A real tour de force, this one. Forty different animes welding into one music video.
That moment when you first spy what might be a fellow geek in school and worry about how to approach them, perfectly captured in Sara Goetter’s comic.
Onwards and upwards. Still a way below average month as I’ve not felt much of an urge to read, but at least I managed to finish four books this time:
The Gospel of Loki — Joanne M. Harris
A rewriting of Norse myth from the point of view of the title character. A freebie from Nine Worlds, rather enjoyable.
Two Serpents Rise — Max Gladstone
Californian style water politics imported into fantasyland.
S-F Women A-Z: A Reader’s Guide — Sandra Ulbrich Almazan
A free ebook bundling of blogposts showcasing female SF&F authors. Sometimes I think I should do something similar with a collection of my own blogposts, but this is a good reminder of why that’s most likely a bad idea.
Root of Unity — SL Huang
The third novel in the Russell’s Attic series in which Cas Russell falls apart, in more ways than one.
Most of Kyoukai no Kanata is almost entirely, but not quite unlike the clip above. To be honest, I never did understood why they put so much effort in defeating a demon that’s pretty harmless unless you try and attack it but which would rather spent its time ogling idols if it gets the chance.
This really is the most hilarious news: David Cameron allegedly fucked a pig’s snout during a ruggers initiation. Cue a veritable barrage of pig jokes and puns on Twitter. But as Rob Fahey explains, it’s more than just silly fun: such hazing rituals are a means for the ruling classes to control themselves:
The ritualised, sexually grotesque nature of Cameron’s initiation sets it apart somewhat, of course; but what’s also different about this kind of ritual in elite circles is the calculation behind it, the power and control it affords, and the self-perpetuating network of influence it creates. Consider this scenario; at elite institutions, those earmarked – by wealth, by title, by connections – for future leadership roles are forced, as impressionable young people, to carry out humiliating acts in order to gain acceptance by an in-group. That same in-group will, over the course of their lives, help advance their career massively in ways both overt and covert; membership of that group essentially secures their success in life. The cost of entry, paid by all members of the group, is participation in humiliating acts; acts which will forever wed them to the group, because should they later act in a way contrary to the group’s interests or desires, their “indiscretions” can be brought back to destroy their careers or personal lives.