Friday Night Links – 14 June 2013

June 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

I suck with posting on time these last couple weeks!

This old review of Vladimir Nabokov’s Ada, or Ardor: a Family Chronicle is worth revisiting, if only to remember when high-brow authors wrote science fiction novels – or just to remember that high-brow authors once existed.

Like those other great protean modernists, Joyce and Picasso, Nabokov uses parody to re-investigate the fundamental problems of this art. While Van in the early chapters is waiting to be born, so too is the great age of the novel. Van’s concluding “blurb” notes that “the story proceeds at a spanking pace,” but the pace is sometimes purposefully slow, befitting an infancy of sorts, as Van plots time’s texture and parodies the realist’s efforts to limn “reality.”

Memory deficit: another reason not to play soccer.

Players who headed balls the most showed more abnormalities than those who headed fewer. For one brain region, 850 headers represented a threshold: Players above that mark clearly had more abnormalities than players below it. For the other brain regions, thresholds were about 1,300 and 1,550 headers.

From TTAG, a basic summary of the gun control debate:  irrational statements followed by logical statements that the other side ignores.

The flip side of those 15,000 deaths per year are the 2.5 million crimes prevented by legal gun use every single year. Crimes including rape, murder and felony assault. But for some reason, gun grabbers never seem to recognize that side of the equation.

And Jackie Chan on Bruce Lee (via Fitanium):

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