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Date: May 2014

May 26, 2014

7 Word Reviews: X-Men: Days Of Future Past

by Mike
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Bryan Singer + X-Men + time travel = pure joy.


May 26, 2014

7 Word Reviews: Godzilla

by Mike
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Bland lead actor, weak script, solid execution.


May 25, 2014

Links for 2014-05-19 to 2014-05-25

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Power, Abuse, and Other Stories

Charles Stross on “The myth of heroism

States in which Tesla is allowed to sell cars – (fwiw, I think the way car dealers’ organizations have manipulated state legislatures is a) out of date and b) was pretty fucked up to begin with).

Pygmy Anteaters Look Like Small, Dusty Puppets Brought to Life

Amazon: it’s not being a detractor to point out a pattern of repeated behaviour – Wherein competition is better for everyone.

Tangentially Speaking 71 – Andrew Gurevich – Some interesting comments on law vs taboo, top-down vs grassroots, and force/coercion vs respect.

Some thoughts about diversity, writing, and why it’s selfishly important

As Court Fees Rise, The Poor Are Paying The Price

Favoritism, not hostility, causes most discrimination

Big Bang’s Ripples: Two Scientists Recall Their Big Discovery

What Does “She” in Science Fiction Tell Us About Language on Earth?

What if people told European history like they told Native American history?

The Uses Of Difficulty – Constraints and creativity.


May 18, 2014

Links for 2014-05-12 to 2014-05-18

by Mike
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“I was recently invoked by The Abyss and Apex, and would like to talk to you about me, dialect, and Caribbean stories”

This Fall, TV Looks Much More Diverse: Now Don’t Screw It Up

The Ethics of Suicide: A Framework – I’m not exactly sure what I believe about the morality of suicide, but it’s been on my mind lately. I think states and countries that allow physician-assisted suicide (or “death with dignity”) in cases of terminal illness are definitely moving in the right direction… but this post is mainly pointing out that it’s more complicated than commonly presented in media (and on Tumblr).

Greenwald On NSA Leaks: ‘We’ve Erred On The Side Of Excess Caution’

A Spoon That Shakes To Counteract Hand Tremors

‘Good Doctor’ Puts Past Medical Practices Under An Ethical Microscope

 Companies Face Backlash Over Foreign Mergers To Avoid U.S. Taxes

Snohomish teen invents, sells medical devices

Does “global warming” mean it’s warming everywhere?

Housing Is Perking Up, But Realtors Worry About Young Buyers

Young People Want Equality But Struggle To Discuss Bias

100 Percent of California Now in Highest Stages of Drought

THE KISS SEEN ROUND THE WORLD – Why Everyone Should Examine Their Reactions To Men Kissing Men


May 17, 2014

7 Word Reviews: 47 Ronin

by Mike
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Decent but unremarkable (damning with faint praise).