Monthly Archives: November 2010

Baseball and History: Narratives, Part Three

Note: this is part of an ongoing series I’m doing. Part one, and links to all the other parts, can be found here. Baseball has a long history in America, and its close connection with American culture means that our … Continue reading

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Kaarlo Kurko; the victory, the downfall and the aftermath

We have reached the final episode of the story of Kaarlo Kurko, a Finnish adventurer who fought as a volunteer in ataman Bulak-Balakhovich’s forces in the Polish-Soviet war in 1920. The previous episodes can be read from the archives of … Continue reading

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If you suffer, the golden age will come

Over at my blog, I’ve just posted a review of the 1985 Greg Bear science fiction novel Eon. Without going into too much detail, or risking the revelation of spoilers, Eon is a novel concerned with describing the future, both … Continue reading

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On how we are coming to accept that we are alone

A recent Wired Science article referring to research suggesting that certain hardy Earth life forms could not only survive the trip from Earth to Mars, but could actually live for extended periods of time on the Martian surface, reminded me … Continue reading

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Baseball and History: Narratives, Part Two

Note: this is part of an ongoing series I’m doing. Part one, and links to all the other parts, can be found here. The problem with WPA and other contextual stats is that they are teleological. This is not really … Continue reading

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Kaarlo Kurko; war, inhumanity and humanity

On April 1920, ataman Bulak’s division, the Finnish volunteers included, joined the Polish offensive against the Bolsheviks and attacked from Mozyr to the Dniepr, fighting side by side with the Polish forces of colonel Józef Rybak in Polesie. Kaarlo Kurko … Continue reading

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Some notes on information storage (3): Emotional incentives

Quick question: What do Nan Goldin‘s 1981 “Nan and Brian in Bed” (cover image of her landmark 1986 The Ballad of Sexual Dependency) and this picture form a New Year’s Eve party I attended in 2002 (I’m second from the … Continue reading

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