Monthly Archive: May 2015


In Defense of World Governance

World governance is something no serious thinker would today endorse. This is unfortunate, because world government is the only hope for the long-term survival of the human race.


Book Review: Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

In a sense, it is the perfect speculative fiction novel, even as it pays unspoken homage to a similarly-themed book by very different authors from thirty-eight years ago.



On the evolution of Mad Max.



Lewis Carroll invented a word game called “Doublets” but I know it as “Word Ladder”.


Should We Retire the Mystery Man?

The figure is traditionally taken to be a “he”: Maybe it’s because he seems to be bald. Whatever the explanation, and despite WP’s decision to rename him the “Mystery Person,” relying on him or zir or it may still qualify as sexist. Plus he happens to be… white.


Punk Rock History’s Not Where I Wanna Be

The punk activist scene in DC of the heady 80s and 90s is apparently inspirational to many people today. I was there and I’m still trying to figure it all out. Passing into history is strange.


On the Way to Fraud [UPDATED]

How does a completely made-up experiment end up in a major scientific publication, get covered by the media around the world, and even influence policy and practice? The answer is really simple, and really complicated.

Puerto Rico 282

Linky Friday #116

This Week: Politics, Healthcare, Society, Puerto Rico, and China!



Summer unofficially kicks off this weekend. Saints preserve us.


An Archival Dilemma

Is this the best of all possible worlds for hot archival items?


Introductions: zic and the squeaky-wheel growing pains edition

zic squeaked. And got promoted. So allow me to re-introduce myself. I’m zic (or maybe rzic), and I’ve joined the team. The powers that be (that would be Tod) assure me it’s not an affirmative action promotion. I’ll write, you decide.