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Literature: fantasy vs. realism

…judged by the standards of fantasy, modernist realist fiction, with its narrow focus on daily details of contemporary human affairs, is suffocating and unimaginative, almost unavoidably trivial, and ominously anthropocentric. (Ursula K. Le Guin, The Critics, the Monsters, and the Fantasists)

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April Fool Day on

Here’s what looks like today: Note the picture of camel.  I wonder if this is a joke by the server’s operators or a friendly prank by someone in the Perl community…

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A Quantum Theory of Mitt Romney

Generally, I tend to stay away from political commentary.  But this is way too funny, not to mention that it brings back fond memories of QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter… From New York Times:

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BMJ goes myth-busting

The British Medical Journal recently did some serious myth-busting (see part one and part two). Apparently, all of the following are myths: Sugar causes hyperactivity in children Suicides increase over the holidays Poinsettia is toxic Not wearing a hat causes … Continue reading

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Dani Rodrik’s academic fantasy

Dani Rodrik writes: I once had a fantasy. I would devote a whole year, perhaps a sabbatical, just to reading and thinking, and would not write anything. I mean really nothing: no papers, no articles, no op-eds, no contributions to … Continue reading

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Another dispatch from the Central Coast

The fire is said to have spread to the area of 5,400 acres and shows no signs of abatement…

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California’s Central Coast on fire

Well, not all of it, if course… The photo above was taken today in Goleta, CA, from approximately this location:

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Making WordPress Private

Every once in a while, it may be necessary to build a WordPress-powered site only accessible to registered users. Interestingly, a very simple theme hack can take care of this. All you need to do is to include the following … Continue reading

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Paul Krugman wants to be a songwriter

Paul Krugman writes: Oh my God. How could I have missed the fact that Suzanne Vega is blogging for the Times? In my next life I want to be a songwriter — precisely because I can’t imagine how it’s done. … Continue reading

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