Kameron Hurley on writing interpersonal conflict.
It's been a very good week for Sarah Goslee (whom you may know as Phiala). Also, later this month she's debuting as a panelist at Confluence, which is a nice little con in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately I haven't attended for the past 2 years, but this year looks like a nice line up.
The first one is free. On the mantra of "you get one impossible thing for free" in telling a story. This also goes to engaging in verisimilitude. If you can get the reader to believe in the concreteness of the world they're reading, you can slip in the fantastical and they'll not notice it too much. Although it can also wind up like the Sheldon and Amy game of counterfactuals. In the end, it's all about making the impossible thing feel not that impossible. IF you do it well enough, you might start your own urban legend.
Sixteen fictional characters as Myers-Briggs personality types. Given my past history with MB, this is pretty much as valid an exercise as I've ever seen. (Grokked from Random Michelle K)
Furby 2, Electric Boogaloo. They're baaaaack. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
And speaking of being back, Burt Rutan and Virgin Galactic are back with a new launcher. Same idea, get in the air with WhiteKnightTwo, drop the rocket and light it off. But now we're talking high orbit insertion, and probably giving Space-X a run for their money for the small launch market. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
More on those composite mummies in Scotland. (Grokked from Tor.com)
Ah, back in the innocent past when everybody was virtuous and all this lasciviousness wasn't a problem. And, the purity of the old days. That's a physician listing out the sexual oddities of the 18th century. Have I ever mentioned the references to sexual toys in Shakespeare's sonnets? (Grokked from Jay Lake)
"After achieving the difficult task of placing the (500 million year old genome) in the correct chromosomal order and position in place of the modern gene within E. coli… some of the altered lineages actually became healthier than their modern counterpart." What could possibly go wrong? (Pointed to by Dan)
A short run down on the political violence creeping in from the right. Individual instances does not a pattern make. But after a few years things start to pile up in a coherent order. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Worst. Congress. EVAR. Ezra Klein with Teh Math. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)
Alligator Quotient: So full up, we're spilling over into the weekend. Hope everybody made reservations.