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Books ( Goodreads)

Books are great! Sure, there are books that are horrible in content or style. But the general concept of a book is one of the greatest things there is. And one of the best things is sharing your favourites with others or calmly and rationally discussing how your favourite book is a literary masterpiece and anyone disagreeing or liking a book you find unimpressive is a dimwitted poo-poo-head.

One site facilitating such discourse is Goodreads. You can register the books you own, or read, or plan on reading. Rate them, comment on them or discuss them. My main use of the site is as the (lessee one, two, …) fourth incarnation of a system for keeping track of books I’ve read so I don’t get disappointed halfway through chapter three when I realise it’s not just that the author is predictable, I have actually read the book before.

It’s also good for showing off that I own well over a hundred books and have read more than 1500.

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Hyperbolic / Hyperbolsk grand opening

Ta-da! 

I know it’s actually more than two weeks since I wrote the first posts, but even under a mantle of hyperbole I wanted a little more heft before I started trumpeting my blog-horn. Unfortunately I’ve been busy (and not only with Bejeweled 3) and the heft’s been delayed. Until now! So here it is, the most important blog in the world.

One thing I’ve done is turn on the automatic pestering of people connected to me on facebook and twitter. Now since I’ve already turned on the automatic pestering of people connected to me on facebook with whatever I share on twitter, that might cause double pestering. If that’s the case I’ll fix it. No need to panic about it yet.

Now sit back. Read the backlog of very important posts. And try to survive while you wait for the next.

Why pink?

Maybe you’re thinking “Why ‘Why pink?’?” Well, there’d be more pink if I could spare the time from thinking about the most important topics in the world to find a WordPress theme with more pink. The important part is that the blog is deliberately partially pink and I’m about to explain how important that is.

I was listening to the queen of Norwegian skeptisism , Marit, interviewing skepchick extraordinaire, Rebecca Watson, for the Norwegian skeptical podcast Saltklypa (A pinch of salt) and their conversation touched upon the ubiquitousness of pink and princessy toys, clothes, computer accessories etc. and how this reinforces stereotypes and maintains a feedback loop where girls like pink because girl things are pink because girls like pink because girl things are… You get the point. They didn’t put it exactly like that, but it conveys part of their message. And I thought: “But the main Skepchick site  uses a lot of pink. Shouldn’t they fight the stereotype?”

It took me but a few moments to decide that was nonsense. Just as it’s nonsense to try to create equality by telling women they mustn’t dress provocatively, choose nursing as a profession or be stay at home moms if that’s something they want to and enjoy, it’s nonsense to demand women who like pink should avoid pink, even if it is an annoyingly ubiquitous stereotype. No, there are only two sensible approaches to stamping this out:

  1. Raise any girl children in windowless basement rooms to the age of eighteen and screen all toys and entertainment for pinkness and princessitude. You could just screen toys and entertainment, but unless you isolate them, your girls will pick up from the world around them that pink and princessy is good and girly and you will either have to give in or be a big meany, and the latter won’t make a lick of difference.
  2. Increase the use of pink outside the stereotypically feminine. And I don’t mean having pink crowbars along side regular ones to sell more crowbars to girls, that’s reinforcing the stereotype that pink = girly while fighting the stereotype that crowbars != girly. (!= means isn’t, or aren’t in that sentence, in case you didn’t know) No, I’m talking about making pink a regular crowbar colour. For the biggest crowbars preferably, or you’re reinforcing the stereotype that girls need dainty crowbars.

In reality option two is not an easy thing to do right either, at least not without giving up a lot of crowbar profits, and I don’t manufacture crowbars anyway, but at least I can have some pink in my blog theme.

Hvorfor engelsk?

Fordi det er den viktigste bloggen i verden og norsk er foreløpig ikke et verdensspråk. Det vil imidlertid sannsynligvis endres etterhvert som jeg blir verdenskjent.

Third time’s the charm

This will be the greatest blog of exaggerated importance available to the public in the history of blogging, about the most important issues on the top of my mind today. In fact, it almost already is, for three reasons:

  1. It’s called Hyperbolic which is an awesome name, and having an awesome name is a surefire way to be a successful internet phenomenon.
  2. It’s an important blog about important issues, says so right in the description, and I believe in the power of exaggeration.
  3. And it’s my third attempt at blogging so it is bound to succeed, or so the old idiom would have you believe. I don’t.1

1I do however believe that if I believe it will succeed, this will have a positive effect on my effort to make it succeed. And I also believe it’s good to use footnotes.