Poetry getting inserted into microbial DNA is getting decidedly weirder. Here at the Big Bad Blog, we have decided that one of these experiments will go wrong, creating a new super-powered intelligent organism that will crush us while spouting verse.
|The history of computers and publishing: The Sacred Rock of Tor|
|Belgium is attempting to ban women from wearing veils. But they do not put it that way — the proposed law makes illegal “clothing that obscures your identity”.
In other words, Belgium is planning to ban Halloween, Santa Claus costumes and fancy dress parties.
Well done, Belgium.
|The brain, part I: Scanning athletes’ brains discovers how they are more efficient, and in some ways “smarter” than the average brain.|
|Daniel Gross is a writer for Newsweek and Slate. So when he tells you that Nobel-winning economists know nothing about the economy, and America is going to have an incredible bounce back from the recession, you should assume he’s correct.|
|Creating poetry using piles of books.|
|The brain, part II: Why we love to read.|
|Apparently not happy enough with merely denying gays the right to marry, California officials now like to forcibly separate elderly gay couples and steal all their stuff.|
|Web coupons do not provide a bargain, like paper coupons do. Instead they trade your privacy for a discount. Beware.|
In the news: What happens if you take a newspaper, and replace all the journalists with poets? You get reporting like this:
The speech was erudite and precise. The text was pragmatic. But the subtext was depressing: We cannot survive without a treaty, but we have no one to sign one with. We must try, but just between the two of us, it won’t work. The word “opportunity” was mentioned repeatedly, but every time, it was accompanied by a sigh. Pessimism is part and parcel of being a rightist leader, but to be a pessimistic leftist leader is unpleasant.
The Discovery Channel demonstrates what a “warp-drive” spaceship would actually look like if there were such things.
Finally, from Germany, we have a cold case investigation. This case is particularly cold — it’s an investigation of a 3,000 year old murder of six children.