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Books read, 2016

Dec. 31st, 2016 | 08:53 pm

Buchi Emecheta. The Moonlight Bride.
Judith Burnley (ed). Penguin Modern Stories 4.
William Gibson. The Peripheral.
Ha Jin. The Bridegroom.
Neal Stephenson. Seveneves.
Neal Stephenson and George Jewbury (as Frederick George). Interface.
Charles Stross. The Jennifer Morgue.

Anthony Bourdain. Typhoid Mary: An Urban Historical.
Dean Buonomano. Brain Bugs: How the brain's flaws shape our lives.
Serena Nanda. Neither man nor woman: the Hijras of India.
Kevin Warwick. Artificial Intelligence: the Basics.
Fay Weldon. Auto da Fay.

The Probably Unwise "Man's Inhumanity to Man" Reading List Project:
Hannah Arendt. Eichmann in Jerusalem.
Anne Frank. The Diary of a Young Girl.
John Hershey. Hiroshima.

Manga etc
Hirano Kōta. Hellsing vol 1.
Hamish Steele. Pantheon: the True Story of the Egyptian Deities. No less silly (or rude) than the myths it's based on. :)

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Words in Print, 2016

Dec. 31st, 2016 | 01:04 pm

Keeping Mum, short story, 4800 words (published by Cosmos magazine online, March 2016)

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Sydney University library borrower's card

Jul. 20th, 2016 | 10:28 pm


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Jul. 19th, 2016 | 03:23 pm

Watched a silly bowling competition between some of my Kpop boys. One was chosen to be the 깍두기 "kkakdugi" - a neutral player who could be called on by either team. Naturally, whenever there was some ridiculous penalty like having to bowl with ice down your shirt or a hot pepper in your mouth, he was the chosen victim. Anyway, I looked up "kkakdugi", and it literally means "radish kimchi". I have no idea why. Perhaps a distant cousin to "chopped liver"?

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Jul. 18th, 2016 | 02:24 pm

The supermarket is flogging "Finish Quantum Lemon Dishwashing Tablets". I assume if you suck a quantum lemon, half the time it tastes like a lime.

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Even more random links

Jul. 17th, 2016 | 07:22 pm

Frankly, I'm knackered. Here goes:

btw, you get a lot of US stuff in this lj partly because the US dominates the Web, partly because I married an American and visit the country regularly, and partly because what happens in the US often influences or is relevant to what happens in Australia. For example, while racism Down Under and Up Over has different histories and characters, there's still a lot in common between them. So IMHO Reverend Denise Anderson's remarks about the shooting of young Black men by US police also have something to say to Australians:
"White people, you have heard it said that you must talk to other white people about racism, and you must. But don't talk to them about their racism. Talk to them about YOUR racism. Talk to them about how you were socialized to view, talk to, and engage with people of color. Talk to them about the ways you've acted on that socialization. Talk to them about the lies you bought into. Talk about the struggles you continue to have in shedding the scales from your eyes. Don't make it 'their' problem. Understand it as your own problem, because it is. To not do this would put you in danger of being yet another well-intentioned racist, convinced of their own goodness and living a life wholly unexamined and unaccountable to anyone. We don't need anymore of those. It's confession time."
I think these words are especially relevant given the frightening return of One Nation. The response of many Australians is to jeer at Pauline Hanson's supporters as "rednecks". This is not quite the same thing as recognising our own racism, but would it be more effective to come down from the moral high ground and engage One Nation voters with a little respect and a lot of facts?

Muslims on what it's like to live in Australia (SMH, 2 May 2016) Pretty tough, and it's only going to get tougher. :(

How Long and Short Senate Terms are Allocated After a Double Dissolution (ABC, 25 April 2016) Antony Green elucidates the complexities.

Now some stuff from other countries.

Islamic State fighters caught in Iraq reveal motivations for jihad (ABC, 13 July 2016) Even this brief glimpse demonstrates that Daesh is about much more than fanatical belief. (Cf: Persecution pushing young Australian Muslims to the margins of society, says leader (SMH, 10 April 2015); The more we fear Islam, the greater the danger from terrorists (SMH, 16 May 2015)).

How one 'super-spreader' was responsible for nearly half of South Korean MERS cases (SMH, 12 July 2016)

South Korea covered up mass abuse, killings of 'vagrants' (AP, 19 April 2016) The way the victims of this "clean-up" for the 1988 Olympics were treated reminds me unsettlingly of descriptions of prison camps in North Korea.

Malawi's albinos at risk of 'total extinction,' U.N. warns (CNN, 1 May 2016) They are butchered for witchcraft purposes. Fucking hell.

Muslim anti-Isis march not covered by mainstream media outlets, say organisers (The Independent, 9 December 2015) Cut out and keep for the next time someone says Muslims don't speak out enough.

I'm on the Kill List. This is what it feels like to be hunted by drones (The Independent, 12 April 2016) "Friends decline my invitations and I have taken to sleeping outside under the trees, to avoid becoming a magnet of death for my family." Would that this was the SF it sounds like.

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More random links

Jul. 17th, 2016 | 10:48 am

Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God' (The Independent, 31 January 2015). "Now, if I died and it was Pluto, Hades, and if it was the 12 Greek gods then I would have more truck with it, because the Greeks didn’t pretend to not be human in their appetites, in their capriciousness, and in their unreasonableness... they didn’t present themselves as being all-seeing, all-wise, all-kind, all-beneficent, because the god that created this universe, if it was created by god, is quite clearly a maniac."

