An article on the Japanese trying to excise the yakuza from their power structures. Interesting to me as the yakuza model of business is in my novel. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Jim Hines hosts a post from Joshua Palamatier, aka Benjamin Tate, on the importance of shelf space and the decline of the large bookstore. Also intertwined are many important tips in the new world of publishing. With the decline of the second large brick and mortar bookstores (Borders), B&N is the only large game left. B&N has never been known to be friends of speculative fiction. Unfortunately with the business models fashioned in the age of large retailers, the existence of the independents isn't as important as it had been. And with all this, Amazon and word of mouth becomes ever more important.
Catherine Shaff-Stump gives some rules for mixing gaming into your writing.
A blood test for depression. Not sure how I feel about that. Time for new legislation I believe, or leave the ACA in place with its restrictions on "pre-existing conditions". (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Jim Wright give you a guide to election year
Hey TPers, upset about the debt and deficit? Still believe that it's just Obama? Maybe actual statistics might enlighten you. Just in case you ever wondered why some of us say, "you're late to the party" and "where were you during the Bush Administration" and "what reality are you playing with." Now you know. Not to be read by people who can't accept reality. (Grokked from Jay Lake)