link snurched from scalzi.)

More conservative math! — Romney badly misunderstands either history or mathematics. Probably both, since he's a Republican: they believe that record deficit spending is fiscal responsibility, and that Saddam had WMDs.

Ancient ice skating — "Og crush! Og kill! Og do triple axel!"

World's tallest elevator testing tower — Wow. Who knew?

Culture jamming with wikistickies — (Via Boing Boing, thanks to frabjouslinz.)

reCAPTCHA — "Stop spam, read books." Huh.

[help] Idiots, morons and other fools

I'm dragging my brain here a bit. Without being grossly rude about this, what were people with mental handicaps called in the Middle Ages, or even the Renaissance and Enlightenment period? So far as I know, most of the modern terms we have, whether descriptive or derogatory, arise from various waves of theory within psychiatry.