William Baldwyn

Presented without comment, for all those who love Dorothy Dunnett’s fabulous Lymond Chronicles. OK, maybe a comment; these are lovely, beautifully executed, but there’s Luttrell in there . . .

Hummingbird in Flight

This is from Imgur; I can’t tell who created it, but I think it’s a female Anna’s hummingbird:

Heidi Roizen on “What I Learned Negotiating With Steve Jobs”

Heidi Rozen, Standord MBA and faculty member, co-founder of classic Mac developer T/Maker, former Apple Vice President of World-Wide Developer Relations, reminisces about negotiating with Steve Jobs, and what she learned: On the appointed day, after waiting in the lobby for 45 minutes (this, I would come to learn, was…

The Fabulous Charlie Stross on The Religious History of UNIX

Thus the scribe hath written: But in the late 1980s, the Catholic Church succumbed to the sins of venality and simony, demanding too much money from the faithful. And so, in 1991 or thereabouts, Linus Torvalds nailed his famous source code release to the cathedral door and kicked off the Reformation. The…

Scott Lobdell, sexism, stupidity etc.

Long story short: A few days ago, cartoonist MariNaomi wrote an op-ed about being harassed by professional comic-book writer Scott Lobdell on a panel at a convention. MariNaomi was very careful to avoid identifying information, but Lobdell apparently read the piece recognized himself—maybe because the shit he had pulled was extreme even…

Bart van Es Shakespeare in Company

Cover of Bart van Es's Shakespeare in Company

The Times Literary Supplement has an interesting review by Charles S. Nicholl of a new book by Bart van Es from OUP. Van Es’s Shakespeare in Company places Shakespeare in the context of the theater of the sixteenth and early seventeenth century. Here’s what Nicholl has to say:   The idea…

I Tried Cosmo’s Weirdest Sex Tips So You Don’t Have To

Anna Pulley from Alternet: If making out while clenching a fork between your thighs isn’t the height of eroticism, I don’t know what is. Read the entire article.

Bad Decisions Don’t Make You Poor. Being Poor Makes for Bad Decisions

Slate columnist Matthew Ygelsias: A study published last week in the journal Science shows that the stress of worrying about finances can impair cognitive functions in a meaningful way. The authors gathered evidence from both low-income Americans (at a New Jersey shopping mall) and the global poor (looking at farmers…

The Devil Came Up To Boston

[The Onion] English Grad Student Reduced to Menu Deconstruction

At approximately 2 a.m., Rosenblatt was finishing a particularly difficult course-pack reading on the impact of feminism, post-feminism, and current ‘queer’ theory on received notions of gender and sexual preference/identity. Realizing he hadn’t eaten since lunch, the Ph.D candidate picked up the Burrito Bandito menu. Before he could decide on…