I mentioned the other day that I really wanted to switch out my Halloween decorations for items that use the visual vocabulary of Dia de los Muertos. Well, here's a little bit of what that looks like (warning, last link plays music at you). The veil is at its thinnest. Put out the cakes and sugar skulls, wash the graves and bones of the ancestors, garnish the graves with flowers, light a welcoming fire, and say hello for me.
A collection of Justine Larbalestier and Scott Westerfield tips for NaNoWriMo.
And Chuck Wendig's 25 things about wiring advice (NSFW if your coworkers can read the subheads). #17, We need to talk about what we do or we'll go nuts. Yeah and verily. And #25, Every monkey constructs his own pen. As I remember, Luke Skywalker had at least two. YMMV.
More evidence that the world we live in is stranger than you think. A little article on parasitism and their zombified hosts. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
I see the War on Christmas is getting an early start this year.
The cards are stacked against you. Just like the TP wasn't about Republicans, so to the OWS isn't about Democrats. Not it just is a wait to see how much they're folded in, like the TP was. One telling difference is that there really isn't a progressive movement akin to the Social Conservatives who quickly used the TP to advance their agenda (and co-opting their organization).
A /. article on how government outsourcing doesn't reduce costs, but pays it's employees less (and has less protections and benefits). Where does all that money go, then? Really, you have to ask? (Pointed to by Dan)
Hey, you know the meme about how Obama is stifling job growth with all these new regulations? "Obama’s White House has approved fewer regulations than his predecessor… at this same point in their tenures, and the estimated costs of those rules haven’t reached the annual peak set in fiscal 1992 under Bush’s father…" History, it's a bitch. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
You know, there comes a time when you're lied to so many times by an individual that you just start categorizing everything they say as a lie. When do we draw that line with the conservative talking heads and political leaders? It's only fair, they call the progressive talking heads and political leaders "consummate" liars.