Jeff VanderMeer is writing a book about writing again. Now, before you all say, "Didn't he do that before?",
NK Jemisin and the contrarian argument against systems in our magic.
Andrew Stanton on story telling. You may know his name from Pixar's Toy Story, WALL-E, and John Carter. Opening joke contains the word "fuck". Also with the subtext of, sure, you can gut it out for sometime, but eventually you need to consciously put things together (this is a concept I'm working with at the moment) (Grokked from Jennifer Crusie)
Bob Mondello on the Hollywood American Dream factory.
The actresses playing cat woman speak out about the costume. (Grokked from Tor.com)
The updated digital divide. There's lots of food for thought, even in this 500,000 foot overview. "Currently, 88% of American adults have a cell phone, 57% have a laptop, 19% own an e-book reader, and 19% have a tablet computer; about six in ten adults (63%) go online wirelessly with one of those devices. Gadget ownership is generally correlated with age, education, and household income, although some devices—notably e-book readers and tablets—are as popular or even more popular with adults in their thirties and forties than young adults ages 18-29." Also note, 20% of adults don't use the internet (in any form). (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Not that I'm the best at spelling or grammar (please note this entire blog), but seriously folks, if it's your job, double check it.
NPR's Marketplace with a new paradigm in entertainment that involves several avenues of contact to the viewer. This will be an interesting experiment to watch and see what's successful.
A little on the Human Microbiome Project. See, we're covered in bacterial growth. They are literally on every external surface of your body (also note, your nose, mouth, throat, air side of lungs, stomach, intestine, colon, rectum, bladder, and urethra are considered external surfaces). Some of our more common diseases from bacteria aren't so much from outside infection, but from bacteria being in the wrong place, or your normal benign fauna going out of balance and allowing some species to grow out of proportion (you can then transfer those mass colonies to others where they are able to overrun the normal fauna). Also, what they're discovering, is that in different stages of our life, our bacterial companions change in composition. If your squeamish, you may not want to read while eating. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Well, whaddayaknowaboutthat, the reporter who heckled President Obama about favoring foreign workers is himself a green card holder. Just another example about how deep the pervasive mentality of "Got mine, screw you" is within conservative circles. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Aligator Quotient: With all these heat, I'm remembering that the heat of the nest can help determine the sex of alligators. I wonder if they're trying to hatch me?