Linkage

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:

  • I’m not particularly interested in debating the pros and cons of climate science, but this piece by Ross McKitrick provides for an interesting poke around some of the stuff that appeares to go on behind the scenes in academia and at scientific journals. It also shows how new media (in this case, bloggers) have succeeded in undermining the illusion of we’ve-got-it-all-figured-out, our-way-is-the-best-way correctness being promoted by our elite class. Stephen McIntyre of climateaudit.org is hated by climate scientists, and with good reason, but it really looks like he’s doing a better job of turning over rocks and asking hard questions than anyone in the dinosaur media. But isn’t that the case in general these days?
  • Related. (H/T Glynn Marshes)
  • Kicks just keep getting harder to find. (H/T Advocatus Diaboli)
  • RIP Bigas Luna. I’ve admired a lot of things about the Luna-directed films I’ve seen. (Spanish filmmakers are often really cheeky, clever, and wild, aren’t they?) Luna’s 1987 “Anguish” is a really smart riff on the experience of watching movies, and it strikes me as a work that deserves to have a devoted cult following. It’s available on DVD.
  • “Good evening.”
  • Movie blogger Jeffrey Wells on his experience dating actresses.
  • I’ve been saying for years that Warner Brothers, which has the deepest and best film catalog around, should start a streaming service. Glad to see they’ve finally done it. The list of available titles is still sparse, but there are some good ones in there. Off the top of my head, I’ll recommend the beautifully shot women-in-prison drama “Caged,” Ford’s “Wagon Master,” and Sjostrom’s great “The Scarlet Letter.” The last stars Lillian Gish in one of her greatest roles, and I don’t think it’s ever been available on DVD.
  • I guess this isn’t surprising. But if you’re anything like me, you saw it and wondered how common this sort of thing is. Surely, a lot of politicos are doing similar things and simply not getting caught. Right? Right?
  • Go here in order to embarrass yourself make a big show of your support of women. I’m sure it will get you laid.
  • Science proves that chicks dig big wangs.
  • Foseti links to some heretical thoughts on democracy. Some good comments too, especially those by Handle.
  • Related.

About Fabrizio del Wrongo

Recovering liberal arts major. Unrepentant movie nut. Aspiring boozehound.
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13 Responses to Linkage

  1. agnostic says:

    It’s weird and sad how evolutionary psychology has degenerated into Nerds Speculating About Sex.

    As usual, the lurid headline is designed to fascinate our repressed neo-Victorian audience, but the actual findings are boring. They showed pictures of men with varying flaccid penis size and found this:

    ‘ “As you increase penis size, the amount of attractiveness scores gets bigger” in a linear fashion, he explained, until 7.6 centimeters, or 3 inches. After three inches, attractiveness still increased, but in smaller increments. ‘

    So there’s nothing in the study about women liking big penises, but disliking small penises. Even if the women expected a flaccid 3-incher to double into 6, that’s just normal. After that it made little difference.

    Also, who was driving the effect?

    “Women with a greater body mass index held stronger preferences for big penises.”

    Perhaps future experiments could shed light on why fatties want bigger schlongs. Poor impulse control, gut preventing the guy from getting all the way in, or what? The scientific community wants to know.

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  2. Sir Barken Hyena says:

    “Because a relationship with an actress of any kind (professional, top of the class, imagined, failed, striving, budding) will thrive or deflate or go south or be wonderful or awful depending upon one thing and one thing only — i.e., where she’s at in her head. ”

    So that means Actress = basically any female?

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  4. PatrickH says:

    Women of greater BMI like well-hung guys? And all this time I thought it was black guys loving the big ass booty! Well gosh, the liking goes both ways. So they can actually make one another happy! Which means this is a story with a happy ending.

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  5. epiminondas says:

    A simple refutation of global warming (or cooling) is the historical record of temperature extremes by state. If we were involved in a global warming phenomenon, you would not see a distribution of extremes dating back to the 1880s. You would expect to see those extremes beginning to cluster closer to our own time. But that is not the case. Here is the Wikipedia page showing extreme temperature records… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._state_temperature_extremes

    You can find this and other similar lists by searching Google.

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    • Fabrizio del Wrongo says:

      Yeah. Still, experience tells me that it is fruitless to discuss global warming. Never allow yourself to get drawn into a discussion of climate science. Other topics to avoid: “The Birth of a Nation” and whether or not an Imperial Star Destroyer is capable of defeating the Starship Enterprise in open combat. Also, never get involved in a land war in Asia.

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      • epiminondas says:

        The beauty of this one is its simplicity. You just drop that little bomb, then stand back and watch. Fun, actually.

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      • Fabrizio del Wrongo says:

        I think this case is particularly interesting, even without the “is it happening?” question regarding warming.

        Seems the guy wrote an academic paper showing, basically, a cooling trend. Then, when submitting the paper to the journal, he adjusted the values so as to show a big temp uptick in recent years. (Did someone advise him to do this? We’ll probably never know.) Of course, that was seized upon, the paper was published, and the guy was feted by the media. Careers are made off stuff like that. Then, regular Joe bloggers start looking at the data and immediately figure out how dodgy some of it is. When confronted with this, the paper’s author backs down and admits the recent data is more or less meaningless. He also says it’s irrelevant to the point of the paper.

        Well…considering that’s the part of the paper that was trumpeted by the media, it doesn’t seem all that irrelevant to me.

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  6. Will S. says:

    Regarding the Chinese pervert who stuck an eel up his ass: this isn’t the first time someone has been hospitalized after doing that; only have a year ago, some Kiwi ended up in the same predicament.

    When will people learn?

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