Recent reading reflecting my interests

The Livejournal community Pollanesque. The blog Unconventional Ideas: living meaningfully in a period of epochal change. Some cracking reads from the Financial Times online: The scandal of food waste by Tristram Stuart The man who invented exercise by Simon Kuper (it’s worked out well for epidemiologist Jerry Morris: he’s a hundred an still working). Some […]

Stuff worth reading

Guest Post: Why the Austrian, Keynesian, Marxist, Monetarist, and Neo-Liberal Economists Are All Wrong at Naked Capitalism. Worth it just for this quote: The ugly truth is that economics is a science in the way that medicine was a profession while it still used leeches to balance a person’s vapours. Yes, some are always better […]

Health care, Les Paul, Answers in Leviticus and the Rwandan genocide

It’s another episode of “Interesting stuff I’m reading”: Answers in Genesis refuses God’s command and Ken Ham should repent (from Answers in Leviticus Les Paul Youtube Friday an old Crooked Timber post rounding up music by Les Paul, pioneer of the electric guitar and multitracking, who died this week aged 94. One they missed, at […]

Linklog: Some stuff I’ve read lately

Out of the Kitchen, onto the Couch. Michael Pollan reminisces about Julia Child and discusses the contradictions inherent in the Food Network. In Defense of Food Network. Tristero disagrees with Michael Pollan. The Sociology of the Ayn Rand Cult. 1972 article by Murray Rothbard describing exactly in what ways Objectivism functioned as a cult and […]

Two art blogs I like, plus two webcomics to check out

Mythwood – The Art of Larry MacDougal and A Vintage Sky are both sketchblogs showing lots of fantasy art in neat storybook illustration style. I find them very inspirational. Meanwhile, in her blog, Aggie linked to two comics that I need to check out: The Epic of Cuchulainn and Lovecraft is missing. I’ll get around […]

Fairy-tale physics, plus laying the ‘cheese-eating surrender monkey’ meme to rest and putting a bit heavy tombstone on it so it won’t crawl out

Chad Orzel at Uncertain Principles has started what looks like a series of posts on the physics of fairy tales. The first one, The Faulty Thermodynamics of Children’s Stories, discusses the bowls of porridge in Goldilocks and the Three Bears: After all, the Papa Bear, being the biggest, presumably has the largest bowl of porridge. […]

“Dog owners do look like their pets, say psychologists”

An article in The Daily Telegraph claims that research shows that dog owners do to a certain extent resembles their pets, offering evidence and an explanation: There were a number of physical reasons why owners looks suggested which dog they would have, including what clothes they wore and their build, said Dr Lance Workman, from […]