Study, study, study. Finished up freelance work yesterday, took car to collision center (I fought the deer and the deer won), and then studied until my head and hands hurt. Today I should probably clear the leaves from the lawn, scrub the bathroom, and then study, study, study again.
Mer Haskell and the fluidity of language and writing advice. I've been rethinking several of my easy answers when new writers ask for advice. I used to say, "the secret to success is to suck less." I could do 5 minutes on what that means (suck less than previously, and suck less than everybody else submitting). But I'm going to try this one, "The secret to getting published is to bang the rocks together." Whaddayathink?
Vince continues to tear it up with poetry publishing.
One of the reasons solar cells are about to break through the cost barrier and compete against fossil fuels directly one price is that the materials used to make them are plunging in price.
Hacking reality and gender perceptions through the web (and a Chrome extension). (Grokked from matociquala)
http://www.freakonomics.com/2011/11/11/healthcare-needs-insurance-companies-like-a-fish-needs-a-bicycle/ (Grokked from Jay Lake)
That right Joe Walsh, there are too many people who don't listen to your bullshit. Because it's bullshit.
More on the stories we tell ourselves (ie. modern mythos). The myth of the small business in America just isn't true. See, we're 23rd in the list of nations when it comes to small business creation. Why? "The countries with significantly higher startup rates… are those with stronger, more comprehensive, and more centralised social safety nets, along with correspondingly higher taxation." Yeah, the other myth this one kills is that of lower tax rates. Even though our nominal rates are higher, the actual rates paid are the lowest in the world. Tax cuts don't create new jobs. If they did, we'd be swimming in jobs by now. Another myth? Ronald Reagan was a tax cutter. No, he raised taxes 13 times, after the 5th of which our economy recovered from the 1980 recession. So tax cuts don't lead to economic turn around. But you won't hear either of those from our conservative leaning press, and especially from the cheerleader extraordinary, Fox. (Grokked from Jay Lake)