Still up to my tuckus in alligators, so not a lot today. However, I do have a question. Some people's blogs have various through themes like, "How I feel today", "What music is on the iPod", "What's on my screen right now", or "What my cat left on the doorstep today." I'd like to do the "Tweet of my heart" everyday, but sometimes I can't read my twitter feed all that much. And frankly, sometimes you all aren't the most witty, or the comment doesn't translate without lots of context. You're letting me down. I meant to mention this earlier, during our annual review, but I was distracted by what my cat left on my doorstep. So, I was thinking about "Alligator Quotient:" with various levels. I mean we have so many words for "ass" that even just that level could be exciting. Alligator Quotient: It's up to my Santorum. See, I can always do something with that. Sound interesting? Boring as crap, just give us the links? My auntie was et' by an alligator, so not for me?
Random House raises their library ebook prices. I believe most of the headlines I've seen state that librarians are "in a state of shock." It's sure to reignite the whole, "ebooks should cost zip" vs "it's a fucking business with overhead" debate.
Pengiun releases the artist's way app. And it's free. Might have to check that out (read that book many, many moons ago, and mostly from a visual designer re-energizing my creativity aspect).
Tor.com reviews The Dresden Files. I agree with most of what they say. It was a great little show, based in a loose way on the books by Jim Butcher. There were some significant changes, but I saw most of them necessary to translate to the small screen (plus, I liked the hockey stick wizard's staff). The dumbed down a lot of the baddies, which I think made for a world that had much less depth than the books. I didn't see this when it was on, but after falling in love with the books (which I listened to while finishing up Bladesman) I got the DVDs. My wife loved them, btw. And it was good to see a full-on alternative reality show that got most of the parts right.
Chuck Wendig on 25 ways to unfuckify your story. As usual with Chuck, don't read if easily offended by profanity and strange porn references. Might have to reread this whenever I get to editing things again. And I think I have a new phrase, "25. Go all Dalek on their asses."
In the US, antiauthoritarianism is often diagnosed as a mental disease and medicated. And then there's the study that stock traders are more reckless than psychopaths. "Instead of taking a sober and businesslike approach to reaching the highest profit, 'it was most important to the traders to get more than their opponents,' (the research leader) explained." Note yesterday's comment about not being rich because someone else always has more money. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)