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By TheophileEscargot (Wed Apr 05, 2017 at 12:46:16 AM EST) Reading, MLP, Me (all tags)
Reading: "The Power". Me. Links.


What I'm Reading
The Power by Naomi Alderman has got a lot of attention and some awards lately. It's science fiction where first all the teenage girls, then the adult women, develop electric-eel like powers to administer painful, stimulating or deadly electric shocks. This starts to change the balance of power between the sexes, as woman are now more physically dangerous than men.

Good book on the whole. It's pacey with four different characters showing the changes to the world from different angles. Like Joanna Russ, Alderman doesn't have any truck with the notion of women being naturally gentle: the women here abuse their power and start to create mirror image societies where men are oppressed.

The novel has a slightly awkward framing device where thousands of years in the future a male historian/writer reconstructs what happened in letters to a female publisher who is sceptical that men could ever have been in charge. Found it a bit hard to believe that millenia into the future society has so exactly reconstructed the 21st century even down to names. Also the precise parameters of the power seem a bit too convenient.

Overall though, good book, well worth reading.

Me
Had a short holiday in the German countryside with the family. Had a good time: nice warm sunny weather, managed a couple of good walks after overcoming the toddler's resistance, did a day trip to Heidelberg.

Was worried about travelling with the toddler, but he managed the flights and airports like a champ, didn't even have to resort to the sticker books. We travelled with our car seat, but German taxis mostly seem to have built-in car seats (for 15kg kids and up) which makes life easier.

Review, review, review, review, review.

Links
Socioeconomics. Productivity and bad bosses. Does productivity drive wages? Would higher wages boost economic growth? Millennial men (likely) not so sexist. Gender quotas increase competence levels by displacing mediocre men.

Politics. The Government "spending £500m to bring back Brexit Blue Passports" is (mostly) FAKE NEWS. If we’re to understand the Brexit talks, the media must do better. Does It Matter Who Pulls the Trigger in the Drone Wars? How the Donald Came to Rule. Stop wallowing in referendum divisions. Will the conservative Obamacare debate just quietly disappear? Politics of Gibraltar are outdated folly.

Random. Fictional archaic version of Esperanto. The Untold Story of Jimmy Stewart’s WWII Service. A 4-Year-Old Boy Saved His Mum's Life Using Her Thumbprint To Unlock Her iPhone . Superman started as a baddy in high-school fanzine. Drapery painters. Medieval Yorkshire anti-zombie measures. How Getting 8 Hours of Sleep Gave Me The Energy to Overcommit Again

Sci/Tech. Radiation explained comic. Opioid Deaths Plummeting in States with Legal Weed. Today's men have weaker grip strength. Secret colours of the Commodore 64.

Articles. Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future by Naomi Alderman.

Pics. Brigitte Helm on the set of ‘Metropolis’ 1927. If Frank Miller drew Bananaman. Cockpits.

Video. Synchronized swimmers upside down. A fictive flight above real Mars.

< Saw the Americanized GITS yesterday, in all it's 3D, IMAX glory.
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Untold stories by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Apr 05, 2017 at 11:21:47 AM EST
I feel old.  That "Untold story" about Stewart was told a lot during the Reagan presidency, usually in opposition to conservative excuses for Reagan's lack of WWII combat experience, which generally ran that as an actor, he was more valuable doing the propaganda films he spent the war making.
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Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. by iGrrrl (4.00 / 2) #2 Fri Apr 07, 2017 at 07:37:49 AM EST
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. was pretty well known for being pretty brave. There's a scene described in Steinbeck's Once There Was a War where a small group of Navy personnel took an island with important German communication equipment by sending in Fairbanks, who went alone, to convince them they were going to be completely overwhelmed and should surrender. They did, about 50 of them, iirc. There were far fewer Americans, and they kept trying to walk past the windows in a way the German's wouldn't figure out how few they were. They eventually did, and they were pretty angry at being duped by an actor.

(Fairbanks isn't named in the book, but both Steinbeck and Fairbanks were friends of my grandfather in WWII. Steinbeck never uses names in Once There Was a War, so he called Fairbanks "the actor". My grandfather is referred to as a sloppy lieutenant from Philadelphia, iirc. In the book, Steinbeck tells the story  of my grandfather comparing the different bores of naval guns to instruments in a symphony. He lamented that he'd never really had good bass to compose with.)

"Beautiful wine, talking of scattered everythings"
(and thanks to Scrymarch)

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WIPO For a bit by Scrymarch (4.00 / 1) #3 Sat Apr 08, 2017 at 03:34:34 AM EST


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Bad Superman by priestess (4.00 / 1) #4 Sat Apr 08, 2017 at 06:45:02 AM EST
I'm currently loving the new story being read over at the Methods Of Rationality podcast. "The Metropolitan Man" has a Lex Luther deeply worried about what will happen if Superman loses his ethics.

http://www.hpmorpodcast.com/?page_id=1705

Text it's taken from here, but haven't read it, only had it read to me on the podcast.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10360716/1/The-Metropolitan-Man
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