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1 June 2013

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  1. Terrorist or Martyr? by Christopher Benfey | The New York Review of Books

    Solely for this incidental quote from Nathaniel Hawthorne, after commenting on the “gloom” of Harper’s Ferry: “Yet there would be a less striking contrast between Southern and New-England villages, if the former were as much in the habit of using white paint as we are. It is prodigiously efficacious in putting a bright face on a bad matter.” (Subscribers only)

  2. The Way They Live Now by Michael Lewis | The New York Review of Books

    A good review by Michael Lewis of John Lanchester’s ‘Capital’. I’ve realised there’s, often something extra enjoyable in reviews of very British books by Americans, and vice versa.

  3. Double Agents in Love by Lorrie Moore | The New York Review of Books

    A decent, and favourable, review of ‘Homeland’. Good on the second series’ confusion, and the romance that doesn’t quite work: “Give Danes and Lewis a country cabin, a roaring fire, and a bottle of wine, and we feel only anxiety.”

  4. Diving Deep into Danger by Nathaniel Rich | The New York Review of Books

    About commercial “saturation diving” - really deep sea diving. A really good read.

  5. Getting Nearer and Nearer by David Cole | The New York Review of Books

    Just for the bit about how the courts’ “job is to enforce the law, even if, and especially when, public opinion is against it. … Democracy is not particularly good at protecting the rights of minorities. … [Courts] will sometimes make decisions that result in short-term backlash.”

  6. The Taste for Being Moral by Thomas Nagel | The New York Review of Books

    For the six types of moral response and the description of how conservatives emphasise all of them in their appeal, but liberals only, relying also on reason. Which is why conservatives tend to appeal most to most people.

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    @chrislunch I’m holding out for vertical images that scroll with the page.

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    Every site wants me to choose a header image. Why? It’s hard enough to find a square thumbnail that conveys my inner complexity and appeal.

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    @chrislunch The most plausible theory so far.

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    Looks like we were holidaying in a satellite imagery seam, fallen between gaps in the data. That must be why it was so relaxing.

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    @holgate Oh yes! And if you scroll further east you get to vertical gap too.

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    Odd: where we were on holiday is blurred out on Google Maps. Was I unknowingly in a secret alien storage facility? maps.google.com/maps?ll=57.575…

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    @RandomEtc Yeah, I feared so :) Ones which I thought might be OK had almost no docs and I couldn’t work out how to use them. Grrr.

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    “Pro Sound Effects Suite 7 - Sports and 8 other albums by Pro Sound Effects Suite are now available on Spotify!” Er, thanks Spotify?

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    @rex3000 That apology was much too quick! Leave it at least a few hours next time. You know, like, if you want, it’s up to you, whatever.

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    @spaceboy Every year I have these problems and they go continually unsolved.

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    Back from hols. Already swearing at computers. Scared of checking email. Now, food shopping.

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    @rex3000 Congratulations! Start off by complaining that your parents don’t understand you, that NO ONE understands you.

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    @RandomEtc Is there a good one? I always end up giving up on them, every time I look.

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    @MetaGrrrl Sorry for silence - just back from a very offline (no phone signal even!) holiday. I hope your visit was good.

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    @blech Belated thanks! (Just back from hols.)