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Proving things with WRONG SCIENCE since 2002


Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier
iron man
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All right I has the STRONG CAP 2 FEELS and frankly all my other social media options suck for spoilers, soCaptain America 2 spoilers under hereCollapse )

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Blackfish
iron man
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Quick non-Wednesday post to recommend you all watch Blackfish, a film about orca whales in captivity which is having a tiny limited release in UK cinemas but also out on DVD. It covers the same ground as The Killer in the Pool and Blood in the Water, two articles by Tim Zimmerman (indeed, Zimmerman is a co-producer), but even though I'd read those articles, that was nothing compared to seeing the events on film. The film does a great job of capturing the majestic, awesome beauty of killer whales without reducing it to whales as natural killers, or as animals driven psychotic by their living conditions - all the testimony from the trainers brings home that they are intelligent, empathic creatures, and they clearly love working with them but see that there's potential danger in every interaction. The one constant is that Sea World come off badly at every turn, whether it's breeding from a whale with a history of killing people, splitting up their family groups, blaming trainer error for accidents, and there's footage of the guides straight-up lying about the lifespan of the whales to give the impression that captivity is good for them. There's a definite anti-Sea World slant to the film (Sea World refused to be interviewed), but even with that in mind they don't look good.

There's a few clips on Youtube - the trailer, and this is one that had me gasping in the cinema. There's also some chilling footage taken from this video of a trainer being repeatedly pulled under by a whale, who is spookily calm through while trying to get enouch oxygen into his lungs to survive another assault.

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Iron Man 3
iron man
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So Iron Man 3 was mostly what I expected, ie Kiss Kiss Bang Bang with more shooting and marginally less fucked-up protagonists, but I think it did one thing rather cleverly...

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Political Avenging
iron man
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Inspired by this and this and links therein, a poll:

Poll #1897981
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 27

Tony Stark

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votes republican
8 (30.8%)
votes democrat
5 (19.2%)
does not vote
12 (46.2%)
some other I will explain in comments
1 (3.8%)

Steve Rogers

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votes republican
8 (32.0%)
votes democrat
15 (60.0%)
does not vote
0 (0.0%)
some other I will explain in comments
2 (8.0%)


By 'republican' and 'democrat' I mean the current US parties of those names, and by Tony Stark and Steve Rogers I mean the cinema ones but feel free to vote for 616 if you like, especially if that's different. Ultimates Cap presumably votes for Cap, since I understand he is currently the President.

(Not crossposted to DW, because polls on two sites are a pain.)

Ultimate Captain America Winter Soldier Ultimate Collection volume 1
iron man
despotliz
So, I like The Avengers film lots, so I thought maybe I should read some more of these comics. coffeeandink's (SPOILERY) guide to Hawkeye and Natasha popped up, and I thought aha, I shall get some of these comics.

So the library has none of the Ed Brubaker run, as far as I can tell, so I head to Amazon. There's an omnibus edition called Captain America Omnibus: Volume 1, so I put that into Amazon and get this. Which looks a bit more Golden Age-y than I was expecting, because actually I want a different Captain America Omnibus: Volume 1.

Anyway, it's a bit pricy, so I go looking for Winter Soldier volume 1 instead, and I get this, which is only available for pre-order, because this is the first volume of the comic Winter Soldier, and not what I actually want which is Captain America: Winter Soldier, which is a different book.

MARVEL! Make it easier for me to give you money. Please?

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iron man
despotliz
Is anyone going to Jack and Rachel's wedding ceilidh who would like to share a taxi there and back?

Household Planning
iron man
despotliz
So Oxford City Council have released their Sites and Housing Development Plan Document, which is all about how to balance the housing situation in Oxford. The bit of interest to me is in Part A (PDF), which talks a lot about how expensive it is to live in Oxford, and the need for affordable housing and how to require affordable housing in new developments, etc. Then it goes on to talk about Houses in Multiple Occupation, and how we have too many, and so all the proposals they are considering involve restricting the number of Houses in Multiple Occupation to no more than 20% of the houses in a street or part of a street.

Here is the sneaky part: from next February they are redefining HMO from the current definition of five households in one house (or three households over three storeys) to three households in one house. So three people sharing a house now become a House in Multiple Occupancy. This means licensing fees and annual renewal fees need to be paid, there are planning conditions to be met, and you have to apply for planning permission to make a new HMO. I don't know what the planning conditions are in Oxford, but if they're anything like the ones in Cambridge, my house would need a ton of work doing (new doors on every room, for starters, plus fire extinguishers and emergency lighting systems).

