Sorry for the lightness lately. With everything going on, time to read has been sparse.
Rick Ferrel Moore on why we should spend time creating our characters. And not, you know, just paste them on the wall to throw plot darts at.
Benjamine Tate (ne. Josh Palmtier) and place as character.
Remember those "tipping points" of global climate change? Remember how one of those was when the snow/ice packs would grow darker, absorbing more solar energy and accelerating their melt? Oopsie. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Stephen Colbert on the Senator Frothy didn't say "black people" controversy. I really wish more people were paying attention as the GOP dog whistles their way through the primaries. Dear GOP/Fox, you slips are showing. Let us not discuss the rampant homophobia on display as well.
Rehabilitating the legend of Japan's "lost decade." It's an interesting article with some deep economics (interesting because Japan's "Lost Decade" is a plot point in my novel, albeit an historical one). The headline and premise is a little wonky, IMHO. Japan's economy in the late 80s and early 90s was in bad shape (a result of a quick turn to austerity measures after a "failed stimulus" - sound familiar?). However, it's now 2011, some 21 years since Japan's economy hit the bottom. Also note on page 3 how Japan has used this perception to their advantage (and profit). (Grokked from Jay Lake)