David Hewson doesn't need no stinkin' Cory Doctorow. Okay, that makes it sound more confrontational than it really is. But his initial paragraph pretty well states it all. What works for one writer doesn't necessarily translate to others. If found that most statements that re made in the "you gotta do this" when it comes to careers, especially writing, tend to be made by people who really ought to get out more.
Dear New Authors, don't do this. No. Seriously. As Nancy Reagan taught us, "Just say no." (Pointed to by Camille)
Dr. Sketchy for those who need their life drawing kicks. In Akron. Um… no, I probably shouldn't comment here. (pointed to by Dan) (Yes, I passed Life Drawing I and II with a B and an A, respectively. Fun times. No, it's not generally exploitive. If you look at the models on stage in the video, you won't see many "Barbie" types, which is good, because as an artist you should know how to draw bodies realistically. Yes, to do it well you need to keep up with the practice. No, I haven't. Yes, I have stories.)
Logos of the Women't Flat Track Derby Association. Some cool stuff in there. (Also pointed out by Dan)
And because it seems somewhat appropriate here, the Scary Reality of a Real-Life Barbie Doll. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Changing conservative minds one at a time. Strange how when one actually experiences the world outside the echo chamber, one's horizons open up. I'd be hopeful if at last night's council meeting it wasn't suggested several times that I needed to listen to Talk Radio (and they weren't talking about NPR). "We're mass communicatin' here," as the line goes. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
It's like we live in different realities. And as a side comment to Sen. Graham holding nominations hostage because of the withdrawal of funding, 1) for someone who believes in the free market, shouldn't shipping companies pony up the cash? (I guess there is some reality left on the right) and 2) Sen. Graham has a long history of blocking nominations. I don't believe it's only about this. He stepped over the line so long ago, I doubt he could find it again. It's sort of like a fellow councilman who voted against the VIllage's first modest pay raise in 3 years because of a recent incident and he wanted to punish one person. It would actually be plausible if he hadn't voted against every pay raise and benefit boost for the past 9 years I've been on council. In other words, I don't believe your excuses because you were going to do it anyway. No lollipop for you.