January 2013

Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows • The Register
This is true. I’ve been faking it all these years.
(tags: psychology research engineering emotion)
Bringing your religious beliefs to work – what are the limits? | Opinion | The Lawyer
Cherie Booth looks at the recent European court decisions on religious expression at work (decisions which seemed pretty sensible to me).
(tags: law religion discrimination europe homosexuality)

H.P. Lovecraft Writes Descriptions for the Sample Clips on Brazzers
“She reveals her body, plastic with fat, bulging in unwholesome ways like Willendorf’s Venus with painted face. What brood or species produces such a creature? What transpires next left me shattered, my mind recoiling from what I had seen, the nauseating sound of rippling tissue still echoing in my ears. Trust that I dare not relate to you the horror that to this day fills my veins with ice.”
(tags: porn pornography lovecraft horror parody funny)
James Meek · How We Happened to Sell Off Our Electricity · LRB 13 September 2012
A fascinating account of electricity privatisation in the UK.
(tags: electricity politics privatisation thatcher lrb)
The Sons of Martha — The Call of Poetry
Kipling’s classic about Real Engineers: “They do not preach that their God will rouse them a little before the nuts work loose.They do not preach that His Pity allows them to drop their job when they damn-well choose. “
(tags: poem kipling engineering)
‘The Shipping Forecast’ Read by Brian Perkins – YouTube
Funny shipping forecast, via Desmond Carrington.
(tags: shipping parody forecast funny radio radio 4)

Dungeons and Discourse revision – help with spells?
Yvain wants suggestions for spell names and effects in his Dungeons and Discourse games. These should be horrible puns on scientific, mathematical or philosophical concepts.There are some good ones in the comments.
(tags: mathematics maths funny humour philosophy magic)
A Jazz Anthology MP3 Choose listen download 36004 tunes jazz artists
Lots of out of copyright jazz stuff.
(tags: lindyhop lindy free mp3 jazz music)
Rationally Speaking: On guns: the facts, the reasons
(tags: shooting law violence guns)
God & Sandy Hook | Talking Philosophy
Mike LaBossiere wrote my blog post for me: he talks about Mike Huckabee’s response and the two ways to take it (either as an assertion that God judged America or as a statement about moral education) and notes that in either case, God doesn’t really come out well.
(tags: huckabee mike-huckabee violence shooting sandy-hook philosophy christian religion theodicy)