links for 2009-02-27

  • "When disaster does happen, this distributed setup is highly fault-tolerant. Honestly, if 90% of the human population were wiped out today, the rest of us would fill in the gaps and carry on. But two constants, true from a small tribe up to a planet of 6 billion, are that we need each other always, and that we must fight with each other always."
  • "Public School Intelligentsia was designed by Matty and Natasha, who aren't experts like a sommelier will tell you that your lamb would taste better with a 1970 Rothschild Cabernet Sauvignon, but experts like that kid who inexplicably puts together an awesome party mix in fifteen minutes from somebody else's music library."
  • "We believe that good dialogue we will get us to the right place… where everyone is more involved and happy."
  • "As A Matter of Fact is a blog by and for the audio-loving, fact-finding, truth-seeking, pop-culture-fiending, news-addicted librarians of the world. Of course, you don't need to be a librarian to read it. But we're pretty sure you may secretly want to be one after you do."
  • "Established in Bristol, UK, in 2002 by two postgraduates, Alison Butler and Dave Evans, the Society for the Academic Study of Magic (SASM) was created to further communication and exchange among scholars interested in the study of all aspects of magic and esotericism. SASM aims to promote and foster academic understandings of magic and enhance the reputation of such understandings within the academy.

    SASM’s range of concerns includes, but is by no means limited to, the history, sociology, philosophy, psychology, anthropology of magic, magical practices and theories of magic, as well as magical objects, artefacts and texts. We are avowedly cross-disciplinary and thus would be interested to hear from anyone in any academic discipline, and freelance researchers involved in studies of such subjects."

  • "We aim to bring the very best in scholarly articles, news and reviews to a broad audience of academics, practitioners and people interested in magic. To this end, we welcome scholarly articles in English about any aspect of magic, esotericism, and occultism up to 8000 words in length from any disciplinary background."
  • "This book contains definitions and examples of more than sixty traditional rhetorical devices, all of which can still be useful today to improve the effectiveness, clarity, and enjoyment of your writing."
  • "'Here's a sound that has been connected to a meaning – and it's a mostly arbitrary connection – yet that sound has persisted for those tens of thousands of years.'

    The work casts an interesting light on the connection between concepts and language in the human brain, and provides an insight into the evolution of a dynamic set of words."