April Is The Computerist Month

I considered a number of options for today’s post:

  • Craft a humorous piece of some sort;

  • Not craft a humorous piece of some sort and claim that [insert group I disagree with] did things so absurd that I didn’t want to give them ideas;

  • Not craft a humorous piece of some sort and make no reference to the date.

However, as I noticed a certain amount of cruelty within the pranks appearing in various best April’s Fool jokes articles this year, I decided instead to take a more self-deprecating route. Therefore, I present one way in which lawyers might ruin the future science-fiction promised us.

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Casual Cannonballs

Tom Tugendhat, Conservative candidate for Tonbridge and Malling, claims that it “is ludicrous that European and British courts now expect our forces to operate in violent combat conditions according to a system more suited to the regulation of police powers on a Saturday night in the West End of London.” I agree that the military should not be held to the standard of Saturday night policing; but not for the reasons he does, and not with the same conclusion.

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314, Book 1 by A.R. Wise

314, Book 1 by A.R. WiseCombining gruesome descriptions of supernatural events with character-driven investigation, Wise demonstrates that, just as the body and mind are both part of human experience, tales of demonic evil need not be either mere titillation or thinly veiled morality.

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Break Stepping Towards a Better Future

Nigel Farage claims we no longer need anti-racism laws because the United Kingdom has become blind to skin colour except where legally forced to see it. I disagree that the country is colour-blind. However, a more relevant question is whether that is even a goal worth aiming for – at least in the short-term. Should we, rather than seeking to remove discrimination from our systems seek out exposure to the groups we unconsciously least identify with?


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The System Works?

Over the past several months, Bristol City Council have been introducing Residents’ Parking Zones in various areas to replace the current on-street parking with an (alleged) fairer system. Last Monday, they began to implement the RPZ near my flat. Not owning a car myself, I have observed the bitter response with a somewhat amused eye.

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Nonlocal Science Fiction, Issue #1 by Daniel J. Dombrowski (ed.)

Nonlocal Science Fiction, Issue #1 by Daniel J. Dombrowski (ed.)Taking as his guide that the best short stories are those that focus on a single idea, Dombrowski has gathered both hard sci-fi and softer, more speculative fiction, from new and independent authors. This choice of focus rather than style or subject will make the magazine a good source of fresh authors for science-fiction fans of all flavours.

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Freudian Time Slip

We all, I suspect, have words and phrases we repeatedly remember differently from the majority, whether in spelling or meaning. Often, they seem to stem from mere rote, such as my mistyping ‘from’ as ‘form’ but not vice versa because of a slight difference in the speed my fingers move when touch-typing. But sometimes they seem more meaningful.

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A Hurricane of Possibilities

This performance at TED Global 2014 is beautiful for itself, but also raised an interesting question of perception. If you want to see if you experience the same effect, I suggest watching the video before reading below the (electronic) fold.


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Souls of the Never by C.J. Rutherford

Souls of the Never by C.J. RutherfordCombining the solid core of fantasy and YA romance tropes with a deft layering of personal touches, Rutherford has created a novel that will appeal to both audiences.

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The Mother of All Agreements

An interesting perspective on how arguments might actually be the extremes against the middle ground:


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