Lost science. (Grokked from Phiala)
Aw, teddy bears. (Grokked from Absolute Write)
"Another human dream was crushed by the uncompromising forces of reality Monday, when the restaurant day job of 29-year-old former aspiring cartoonist Mark Seversen officially became his actual job." And that's why we love The Onion.
Mer Haskell on starting to publish later in life. Egads, and I've got a decade on her. Although with the subjective measure she points to, I'm sure it's more like 3 years or so.
Thinking of the Mary Robinette Kowal letter writing month challenge, (that's a special link about Jennifer Jackson offering to write a letter in response to a query every day, hmmmm, I think I found my #3, she's in the pool of my top picks anyway) the language of stamps. Just in case you've ever thought of the past as a "simpler time."
Chuck Wendig and his 25 reasons that writers are bug-fuck nuts. Note to self, show wife this post so she knows she's not alone.
How to write the Great American (Indian) Novel. (Grokked from Morgan J. Locke)
Elizabeth Bear with one of my favorite historical posters. Ride with Pancho Villa, for Gold and Glory, Weekly Payments in Gold. In other words, "Join Pancho Villa for Glory and Gold, but mostly for the Gold."
Janiece with some interesting fitness geekery. Hmm, I used to wear a pedometer a few years ago. Never really liked it, but it was interesting to track how many "steps" I took in a day.
Vince points out some more of the absolute absurdity of Pete Hoekstra's mentality. Stay classy, conservatives. And while everybody get's hung up on the broken English, how about the bike and the rice paddy?
John Scalzi is very smart (as is his wont) about the Susan G. Komen seppuku and Karen Handel being shown the door. I don't expect this to go away anytime soon as the anti-abortion forces gear up for the election, the pro-choice contingent realizes this election is make or break, and the vast majority of those on the fence begin to realize what the Pro-Life movement is really about.
You know how it's a conservative talking point that government so over regulates business and people's lives and it's politically correct to bang of "junk foods" that it's only so long until they make it illegal to go to McDonalds? Yeah, funny that. So now in Florida not only will you have to pee into a cup (held up in litigation) to get your foodstamps, the GOP controlled legislature now wants to tell you what you can spend that money on (candy is out, natch'). Conservatives, bringing you the government they warned you against since 2008.
Playgrounds are now perfectly safe and boring. Which leads to kids not using them. When I was young, we used to swing across a creek on a rusty cable, dig forts in the sand, climb pine trees, and build dangerous bike ramps. (Grokked from Absolute Write)