Indigenous youths 24 times more likely to be in detention, Amnesty International report finds (ABC, 2 June 2015) | Fact Check: Amnesty International claim on 'shocking' Indigenous child incarceration rates checks out (ABC, 19 June 2015)

Australian prison population grows 20 per cent in last decade (SMH, 29 January 2016)

Children from Indigenous communities more likely to suffer unintentional injuries, study finds (ABC, 19 February 2016). "We're not sufficiently investing in appropriately targeted preventative programs for Indigenous children."

'Blackbirding' shame yet to be acknowledged in Australia (SMH, 3 June 2015). For most of my life I thought slavery was something that other countries had done. Only in recent years have I learned about the work we forcibly extracted from Indigenous Australians and South Sea Islanders.

White man in the photo is the 'third hero' that night in 1968 (San Francisco Globe, 9 June 2016). Australian Olympic athlete Peter Norman, his gesture of support for John Carlos and Tommie Smith as they made their Black Power salute, and what it cost him.

The McDonald's Hot Coffee Case (Consumer Attorneys of California Web site). "It is the case that gave rise to the attacks on 'frivolous lawsuits' in the United States. Almost everyone seems to know about it. And there's a good chance everything you know about it is wrong."

TSA's 95% failure rate shows airport security is a charade (Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2015). It's just for show.

A Social History of Jell-O Salad: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon (Serious Eats, 29 August 2015)

Are you a grammar pedant? This might be why (GA, 29 March 2016). "Introverts, it turns out, are more likely to get annoyed at both typos and grammos." Not this little black introverted duck. Mistakes happen. The nitpicking is far more irritating.

Finally, on violence.

If ya think that's all of the backed-up links, you are sorely mistaken. XD

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Miscellaneous links that have been sitting around forever

Jul. 16th, 2016 | 11:20 pm

Implicit racism in academia (Mindhacks, 7 September 2016): "Implicit bias" exists "where there is a contradiction between people's egalitarian beliefs and their racist actions." The question is, how aware is each of us of our own biased behaviour?

Millennials Are Less Racially Tolerant Than You Think (New York Magazine, 8 January 2015): "The fact of the matter is that millennials who are white — that is, members of the group that has always had the most regressive racial beliefs, and who will constitute a majority of U.S. voters for at least another couple of decades — are, on key questions involving race, no more open-minded than their parents. The only real difference, in fact, is that they think they are."

What Goes Through Your Mind: On Nice Parties and Casual Racism (the-toast.net, 5 January 2016). "For the last time, I consider defending myself. Just giving voice to the confusion and anger and mortification I feel boiling in the pit of my stomach. But I know, in an instant that reminds me of countless others like it, that I'm not that person. The truth sinks in: I am the only one who can make sure that everybody keeps having a good time."

Lassana Bathily, Muslim Employee At Kosher Market, Saved Several People During Paris Hostage Situation (Huffington Post, 12 January 2015). "We are brothers. It's not a question of Jews, of Christians or of Muslims. We're all in the same boat, we have to help each other to get out of this crisis."

Some young Asian Australians seek tanned skin, risk skin cancer: sun habits study (ABC, 16 January 2016) As a Kpop fan I'm constantly reminded of how highly prized light skin is in Korea and China, so the fact that peer pressure is leading Asian Australians to tan was eye-opening. I think in the West a tan is high-status because it indicates plenty of time for outdoor leisure, so you're wealthy. In the East light skin is high-status because it indicates you don't have to work outdoors, so you're wealthy - but there's also the disturbing impact of colonialism; not just lighter skin, but more Western-looking features are valued.

Believing that life is fair might make you a terrible person (GA, 4 February 2015): "Faced with injustice, we'll try to alleviate it – but, if we can't, we'll do the next best thing, psychologically speaking: blame the victims of the injustice." ("I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all." - Ecclesiastes 9:11)

Brutal Reality: When police wear body cameras, citizens are much safer (Slate, 10 April 2014). "The presence of cameras induces an absence of violence." | Investigation of 5 cities finds body cameras usually help police (Fusion, 8 December 2014). "One key problem: officers control the record button." | Why American Cops Kill So Many Compared To European Cops (Huffington Post, 30 November 2015). In short: inferior training. (Though I also have another theory.)

Fact check: Does halal certification fund terrorism? (ABC, 21 April 2015). SPOILER: no.

Language more important to Australian national identity than birthplace, poll finds (ABC, 29 April 2016) "Overwhelmingly, Australians believe that the ability to speak English is important to being Australian; while 92 per cent agree that language is important, 65 per cent see it as being 'very important', with only 27 per cent responding 'fairly important'."(ABC, 29 April 2016) Why are Anglophones so obsessed with everyone being able to speak English? Is it because, unlike most of the world, we can only understand one language?

Bubble economy (medium.com, 13 July 2016). Negative gearing, play money, and slavery.

How to make sure your aid donations really help after a natural disaster (RN, 7 May 2015)

There was once a fifth suit of playing card (because winning with four wasn't hard enough) (shortlist.com, 4 March 2016) There's a mention of IIRC "the four of green eagles" in IIRC Joe Haldeman's Star Trek novel Planet of Judgment, which I had thought for decades was just a weird dream sequence thing until I stumbled across this article (the card, not the novel).

Turbulence: Everything You Need To Know (askthepilot.com). All is ease and comfort.

Lots and lots more of this sort of thing hanging around in my bookmarks. But now it is time for Animaniacs and bed.

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Jul. 13th, 2016 | 11:12 am

Dreamed last night that I left my shoes in a Korean restaurant. I ran back to claim them but couldn't think of the word 구두 gudu "shoes" so shouted out :"내 신발!" "My footwear!" Woke worried I had missed 신발 and landed on 씨발, which means, erm, something else.

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