7QT: Hidden Messages, Legal Ghosts, and Tenuous Alliances


--- 1 --- There's no way, once I saw this part of Terry Pratchett's interview with the New York Times Book Review, that it wasn't going to take the first slot of this week's links: Sell us on your favorite overlooked or underappreciated writer.G. K. Chesterton. These days recognized — that is if he is recognized at all — as the man who wrote the Father Brown stories. My grandmother actually knew him quite well and pointed out that she herself lived on Chesterton Green in Beaconsfield, Buck … [Read more...]

7QT: Answers to Questions I Didn’t Think to Ask

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--- 1 --- When I was in school, it wasn't uncommon for my teachers to have access to smart whiteboards and computers, but it was seldom that there seemed to anything useful to do with them.  But dy/dan, a math teacher and blogger, has a great project for students, where they designed their own vases and then tried to plot the rate at which the water level would rise in their classmates' designs.  Reading his post makes me want to putter around with the problem. --- 2 --- Meanwhile, in other fa … [Read more...]

7QT: Flipped Journals, Fake Football, and Finite Tragedy


--- 1 --- I've gotten to coast on my university's JSTOR access for alums, but the NYRB has an interesting proposal to make research journals accessible to anyone:The entire system of communicating research could be made less expensive and more beneficial for the public by a process known as “flipping.” Instead of subsisting on subscriptions, a flipped journal covers its costs by charging processing fees before publication and making its articles freely available, as “open access,” afterwar … [Read more...]

7QT: Necromancy, Vaccination, Love, and other high stakes games


--- 1 --- In the course of promoting his new book, Full Fathom Five, Max Gladstone recently did an AMA on reddit, in which someone asked him why he decided to write his necromancers as lawyerly types.  His reply: [N]ecromancy and bankruptcy law in specific have a lot in common: take something that's dead, surround it with a circle of protection, carve it up, argue with other people about what parts of the dead thing work and what don't, remove the stuff that doesn't, wire together the stuff t … [Read more...]

7QT: A Heroic Nurse, Ingenious Organs, and Popstar!Nietzsche

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--- 1 --- I wanted to make sure that if you read only one of my links this week, you saw the story about the nurse at Guantanamo Bay who is refusing to participate in forcefeeding the hunger striking prisoners. Word of the refusal reached the outside world last week in a call from prisoner Abu Wael Dhiab to attorney Cori Crider of the London-based legal defense group Reprieve. Dhiab, a hunger striker, described how a nurse in the Navy medical corps abruptly refused to “force-feed us” sometime b … [Read more...]

Strange Changes in Beasts and Bookstores

friend cake

--- 1 --- You still have time this weekend to watch Merrily We Roll Along this weekend and letting me know you want to participate in my Sondheim Symposium on friendship.  I'll be readying my posts, and, in the meantime, I thought you might enjoy seeing the cake I baked for the in-person symposium.--- 2 --- The lyrics of the opening song from Merrily pose the question:How did you ever get there from here? How does it happen? How does it happen? When does it disappear? Isn't it al … [Read more...]

7QT: Cakes, Corpses, and Cyclones

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--- 1 --- I've been back stateside for a week, but I've still been doing Ireland reading, since I wound up with more books than could fit into a vacation.  Here's the Hibernian reading that got done this week:A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane Strumpet City by James Plunkett, which was the book all of Dublin read together in April 2013 Tis Frank McCourt, much less enjoyable than Angela's Ashes Cuchulain of Muirthemne: The Story of the Men of the Red Branch of Ulster by Lady Gregory, w … [Read more...]