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By TheophileEscargot (Fri Apr 22, 2016 at 11:42:00 AM EST) Reading, Watching, Me, MLP (all tags)
Reading: "Callsign Hades", "The Destructives", Me. Links.


What I'm Reading
Callsign Hades by Patrick Bury. Book by a lieutenant in Irish regiment in the British army, about his time commanding a unit in Sangin, Afghanistan. Pretty good, evocatively describes the realities of patrolling and the constant tension of dealing with IEDs. He also desribes his growing disillusionment, and his frustration with non-combat troops or REMFs.

While it's well done, the book doesn't add any new information about the well-documented situation. OK but not unmissable.

What I'm Reading
The Destructives by Matthew De Abaitua. Science fiction book set some time after a variant of the Singularity called the Seizure, when rogue AIs destroyed human civilisation and then attempted to reconstitute it. The story has an academic and recovering drug addict called in to investigate a trove of data from before the Seizure.

Liked this book a lot. Has some plausible world-building, a plot that makes sense, and some decent satire. It's often hard to do plausible SF satire, but he does it well without compromising the setup.

It's apparently part of a series in the same world, will definitely be looking out for the others.

Me
Things seem to be going pretty well at the moment. At work, dev freeze for the latest major release was today and we seem to have got all the stories in on deadline, without even a panicked scramble for once. Of course, have to see what comes out of testing... Went up to see the parents with the toddler a couple of weeks ago and going again this weekend, really good to see the family again.

Links
Socioeconomics. Why liberal economists dish out despair. Let's hope it's just fear of Brexit hitting growth.

Pics. All stations on the Pyongyang Metro. Thoroughly Modern (1920). Bubble nebula.

Politics. More about the Russian buzzing of US warships off Kaliningrad. The Smug Style in American Liberalism, via. Peter Oborne: "Goldsmith's campaign for mayor has become the most repulsive I have ever seen as a political reporter", more. If Brexit then Swexit. Varoufakis and Europe, Politicians mostly keep their promises.

Video. Bulldozer fight, about. It's raining humvees, more.

Articles. The Beach Girl Behind the Beach Boys.

Sci/Tech. How the image of software developers came about.

Random How to operate your frog.

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that fly-by article by sasquatchan (4.00 / 1) #1 Fri Apr 22, 2016 at 01:56:51 PM EST
is very interesting. Revealed a whole lot of things I wasn't aware of ..

Politician honesty by wumpus (4.00 / 1) #2 Sat Apr 23, 2016 at 06:28:04 PM EST
seems to be directly proportional to the political power of the person the promise is made to. Generally, extremely reliable to other politicians and lobbyists, fairly reliable to powerful groups of citizenry, pretty much nil to the rabble.

Of course, you really have to wonder what Jeb? was telling his donors. I think he raised (and spent) more than the rest of the field combined (Hillary may have caught up, but I suspect she is saving most for the general).

Re: liberal economics. I think that's what I was taught in Econ101 in '88. What happened economically 1990-2000 was essentially impossible according to those classes (so was Gore's loss after such a run). It helps to not consider reality a special case.

Wumpus

Clinton's money by lm (4.00 / 2) #4 Sat Apr 23, 2016 at 09:51:10 PM EST
Quite a bit of it is going to other campaigns. And there is the large chunks of change she's raising for the party rather than herself.

And folks wonder why so many super-delegates have declared in her favor.


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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Pyongyang Metro by jimgon (4.00 / 1) #3 Sat Apr 23, 2016 at 08:21:33 PM EST
i find North Korea absolutely fascinating.  




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