A little on conventions, big and small. I'll admit here I like my cons small, but well attended. World Fantasy was really the wrong con to start with, IMHO, but that's what I did as well. There's plenty of other con advice I could give, but the main one is if you go, go to have fun. You may have other goals as well, but if you're going to just do business or just go to the panels, you're missing the point.
Some things to keep in mind if you're writing space opera. Or really anything with space ships (big and small).
See, I told you I wasn't paranoid. That's an article on being an old designer.
A little on the librarian wars waging in this country. "Sixty percent of the world's people would kill to have a library filled with books. Some countries won't even let you into a library without proper identification. But Americans, on our rapid decent from being a world power toward become the world's bag boy, have lost sight of what has lasting value and moved on to what has recurring monthly fees." Yes, that. (pointed to by everyone)
For the nature vs. nurture discussions. Research now shows that "neglected" children have reduced telomeres. Take that, nature. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Eric has a little fun at the expense of the law (and Ben Stein).
Vince passes on some advice for those soon to be Raptured. He also then goes on to outline some of the post rapture services available. (note to self, must write/publish novel before someone stumbles on the service the main character provides) One of the tweets I saw last night was a prank to get everybody to gather up their old shoes, pants and shirts and on Saturday arrange them in the proper order on sidewalks and other places. Just to freak people out. BTW, I believe that doing that would probably disqualify you from being Raptured.
Somebody else gets it. The best thing to do is just laugh at them. "There's really no way to make this stuff completely go away," (Deputy Campaign Manager Julianna Smoot wrote in an email). "The only thing we can do is laugh at it – and make sure as many other people as possible are in on the joke."
And just so you know, it isn't all about the conservatives. The wholesale abrogation of our concepts of privacy and liberty when it comes to this (and not the "we're taxed, which takes away our liberty" argument, which is specious at best) I agree that our lives as citizens have become diminished. This is what we should be railing against, not the other crap that has been feed to us as bread and circuses. (Grokked from Jay Lake)