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Fri Dec. 2nd, 2005

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This is becoming a once-a-month thing...

Art, writing, science, test and other stuff.


ART

Green Man Review rewiews everything that's kind of Folk in depth: Music, books, movies... Plus, it looks great.

The New Yorker has a longish essay on C.S. Lewis and his Narnia books. I can't say anything about the quality or factuality of the article, unfortunately, but it makes one or two interesting points.



WRITING

Looks like a useful resource: Quick and dirty guide to a lot of cultures, plus a lot of language stuff I haven't yet dug through at Zompist.

C.J. Cherryh about World Building, Cons, and Travelling With Cats..

An old essay on The Conventions of Bad Writing. Funny, also probably useful.

If all stories were written like science fiction stories. AARGH.

German link: Manche meiner Leser haben sich gefragt, wer den Brigitte-Schreibwettbewerb 2004 gewonnen hat. Hier ist die Antwort. Oh, well, what the heck.


COPYWRONG

Richard Stallman writes on the absurdity of software patents and uses literature as an exemple.

Little does he know that some moron is actually trying to get a storyline patented. Groklaw discusses the case, so does fanthropology here


SCIENCE

The quest for the colored soap bubble

The evolution of the turkey. Contains some tidbit for world builders, too.

It's official: Flying Spaghetti Monsterism has now produced more original peer-reviewed research than "intelligent design".

For those who feel that Evil Overlording isn't enough of a challenge: So you want to destroy the Earth.

German link: Mathe-Adventskalender 2005. Für Rechner und Tüftler.



TESTS

Which soldier type are you?. (Ask your RPG characters!)

Which historic general are you?

Are you a computer geek?

Are you stupid?. The questions are fun. Note: If English is not your native language, using a dictionary might make you less stupid than you would have been otherwise.


MISC.

This creates faces for LJ icons. So I don't really have a reason anymore to be icon-less. Be warned, it eats up time in large chunks!

A classical tactics scenario: The defence of Duffer's drift. You can use it as a puzzle and compare notes with the narrator after every round.


QUOTES

"One of the most basic laws in the universe is the Second Law of Thermodynamics. This states that as time goes by, entropy in an environment will increase. Evolution argues differently against a law that is accepted EVERYWHERE BY EVERYONE. Evolution says that we started out simple, and over time became more complex. That just isn't possible: UNLESS there is a giant outside source of energy supplying the Earth with huge amounts of energy. If there were such a source, scientists would certainly know about it."
"Gravity is NOT a theory. It is completely understood."
--- some unknown moron, via Pharyngula, here. Warning: This is not work safe, unless falling off your chair screaming is accepted workplace behaviour at your place.


"No Christian would dare say that the words of the Scripture are not to be taken figuratively."
--- St. Augustine (354-430)


"Remember, the FSM created the octopus in his own image. That's why they got the better eyeball design."
--- Christopher Davis on makinglight, November 15, 2005


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