Today, as we're told by the Writer's Almanac, is the birthday of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, the original "Q", in 1863. It's Q whom we blame for the phrase, "Murder your darlings." Or, to explain that, "Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it — whole-heartedly — and delete it before sending your manuscript to press: Murder your darlings." Good advice.
Jim Hines talks about keeping the agent and the new "self-publishing" stupidity.
A new report on Branding in 2012. As per most marketing strategy reports, 98% bullshit (with its attendant verbal salad) and 2% value, but for those of us working on brand, some interesting thoughts. Distilled, be prepared for another slog through retroville while trying to incorporate "legend" into brands. As in, "The Man, the Myth, the Legend." Remind you of the Dos XX, "most interesting man in the world" commercials? I though it would. Oh, and don't forget the romanticism with flowers, animals, and pastels. Visual blender here we come.
In case you're wondering if OWS is having any effect, worry no longer. When the bankers' lobbyists get involved, you know people are concerned. Yes, it's time to crackup the mud machine and set for "sling." (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)
XKCD infographic on money. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)
"… Saturday was for the social conservatives… essentially two hours of prominent Republicans talking about how persecuted Christians are in modern America, and how secularism is out to destroy us all." Yes, you can see just how much Christians are persecuted in this country especially at this time of year. Look, if theocracy is bad for Turkey and the Middle East, it's just as bad for us. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
I forget who retweeted it, but Newt Gingrich is what dumb people think smart people should sound like. Seriously, roll back child labor laws? WTF?
And, just as a reminder, conservative idiocy never really dies it just comes back after everybody is exhausted of talking about it. Birtherism? Again? That Orly Taitz's dog and pony show isn't greeted with laughter and derision, but instead invokes people (including some elected representatives) shouting "Traitor" and "Treason" at those who oppose her maybe one minor symptom of the wackiness of conservative America. unfortunately, it's not the only symptom.