Because all the cool kids have pointed it out, the SF Signal Flowchart (amended) of NPR's Top 100 SF/F books. (Grokked from everywhere)
You may remember a while back when I posted an ad looking for a design to work for this cool rock band. I made the comment about, "Make sure you get that free beer upfront, because that's all you'll ever see." In case you think I was being overly dramatic, here's a poster for you. Yep. That pretty much sums up the life of a designer. (Pointed to by John)
Harlan Ellison on getting paid for doing your work. That's a design blog quoting Ellison on writing, making the comment about design work (see poster link), but I'm posting it because the the writing commentary… Norman, coordinate! Okay, Harlan may have his issues, but he's spot on with this commentary here. And it makes me wonder if he was paid for the reprinting of the very long quote on this blog? Could I be any more meta in this link?
Chuck Wendig with 25 virtues writers should possess. Although, for me, 13 is "Tea." I've struggled with 16, but am getting over myself. And I think his rewriting of Wheatons Law to be "Don’t be a fuckweasel," might be how I paraphrase Wheaton from now on. And I have to let my own version of 24 out for a walk more often. I normally don't like making references like this, forcing you to read the piece to get my point, but it's a good post and you should read it.
EJ Dionee on why the right is so upset with Warren Buffett. Yes, he spoke truth to power. An embarrassing truth that may get some people to realize just how rich the rich are, compared to them. And how they are treated specially, and how that treatment directly affects them (ie. our taxes are higher so their taxes can be lower). "It's worth noticing that while conservatives who talk about religion get a lot of coverage… what really get the juices flowing on the right these days are tax rates." Not just these days. You do remember the rise of the Conservative Christian Voter (and their deliberate inclusion into the Republican Party), was because Bob Jones University was about to lose its tax exempt status. (Grokked from Jay Lake)