I am way, way behind in my reading, sorry folks. And I also have another test tonight. So not enough time to play on the internets today. May be later tonight.
Mur Lafferty on writing strong female characters. I'm pretty sure my book survives this test. There are four women characters (one of prominence, but sadly not a main character). One kicks ass. She's #2 in security and could probably be better than the #1 (and he knows it and isn't frightened). Another runs the #1 security guy's office (if you know any good executive assistants, and I've known a few, you know this character, she really runs the show). The theirs is the more prominent character, who has her version of feminine strength. She's tough as nails underneath, and uses her sexuality as a weapon. The fourth is a minor support character whom the protagonist gets to have banter with (also, she ties in a minor plot bunny). As some reviewers called her, she plays the Miss Moneypenny role. While my character doesn't play so much of a role, I'll remind everyone that while M may send Bond on a mission, it's Miss Moneypenny who gets him there. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Next time you cut your fingeryou may save a life. An interesting way to get samples and build the list of bone marrow donation. (Pointed to by John)
For the geek in me, this is so very cool. Give tactile feedback on tablet screens through the use of electric charge to alter friction. If you're mind didn't just go, "bwha?!", either you're more hip to this than me, or you didn't understand. Also, if this is incorporated into the new iPad (or any tablet), I expect to see an app from the porn industry in less than a few hours offering options such as "smooth", "lubed" and "goosebump". Back when Apple introduced the new display tech on MacOSX, the standard joke was that it was so good, you'd want to lick the screen. Well, this is the screen that a licks you back. (Pointed to by John)
Vince rounds up the Daily Show and Colbert Show responses to Rush's oral thrush he inflicted on the rest of us. I really suggest watching the Daily Show video if you haven't seen it. He covers a lot of topics (include Megyn Kelly's "got mine, screw you" attitude, and the absurdity of the presumptions made in the piece, and the GOP's response to the controversy). It's all part of the reasons I left the GOP long ago. And frankly, if you haven't come to the conclusion that Rush's show and brain processes aren't the "most wretched hive of scum and villainy" since Mos Eisly put in the Waffle House, I'm not sure you're paying attention. Fortunately, Peter Gabriel is paying attention. Also, in case you missed it, I did edit my Rush post to include a video from "That 70's Show" that exemplifies the conservative mind sewer surrounding this subject.
And Janiece with some more perspective on the current kerfluffle (oh which Rush is just the latest snag).
Alligator Quotient: Anybody got a snorkel? A really long one?