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November 2006

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a New Zealand tramp I did in February - Mt Fyffe circuit walk
Fujian tries to woo Taiwanese investment - Economist
a 400m year old fish with the strongest bite ever - SMH

the best books I've read in the last year - all time selection
Borislav Pekic - How to Quiet a Vampire
Peter Weiss - The Aesthetics of Resistance
Han Shaogong - A Dictionary of Maqiao
A Prehistory of the North: Human Settlement of the Higher Latitudes
Leaves from an Autumn of Emergencies: Selections from the Wartime Diaries of Ordinary Japanese
Old English and its Closest Relatives: A Survey of the Earliest Germanic Languages

100 notable books of the year - IHT
I haven't read a single one!
what makes a fish "organic"? - IHT
An Intelligent Person's Guide to History [review]
poisonous cyanobacterial "fireweed" is taking over coasts - LA
pollution is producing massive ecological simplification
A Sailor of Austria [review]
a novel about a WWI submarine commander
Muslims in India are worse off than Dalits - FL
the management disaster behind Windows Vista - Drizzle [via /.]
so long and thanks for all the fish - PoliticalCortex
the US' new deputy assistant secretary of population affairs is a wacko - Slate [via ProRev]
"abstinence until marriage is the only healthy choice for women"
is it possible to cheat sleep? - ABC
"if type one people are more like dolphins, can the rest of us train ourselves to be less like rats?"
a trend towards minimalist travel guides? - Macam
the security situation in Afghanistan is not looking good - Independent
Rhythms of Life [review]
The Biological Clocks that Control the Daily Lives of Every Living Thing
Pierre Gemayel's funeral heightens tensions in Lebanon - B2I
the Yangtze freshwater dolphin appears to be extinct - Guardian
Australian food labels are often woefully inaccurate - SMH
"In one brand of chips the amount of trans fat was 13 times higher than claimed on the label... it was impossible to police nutritional claims because there was no rule on how wide of the mark they could be"
Fedora Core holds out against the binary blobs - LWN
monogamy and fidelity are rare in animals, but interesting - MSNBC [via 3q]
foreign authors win 4 of 6 major French literary prizes - IHT [via CR]
Australian junk food advertisers claim victory over public health - SMH
if janitors get $7/hour and healthcare, the terrorists win - MadBiologist [via Majik]
no need to go to Guantanamo for torture, Houston can provide
an overview of the last Lancet Iraq study and responses - AlertNet
extensive fires in Sydney's Blue Mountains - RFS [via SUBW]
real sex in Australian R-rated films? - SMH [via EFA]
mothers-in-law drive Italy's divorce boom - Guardian
California contemplates knocking down dams to recover wilderness - Guardian
a valley nicer than Yosemite was flooded in the 20s
one way to get four stars for a film... - Guardian
Bao Ninh is reluctant to publish a second novel - Guardian - The Sorrow of War [review]
tourists pass on visit to Iranian nuclear reactor - YNet [via AntiWar]
outrageous lies that aren't meant to be believed - SR
"It is in insisting that two and two might be five, or three, or anything he says, that Big Brother shows absolute power in Nineteen Eighty-Four"
a peace deal in Nepal - CSM [via Far]
Max Lane is blogging on Indonesia and SE Asia - USyd
a guide to Open Source for non-profits - NOSI
Australian research organisation CSIRO wins claim over wireless patent - SMH
but lawsuits continue: "CSIRO will take on Intel and Dell in one case and Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Netgear in the other"
today is Sydney's coldest November day in over a century - SMH
golden eagles help UK fox hunters avoid ban - Guardian [via Barista]
"The parliamentarians who devoted 700 hours to debating hunting and only seven to Iraq still managed to produce an act riddled with inconsistencies and loopholes"
a US food retailer gives products health ratings - NYT [via Barista]
food manufacturers aren't entirely happy: "We don't like the idea that there are good and bad foods"
a gastronomic approach to Pacific colonialism - GapersBlock [via Barista]
Australia will have to buy wheat to honour its export contracts - SMH
The Norsemen in the Viking Age [review]
Venezuela's elites are flourishing, Chavez notwithstanding - Guardian
"bricks and mortar" retailers versus online sales - WMW
politics at Oxford University - Economist
Bangalore is now Bengalooru - Economist
which some people are surely going to confuse with Bengal
the situation is getting even worse in Darfur - HH
three million pastoralists in Kenya are losing their livelihoods - Guardian
veils on Muslim women are a cliche - Slate [via Kit]
"Book publishers seem to be the worst offenders. And, ironically, veiled women are often used to promote books by and about women who reject the niqab"
a review of Max Havelaar - CR - Amazon
this has been on my wishlist for a while now
a theatre performance of Das Kapital - Guardian
"no wedding, no romantic interest and no plot to speak of"
suicide bomber in Pakistan kills 40 soldiers - Reuters [via AntiWar]
can the United States be saved from the giant octopus? - Billmon
US Democrats take the House; the Senate depends on Montana - Kos
where some districts may not finish counting till Wednesday morning
changing magazines reveal liberation of Indian women - IHT
"The only change will be cosmetic... I don't see a transformation of family power structures on a wide scale."
Naples is in the middle of a drug war - IHT
Google warns against proposed Australian copyright laws - ABC
Chinese voyages nonsense invoked to support climate nonsense - Deltoid [via CT]
"There was little ice at the North Pole: a Chinese naval squadron sailed right round the Arctic in 1421 and found none."
a nice looking biology blog - Endangered Ugly Things [via Barista]
the history and current state of battery technology - Wired
millions of spiders make a 24 hectare web - FlatRock [via Kaarne]
mutant four-finned dolphin found - SMH
responses to the Microsoft-Novell deal - RedHat
German chimney sweeps have a guild-like monopoly - Guardian
the National Gallery of Australia spends $4 million on an Indonesian artifact - SMH
a small bronze figure of a weaver suckling a baby, dating from circa 600 AD
debating "Australian values" - SMH
Nugugi wa Thiong'o on Wizard of the Crow - SocWorker [via CR] - Amazon
Borges' non-fiction - The Total Library [review]
Primo Levi's The Periodic Table voted best science book ever - Guardian
nearly 100 six word short stories - Wired
by authors including Le Guin, Atwood, and Vinge
botnets run amok across the Internet - Wired
HP Lovecraft was "a nerd on a grand scale" - NYROB
"He was frightened of invertebrates, marine life in general, temperatures below freezing, fat people, people of other races, race-mixing, slums, percussion instruments, caves, cellars, old age, great expanses of time, monumental architecture, non-Euclidean geometry, deserts, oceans, rats, dogs, the New England countryside, New York City, fungi and molds, viscous substances, medical experiments, dreams, brittle textures, gelatinous textures, the color gray, plant life of diverse sorts, memory lapses, old books, heredity, mists, gases, whistling, whispering"
an American journalist on the 1914 invasion of Belgium - GWdifferent [via Barista]
how porcupines make love - Guardian [via ProRev]
koalas are not always cute - ABC [via SUBW]
"come mating time, koalas morph into aggressive, smelly creatures that you'd never want to cuddle in a million years"
Lieberman joins the government and gets a ministry - HH
"Stopping Lieberman now isn't simply a matter of politics; it's a battle for the survival of Israel as an inclusive society, and one that must be fought both inside and outside the government."
an obituary for Clifford Geertz - IAS

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