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By TheophileEscargot (Mon Aug 31, 2015 at 02:45:53 AM EST) Reading, Me, MLP (all tags)
Reading: "The Kingdom of Gods". Me. Links.

What I'm Reading
The Kingdom of Gods by N.K. Jemisin. Final volume in the Inheritance Trilogy, fantasy series about gods and humans, though there's a novella to follow. This one follows the god Sieh who finds himself becoming mortal.

Good book. Wraps up the events neatly as you get to see the long-terms consequences of the events of the first book. Decent plotting though one thing is a bit too heavily foreshadowed, with various plot elements neatly brought into place. As through the series I found some of the sex/romance stuff a bit purple for my taste.

Overall though, a good fantasy series that takes things in original directions. Worth a read.

Work: survived the last performance review which I was worried about: I was involved in one problematic release. Still have a job at least.

Toddler is doing OK. Hard work trying to keep him alive through a rainy bank holiday weekend though. Planning to visit family in a week and a half, wife is off on another business trip. As usual journey is a worry but will be good when we get there. Just hope he doesn't get sick again.

Socioeconomics. Bank bailouts: Why the US made a profit and the UK won't. "The men who considered themselves less masculine than average and who experienced male discrepancy stress were nearly three times more likely to have committed violent assaults with a weapon or assaults resulting in injury".

Pics. Educational tapes: "Specifically the "Electronic Educator" tape cartridge system, sharing space with a Fisher Stereophonic Master Audio Control, Sherwood tuner and RCA Victor Deluxe color TV, as well as drawer-mounted reel-to-reel and turntable". Polar bear in flowers. Rosetta comet outburst. Airline posters.

Articles. Everything I Learned Working as a Playboy Club Bunny. History of spats. Istanbul archaeology. Hugo Awards. Top 10 Conservative novels.

Random. Texts From H.P. Lovecraft. Subreddit Simulator, entirely created by Markov-chaining bots, via.

Very short story: The Uberfication of Knowledge.

Sci/Tech. 16 Old-School Internet Acronyms. Almost no women used Ashley Madison. Mapping informal minibus Matatus, via. Some interesting comment on internet experience: "HTML has become a defacto intermediate language, you could write it yourself like you can write Java bytecode yourself but nobody does this."

Politics. MI5 spied on Doris Lessing. More on mandatory court fines, via. The mystery of ISIS: despite confident bluster no-one really knows why they're successful.

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Almost no women used Ashley Madison by anonimouse (4.00 / 2) #1 Tue Sep 01, 2015 at 11:55:06 AM EST
I've no doubt that the male to female ratio was low, but I don't think it was as low as the value the researchers claimed.

The BBC interviewed one user who had a number of real dates as a direct result of signing up, and I doubt he would have had that number had the ratio been 3,500 to 1. I would not have been surprised if the ratio was 100:1 or so. From my own empirical personal experience, I also think that the number of women willing to have affairs is much greater than thought.

Ashley Madison seem to have hit back over the figures.

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
Hmmm by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Sep 02, 2015 at 12:27:33 AM EST
It's not very specific, but it does seem odd that the site would have grown so big if it was essentially a hoax with no women there at all.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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ISIS by Herring (4.00 / 1) #3 Wed Sep 02, 2015 at 12:27:49 PM EST
Interesting article. Long and thought provoking. Some way into it, I was reminded of a novel I have - Mario Vargas Llosa's The War at the End of the World. Not sure why I was reminded as the parallels aren't really there.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

ISIS... by Metatone (4.00 / 2) #4 Fri Sep 04, 2015 at 11:55:12 AM EST
This might be confident bluster, but:

I think an often overlooked element of the ISIS story is how attractive to a certain demographic their policies are. It's sort of like a big advertising campaign: "Want to be the Muslim Conan/Tarl Cabot? Join ISIS."

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