Alternatively, my landlord could save the money by evicting us and renting to a family instead. I have no idea if this will happen, but it seems strange that three people living in a house together are subject to planning conditions that a family (or a couple and their friend) isn't. I know from the last time I grumbled about this on LJ that the idea of HMOs is to stop large shared houses in poor condition with no fire protection, which I think is generally a good thing, but I don't think a small shared house will have this problem. I can't see any evidence for it in the council document - they mention that HMOs make up a lot of poor housing stock and are often unsafe, but don't say why they think this problem will extend to all the houses in this new category of HMOs.

Of course, it could go the other way - if you evict us and rent to a family instead, you will have to get planning permission if you ever want to rent to a group again, so maybe you can't take the risk. Either way, it sounds like it will make things more difficult either for groups of sharers, or for families who can't afford to buy housing, and I can't work out why in a document which goes on about the problems of Oxford housing and affordability is then going on to make it a lot harder to rent a house.

Tell me of your Android phones
iron man
despotliz
So my phone contract is up and I have to switch from 3 anyway owing to how I have no 3 signal in either my house or my workplace which makes having a phone somewhat pointless, which means I can get a shiny new phone. I was going to get an HTC Desire, but I am slightly wary due to nwhyte's poor experience with them. LJ has just eaten the paragraph I wrote here, sigh, but basically everyone in Oxford seems to have a Desire and think they are great - does anyone have any positive/negative experiences to add to the debate, or suggestions for other similar phones I might like?

Science fictional artwork
iron man
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BSFA members! People who like pretty pictures! People who are also on the internets on a Friday night! Let us talk about art. Specifically, nominations for the BSFA Best Artwork award. The current set of nominations are here. Some of them I like a lot, some of them I like not a lot, but I have compiled a short list of artwork I really like and will be nominating, and I am sharing it so that you too can nominate them if you like.

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Conventions
futurama // space pope
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My LJ account has nearly expired. Polls may be the killer app which persuade me to pay for another year.

Poll #1665334 Eastercon
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 49

Eastercon 2011?

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Yes
20 (41.7%)
No
18 (37.5%)
Maybe
10 (20.8%)

Eastercon 2012?

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Yes
22 (44.9%)
No
3 (6.1%)
Maybe
12 (24.5%)
I cannot cope with planning that far in advance
12 (24.5%)


Also: I am going to the SFX Weekender! (Warning: website is entirely in Flash and auto-plays music, so I recommend not clicking.) I wouldn't be going except I "won" free tickets[1], which means I can get round the terrible pricing structure which encourages you to stay onsite, and instead stay in a nice holiday cottage for the same price, and if it turns out to be awful (which is a distinct possibility, given that last year's reports were not encouraging, organisation-wise) then we can stay in and play Dominion all weekend. (I think coalescent is secretly hoping this will be the case.) I don't care about getting autographs, so I don't care if they run that badly, and there's actually quite a good line-up of literary guests. Also Andy Remic. Ho ho ho.

[1] "won" in the sense that there seem to be loads of free tickets being given out, for easy questions or no questions at all, presumably because they think they will sell more accomodation to grateful winners who have just be told they have free tickets.

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iron man
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Poll #1560473 Important questions of our time
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 50

Hard-boiled eggs at picnics

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Yes of course
41 (82.0%)
You are a crazy person
8 (16.0%)

SFcrowsnest.com

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MIGHTY
9 (20.9%)
"Who the £$%£ are SFcrowsnest?"
34 (79.1%)
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iron man
despotliz
It's Ada Lovelace Day! Just about. I was gonna do a proper post but I forgot and now I'm out of time, so why not just go and read about Janet Rowley instead.

She was the first person to show a chromosome translocation was the cause of cancer, and showed that the Philadelphia chromosome was in fact two chromosomes swapping bits over and not as previously thought a deletion, solving a ten-year-old mystery. She also championed the idea that these chromosome translocations would be important to and specific for different cancers, which is the whole basis of my work.

She had to wait a year to go to medical school, because the quota was 3 out of 65 students, and the first time she applied the quota was already full. Plus she opposed the ban on embryonic stem cell research despite being on the President's Council for Bioethics, and used her position to criticise the inaccuracies in the council reports.

