Monday, August 17, 2009

Lazy linking...

Some lazy linking, stealing Michael Nielson's technique...

Beate Eriksen (Norwegian actress).
The Holy Bible: A Book Review
  • at its best. A snippet:

    "Really, there are only a few criticisms I have: The sections where the author obviously forces their own political agenda into the story are rather distracting (at one point the whole story grinds to a halt so the Jesus character can give some sort of “sermon” on this “mount”-like thing that is little more than liberal propaganda extolling the benefits of a welfare state) and at times it seems like it could’ve used an editor with a heavier hand (1100 pages long?! Who do you think you are, David Foster Wallace?). I must say that overall, the Holy Bible is a story everybody should read at least once. Just keep in mind that though this may seem like your run of the mill fantasy adventure, there are a myriad of vicious maulings, explicit torture scenes, rape and prostitution, so it’s definitely not for children!"

LOLCat Bible Translation Project
  • The Bible translated into... lolspeak. Awesome.
  • A bit from Genesis ("Boreded Ceiling Cat makinkgz Urf n stuffs"):

    "Oh hai. In teh beginnin Ceiling Cat maded teh skiez An da Urfs, but he did not eated dem. Da Urfs no had shapez An haded dark face, An Ceiling Cat rode invisible bike over teh waterz.

    At start, no has lyte. An Ceiling Cat sayz, i can haz lite? An lite wuz. An Ceiling Cat sawed teh lite, to seez stuffs, An splitted teh lite from dark but taht wuz ok cuz kittehs can see in teh dark An not tripz over nethin. An Ceiling Cat sayed light Day An dark no Day. It were FURST!!!1

    An Ceiling Cat sayed, im in ur waterz makin a ceiling. But he no yet make a ur. An he maded a hole in teh Ceiling.An Ceiling Cat doed teh skiez with waterz down An waterz up. It happen. An Ceiling Cat sayed, i can has teh firmmint wich iz funny bibel naim 4 ceiling, so wuz teh twoth day."

Handling the Climate Deniers
  • Leonie Joubert on how journalists should handle climate change deniers. Good stuff: token skepticism and false balance are serious problems, and both mislead the public.
What Is Intelligence?: Beyond the Flynn Effect
  • Cosma Shalizi's review of James Flynn's new book. The research is certainly well worth knowing about, and Shalizi does a great job of introducing it. Highly recommended.
Rejecta Mathematica -- The Economist
  • A journal for rejected (mathematical) papers. This is a great idea and there is definitely room for journals like these in scientific publishing. Peer-review and editors' judgments of significance are imperfect, and the threat of the prominent publication of rejected papers could serve as a check to keep the journals honest. Hopefully the idea will catch on for other disciplines.
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