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It's a pity that I didn't have this paper handy to wave at the Survey Twits. It displays a series of fMRI scans purporting to show how different areas of the brain light up when the owner of said brain is shown pictures of scenes of human interaction with different emotional content.

Thing is? The owner of the brain was a salmon, and was not alive at the time. The active voxels were due to random noise in the fMRI time series.

It's a valuable cautionary tale as regards false positives. Before you publish your fMRI data, ask yourself if you could have got the same results from a dead fish.

Anyway, things that make me happy:
1. I now have a large stack of vintage back issues of 2000AD dating from 1979-1985, which turned up in someone's attic and were given to me for free. They include such highlights as the Apocalypse War, the Judge Death Arc, and the issue in wich Johnny Alpha finally moved in with Wulf Sternhammer. Squee!

2. As recommended by [livejournal.com profile] huggyrei: sleeping kittens. Making little high-pitched kitteny noises. I am dead of cute now.

3. [livejournal.com profile] scans_daily is gone but not forgotten. Other communities have stepped into the breach, and there are archives available, as is explained here.

4. Cory Doctorow's short stories and novels are available online, since he's putting his money where his mouth is on Creative Commons. He's got a nice line in really rather well-thought-out near futures, and can do great world-building by paying attention to the little details of what people eat, how they get to work and so on. He's also got a rather touching appreciation for the aesthetics of junk.
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1. Outline Arachnekallisti's Special and General Theories of Mary Sue, and use them to explain observed phenomena with reference to EITHER Strontium Dog OR Torchwood, and at least TWO other fandoms. )

2. If Rorschach represents Kantian deontological ethics, Ozymandias represents utilitarianism, and Dr Manhattan represents some kind of existentialism, what about Dan and Laurie?

3. Judge Dredd: evidence that Lawful Neutral is in fact the scariest alignment?

4. Johnny Alpha and Wulf Sternhammer - Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser IN SPACE! Discuss.
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In the Watchmenverse, the comics on sale are about pirates, not superheroes; masked vigilantes aren't escapism, they're news. Possibly there is nevertheless a comic out there about the adventures of Ozymandias, as produced by Veidt Publishing. Presumably, that means that the Watchmenverse also has comics about ninjas, cowboys, soldiers and so on.

Which leads me to wonder; which of the comics we know from our world would have Watchmenverse equivalents? 2000AD, perhaps? It's a sci-fi comic rather than a superhero title. Maybe in the Watchmenverse Judge Dredd is something of a vicious satire of the Comedian. Maybe the Comedian has beaten John Wagner up over it. Possibly there's even a talented young writer called Alan doing Future Shocks (or is that far too meta?)

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