|Monday, March 24th, 2014|
|Sunday, March 23rd, 2014|
|Friday, March 21st, 2014|
|Gee, Ya Think?
Paper #1: NASA faked the moon landing–Therefore (Climate) Science is a Hoax: An Anatomy of the Motivated Rejection of Science (pdf), a detailed study showing that kookery is cross-contaminatory: denial of global warming correlates strongly with antivaxxery, moon landing denial, racism, belief in reptoids, 9/11 twooferism, libertarianism, Birferism, Randroid free-market quackery, Niven-fandom, AIDS-denial, FOX News viewership, goldbuggery, etc.
This produced a predictable reaction: millions of words from idiots online, screaming that this was a giant false-flag operation by Big Climate and that it was all a huge conspiracy organised by the secret Jewish Communist Reptoids On The Moon cabal.
That predictable reaction was carefully measured, producing:
Paper #2: Recursive Fury: Conspiracist Ideation in the Blogosphere in Response to Research on Conspiracist Ideation (pdf), a study comparing their predicted reactions from wingnuts to the actual reactions of wingnuts.
University of Western Australia: mining bad thinking for comedy gold.
|Thursday, March 20th, 2014|
|Wednesday, March 19th, 2014|
|Tuesday, March 18th, 2014|
|Monday, March 17th, 2014|
|Thursday, March 13th, 2014|
|Wednesday, March 12th, 2014|
|Monday, March 10th, 2014|
|Friday, March 7th, 2014|
|Thursday, March 6th, 2014|
Anyone else finding that comments are not loading, at all? Are you using NoScript? I have a fix for you.
I'm getting comment notifications, and I'm seeing that posts HAVE comments, but I'm not seeing the comments themselves. The problem: Livejournal has screwed up the comment code again, in this case by making scripting required and also making scripting from a new, different domain, livejournal.net, required.
The fix: Allow scripts on livejournal.net to run.
|Wednesday, March 5th, 2014|
|The stupid, it burns.
The seller has changed the description. It now says "Tengwar", not "Arabic", although you can still see the reviews mentioning the previous description. And they still think it says The Lord's Prayer.
Aggressive stupidity: It's a way of life.
|Tuesday, March 4th, 2014|
| "TO the chief counsel of the Idaho State Legislature:
In light of the bill permitting guns on our state’s college and university campuses, which is likely to be approved by the state House of Representatives in the coming days, I have a matter of practical concern that I hope you can help with: When may I shoot a student?
I am a biology professor, not a lawyer, and I had never considered bringing a gun to work until now. But since many of my students are likely to be armed, I thought it would be a good idea to even the playing field.
I have had encounters with disgruntled students over the years, some of whom seemed quite upset, but I always assumed that when they reached into their backpacks they were going for a pencil. Since I carry a pen to lecture, I did not feel outgunned; and because there are no working sharpeners in the lecture hall, the most they could get off is a single point. But now that we’ll all be packing heat, I would like legal instruction in the rules of classroom engagement.
At present, the harshest penalty available here at Boise State is expulsion, used only for the most heinous crimes, like cheating on Scantron exams. But now that lethal force is an option, I need to know which infractions may be treated as de facto capital crimes."
|Monday, March 3rd, 2014|
|Saturday, March 1st, 2014|
|Because more people need to suffer.
James May's "why people who object to racism in SF/F are THE REAL RACISTS".
(no, not the famous James May. A completely different James May. Not one you've heard of, I think, although I could be wrong. Point is: Not the famous James May.)
You may, as I did, feel a sense of deja vu at a number of his idiotic statements. That's because his previous many-thousand-word-salad was directed at John Scalzi, who summarised it as "Overthinking, Done Poorly and At Length"
May has not improved either his thinking or his length in the year since that: At the far end of the link is what Word tells me is *one hundred and twenty-seven THOUSAND* words of word salad about how people who object to racism in SF/F are totally as bad as Hitler. And this is "Part 2". One shudders about "part 1".
Ping: james_nicoll, this seems like the kind of thing you'd enjoy laughing at/linking to the unsuspecting/would cry over. And, because of your MPR tag, I feel you deserve this one.
: Bonus: I'm not exaggerating. I dare you to search for the word "Hitler" and see his various sentiments and his followup sentences. Memetic prophylactic recommended.
|Friday, February 28th, 2014|
|On magic, and magic stuff, and stories and games.
My most favouritest "magic item" ever, from any medium, from any setting, is from Assassin's Creed 2.
In Assassin's Creed 2, you can eventually gain The Medici Cape. It is a cape, in the colours of The House Of Medici. It marks you as favoured by Lorenzo de Medici.
It has one and only one power: Wear the Medici cape, and your "notoriety" does not go up, ever. The guards do not see you commit crimes, ever. No law enforcer in the city of Florence will take any notice of you at all, unless you are currently trying to kill him right now. And even then, his friends won't see you.
This is my favourite magic item in the history of magic items.
|Thursday, February 27th, 2014|
|Wednesday, February 26th, 2014|
| How many people have to die before the message "Do not demonstrate how 'safe' an 'unloaded' gun is pointing it at yourself and pulling the trigger" gets through?
At least one more.
|Tuesday, February 25th, 2014|
|Today's stupid windows trick I'd forgotten.
Sometimes you'll get a window that's locked offscreen - it's shrunk itself into it's own title bar and relocated a million pixels THATAWAY off your screen. You can get it fullscreen with right-click-> Maximise, but you can't get it back *as a window*.
The trick: select the window in the taskbar, and use alt-space to open the traditional "move/restore/maximise/minimise" menu. Select move, then use the KEYBOARD arrow keys for a second. Just a second, it doesn't matter how long or in what direction - all you're doing is making windows know that you've "grabbed" the window.
Then move your mouse. The window, regardless of where it was before, is now located on your mouse pointer. Click to drop it where your pointer is (which is, obviously, on your screen) and resize back to normal to your heart's content.
There's also registry hacks to forget the saved previous position of the window, but fuck those.
|Monday, February 24th, 2014|