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By TheophileEscargot (Sat Nov 07, 2015 at 02:31:10 AM EST) Reading, MLP, Me (all tags)
Reading: "Maul". Me. Links.


What I'm Reading
Maul by Tricia Sullivan. Satirical SF partly set in a future where the "Y Plagues" have wiped out most men. A few survive in Castellations where some compete to be the top sperm donors. The other part of the story takes place in a shopping mall where girl gangs are involved in a shootout.

I enjoyed reading it: has some good ideas and it's original. One element though was a gimmick that I've never liked the virtual reality Metaphorical Battle, which left me a bit unsatisfied after initial promise.

Overall though, still a good book: original with some compelling images and ideas.

Me
Struggling a bit again. At work we still do old fashioned release cycles, shipping a few times a year, and we've just frozen the code for another release. Hopefully this one won't be a nightmare like the last one where my team had problems in particular.

Had to take two days off in the week to look after the toddler when he had a minor bug with a high temperature and a bit of coughing. One day had to investigate a reported bug while simultaneously look after an active toddler. Fortunately it turned out to be a user error, so no need to get an urgent fix into the release. But found it a bit stressful to get the kid ready in the morning, put him to bed in the evening and do both childcare and my job in-between.

Links
Articles. The British Legion and the Control of Remembrance. The "Counter Extremism Strategy" and the Irish context.

Video. Inglourious Basterds "Hi Sallys", why.

Random. Jar Jar Binks is a secret Sith puppetmaster. Shaker catechism: "Does Christianity admit of private property?" How daylight savings affects how much sun you see. iTunes Terms and Conditions: The Graphic Novel, via. Instant Curry Comes With A Fake Girlfriend To Keep You Company. Hidden letter from an 18th century cabinetmaker, via.

Politics. Netherlands and Luxembourg systematically blocked EU tax reforms. Return of the Snoopers' Charter. Hand car washes exploit labour.

Pics. Tickle Me Elmo blasted by jet engine. Freedmen, 1865. Cadillac and swimmers at Fleishhacker Pool, 1927. Fake army. Hoverowl. Old Peking photos.

Local. Riverbed inspection of Thames

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There was a round of discussion... by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #1 Sat Nov 07, 2015 at 03:56:52 AM EST
on econ blogs about productivity and hand wash vs machine wash. I did wonder at the time how the question of exploitation played in to the story. Thanks for that link.

Christianity and private property by lm (4.00 / 1) #2 Sun Nov 08, 2015 at 08:24:17 AM EST
William of Ockham also argued against the reality of private property. His argument was quite a bit more nuanced.

Interesting factoid, a compendium of the arguments of the Franciscans - chiefly Ockham - and their interlocutors - chiefly Pope John XXII - was republished in the 17th century. The authors were not attributed and there was no indication outside of the arguments themselves that the arguments were from different sides of the debate.

There are some indications that this compendium was read by John Locke who seems to have drawn from both sides of the Franciscan debate over poverty and created a new synthesis. It is unknown if Locke realized that the arguments were opposed.


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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