Notes from the Library

Tue, 14 May 2013

What Do You Desire? | Emily Witt, n+1 magazine

An interesting read about the attitudes of extreme pornographers to what they do.

Wed, 26 Sep 2012

Wolf has always been a creature of public fantasy, a reflection of our desire for attractive victimhood, for outspoken reductionism, for easy answers with a "relatable" narrative.

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Tue, 25 Sep 2012

A proposed shift in drug policy: From prevention to harm reduction | Brain Study

However, the real strength of Professor Nutt’s argument is in his rationale for sensible drug policy based on scientific results rather than political scare-mongering and media sensationalism.

This comment isn't fair. Drug policy ought to be based on scientific results concerning harm only after a decision has been taken to make drugs policy a matter of harm reduction, harm reduction in the terms that science can measure i.e. a matter of physiological health. Society might decide that it doesn't want drugs to be part of people's lives as a matter of principle, in which case, scientific results are completely irrelevant. I agree with Ms Smith and Prof Nutt, but don't think the opposition should be disposed of so condescendingly.

Thu, 30 Aug 2012

Random! Postmodern Bio Blurbs | 3:AM

… there’s a lot to be said for this approach, not the least of which is avoiding bio-blurbs like this: “X lives in New York with her three cats. She makes cookies out of the weirdest things (and they taste REAL GOOD!). Her favourite word is ‘red’ and when it snows she wears sandals.” The only reasonable response to such postmodern narcissism is, firstly, to remind the author that we don’t actually give a damn about his or her personal idiosyncrasies, and, secondly, to ask them to grow up.

I think this applies to Twitter, Facebook and the personal blogosphere too.

Fri, 03 Aug 2012

Something I read some months ago that the author accidentally made a private post so I couldn't link to it:

Faster, Sooner, Now | ScottCarless

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