Sunday, January 27, 2013

Link roundup

1.  "The total amount of suffering per year in the natural world is beyond all decent contemplation. During the minute that it takes me to compose this sentence, thousands of animals are being eaten alive, many others are running for their lives, whimpering with fear, others are slowly being devoured from within by rasping parasites, thousands of all kinds are dying of starvation, thirst, and disease."

2.  A review of the latest White Dwarf magazine, comparing it to an issue with a similar main topic from from 1998:

Overall the new issue wins (11 - 5, draws count as 1 point each). The diehard old White Dwarf fans should really take off the rose tinted spectacles. Generally, it's terrible when compared to the new issue. The most impressive thing is when you work out how much the old vs the new is on cost. Old is £3.50, new is £5.50, however if you look at the best subscription offers, old is £2.83 and new is £3.66 an issue over 12 months, that's only an increase of 83p in 15 years and you're getting 56 more pages and no (actual) adverts.
3.  Reddit's collection of riddles.

4.  One of today's Kindle Daily deals is Joe Hill's Horns for for $2.

5.  Relatedly, it's pretty cool that Amazon automatically puts mp3s of CDs you've bought into your cloud drive.  But it turns out, the only CDs I've bought in the last several years were gifts for other people, and Wiggles and Backyardigans for my kids.