Here's her 1973 paper on chromosome abnormalities on chronic myelogenous leukaemia. Enjoy!

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iron man
despotliz
1. In my search for a sensible way to a large set of references and PDFs between computers, I have come across Zotero, which not only lets me sync everything (including 100Mb of PDFs), but lets me add a reference with a single click, and it has a word processor plugin and a whole bunch of reference formatting files. It's great, and you probably all have it already.

2. Great index entries of our time:
Jack Bauer (24): defies authority, 162; drives technomobile, 164; is chased by visibly erect Honey Monster, 180; loses wife and child, 214; suffers breakdown, grows beard 227; wigs out completely, 255; loses war on drugs, 317.
(I'm reading Charlie Brooker's Screen Burn, if you couldn't have guessed.)

3. Henry 8.0 is such genius I'm actually going to embed the video:

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iron man
despotliz
Context: here and here. If you're still not interested here are some pictures of Colin Firth and a tapir.

Poll #1535422 Eastercons
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 34

Programming philosophy

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Big tent
24 (72.7%)
Small tent
9 (27.3%)

Programming approach

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Democratic
8 (25.8%)
Dictatorial
23 (74.2%)

Minimum percentage of programme which should be on core subjects

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Mean: 66.56 Median: 70 Std. Dev 17.79
0
0 (0.0%)
10
0 (0.0%)
20
0 (0.0%)
30
3 (9.4%)
40
1 (3.1%)
50
5 (15.6%)
60
2 (6.2%)
70
9 (28.1%)
80
9 (28.1%)
90
2 (6.2%)
100
1 (3.1%)

If you don't like it then run it yourself

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I will!
4 (16.7%)
With blackjack! And hookers!
6 (25.0%)
In fact, forget the convention
5 (20.8%)

I wish to quibble with your lack of definitions using this handy text entry box


International Women's Day
iron man
despotliz
Happy International Women's Day everyone! Although according to the German Pirate Party, we are living in a post-sexist age, so we probably don't need a day for celebrating women.

Let's tell that to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who managed to give the Best Director award to a woman last night after a mere 82 years. Maybe Hollywood could try a bit harder?:

Although successful female directors appear to have gained higher profiles of late, the actual percentage of top films directed by women has remained static for 25 years at 7% to 9%[...] For instance, neither Warner Bros., the world's largest studio, nor Paramount Pictures hired a single female director last year, while Walt Disney Studios and Universal Studios hired just one apiece. No woman has ever been hired to direct an event picture with a budget of more than $100 million, the kind of film most valued by the Hollywood machine.

And closer to home, I got send an advert for the TEDxCam event, an offshoot of the TED events which "bring together the world’s leading thinkers and doers to share ideas that that matter in any discipline". Apparently in Cambridge all the leading thinkers and doers also have a Y chromosome.

Locus Awards
zero punctuation // pack that shit in
despotliz
Like last year, I am not voting in the Locus Awards, because they are keeping the rule that votes from subscribers count double. I think this is stupid - you can be a subscriber's poll, or you can be a popular vote award, but you can't be both by telling all the non-subscribers that their vote is important when you want to talk about how you have more voters than the Hugos but only half as important as a subscriber when it comes to the results. As usual Abigail has an excellent post on this subject.

Things of 2009
futurama // space pope
despotliz
Some stuff I liked in 2009, in no particular order:

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Well, we already made snow Cthulhu...
iron man
despotliz
... so we made a snow dalek instead.

EXTERMINATE

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iron man
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I am now annoyingly going to reference discussion taking place on a mailing list which I can't seem to link the archives of, but the discussion taking place on the Odyssey 2010 group about a potential Dollhouse panel is pretty disturbing to me. (The group is open access, so I don't think it's inappropriate to discuss it here.)

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24 in 24
iron man
despotliz
Yes, it's that time of year again - 24 episodes of 24 in 24 hours! Time for the Jack Bauer death count.You may also wish to follow #24in24 for more twitter action.

