So much to catch up on at work, not a lot of time to keep up with the reading. On the plus side, I'm below 200 posts now in my google feed reader. Bad news is that I can only take a half hour lunch, so no writing today (other than to complete this posting). Sigh.
Tobias Buckell is looking for feedback on a new kickstarter project.
Vince reminds us of the impact of poetry on the world of verse. I suspect there are many more novel titles that come from verse, especially if you include the KJV of the Bible.
Bookshelf pron. (Grokked from Camille Alexa)
Pre-redemption Scrooge would be pleased as a pig in slop with the current laws being written nominally to increase your protection again predatory business practices, but instead actually strip away the bare minimum protection you already had. Not to mention the push to end programs that actually help people and the environment. But, what the hell, poor people are that way because they don't want to work for it, so it's up to good christians to take advantage of them by fleecing them of what little money they might have, and while we're at it we'll make their neighborhoods less safe. (Grokked from the Slactivist)
"The future is always a dystopia and the past is always better than this mess we live in right now. That’s if literature has any ability to tell us about ourselves. Stories about the future: Forewarning. Stories about the good ol’ days: Heartening." That's a story about how the GOP loves the idealized past while wanting to wave a magic wand and make us forget about all the bad stuff (if I was cynical I would add that it's also because they want to be able to do all that bad stuff their ancestors did that they can't do now, like shooting people just to watch them die and stuff like that - okay, well, mostly right now they just want to hat eon the gays). But it makes me now want to write a dystopian story set in the realistic past. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Want to elect a President who will reduce spending, taxes, and deficits? Well, I guess you know which candidate you should vote for. It's ain't the rich guy, just a hint (yes, they're both rich, but one started that way and is an order of magnitude farther up the scale). (Grokked from the Slactivist)
Janiece with a little on leadership. After 30+ years of working for a paycheck, form fast food to high corporate levels, oh yes this. So very much this.
"The nun's firm but understated conviction about the need to simply do the right thing sent a ripple of excitement through courtroom spectators… It also raised an age-old question, namely why do the women in the Catholic church usually have more balls than the men?" And now you know why the Church is censuring the nuns in America, and have explicitly excluded women from pastoral service and do everything they can (like deny basic health care) to "put women in their place." Insecure men have always behaved that way. (Grokked from the Slactivist)
Alligator Quotient: Just a few left, but they're big and nasty. Probably survived by cannibalizing the rest.