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By TheophileEscargot (Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 11:36:09 AM EST) Reading, Mlp (all tags)
Reading: "The Hydrogen Sonata". Links.

What I'm Reading
The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks. The latest Culture novel, set mostly in the neighbouring society of Gzilt, which is on the brink of Subliming, ascending en masse to a kind of hyperspace heaven.

Has plenty of the appealing features of the Culture novels: imaginative settings and some great futuristic battle-scenes.

I did find it a bit hard to get involved with though. Maybe I'm just not in the right mood. But it's hard to care much about the McGuffin here which doesn't seem to have many consequences to its recovery.

Even so, good fun if you like the Culture novels.

Review, review, review.

Socioeconomics. Is an AAA rating worth the cost of securing it? Alcohol minimum price: is it economically flawed or based on flawed research (PDF)? Greece deal. Restructuring sovereign debt 1950–2010 Commonwealth could not replace EU for UK trade.

Sci/Tech. Salivary Testosterone Levels in Men at a US Sex Club. A Buggy full of GM Cotton .

Pics. Saturn polar hexagaon. Penis worms.

Humanities. Attempting to decipher the Voynich Manuscript. Loebolus: all 245 public domain Loeb Classical Library books in one place. Martha Nussbaum and Nassim Nicholas Taleb on stoicism etc. Stoic Week PDF. The Chris Brown and Jenny Johnson Twitter Beef.

Politics. Interactive EU budget visualization (try GRC and DNK for comparison). The Truce on Drugs, via. "The Wrong Right", weaknesses in UK conservatism, parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. UKIP not libertarian, didn't cost Tories many Parliamentary seats. Pay companies to find unemployed jobs programme fails. The EU as Vetocracy. US: My life on the Republican right—and how I saw it all go wrong, A Primer for Rich Republican Donors.

Random. How to Live In Britain without Getting Your American Head Kicked In. Stop putting man at the start of words.

Video. Inner city wizard school. Slow motion cheetah. Ghost elevator prank. I'm British.

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WIPO by kwsNI (4.00 / 2) #1 Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 12:25:30 PM EST
Chris Brown gets undue attention for beating the shit out of a woman.  Frankly, I'd be happy if no one ever mentioned him again.  No news, no press releases, no music, no appearances.  He should just go away.

How to live in Britain without getting your head.. by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 12:29:46 PM EST
...kicked in.

I'm pretty sure that if you write for Vice you're the kind of opinionated jerk who is in danger of getting your head kicked in most places you go. That author's attitude was consistent with my perception of Vice authors.

The Hydrogen Sonata by ucblockhead (4.00 / 2) #3 Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 03:07:35 PM EST
I'm half way through it right now and while I am guess I'm enjoying it, I'm just not finding it very engaging.  It's got a bit of a "been there, done that" feel.  Maybe I'm tired of the Culture.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
It's OK by jump the ladder (4.00 / 1) #4 Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 04:55:52 PM EST
I guess Banks is allowed the odd average book.

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UKIP by Herring (4.00 / 1) #5 Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 05:18:00 PM EST
The Daily Mash is not always all that funny, but I liked this.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky
I think I saw by wumpus (4.00 / 1) #7 Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 11:23:20 PM EST
this reported as straight news. I have to wonder who would have a problem of getting rid of the *ankers for that cheap?


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Stop putting man at the start of words by wumpus (4.00 / 1) #6 Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 10:20:35 PM EST
1: Manwich: A sloppy joe mix sold in the US since at least the 1970s.
2: Manshoe: I am a sexy shoeless god of war!


Hydrogen Sonata by LoppEar (4.00 / 1) #8 Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 10:22:22 AM EST
Haven't started it yet, I usually enjoy Culture novels though the actual interest in the story can be pretty variable. I suppose given that the interest usually comes from the non-Culture society, a nearly-sublime might not be th emost interesting.

Decided to read this one through the public library - in Chicago that would have been a long wait: they've got 15 copies, probably 40 people have it on hold, so a couple months wait. But the Philadelphia library has 1 copy, and though someone had it checked out I was the first in line when I put it on hold a few weeks ago. Odd differences.

Truce on Drugs article by Scrymarch (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 08:44:47 AM EST
Is a good roundup, and I like your headline better than theirs.

Commonwealth article doesn't really support the economic argument that much. Whenever eg Dan Hannan makes the comparison it's by saying being in the EU shuts Britain out of good markets like the Commonwealth, not that it is necessarily a likeminded political forum. Bagehot and the Euroskeptics seem to be arguing past each other there.

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