Archive for the ‘Blogosphereotopistan’ Category

It’s that time of the year

July 17th, 2012 by Reinder

Every once in a while, I get in the mood to go to a blog or forum and instead of quietly absorbing what people say, join the fray and make a giant jackass of myself. Today has been that kind of day, and like all such days, they're not good for me. Time to step back.

Please note: Jackassitude is orthogenal to correctness, so I can be right on the issues involved and still make a giant jackass of myself. I'm just that awesome.

Darkness and homeopathic bartendering

February 21st, 2012 by Reinder

Darkness by Boulet is probably the best 24-hour comic ever made. The writing and art are just too good to be true and even in its current imperfect translation (the comic was originally in French) it has some classic lines in it.

Speaking of which, the other day I read Daniel Davies' The Christmas Sermon for the second time, a year after I'd first read it. Back then, I went as far as to read it aloud to Aggie. It's still hilarious a year later.

A few blogs I’ve been reading lately.

January 31st, 2012 by Reinder

Pushing Ahead of the Dame discusses every single David Bowie has appeared on from the 1960s to today, at great length, with historical context and insight into the creative process and personnell. That and good comment threads make it an example of what reviews can be, and what they need to be at a time when the art itself is (usually) instantly accessible at no cost or effort.

TARDIS Eruditorum: A Psychochronography in Blue does the same for every Doctor Who episode in existence and is, if anything, even more thorough, with the occasional piece that is nothing but historical/cultural context.

Bicycles are not instantly accessible so it's still possible to review and discuss them the old-fashioned way, and they don't really lend themselves to reviewing in historical sequence (though if anyone would give that a try, I'd read it), but Lovely Bicycle contextualises them anyway, and shows you how beautiful they can be.

No go forth and read!

Unspeak

November 5th, 2007 by Reinder

Via Pete Ashton, I heard that there's such a thing as an Unspeak blog, a blog about "state-of-the-art rhetorical weaponry". So I check it out, it is there, and it is fantastic. I'm not going to single out any one post - just go read the entire archive.

No more tentacled abominations, Denialism, Dispatches from the Culture Wars for now…

May 27th, 2007 by Reinder

Someone forgot to renew a domain name, and that someone is Seed Magazine, who own Scienceblogs.com. The domain has already been snapped up by another organisation, who I shan't link to because they must have been preying over it like vultures to pick it up so quickly. Scumbags.

I hope someone's at least archived Pharyngula. There was a piece by PZ still showing up in Bloglines that I wanted to read, but it wasn't a full feed, so I kinda needed to be able to go to the site.

Let's hope this is resolved quickly.

Jon Swift has a drawing assignment for you

April 27th, 2007 by Reinder

Jon Swift:

If Chris Muir drew Charles Schulz's Peanuts, for example, he wouldn't have bothered drawing a panel showing Lucy pulling the football away at the last minute when Charlie Brown tries to kick it. That would be too Old School for him. Instead, Muir would just have Lucy say, "Democrats always pull the football away at the last minute when you are trying to kick it, Charlie Brown." Lucy and Charlie Brown would also probably be in their underwear.

Internet meme in 5... 4... 3....

Take Pharyngula to number one!

April 23rd, 2007 by Reinder

Sure, I'll help Pharyngula become the number one Minnesota blog, no problem. It's one of my favorite blogs, covering atheism, evolutionary biology, adorable cephalopods and lately, the thorny subject of how to talk about science (he's in favour of the revolutionary approach of letting scientists be scientists). There's the occasional bit of Internet drama, which also helps, and Professor Myers has got a good sense of humour and pulls no punches. Go read it. You will enjoy it. I ORDER you to enjoy it.

In the latest blog redesign, I ended up declaring "to hell with the blogroll day", but I still follow all the blogs that used to be on the published blogroll, and more. Never mind. I just about qualify as a Z-list blogger by default, because there aren't any more letters in the alphabet unless you start using the Scandinavian alphabet, in which case I'd be an æ-list blogger by default. And anyway, I like linking inside a post better.

Not Safe For Prudes.

March 13th, 2007 by Reinder

Reminder to self and others to read Susie Bright on NSFW warnings. Also, read comments. But first, bed.
(Via Pharyngula)

Update: What you really need to read is this earlier post in which Bright brings up the classism involved in deciding what does and does not get branded NSFW. Again, the comments are good.

Quick links for monday

March 5th, 2007 by Reinder

Chris Lightfoot is dead. I liked his weblog. He dropped off my radar a bit when he stopped posting frequently, but had he returned, I would have found out from many other bloggers linking to him enthusiastically. He only wrote when he had something to say, and when he did it was almost always good. I wasn't aware of his many other online roles (he was involved in Pledgebank and mySociety. I can only second mySociety's recommendation to

sift through his blog and marvel at the quantity of primary research and original coding that went into it. Documenting and exploring his work would provide material for many years of research, and yet all this was accomplished by the age of 28.

Chicken Yoghurt finds Britain’s bookworms misanthropic and death-fixated.

Digby on the latest round of bullshit claims that "Teh Left" is uncivil and hateful because, oh my stars and garters, Teh Left uses swears:

I have to admit that I'm even more surprised, however, that the manly warriors of the rightwing blogosphere are so genteel and restrained, which they seem inordinately proud of, as if they've won first prize from the Boston spinsters crochet society or something. There has always been a particular type of prissy conservative male who shares certain characteristics with fluttery Victorian ladies who get all breathless (and aroused) in the presence of muscular, earthy language. I didn't realize that the alleged he-men of the rightwing blogosphere were like this but I suppose I should have. It certainly explains why they haven't joined the military.

Me-ow!

And The Poor Man, a few days ago, ran a blogger's style guide to civility and seriousness.

Speaking of civility, read The Greatest Cliché: The Unexamined Propaganda of "Political Correctness" (via)

Uh, I think those Zdenek Burian drawings are public domain…

November 4th, 2006 by Reinder

A while ago, I got an email request asking for permission to use a Zdenek Burian painting I had posted on my blog for a presentation.I told the requester that permission wasn't mine to give, but that I thought the work, having been made in a country that at the time was under Communist rule and not a signatory to the relevant international conventions, was probably either public domain or the property of the current Czech government. On second thought, I have no idea if that's actually true.
When I posted the images back in 2005, I did so because I had made the scans anyway, there seemed to be very little of his work online, and I liked showing them to my readers.
But today, during my routine cruise of Europe's most important news sources*), I saw one of my scans popping up in the Bulgarian Post, with a link back saying rocr.xepher.net was the source of the image. I don't particularly mind having one of my scans used as a source image, but it really should be credited to Zdenek Burian who made the art, and/or to whoever owns the rights to it now, if anyone does.

*)Lie. I was looking at my referral stats.