Q: What can jump higher than a house?

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I don’t know what is cooler in this comic: the concept of steampunk-rock, or the range of emoticon coffee mugs on the shelf.

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Midwinter lunch

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Part of Opoho church’s midwinter lunch was an invitation to the Sweet Adelines to sing for us. One of our members sings for them, and their conductor is a livejournal friend. I’m hearing feedback through the grapevine that they were much appreciated. Much thanks.

My flatmate loaned me a pedometer this evening. In the last couple of hours I’ve done over 800 steps. Fascinating.

When winter first begins to bite
And stones crack in the frosty night,
When pools are black and trees are bare,
’tis evil in the Wild to fare.

How long could you survive in the vacuum of space?

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How long could you survive in the vacuum of space?
OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets

hat tip: New Scientist Space Blog

Some initial thoughts on abortion

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Abortion has entered the agenda of the New Zealand election. A judge ruled a couple of weeks ago that the abortion law in New Zealand is interpreted too liberally for its reading and counts essential as abortion on demand. Personally I wish he kept his mouth shut. The hypocrisy did not upset me. It is within my memory that abortion became available for health reasons in New Zealand so the law must have changed some time in the 1960s-1970s. I’m calvinist enough to know that women are always going to seek out options to abort a foetus. I would rather that it was available to all than just for those women who can afford to hop across the ditch to Australia to abort a child, or worse, resort to illegal and dangerous clinics. If that means a law change to abortion on demand then so be it!

Religious rhetoric aside I find that there is only two good justifications for prolifers:

  • It’s eugenic and destructive of life’s potentiality and diversity. Don’t talk to me about the sacredness of life, that’s just emotional and undefinable crap. All things strive to exist and live
  • No man ever died from having an abortion. It’s the perfect male contraceptive.
  • There, got that out of my system and written down.

    Conlang Exhibit at Cleveland Public Library

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    I mention this as my own work, Brithenig and Ill Bethisad are referenced among other luminaries of the Conlang community. It’s a modest photo, and unrecognisable. It’s nice to be there, World Famous in Cleveland!

    The Geek Hierarchy

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    Sir, I resemble that remark!

    I can position myself in several places on this chart. The prejudices are reasonably accurate. So the universally most geekiest people in fandom are Erotic Furry Star Trek Fanfic Writers who Star themselves into their stories! From where I stand that’s pretty esoteric. Just finding someone else who can give directions to Nuqdaq yuch dapol? in New Zealand is bad enough.

    Match it for Pratchett

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    Pratchett fans have set up a website to raise donations to match Terry Pratchett’s £500,000 donation to Alzheimer’s Disease research. Forbidden Planet got a white vinyl monkey signed by authors and artists at the UK SF EasterCon 2008 to sign the monkey which they will auction off as a contribution to the fund raiser.

    I’m actually impressed by the number of the names I can recognise (from the photos and bios included, not the signatures): Holly Black, Paul Cornell, Neil Gaiman, Tanith Lee, China Miéville, Alastair Reynolds, Charles Stross, Bryan Talbot and Freda Warrington. That’s kinda cool.

    Hat tip: Charlie Stross.

    And following a link I discover that Barbara Hambly, China Miéville and Tad Williams have contributed to a Hellboy Graphic Novel! Utter drool!

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