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The 2008 Hugos
nextwave // robot head
despotliz
The Hugo results are out:

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iron man
despotliz
Context (ABOVE THE POLL FOR THE HOGG):
Adam Roberts writes about how the Hugo best novel shortlist is sucky. Scalzi writes about how Roberts should not kvetch at SF fandom as a whole lest they stop buying his books. James Nicoll makes a post about this, and Stross calls Roberts a dick for this incident and also that time when he was a meanie about Incandescence and Greg Egan wasn't happy.

Now that you've followed all that, a poll:
(EDIT argh typo, "Ega" should obviously be "Egan".)

Poll #1433357
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 28

Who is being a dick?

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Roberts
6 (21.4%)
Scalzi
3 (10.7%)
Stross
3 (10.7%)
Ega
0 (0.0%)
Someone else who I will name in the comments
1 (3.6%)


Those who are not interested in SF authors going round calling each other dicks, here is the Apollo 11 command module and lunar module code, which still contains the odd worrying comment.
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Snark via poll
iron man
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Poll #1429837
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 41

Look at Peter Garrett. Should SF feel ashamed?

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Yes!
2 (4.9%)
No!
5 (12.2%)
Can SF even feel shame?
17 (41.5%)

Splitting long comments over multiple tweets

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Bad
0 (0.0%)
Wrong
1 (2.7%)
This is what blogs are for
15 (40.5%)

Is the optimistic SF movement as irritating as the mundane SF movement?

View Answers
Yes
4 (10.8%)
No
3 (8.1%)
Not until they get a manifesto
3 (8.1%)
What happened to mundane SF anyway?
4 (10.8%)


Context for question 1: one, two, three.

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iron man
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nextwave // robot head
despotliz
Over at SFF Ethics SF&F Enthusiasts the reviewing discussion continues.

(In the final question, I mean do you consider yourself to be one, not do you consider despotliz to be one. Although feel free to mention that in comments if you wish.)

Poll #1416517
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 57

Authors are in a better position to assess and criticise fiction than non-authors

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TRUE
7 (13.0%)
FALSE
47 (87.0%)

Editors are in a better position to assess and criticise fiction than non-editors

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TRUE
23 (42.6%)
FALSE
31 (57.4%)

Directors are in a better position to assess and criticise films than non-directors

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TRUE
13 (24.1%)
FALSE
41 (75.9%)

Screenwriters are in a better position to assess and criticise films than non-screenwriters

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TRUE
11 (20.4%)
FALSE
43 (79.6%)

Musicians are in a better position to assess and criticise music than non-musicians

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TRUE
20 (37.7%)
FALSE
33 (62.3%)

I am a motherfucker

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TRUE
27 (49.1%)
FALSE
28 (50.9%)
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iron man
despotliz
Poll #1414856 Mmm vinegary
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 69

Pickled?

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Onions
3 (4.5%)
Gherkins
1 (1.5%)
Eggs
0 (0.0%)
Beetroot
1 (1.5%)
Walnuts
0 (0.0%)
Cauliflower
0 (0.0%)
Ginger
2 (3.0%)
Branston
0 (0.0%)
Piccalilli
0 (0.0%)
Herring
0 (0.0%)

You have inexplicably omitted my favourite pickle

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iron man
despotliz
It's Election Day tomorrow, and due to a by-election for the city council, I get to do city, county, and European elections all in one go. I was fairly sure of who I would vote for in the city and county council, but I wasn't that sure about the EU elections, so I did the various EU vote matchers and they indicate that the Lib Dems and the Greens are the best matches for me.

In the end I am not going to vote for the Greens, because there are some key areas where I differ from their views. For instance, I think that animal experimentation is a necessary evil right now, and I don't think we should ban it all and replace it with cell culture. And there is another problem which a number of science bloggers have noticed, which is that their policies don't appear to be very well thought through. Using cell cultures instead of animal experiments is great, but Gimpyblog spotted a potential problem: they also have a blanket policy blocking the import of any genetically modified organism. Which includes those helpful cell cultures, if another lab have a useful strain and they happen to be in the US, well, you can't have those. The blogger above went further and questioned the Green Party about this, who basically admitted that they made a whoopsy and maybe they should review that policy! Possibly with someone who knows about it!

Also they have a slightly mad health policy which supports lots of self-regulated complementary and alternative medicine. (This is probably the only issue on which I agree with UKIP.) So my EU vote goes to the Lib Dems.

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iron man
despotliz
Poll #1408330 Muppets!
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 70

Favourite muppet?

