Recent Posts - page 75

  • Anthropomorphic Personifications

    An old Christmas postcard showing Santa holding a doll in one hand and a stick in the other. Santa is wearing a blue robe.

    There’s been a bit of the annual Twitter discussion recently about Santa Claus. Specifically about how to handle the “Is he real?” questions, and the personal and social ramifications of same.

  • Some Thoughts on Transhumanism


    My biggest problem with transhumanism as a movement is it seems to be largely about the extremes of techno-neepery on the part of a lot of IT and engineering nerds. Now, that would be fine, except IT and engineering nerdery share a couple of rather crucial traits which make them, and the resulting transhumanist movement, somewhat dodgy.

  • Things That Make Me Tired

    Captured In Crystal by garryknight, on Flickr

    Someone who describes a social interaction to me which made them sad or angry or bewildered and then asks me to explain why the other person did whatever it was that they did.

  • Adding to my authors list


    Don’t whinge to this author.

  • Quote of the Day: MLK on lukewarm acceptance vs outright rejection

    a lone black gummy bear is surrounded by white gummy bears - they are posed as if ganging up on the black gummi bear

    Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.

  • Quicklink: Tansy Rayner Roberts unpacks Historically Authentic Sexism in Fantasy


    history – the process of writing down and preserving of the facts, not the facts/events themselves – was looking the other way

  • Otterday! And Open Thread.

    Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Books? News stories? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

  • Whimsy: Musical Pets edition


    Sometimes we all need to see teh awesome. Please share anything that has recently surprised, delighted, intrigued or otherwise positively engaged you! Meet Tucker the piano-playing singing Schnoodle.

  • Tool of the Day


    Ratcheting Pruning Shears! Since it’s December, let’s use my new pruners as the kick-off for our first 2012 in retrospective thread – what’s the best tool/gadget/gizmo/hack you’ve found this year?

  • SF Question of the Day: Dune and Lawrence of Arabia


    Would Frank Herbert’s Dune have been such a wide success if its publication in 1965 had not been preceded by David Lean’s masterful cinematography of windswept dunes in 1962’s Lawrence of Arabia?

    How, more generally, does our experience of pictorial representations of landscapes and people (both still and moving pictures) influence our perceptions of other works of art, of the world and people around us, and even of our own self-awareness?


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