The images from today's linkfest are Frank Frazetta illustrations of the Lord of the Rings. Frazetta was a prolific illustrator of comics, book covers, album covers, and paintings. His style is instantly recognizable to any fan of science fiction and fantasy, and perhaps is the epitome of SFF cover art. There are a lot of links this week about science fiction and fantasy works, so this just seemed right when it came through my Twitter feed. His children and grandchildren still benefit from his work, so please patronize their online shops.
Warhammer 40k is the thing I had most often heard described as grimdark, but it turns out there is a wide variety of books that could be described by that label. I might have to check it out.
The first of two related Brad DeLong links this week. An nice capsule history of China's relative position in the world during the twentieth century.
Many modern diagnostic techniques, while quite accurate in absolute terms, can have false positive results in numbers higher than true positives because the actual occurrence rate of what is being sought is low.
A slightly gloating post, but arguably deservedly so, that self-published authors are overtaking traditional publishing at a rapid pace in science fiction and fantasy, with lots of graphs. Even more damning is the fact that much of the traditional science fiction and fantasy book sales of the traditional model are The Handmaid's Tale, currently trendy as an anti-Trump book.
I once considered a career in the military. This is a big change in how promotions, especially the end of up or out.
A reasonable take, based on historical data about automation.
I might argue he never left, but there is a genuine neo-Aristotelian moment in analytic philosophy.
A sobering look at disaster planning for an earthquake in the Pacific Northwest.
I just received a handwritten thank you note from my mother, so this came at the right time.
Pseudoerasmus tweets a chart looking at how few people were employed in the English agricultural sector in the eighteenth century.
A counter-point to DeLong's piece on China above, but with a disputed claim about agricultural productivity in Japan.
I would genuinely like to know if the claim that different executions of custom IT software are a large differentiating factor in the market right now is true.
Public records on payments to physicians from pharmaceutical companies and medical device companies in the US.
Some data on why it makes economic sense [for developers] to build expensive housing right now.
A beautiful reflection on the little touches that make Tolkien so great, and why the Fellowship was comprised of bachelors.
Some of the most fun ideas in science fiction get disproven later. Ah well.
I need this for professional purposes.
The humanities are suffering from not being vocational.