A Question of Blood by Ian Rankin. Another good entry in the Rebus series. This one has another high life / lowlife angle, with one crime involving a public school, the other the death of a petty criminal. Found it pretty gripping, raced towards the end.
Do have a nitpick though you'd think by now his bosses would have noticed that every time they suspend him he just keeps working the case anyway. Try assigning him to traffic duty or something for a change. This is number 14: three more to go...
What I'm Listening To
Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism. Good course exploring how these can be reconciled, with a particular emphasis on the ethical aspects. Because it's a somewhat specialized area, managed to mostly tell me stuff that was new to me.
There are no easy answers to the issues involved though.
A random terminology post
I have found the following sets of terms causing confusion at some point. World: please note the differences.
- Libertarian: philosopher who believes in free will rather than determinism
- Libertarian: guy who wants the darn government out of his face
- Chicago School: Group of right-wing economists
- Chicago School: Group of left-wing sociologists
- Idealist: Believer that ideology should shape foreign policy: e.g. Hitler
- Idealist: Person with high ideals: e.g. Gandhi
- Broken Window: Economic fallacy that randomly destroying stuff boosts growth
- Broken Window: Criminological theory that minor crimes generate major ones
Is there a British sporting equivalent to "do an end run around"? I keep wanting to use it but it seems unbearably pretentious, especially since I've never watched a single baseball match.
Video. Great Orb spoof: Grey Fluffy Clouds
Every What Are You Doing Here from Doctor Who (8min)
Historical article: Rockets from 1804 to 1815
VoxEU on the value of the assets.
YouTube: Dark Knight bailout.
Daily Mash: Stock markets running out of underpants.
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