[links] Link salad hears the homicidal bitchin’ that goes down in every kitchen

Top 10 SF Signal Podcasts for 2012 — I immodestly note that I am part of the number one podcast.

The Hobbit: 48 and 24 Frames Per Second — Ben Peek is interesting.

Mazes & Monsters and the BADD old days: I’m collecting stories of the backlash against Dungeons & DragonsSlacktivist Fred Clark brings back some memories. Though I never encountered anti-RPG panic.

There still remain many agendaLanguage Log with a squib for the “data are plural” crowd.

It’s All Uphill From Here: The Earth at Perihelion

Lucy climbed trees as well as walked

Fence Phone — More weirdness from BLDG BLOG on the subject of oddball telecommunications. There are several other fascinating pieces over there in this same vein. (And did the fence phone have a maps app?)

Maps the key mobile battle

Ten states raise minimum wage; Is your state one of them? — It’s nice to see some states, including my own, doing the right thing. The perennial conservative hysteria over minimum wage hikes is as baseless as virtually every other target of conservative hysteria, from racial integration to gay marriage. But of course, there is never any post facto accountability for grandstanding conservative opposition to such basic moral issues as integration, marriage equality, or fair pay for fair work.

House GOP kills Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill. GOP to Sandy victims: Drop Dead. — So all those proud “Real American” GOPers from tornado and flood prone farm states are expecting precisely what the next time Mother Nature nails their home turf? This isn’t how a nation works, rather, this is how a dying political party spreads its toxicity.

?otD: Who will serve and who will eat?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 3.5 hours (badly interrupted)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (30 minutes on the stationary bike)
Weight: 213.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing small businesses to raise wages: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

One thought on “[links] Link salad hears the homicidal bitchin’ that goes down in every kitchen

  1. Cora says:

    In my part of Germany, there was a silly moral panic about ouija boards, tarot cards and other occult practices in the 1980s, all of which supposedly led to satanism, suicide and mental breakdowns. I got into trouble with my mother over having used a homemade version of an ouija board. Commercial boards weren’t available in Germany at the time and in fact I was shocked the first time I saw one in the US in the late 1980s. I also was still so shocked about getting into trouble about something that had seemed perfectly harmless to me a few years earlier that I went to sit in a corner with the lone fundie kid, while my American cousins and their friends played with a ouija board. Even more than twenty years later I still keep my interest in occultism (mostly for research purposes, since I’ve never been much of a believer in anything) carefully concealed from my family, cause it’s not worth the arguments, though they should have figured out that I’m not about to fall to my knees and worship Satan anytime soon.

    I have no idea where that patently silly moral panic about occultism and homemade ouija boards came from (and asking my own parents is out of the question), but I strongly suspect it was parent groups, because a teacher at my highschool got into trouble for allowing her students to experiment with an ouija board in class under supervision, though she was trying to expose it as bunk.

    Interestingly enough, we did have a D&D club at school at around the same time. I was never a gamer myself, but plenty of my friends were. And though parents were up in arms about the dangers of occultism and ouija boards, nobody ever complained about D&D and the school even gave the D&D club a room.

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