Thursday, August 15, 2019

Apotheosis of Skank Noir

From the way her buttocks looked under the black silk dress, I knew she'd be good in bed.
A while ago I came across a good list of the best private eye novels. One I had never heard of was Solomon's Vineyard. It was published in 1941 in England but banned in the USA. That opening line only hints at why.

It's derivative of Red Harvest but adds some daft plot points and a heavy dose of kink. Definitely presages Mike Hammer. It's not Hammett, but it's a good read. Recommended to anyone who likes hard-boiled detective stories.

As for the Thrilling Detective list ... I was especially pleased to see James Crumley there. His first three books, from the 70s, are the best since Ross Macdonald's.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

QPQ Micro reviews

QPQ is my name for the ever shifting team of mystery writers behind the names Q. Patrick, Patrick Quentin, and Jonathan Stagge. I will collect here some brief reviews of mysteries by QPQ under various names.  Ratings like grades, A to D.

S.S. Murder Q. Patrick. An amusing tale on board ship in the form of a diary. A-

Puzzle For Fools Patrick Quentin. The first Peter Duluth. Takes place in a psychiatric ward. The weakest book so far. C

Puzzle For Puppets A later Duluth, like a screwball comedy. The solution is obvious but it’s the most fun of the books so far. A-

Puzzle for Pilgrims A very strange Duluth, more a chronicle of characters in an emotional pressure cooker than a mystery. Takes place in Mexico. A-

The Grindle Nightmare Another Q. Patrick, again very strange. Reactions vary; I liked it but thought the solution a let down. B

Return To The Scene Q. Patrick. A florid melodrama with a good mystery B+

My Son The Murderer Patrick Quentin. This is a re write of Return to the Scene! B+

Death's Old Sweet Song Stagge.  A variation on the nursery rhyme series of murders. A different feel than either QP or PQ. B+

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Facebook denies shadowbanning, gets patent for shadowbanning

The patent is here. The abstract is a perfect description of shadowbanning. which facebook lies about not doing.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Punishing Professor for revealing Fraudulent Journals


The charges against Boghossian are pure bullshit: that duping editors of predatory or bogus journals is unethical human experimentation!  PSU delenda est.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Algorithmic Governance and Populism

A brilliant essay. This is pretty long, but it is the best thing I have read in months.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Project Veritas Google Video

YouTube banned the video. So did reddit. Here it is.

UPDATE: of course vimeo took it down. Here it is on BitChute Link.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Jordan Hunt Update

Jordan Hunt is the man who kicked a woman in Toronto because he didn't agree with her.  I blogged it and promised updates. he was tried, and convicted but got probation. Details.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Fantastic News — Oberlin

Terrific news. Oberlin College has been hit with the maximum allowed by law.

Pour encourager les autres.

Lying About Nothing

They literally lied about nothing. They said there was nothing. They said it without checking, and without any basis for saying it. They said it — loud and proud and certain.

UPDATE: Another example. It takes a special kind of mind to see something that surprises you and immediately — immediately — trumpet to the world the supposed ignorance of others.

UPDATE: Deliberate fakery.  This is such small potatoes, but they go to the trouble to fake it anyway.

Never forget Gell-Mann amnesia!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Cantor Function - The All Purpose Calculus Counter Example

The Cantor Set is a standard example and counter example in set theory. It has a cousin, the Cantor Function, sometimes called the Devil's Staircase, which is a very useful thing to know if you are looking for counter examples in calculus, or just building intuition. A nice explanation of it is here.

Normal people should ignore this but for the mathematically mature here is a case in point.

Sunday, June 9, 2019


I posted awhile ago about Hate-Knitting. Now there is Hate Sewing. Can Hate-Needlepoint be far behind?