linklog 030623

BookCrossing
Bookcrossing, n.: the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise.

Beautiful
“I am beautiful now.” Yes, Ms Cho, you are.

WORDCOUNT / Tracking the Way We Use Language /
Idea: Ogden’s Basic English amended according to word frequency (make sure the top 1000 are in the set), followed by LEO translation. Alternatively, WordCount in other languages — compare top 1000s, use to amend Basic Otherlanguage.

Socialism, Market Socialism
If I’m any kind of -ist I’m some kind of socialist, so it would pay me to think more about what that means and what I might do about it.

Sociology of Science
Cosma again. Damn. If I had six brains I couldn’t keep up with this guy.

FURIOUS nads! – You First, Then We’ll Talk
bix is making sense again: “There shouldn’t even be any discussion of 24/7 audiovisual access to the public for the police until and unless there is 24/7 audiovisual access to the police for the public.”

Indianz.Com > News > Giago: Oglala Sioux president on state abortion law
Sweet. Oglala Sioux President Cecilia Fire Thunder: “I will personally establish a Planned Parenthood clinic on my own land which is within the boundaries of the Pine Ridge Reservation where the State of South Dakota has absolutely no jurisdiction.” Via kathrynt by way of bix.

What’s the funniest joke that doesn’t involve making fun of anyone? | Ask MetaFilter
Why did Proudhon drink herbal tea? Because proper tea is theft.

EDGE: SPECULATIONS ON THE FUTURE OF SCIENCE By Kevin Kelly
A mixture of utter nonsense and sensible ideas. “Embrace the subjective” my paradigm-shifting ass.

Goya’s Last Works at The Frick Collection – New York Magazine Art Review
“I have no eyesight, pulse, pen or ink,” wrote the elderly Francisco de Goya y Lucientes… “The only thing I have in excess is willpower.”

The New Zealand Weta – Home
Mouse-sized crickets, what could be better? According to this page, the name derives from the Maori name for the Giant Weta, “wetapunga” — which means roughly “the god of ugly things”.

Don’t Make Me Shut This Shop Out of Raging Spite for You
Actually, after roughly a decade at university with either no income or a student stipend, I’ll never catch up, financially, with a mechanic who started her apprenticeship right out of high school. As a postdoc I earn considerably less than an auto mechanic with equivalent experience, and I’ll only get ahead in immediate income in the unlikely case that I make faculty. I’ll never catch up in lifetime earnings. ^But hey, that’s Doctor Asshole to you, greasemonkey!^

The Design of Software – REST API
WTF is an API and what can I do with it?

This is all the news the Seldovia City Government is going to let you have about what they’re really doing
Black page, no text. Things are not looking good in Seldovia.

Press Conference of the President
Jesus suffering Christ on a roadside IED, he’s already decided it’s someone else’s job to clean up his mess. The evil soulless little bastard is bored with Iraq. There is no bottom to worse. (via BlueOregon)

“Q: Will there come a day — and I’m not asking you when, not asking for a timetable — will there come a day when there will be no more American forces in Iraq?
THE RESIDENT: That, of course, is an objective, and that will be decided by future Presidents and future governments of Iraq.”

Adventures in Ethics and Science: The more you know …
Discussion of the “tension” between theory and experiment. John Dewey would not like some of the viewpoints expressed!

the Creatures in my Head – illustration and artwork by Andrew Bell
The creatures in Andrew Bell’s head. Dude, I’d get that looked at.

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