A cautionary comic for writers. Oh yeah. So been there. (Grokked from Miranda Suri)
Some more high-tech geeky humor from your government (in the form of writing advice). (Grokked from phial)
Making music with the use of that cool technology, Tesla Coils. Add in Adam Savage cage dancing to the Dr. Who theme and how can you not watch it? (pointed to by Dan)
Catherine Shaff-Stump trows down the gauntlet on Clarion Write-a-Thon 2. She's also offering critiques for those that donate a certain amount.
One of the things as writers that we need to struggle with is just how much detail to include to create verisimilitude. Knowing the art and science of cognitive selectivity certainly helps. Having a background in a visual communications field, and as you've gathered by now I dig knowing how the brain works, certainly helps in this regard. There are plenty of tricks about it (faces, of course, get a lot of our attention, but then there is the trick of fully rendering on brick and by extension showing the whole wall, even when bricks aren't that interesting. Plenty of cool stuff to mine here. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Aw, we don't need any more government regulations. You know, with all that testing of gas to make sure we're being sold the correct octane gas, it'll just ruin everything. I mean, the market should take cared of this, shouldn't it? We all could be testing our gas to make sure we're getting what we paid for and then not buy gas at those stations that are selling regular as premium. That would work, wouldn't it? If we start testing gas all the gas station owners will move to states that don't test. Me, sarcastic? No. That's irony.
The Skylon, a space plane that's about to get off the test bench. (pointed to by Dan)
Harold Camping is unrepentant. Good to know. See, the Rapture really did happen. You just didn't notice it. And God will still close up shop on October 21 of this year. You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here. Thanks, Harold. Dick.
What if we threw a stand-off with the government, and nobody came? . (Grokked form Jay Lake)
That whole fall out from the economic crisis continues to get worse. Especially if you're reliant of government help to control your disease. Note the conclusion of that interview about how, with cutting daily medications we (you and me and everybody else) will end up paying more when these AIDs patients go to the hospital with serious complications of their disease. Instead of, you know, giving them the anti-virals they need to survive. Good thing we made sure the government couldn't negotiate drug prices (except for grandfathered programs of Medicare and Veterans Administrations).
Area 51 and the A-12 (National Geographic Special). If you go to the photo pages of the A-12 crash, there's a small line on one of the pages talking about titanium, which the craft were made of. Titanium is very rare in the US, and most of the world's supply comes from Russia. And we built a fleet of submarines, and flights of aircraft of the stuff. (pointed to by Dan)
When a wee nudge is needed to convince a client you know what you're doing when it comes to design. Sigh. Yes. This really is necessary.
An ACLU report on the Sharia Law Hysteria. That's a PDF link, BTW. Again, Sharia law is given no more (or less) consideration than any other religious law by our courts. (Grokked from Jay Lake)