A discussion of writing with, around, because of, and inclusion of music.
Because it's important to me now, Chuck Wendig's 25 things writers should know about agents.
And this just in, still no voter fraud in South Carolina. Look, it's becoming clear that voter ID and the other "anti-fraud" voter laws going around are only there to suppress voter turn out (among mostly Democratic voters). Can't we all call it that way now? Of course, it goes against the stories we tell ourselves that the one party that claims to be true Americans, and democracy's greatest defenders are actually the ones who are more than glad to dismantle the whole system to get their way. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)
John Scalzi points out the flaw in the American Pricing system. It's examples like that that come to mind whenever I heard some business apologist talk about how companies aren't exploitive, provide product at the lowest cost possible, and are on the consumers side because "if they (screw the consumer over) they would be out of business." See also "free market economics."
Paul Krugman on some obvious things, which apparently are not so obvious to the reality disfunctional conservatives in our midst. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Things aren't exactly the way conservative wing-nuts think they are? Could have knocked me over with a feather. There's this concept in some urban fantasy were two world (fairy and the real world usually) overlap and some people can see both. More typically they mistake what's happening and merge the two. I have a feeling a lot of this conservative blathering is exactly like that.
And just why do conservatives hate liberals so much (if you want to debate the point, go google the GOPAC memo first and then try and make your point)? Well, it could be because of this. (Grokked from Absolute Write) And here I'll point (again) to Eric's great post on defining liberalism (and libertarianism).
Tobias Buckell shares a lecture from Neil Degrasse Tyson demonstrating how much the US has fallen behind in the basic research of innovated science. Wake up call? Yes. But only for those people in a science based world.