Yet another title for this type of post. Not sure if anyone got the pun of the previous title, anyway. Going for simplicity now.
From The History Blog
As a bit of WWII history buff as a kid, to the point of going beyond history and reading a couple of novels about the 633 Squadron and so on, I was particularly interested in the Mosquito article. And, even for Greece, the Mycenaean tomb article was neat.
I may have picked this up from the Chronicles posting board. As much as it drives me nuts to think of ancient writings being scribbled over, at least they weren’t always utterly destroyed and we’re making greats strides in finding and deciphering them. This is a particularly impressive example.
I forgot to include the math link when I posted a bunch of anti-gerrymandering links recently. This was ironically one of the most important links because something like this is How It Should Be Done, with no bias but a simple, abstract, fair implementation. Whereas the second link is How Things Are Actually Done. Ridiculous.
From Centauri Dreams
RIP, Cassini. Weird to be sort of jealous of a machine (I mean, not now, but previously) but think of what it got to see with its own “eyes.” And think of all the folks who have spent some or all of the past 13, 20, or more years of their lives on this project. Indeed, thank you.
This link is another belated posting, as I came across it long after it was posted in 2015 but still quite awhile ago. I dunno about the title and I think some of its case may be overstated but I do appreciate the time and effort taken by the book which quantifies women’s involvement with SF and this article which discusses it. I find my own experience (both direct and indirect) to be somewhere in the middle but closer to this. One of the many threads of science fiction, to me, was always about proposing societies counter to our own and addressing gender and race and other issues in an often egalitarian (and often far more subtle and artistic) way. I do not recognize the picture of the field drawn by current revisionist history. Whatever their beliefs, I just think people should expose themselves to both points of view. And I, personally, still believe that science fiction should be celebrated as a pioneering, positive force rather than denigrated.
And now some conceivably thematic tunes…