Well, it's now about a month until the Harry Potter world all comes crashing down and JK Rowling will have to give all that money back. Man. It was a good ride while it lasted. What? You'd think that was the case with all the headlines surrounding the release of the final film. Dudes, kids will be reading these books for a long time. And, yes, I will go see the last film. In a theater.
Because all the cool kids are pointing it out, John Scalzi on you not having his writing career (or really any other writer's career). That doesn't mean you can't be as successful, or write in a similar vein, etc, but yeah, everybody's path is at the very least a little different. You can learn a lot by studying other's careers and to see what has worked, and what didn't, determine why in both cases, and then go forth and do likewise, but in a wiser manner. Careers, any career in any discipline, isn't a paint-by-numbers set. They're all off the board excursions to where dragons lurk.
Catherine Shaffer shares more of her journeys through the private health insurance market. Having had our own family issues with insurance this week (which ended in the phrase, "But we don't have power of attorney, or health care PoA, just what do you expect us to do? Insurance companies deny claims regularly for no real reason, refile the claim. Trust us, we've done this before."
Toys for geeks. (Pointed to by Dan)
Elizabeth talks about making a magnetic whiteboard. Hmmm.
Every wonder why you need to clean out scrapes and cuts and probably use all that horrible burning stuff? This is why. As per the Neil DeGrasse Tyson lecture, the world is out to kill you. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
I know people often wonder what I mean by my scoffing at current trends and the implication of the general populace that "all is as it ever was and ever shall be. Witness this pre-Twiggy ad about sensuality.
Remember when I made the comment about how Republicans, after complaining about spending in WI, just added a bunch by running fake candidates? We'll, here's a partial total (notice there's some big holes in that estimate). Almost half a million and counting.
Let's see. In the past year we extended the Bush Tax Cuts, ended the stimulus, rolled back the Fed's "stealth stimulus", cut the budget, and have done pretty much all the conservative talking points about what it takes to get jobs going. How's that working out so far?> A "great deal of pain ahead." Quelle surprise. Seriously, these policies only work in the drug addled fantasies in conservative's heads.
I've said it before, for people who claim to love the flag, conservatives often desecrate it. Seriously Rep. West, there's a reason that with burials at sea, the flag is only held over the body, not attached. The flag never leaves the ship.
But then, what do I expect from a party that not only ignores actual history, but is so in love with the "fight on communism" they see enemies everywhere. When all you have is a hammer, everything begins to look like a nail.