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Kermit the Frog
9 (13.4%)
Miss Piggy
4 (6.0%)
Fozzie Bear
4 (6.0%)
Rowlf
7 (10.4%)
Gonzo
7 (10.4%)
Rizzo
2 (3.0%)
Statler and Waldorf
10 (14.9%)
Beaker
10 (14.9%)
Dr Bunsen Honeydew
1 (1.5%)
The Swedish Chef
3 (4.5%)
Sam the Eagle
2 (3.0%)
Animal
7 (10.4%)
Pepe the Prawn
1 (1.5%)

This is my favourite muppet whom you have inexplicably excluded

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Semi-traditional Clarke Award poll
iron man
despotliz
Clarke Award is announced tomorrow, so let's have a poll:
Poll #1391163 Clarkes 2009
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 24

What should win?

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Song of Time
8 (33.3%)
The Quiet War
4 (16.7%)
House of Suns
1 (4.2%)
Anathem
11 (45.8%)
The Margarets
0 (0.0%)
Martin Martin's on the Other Side
0 (0.0%)

What will win?

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Song of Time
3 (13.6%)
The Quiet War
8 (36.4%)
House of Suns
1 (4.5%)
Anathem
10 (45.5%)
The Margarets
0 (0.0%)
Martin Martin's on the Other Side
0 (0.0%)


As ever, leave a comment if your opinions cannot be fully expressed in the poll.

Award voting, Twitter, and snot
nextwave // robot head
despotliz
I thought I was feeling grotty and rundown yesterday because of accumulated stress/travel/lack of sleep, but no I am producing copious quantities of snot and sneezing all the time and my brain is all fuzzy. Bah. I slept for a further fourteen hours last night, which seems to have helped a bit.

Interesting links time:

Via MeFi: Time magazine put the founder of 4 chan on their list of the top 100 people of 2009. The poll security, apparently, was not so good. Of course, hilarity and vote hacking ensues.

This made me think of the David Gemmell Legend Award, who released their shortlist at the weekend, because as I recall when voting for the shortlist, they were doing it by an online poll which was being run on a one IP address, one vote basis (I think). Now I am no expert in how the internet works, but this seemed to be a system ripe for gaming by voting from multiple addresses, as well as disallowing votes from legitimate voters sharing the same IP address (I'm not entirely sure my vote was counted, as I voted from behind the lab firewall). And according to the writeup in The Guardian, that is exactly what happened and "some idiot" multiple voted for his favourite author. I do feel sympathetic towards them, and I am not advocating anyone gaming the system for their favourite author, but c'mon: did anyone not see this happening? They may have found the person who voted hundreds of times, but who knows how many smaller-scale frauds there were, someone voting two or three times for the book they liked.

Speaking of online polls, I think it is now too late to vote in the Locus poll, if you haven't already. I chose not to vote because I like the one person, one vote system, and not the "one person, one vote except for Locus subscribers who get two votes take that Doctorow fans" system.

And a cautionary tale of Twitter which almost passed me by the other week: the #savejon affair. If that is tl;dr, the basic tale is that a graphic designer named Jon Engle posted on his blog that his artwork had been stolen, placed on another site, and now he was being sued for $18,000 for use of his own artwork. Terrible! And it spread across Twitter like wildfire, because everyone likes to help the underdog go up against the man, and pretty swiftly he had $2,000 in a legal defense fund. Except that whoops it was probably all a big porky pie, and actually he'd been taking the logos from the website and passing them off as his own.

I don't think this is something which wouldn't happen without Twitter, I just think that the response would have been slower - it's so easy to toss off a quick twitter about it and bung in the hashtag, or retweet someone else's twitter, that it all spreads much more quickly than via blog posts, and maybe there's less critical thinking about how plausible Engle's story actually was.

Finally, if anyone has a good recipe for am interesting chocolate sponge cake please stick it in the comments.

Monday morning polls
iron man
despotliz
Poll #1366364 Not really related questions
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 73

Lesbian vampire killers?

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Lesbians who kill vampires
52 (75.4%)
Lesbian vampires who get killed
17 (24.6%)

Marmalade?

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Bits
49 (73.1%)
No bits
18 (26.9%)

I nearly fell asleep during the last episode
iron man
despotliz
Niall linked to this post wondering why Dollhouse was even greenlit, and a lot of it rings true even before you consider the skankiness of the premise. So I thought this called for a poll:

Poll #1362418 Dollhouse
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 74

Are you still watching Dollhouse?

