Some People Call Me The Space Marine . . . And Get Threatened By Games Workshop — Hogarth wrote a book called Spots the Space Marine, only to find it yanked from Amazon, apparently based on a claim of trademark infringement by I-can't-believe-they-still-exist gaming institution Games Workshop. Games Workshop, it seems, told Amazon that they own the trademark to "Space Marine," not withstanding that (1) they don't own a trademark to it in the context of science fiction books, and (2) they couldn't, because the term has been in wide use in science fiction for the better part of a century. (Via
Speed of Perception — This is just cool. From art guru James Gurney. I can think of several ways to use this concept SFnally.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Failure — Wired does not like. Howard Tayler does.
Craft Brewers Threatened by Big Beer Brands
Large, old trees disappearing worldwide — Largest trees provide distinct ecosystem services.
New milestone for China: Probe snaps close-ups of asteroid Toutatis
Apple Execs Are 'Seething' Over The World's Joyful Reaction To Google Maps For iPhone, Writes Top Apple Blogger — Maybe they should have put out a better maps product before they kicked Google off the platform. "Insanely great" got completely derailed by Apple's corporate dickwaving.
SSDD: If the evangelical mainstream wants me to view the religious right as marginal, then they should do more to marginalize the religious right
Mormon ‘Pants Day’ — debate heats up as women prepare to dress down — Speaking as an atheist, it's hard not to giggle about these kind of religious issues. I recognize they're very serious, for several reasons, but don't religions have better things to do, like saving souls or ministering to the poor?
Despite string of massacres, little change to US gun control laws — An Australian perspective.
"Fuck You CNN": How the Press Got it Wrong on Newtown — How would you feel if this were you.
Friendly Fire Isn't — Scrivener's Error on the Connecticut shootings, specifically the media coverage.
Questions I ask myself about Connecticut School Shooting — Juan Cole on the shootings, again with much about the media coverage.
American Exceptionalism: The Shootings Will Go On — James Fallows on the shootings. Guns don't attack children; psychopaths and sadists do. But guns uniquely allow a psychopath to wreak death and devastation on such a large scale so quickly and easily. America is the only country in which this happens again -- and again and again. You can look it up.
Universal Pattern of Voting Behaviour — The same voting patterns crop up in every country that shares a particular type of electoral system, say sociophysicists. Wait, what? Sociophysicists?
?otD: Do some people call you Maurice?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 13.0 hours (ten hours solid plus napping)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (on the chemo pump)
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing international law and Kenyan Muslim socialism: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks