Ursula K. Le Guin, Finding My Elegy

Cover of Ursula Le Guin's Finding My Elege, showing landscape and sunset

I have to confess, I’ve stalled writing this review because I don’t want to think about reading any elegies for Ursula Le Guin. Ive been reading and treasuring her books and essays and poems since I was child growing up in the 70s in a single-wide trailer on the wind-scoured…

Sad Cat Diary

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Charles Stross, The Hidden Family

Cover of Charles Stross The Hidden Family

The second novel in a projected trilogy by Charles Stross, The Hidden Family picks up right where the first one ends, with Miriam fleeing an assassination attempt and an attempt to frame her in an attack on another member of The Clan. While she attempts to discover who most wants…

Saving the mice at Leicestershire

Even mice need a helping hand now and then.

A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip

Gabrielle Giffords A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip These senators made their decision based on political fear and on cold calculations about the money of special interests like the National Rifle Association, which in the last election cycle spent around $25 million on contributions, lobbying and outside spending. ….

New Atheist Bigotry?

From The Guardian: “Sam Harris, the New Atheists, and anti-Muslim animus” by Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald Two columns have been published in the past week harshly criticizing the so-called “New Atheists” such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens: this one by Nathan Lean in Salon, and this one by…

Benevolent Sexism

Melanie Tannenbaum in Scientific American‘s PsySociety blog notes that “benevolent sexism” is a real thing that happens when something presented as a positive is still emphasizing the sex of the person, rather than their work.  If we’re talking up the importance of work-life balance and familial roles for women but…

Jaron Lanier on Online Identity and the Cloud

Computer scientist and author of the book Who Owns the Future (May, 2013) Jaron Lanier argues that unless we change our attitudes towards technology and each other, whoever has the biggest CPU and largest network will own all markets. Instead, he proposes micropayments for knowledge and skills, and suggests that cloud…

James Whittaker, Google and Innovating Evil

James Whittaker was a director of engineering at Google. He wrote a nifty book about How Google Tests Software. I briefly was a consultant on a short-term part of a project, and met him, while I was still a grad student. He was smart, funny, and completely understood my objections…

Bat Orphans: Dangerously Cute

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