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Aug. 22nd, 2017 06:40 am
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Radical suggestion from Jim Wright: We all agree we’re against slavery & Nazism. I’m in.

Brian W. Aldiss (1925-2017)

Aug. 21st, 2017 04:39 pm
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The International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts has lost a Permanent Special Guest, and the field as a whole has lost one of its widest-ranging geniuses: universe-spanning imagination (Galaxies like Grains of Sand), Joycean psychedelia (Barefoot in the Head), beautiful decay (The Long Afternoon of Earth), alternatives to humanity (The Malacia Tapestry), world building (Helliconia), history of the field (The Billion Trillion Year Spree), and even a mimetic best seller (The Hand-Reared Boy). My idiosyncratic favorite is The Shape of Further Things, a meditation on diverse topics written around the time of the moon landing.

Grand old rags

Aug. 16th, 2017 08:45 am
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I more and more agree with Jehovah’s Witnesses that pledging allegiance to cloth violates one of God’s explicit instructions. But people are, as Korzybski said, symbol-minded, and they take offense at anyone burning their symbol or even refusing to worship it. Furthermore, they believe that pulling down statues removes their subjects from history when there are still history books (and, as may be more relevant to them, history TV shows). But symbol-mindedness cuts both ways.

My image of the late unpleasantness at Charlottesville is the swastika next to the Confederate battle flag. They always belonged together: symbols of nations that were brutal to a subset of their own population, fought against America because of it, and lost. These people have pledged their allegiance to the Nazi flag, and I hope that enough of our fellow citizens still have enough justified loathing for that particular symbol to judge them by it. Which reminds me…

There is of course no alt-left, no group on the other side anywhere near as hydrophobically hate-ridden as the rabble at Charlottesville. But even if there were, remember: The last time we fought Nazis, we teamed up with the Communists.

Stories need conflict

Aug. 15th, 2017 06:16 am
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Nancy Kress points out that Utopias lack story values, so we get a lot of movies about how scary scientific progress will be.

Thanx to Tor.com.

Nice Distinctions 31

Aug. 15th, 2017 05:18 am
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Latest issue of my zine online. Thanx to Worldcon Fan GoH Bill Burns

Not us

Aug. 14th, 2017 07:07 am
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Tiki Torches, unlike the president, clearly dissociates itself from the idiots and haters who marched with their product and the flags of two nations America defeated.

Enforced fantasy

Aug. 13th, 2017 07:38 am
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The LIBOR theory of value, like a similar-sounding phrase, is a huge lie.

Thanx to [personal profile] andrewducker

Not A-, Stereo-

Aug. 13th, 2017 07:36 am
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Atypical does to autistic people what the mass media always do to minorities until they are made to stop.

Thanx to [personal profile] andrewducker

Naustalgia

Aug. 13th, 2017 06:11 am
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Make any website look like Geocities (as we recall, rhymes with “atrocities”). Warning: May also sound like Geocities

* Here’s The New York Times

* Mine is really boring

Thanx to Metafilter

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