Looking in my notebook:
3) Steve Levitt, radical scepticism, and responsibility in economics (like so)
4) Someone wanted thoughts on 50 years of BASIC. This is interesting.
5) ‘Kippers. This contains some truth, but not enough, and a variety of pollutants.
6) Christopher Clark. I have three things to say about The Sleepwalkers but I suspect I’ve already said them.
7) So the Soviets built a third Kirov hull and weird combined nuclear and oil machinery, and instead of the weird 80s battleship, built a mammoth SIGINT listening post on top. After years swinging round the buoy, she’s just being scrapped now. If you read my series on Richard Aldrich’s book on GCHQ, you’ll know that the UK considered building such a ship in the 1960s, based on either a carrier or tanker hull, nuclear-powered, and accommodating the equivalent of one of their big overseas stations. Question: did we ever really intend to do it, or just to troll the USSR? Clue.
Owt else? Material, as always, is here.