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I never started watching
39 (52.7%)
I watched a couple and gave up
5 (6.8%)
I am giving it a few more episodes before I give up
21 (28.4%)
I am still watching and enjoying it and don't plan to stop watching
9 (12.2%)

I just blue myself
nextwave // robot head
despotliz
.. that really was a lot of dangly Manhattan cock, wasn't it?

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STOP PRESS someone on the internet is being a dick
iron man
despotliz
So I have this list. It is a very short list. It is a list of authors whose work I will not ever buy[1], because I don't want to give them any of my money.

Kathryn Cramer has made it to the list. You may not like that someone is pseudonymous on the internet (and I agree with Abigail about a clash of protocols) but that doesn't mean you get to decide what name they use, and connecting up their full name to their pseudonym when you know full well they don't want that? Is a dick move. Continually changing the URL of the post where you did it? A dick move, and triply so when you start redirecting the original to get-rich-quick scam sites, and when you are trying to hide a post complaining about someone using a pseudonym in the first place. (It's all gone password-protected now.)

Will Sh*tt*rly is also being a dick and also going on the list but that's less surprising because of his prior history of going round the internet without pants.

[1] I am undecided whether buying books second-hand should be allowed.

Holy shit, Riker! Run away from the ice bear!
iron man
despotliz
Questions posed by the Oscars:
Does Robert Pattinson own a comb?

Who rocks their dress the most, Viola Davis or Taraji Henson?

Why has no one cast Hugh Jackman in a proper big-budget Hollywood musical yet? I would watch it even if he didn't punch anything!

(And does anyone else find it weird watching Dakin and Lilly Kane dancing together?)

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More photoshopped book covers, this time for Trek.

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Poll #1354413 Picocon
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 25

Picocon?

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Yes
10 (40.0%)
No
9 (36.0%)
Beautiful and unique
6 (24.0%)

How I learned to stop worrying and love the snow
iron man
despotliz

Cthulhu
Originally uploaded by despotliz.
We put this in the front garden to worry our neighbours. Full set here, and more pics from demona_hw here.

Clarke Award 2008
iron man
despotliz
There's a list of all the Clarke award submissions out, so obviously it is time to combine my favourite activites, complaining about SF awards and making polls.
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iron man
despotliz
One day I will make a poll which is not about winning an argument with my housemates, but that day is not today.

Poll #1346284 Vegetables
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 80

Swede and turnip

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The same vegetable
4 (5.0%)
Different vegetables
76 (95.0%)

Snowpocalypse
iron man
despotliz

More snoooow
Originally uploaded by despotliz.
Yeah, I think it's a snow day.

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iron man
despotliz
Poll #1340320 Poll polls poll
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 45

What tag should I use for tagging LJ entries which contain polls?

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poll
21 (46.7%)
polls
24 (53.3%)
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iron man
despotliz
Poll #1339990 No, there is no Cryptonomicon option
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 50

Best introduction to Stephenson

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Snow Crash
39 (78.0%)
The Diamond Age
11 (22.0%)

Matt Smith
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despotliz
The 11th Doctor, for anyone not watching BBC right now... Ah, there's an official announcement up.

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despotliz
It has come to my attention that Steam are having a frankly ridiculous sale which ends tomorrow. If you do not already own Portal, then you should definitely buy it for £3.49; Bioshock is also available for £3.49 and it is an excellent, creepy, atmospheric FPS in which you can attack people with bees.

(no subject)
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despotliz
It's a Merry Christmas for Warner Brothers, as a judge has ruled that Fox really do own some of the rights to Watchmen. Whoops!

Quality Street
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Based on the Quality Street Wikipedia entry and inspired by this article and Tim's strange love of the toffee penny:

Poll #1317875 Quality Street
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 63

Nom nom:

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Milk Chocolate Hazelnut (the 'Purple One')
0 (0.0%)
Chocolate Noisette Pate (the 'green triangle')
1 (1.6%)
Chocolate Orange Crème (the oblong orange)
0 (0.0%)
Chocolate Toffee Finger (gold wrapped stick)
0 (0.0%)
Toffee Penny (gold wrapper)
0 (0.0%)
Vanilla Fudge (pink wrapper)
0 (0.0%)
Strawberry Delight (red circular wrapper)
0 (0.0%)
Chocolate Coconut Éclair (blue wrapper)
0 (0.0%)
Orange Chocolate Crunch (orange octagon)
0 (0.0%)
Caramel swirl (yellow frustum)
0 (0.0%)
Chocolate Toffee Deluxe (orange wrapper)
1 (1.6%)
Milk Choc Block (green wrapper)
0 (0.0%)

