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On the side of a hill in the deep forest green, tracing a sparrow on snow-crested ground,
blankets and bedclothes the child of the mountain sleeps unaware of the clarion call.
On the side of a hill, a sprinkling of leaves washes the grave with silvery tears,
a soldier cleans and polishes a gun.
War bellows, blazing in scarlet battalions, generals order their soldiers to kill
and to fight for a cause they've long ago forgotten

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Linkee-poo wants to teach the world to sing

I didn't see much of the SuperBowl, but from what I did see, man the commercials sucked this year.

Blake Charlton talks about a month in general and trauma surgery. Of interest to both writing and for the reboot. Not for while you're eating, or if you're weak of stomach. Unless you're already in the health care gig, or thinking of it. Then you better be able to handle it, Buttercup.

Also of medical interest, a description of what an autopsy looks like and why it's necessary. Since the article doesn't address the reasons why autopsies are being done less and less, it's because insurance doesn't normally pay for one and local budgets being under funded, coroners offices are over worked and understaffed. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Note to (hopefully) new novelists self, start a SuperPAC now. (Link is political in nature, but an interesting way to spike book sales)

The interactive scale of the universe. There's an annoying ad to start, but it's worth it to scale back and forth. (Pointed to by John)

Business cards of the (geeky) famous people. (Pointed to by John)

Jeremiah Tolbert wants you to kill your local news. I have to say, in the majority I agree with him. But where I live gives me a special dispensation. I get all the Cleveland stations and two Youngstown stations (one is PBS). The Youngstown station actually runs local news with only a little of the "scary" in it. Unlike the Cleveland stations who love the "if it bleeds it leads" mentality and the "you should be upset about this" stories. Not to mention the local news feeds for every other state and international locations (if the local news is running news that's local to someplace more than a day's drive away, it's not really local news but filler). (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Shocked, shocked I am to find racial stereotypes being offensive in conservative campaign ads and literature (not to mention html coding - Pointed to by Dan). It seems so out of character for the conservative party. (This irony brought to you by the Steel Council) The really funny part about this is that it's the Republican's who are responsible for most of the debt (of which China is a minority stake holder), and they're also responsible for much of the policies that encouraged outsourcing (not to mention, conservative led Wal-Mart leading the way in search of the almightily profit margin). So while Hoekstra likes to think that it's the D's fault, really it's conservative ideology that's responsible for the very thing he's trying to blame Democrats for.

The Onion takes in another congressman. Is it me, or does it seem to be a preponderance of conservatives who make this mistake over and over again? (Pointed to by John)

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