1 August 2008

Letter from a librarian to religious assclown who wanted a children’s book depicting gay marriage removed

The cover of the supposedly offensive book, 'Uncle Bobby's Wedding' by Sarah S. Brannen.

The cover of the supposedly offensive book, 'Uncle Bobby's Wedding' by Sarah S. Brannen.

[via:Kottke]

30 July 2008

Undermining certainty and conviction as products of reason

“On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You’re Not” by Robert A. Burton seems to provide an interesting scientific summary on why you as soon as possible should forget the traditional concepts of objective thought and free will.

The book’s concepts are summarized in an easy to understand way on a recent episode of Brain Science Podcast.

28 July 2008

Flat Earth News: lies, distortions and propaganda in journalism

“In Flat Earth News [book], award-winning journalist Nick Davies takes the lid off newspapers and broadcasters, exposing the mechanics of falsehood, distortion and propaganda; naming names and telling the stories behind stories.”

See also: book review in The Guardian and the author’s comments on his research for the book.

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26 July 2008

Randy Pausch, professor behind the “Last Lecture” passes away

Dr. Pausch held his “Last Lecture” on how to live life last September knowing he had little time left. Watching the freely available video recording of his speech is time well spent for anyone planning to treat people, including him or herself in a proper, non-asshat fashion.

Pausch’s memoirs have been released in book form under the title “The Last Lecture” (review).

1 July 2008

Remember to check used book collections for hidden pornography

This is hardly news for anyone with hobbies deemed unacceptable by society, but hollowed out books are magnificent for stashing controversial items.

[via:Kottke]

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