linklog 060419

  • University of Evansville: Richard Wilbur Award
    I’d like to have all of these eventually, at least if the standard is even close to Stalling’s Archaic Smile.
  • Science and Politics: what’s that PhD good for?
    Not much, according to many biomed researchers. See also recent threads at YoungFemaleScientist. Why is it that people who solve problems for a living are, apparently, not bringing their tools and expertise to bear on their own life/career problems?
  • Warnock’s Dilemma – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Reason #1 is, of course, why no one ever comments on my blog.
  • Zoho – Affordable software for individuals, small & medium business
    Free online apps: word processor, spreadsheet, personal planner, chat and html editor. Via.
  • PLOrk: Princeton Laptop Orchestra
    “The Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) is a newly established ensemble of computer-based musical meta-instruments. Each instrument consists of a laptop, a multi-channel hemispherical speaker, and a variety of control devices (keyboards, graphics tablets, sensors, etc…). The students who make up the ensemble act as performers, researchers, composers, and software developers. The challenges are many: what kinds of sounds can we create? how can we physically control these sounds? how do we compose with these sounds? There are also social questions with musical and technical ramifications: how do we organize a dozen players in this context? with a conductor? via a wireless network?”
  • One Bag (all about packing, luggage, and travelling light)
    I’m pretty good at this already, but it never hurts to have more ideas.
  • feh-muh-nist: But, you’re not fat!
    “There’s a short circuit in the brain that says someone we love cannot be fat which we hate, so we conclude that the person we love must not actually be fat. When someone says that they do not see a fat person as fat, they mean to be kind and complimentary. They mean something like, “I see you as like me” or “I don’t see you the way I see other fat people.” The problem with this is that aligns fat with something undesirable, offensive, and bad. “Other” fat people are sloppy, lazy, and bent on self-destruction, but not you! You, the fat friend, are different. You, despite your size, keep a tidy house, dress neatly, exercise, eat well, and are, in all other respects, like them.”
  • Open Access News: What OA will make possible
    The indispensable Peter Suber and the annoying but valuable Stevan Harnad. Note to self: read this.
  • Minimum Security: Bill Napoli is a douchebag
    I don’t usually approve of privacy invasions, even of the privacy of assholes, but in the case of Bill “raped and sodomized as bad as you can make it, plus she had to be a virgin to start with” Napoli, I’ll make an exception.
  • AlterNet: WireTap: Tipping in America
    This article seems about right to me — I’d like to know what people working in service jobs think of it. Also, the average tip is ~19%? Is that among those who tip, or averaged across all diners? I suspect the former, but don’t have data.
  • Informed Comment: Americana in Arabic
    Juan Cole: “Long-time readers know that as a result of the September 11, 2001, attacks and subsequent events, I decided a couple of years ago that something had to be done about the woeful lack of understanding between the United States and the Muslim world. There will always be differences, but there need not be differences based on ignorance or fantasy. The Arab world alone has a population of 300 million and a combined economy of some 1 trillion dollars a year.

    My response has been to found, with some colleagues, the Global Americana Institute, which aims, initially, at getting central works of American thought and history into Arabic. I think we also have to try to endow a chair at an Arabic-speaking university, but more on that later. It has taken a long time to get all the state and Federal permissions, but we are finally done. The Global Americana Institute is a fully recognized 501(c)3 charity, and donations are tax deductible. I am coming to the public with a plea to support us. We will, of course, also be approaching foundations and other funders, but I am hoping that this project is something that can garner grassroots support.”

  • – – – the essence of rabbit – – –
    Bunny Mandala: 1500 bunnies from 500 artists. Via.
  • Pink Tentacle
    Luminous squid! Pretty!
  • Early Christian Writings: Introduction
    “The purpose of this web site is to set out all of the Christian writings that are believed to have been written in the first and second centuries, as well as a few selected from the early third. I have also included non-Christian documents that may have special bearing on the study of early Christianity in order to make this web site a comprehensive sourcebook. I have provided links to English translations for all of these documents. When available, the work has also been provided in the original language, usually Greek. I have also provided information and scholarly opinion regarding the background, authorship, dating, and provenance of these documents.”
  • LiveScience.com – Poll: Everybody Else is Fat
    In a survey of 2,250 adults by the Pew Research Center, 90 percent of respondents say “most other Americans” are overweight. But only 39 percent see themselves as overweight, and only 70 percent said the people they know are overweight.
  • Inhabitat
    Sweeeeeet: “a house that engineer, Paul Pedini, built with the design expertise of John Hong from Single Speed Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At a final cost of $150 per square foot, most of the materials for the house were free, minus the expenses to ship the materials (formerly I-93 off-ramps from the heart of the transportation artery through Boston,unofficially known as the “Big Dig”) to Lexington, MA”
  • Uncertain Principles: Every Day I Write (in) the (Lab) Book
    Chad posts an excerpt from his lab notes. I’m always interested to see how other people keep theirs.
  • Guardian Unlimited Books | By genre | Stuart Jeffries talks to leading feminist Catharine MacKinnon
    “This has been MacKinnon’s feminist approach to porn for a quarter of a century: the victims of porn need to be empowered by law to seek remedies for harm they suffered, existing male-framed laws being inadequate to the challenge.” MacKinnon’s ideas, as presented briefly in this review, make a lot of sense to me. Note to self: read the book.
  • Easily Distracted » Blog Archive » Societal?
    I also dislike the word, but other commenters make a decent case for a definition that’s usefully non-redundant with “social”.
  • Lichen
    Mostly ambient/minimalist electronica. Like a melodic PanSonic, sorta.
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    “arrangements of binary data into stimulating audio and visual formats… All pretty minimal, anonymous and anti-authorial by design”Snippets of electronica, braincandy, mmm. Via Rob; see also lichen.

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