Memetic Success

Bwahahaha! My sinister master plan for world domination is working. Straight from the pages of the highest-quality general-news magazine in English, check this out! The money ‘graf is the last one: Moreover, the ease with which the internet spreads wrong-headedness–to say nothing of lies and slander–is offset by the ease with which it spreads insights… Continue reading Memetic Success

Categorized as Culture

In the Belly of the Beast

In the beautiful-irony department, I have just learned that my name and copyright now appears in the EULA (End-User License Agreement) of a Microsoft product. A vector-graphics editor called “Microsoft Expressions”, apparently — thanks to Martin Dawson for the tip. The history behind this is that GIFLIB is open-source software for hacking GIF images —… Continue reading In the Belly of the Beast

Categorized as Software

Apologists for Islam

Since I posted Dan Simmons’s Message From The Future, I’ve had a couple of Muslims show up on this blog protesting that I’ve got it all wrong, that Islam is a peaceful and tolerant religion and Islamic terror is an aberration not sanctioned by the Koran. Here’s a challenge to all you apologists for Islam:… Continue reading Apologists for Islam

Categorized as Terror

My Comment Policy

I deleted a coment this morning. This is not something I normally do, except for comments that are both anonymous and content-free — abuse and invective do not count as ‘content’ for this purpose. The comment I deleted this morning was not anonymous, and it could be argued that there was some content in it.… Continue reading My Comment Policy

Dan Simmons’s message from the future

I very seldom post just to forward my readers to someone else’s writing, but SF author Dan Simmons has earned it with this potent warning. Read the whole thing. Because it is indeed our future, unless we wake up.