Gone but not forgotten:

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Milk Chocolate Round
2 (4.2%)
Hazelnut Eclair
1 (2.1%)
Strawberry Cream
5 (10.4%)
Coffee Cream
7 (14.6%)
Chocolate Peanut
2 (4.2%)
Chocolate Toffee Cup
2 (4.2%)

Labelling the Milk Chocolate Hazelnut as just "The Purple One"

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Stupid
35 (100.0%)

I had to go and look up what a frustrum is

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Yes
28 (100.0%)


Bonus points for anyone who can recommend a good replacement for the coffee cream.
EDIT: There are no bonus points for typing snark.

The Sex Thief Shock
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despotliz
We are having one of our occasional videogame marathons (see the previous Half-Life marathon, and the Half-Life snickers). Valve have failed to release another episode of Half-Life 2, so we are going for a playthrough of Deus Ex, Thief 2, and Bioshock, with periodically updated liveblogging right here on the grounds that I have the most friends.

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On the first day of Newtonmas, Sir Isaac gave to me // The acceleration of gravity
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despotliz
demona_hw is festooning the house with tinsel, and a Christmas tree is threatened. I have responded by producing my own brand of secular decorations, appropriate for celebrating the birth of the developer of the calculus and discoverer of gravity.

LOLNEWTONSCollapse )

TOP TEN IRRITATING THINGS ABOUT PEOPLE ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT
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10. If your MP3 player is turned up so loud that I can tell who you are listening to, it is too loud.
9. Your suitcase does not get a seat when the train is full. And no, it can't sit in the footwell, that is WHERE MY FEET GO.
8. I find your children less than adorable when they have spent the past hour and a half running up and down the carriage screaming and hitting each other.
7. If you move down the bus now, we won't have to wait at every stop while the conductor shouts and you, and you shuffle a coupld of feet further down the bus and scowl.
6. Your dog smells and I do not want it to sit on my feet.
5. Arguing with the conductor will not make the train go any faster.
4. I would prefer it if you sucked your Murray Mints, rather than crunching them loudly in my ear. They also smell.
3. If you wait in front of the doors, I can't get off the train. If I can't get off, you can't get on. Do you understand how this works?
2. If you are standing at the bus stop waiting to get on the bus, then please think ahead and have your wallet out, and maybe even the correct change ready. Do not act all surprised when you have to pay as though the possibility had not occured to you.
1. Your mobile phone is not a ghetto blaster, and your favourite music sucks.

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I really should have kept the pie icon
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despotliz
1. Forensic genomics: a blog post and paper about what happens to forensics if we start DNA fingerprinting using the whole genome, and the implications of that.

2. Sometimes over dinner we spend an inordinate amount of time trying to decide what is and isn't a pie, and what characteristics are the essential ingredients of pie-ness. So please fill out this poll.

Poll #1305600 Friday pie
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 69

Which of these would you consider a pie?

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Steak and ale pie
2 (2.9%)
Apple pie
0 (0.0%)
Shepherds pie
0 (0.0%)
Fisherman's pie
0 (0.0%)
Apple tart
0 (0.0%)
Apple lattice
0 (0.0%)
Pumpkin pie
0 (0.0%)
Cheesecake
0 (0.0%)
Creme brulee
0 (0.0%)
A digestive biscuit with marshmellow on top
0 (0.0%)
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America, fuck yeah!
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despotliz
America, I could give you a big sloppy kiss right now. You're making me all sniffly with your talk of puppies in the White House!

Plus, you voted down measure 11 in South Dakota and amendment 48 in Colorado restricting abortion and birth control; Michigan is allowing some embryonic stem cell research; Elizabeth "my opponent is a godless American" Dole watched her slimy strategy backfire and the wacky state of Massachusetts is keeping income tax but decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

And there's a Democrat in the California 47th.

EDIT: San Francisco did not pass Proposition R: renaming the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant to the George W Bush Sewage Plant.