A Ghost Story

A little while ago, I published a one of my ghost stories here.  It was quite well received.  I've been writing ghost stories for years now.  I have a few 'finished', but not quite finished enough to show anyone - if you know what I mean.  I have many others half-written, or begun, or abandoned.  I have lots of ideas for more, including some with quite detailed notes.  I'm thinking about making a concerted effort to write and finish enough to publish in a collection. I've been joking about this for a while but recently I've started to think 'why not?'

Here's one I finished recently.  In fact, I came back to a story that had been sitting partly written in various versions for ages, and I completed a ground-up rewrite in a couple of nights.  It was all a matter of finding the right tense.  Turned out the story needed to be written in 'third person present' in order to achieve the effects I was after.  Sometimes these things can hold you up. 

Anyway, here it is.  I should probably warn you that ...

The Beigeness, or How to Kill People with Bad Writing: The Scott Alexander Method

Them things you don't show, I can see
Them things you don't say, speak to me
Them things you hide ain't hiding
No firm ground but we ain't sliding 
- Kae Tempest, “The Beigeness”

I would like to begin by stressing how deeply miserable I am to be back on this beat. I was happy writing about the occult history of British comics, gods damn you. It didn’t involve horrible abyss gaze. It didn’t involve fashy trolls in my Twitter mentions. It was nice. But fine. Since people seem to love pointing out tht Neoreaction a Basilisk does not actually talk about Scott Siskind, aka Scott Alexander, here’s another goddamn essay. Are you sitting comfortably? Well fuck you.

For anyone not aware, Siskind is the blogger behind Slate Star Codex and whatever the hell he’s calling his Substack these days. He’s a major figure in the LessWrong diaspora—a post-Yudkowsky “rationalist” whose work was just the subject of an extremely anodyne and diffident New York Times profile that his defenders decried as a hit piece because it mentioned the fact that he’s rather more receptive to neo-nazi rhetoric about “the science of race” than one might expect a ...

56: The Edge of Destruction, or, like being hit, but without any pain.

In this new and exciting episode of your favourite podcast, James and a being made entirely of caffeine in the vague jittery shape of Kevin catch up with a freewheelin' chat that takes in the recent Joss Whedon shittiness, TARGET books as an intelligent investment, Glenn Greenwald, and of course the EDGE OF DESTRUCTION. Find out what they thought herein:

https://pexlives.libsyn.com/56-the-edge-of-destruction-or-like-being-hit-but-without-any-pain

IDSG Ep80 with Shannon Foley Martinez

A special episode in which Daniel and Jack are joined by guest Shannon Foley Martinez.  A friendly chat with an insightful, humane, moving speaker.

Owing to technical difficulties the sound quality is not quite up to our recent standard, so apologies for that.  But it's quite listenable.

Content Warnings.

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Please consider donating to help us make the show and stay independent.  From Jan 2021 onwards, patrons get exclusive access to one extra episode a week.  Our first bonus episode is on the 1971 Peter Watkins movie Punishment Park.  Our February bonus ep will be on Carol Reed's The Third Man (1949).

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Links / Notes:

Shannon's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/shannonfoleymartinez

Shannon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/_Shan_Martinez_

Shannon's website: https://www.shannonmartinezspeaks.com/

Shannon's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1c5KJi9BNS5idiXwqijbwA

Shabcast 41.3: Holly Explains Final Fantasy VII to Jack, Part 3

Here is the next part of the loooong discussion between myself, Jack Graham, and the excellent Holly Boson (@fireh9lly) in which Holly explains Final Fantasy VII to me, a total novice, in pitiless detail.

In this episode we delve into the history and politics of sequels and remakes, and fandom as a way of constructing the self.

Content warnings apply because some potentially troubling issues are mentioned.

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Part 4 will be posted in advance of publication for my Patreon backers. https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4196618&fan_landing=true

IDSG Ep79 Tom Metzger Part 2 & The Origins of Online Hate

This week, we finally get to the conclusion of our coverage of Tom Metzger (Part 1 here), which takes us on a journey through the early history of hate online.

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Intro links:

This Podcast Has Been Declared a Riot: https://this-podcast-has-been-declared-a-riot.simplecast.com/

Even More News, "Reddit and Robinhood for Rubes." https://evenmorenews.libsyn.com/reddit-and-robinhood-for-rubes-ep-132

Computer/Hacker History:

Livescience, "History of Computers, a Brief Timeline." https://www.livescience.com/20718-computer-history.html

Hackers: History of the Computer Revolutin, by Steven Levy. https://www.oreilly.com/library/view/hackers/9781449390259/

Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier ...

Pex Lives 55: The Brain of Morbius, or, you chicken brained biological disaster

Yes, like a reanimated corpse, Pex Lives still lives and, after all these years, the boys still have yet to miss a step, defying the critics and amazing the listeners.

In this episode, your friends bring you the REAL LOWDOWN on the recent Gamestop events, INCISIVE commentary on a classic Doctor Who serial (which they both genuinely loved) and POSIT solutions to the era's burning issues.

https://pexlives.libsyn.com/55-the-brain-of-morbius-or-you-chicken-brained-biological-disaster

It's your party and we're damn glad to have you with us.

IDSG Ep78 Jimmy Dore Platforms a Boogaloo Boy (& News Roundup)

This week, it's another of our occasional News Roundup episodes.  This time Jack takes the lead (and Daniel hits the whiskey) for a discussion about Jimmy Dore platforming a Boogaloo Boy.  Plus a couple of other stories, the painful return of an old segment, and a very special but silent guest appearance.

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Episode Links/Notes:

Jimmy Dore video 'Populist Right & Left Joining Forces Against Establishment': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OP5OLBauCg

Jimmy Dore video 'Radicalised Michigan Anarchist Seeks Unity with the Left': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZMB9052rEs

Sam Seder response: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew3ZB7d19lw

Matt Binder response: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb1eRi8B3dg

Emily Gorecenski's Ricky Vaughn tweets: https://twitter.com/EmilyGorcenski/status/1354479956961718276

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