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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Linkee-poo tell me, did I see, you think I'd laugh about that?

It maybe the effect of once you buy a red car, you begin to notice how many red cars there are on the road, but fear is becoming a small meme in my feeds.

Pat Rothfuss is looking for help to name his new video cast on writers and writing.

200 pitches to Entangled Publishing which will eventually be critiqued and shared. (Grokked from Anne Harris)

A Hobbit's Guide to Walking. It's 1779 miles from here to Mordor, we've had our secondses, Sam has the iron skillet, it maybe dark… and we're unarmed. Hit it. Considering I just weighed in at my heaviest in 4 years, just maybe. (Grokked from Random Michelle K)

So, what does space smell like? Apparently it's one of the few things that doesn't smell like chicken. Some verisimilitude for your stories. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

ZOMG! Mars rovers with frickin' lasers! (Pointed to by Dan)

And, in other space news, a new time lapse video from the ISS. This is exactly why I want to write SF. When I look at the heavens, my minds eye is filled with visions like this. Please, ISS crew, never do one of these to "It's a Small World." Thanks, me. Now, please make this in IMAX. (Grokked from Tor.com)

There was a question going around a while ago about men crying at movies. If you ever want to know what makes me cry, watch that video. Tears of joy and hope.

Since I bang on politicians (of all stripes) when they go on the crazy train, so I should point out when a politician does the right thing. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Republican of WI, thank you, sir, for standing up for truth. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

So Fox News reports on the Obama campaign "claiming" that the Romney campaign took his words out of context. And then they spend the article saying that not really, and it depends on your definition of "that" (said in the sarcastic tone of "it depends on what your definition of 'is' is."). Oh Great Grue. Only to end with a comment from the Mittster about how the context is even worse that the quote out of context. "'The context, he says, you know, you think you've been successful because you're smart, but he says a lot of people are smart. You think you've been successful because you work hard, a lot of people work hard. This is an ideology which says hey, we're all the same here, we ought to take from all and give to one another and that achievement, individual initiative and risk-taking and success are not to be rewarded as they have in the past,' Romney said. 'It's a very strange and in some respects foreign to the American experience type of philosophy.'" It's only strange when your a narcissist and have no concept of reality. It's only strange when you have to lie to yourself that you're rich because you're the only person who was smart enough and worked hard enough. And there's that word again, "foreign." Mitt, you're a tool. It's like I'm looking at half of the country and wondering just what drugs they've been huffing the past two decades that causes such a break with reality. (Pointed to by Dan)

You know that, "… you didn't build that," quote the Romney campaign would like you to think was a criticism of successful small business (when it was about the statement that the successful small business didn't build the roads, bridges or the internet)? Well, Romney is no stranger to that sentiment (that other people help build that success). Also, please read the update. That's what's known as SpinFAIL (yes, I'm going to coin that phrase). It continues to look like the Romney Campaign's strategy is to make this election a referendum on Obama without providing much in the way of details about their own plans. But I guess given the passes the press has given the Romney Campaign in the past they can't fathom that the press would actually question their assertions on anything. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"Instead (of gun control), theaters are going to limit the freedom of patrons to wear costumes. Let’s be clear: costumes. Costumes don’t kill people. Guns kill people. But we apparently can’t limit the ability of nutjobs to buy guns, so we’re going to limit the ability of free people in a “free state” to wear costumes. Some underpaid usher at a movie theatre is going to decide whether or not your pentacle, or your Goth make-up, or maybe just your beard renders you unable to see a movie. Because we can’t tell nutjobs that they can’t buy automatic weapons. And you can now surrender your bodily freedom and allow, again, some underpaid usher at a movie theatre to grope you in order to allow you into the theatre." To be fair, we actually can tell "nutjobs" that they can't buy weapons, but with the dismantling of state run hospitals and public health offices, the only group left to identify and take care of the "nutjobs" is our prison system (which a stay in also disqualifies you from owning a firearm). (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Tweet of my heart: @saladinahmed: Funny how there's always a humanizing 'search for answers' when it's a white dude behind a massacre. And by 'funny' I mean 'fucking stupid.'

Double dip: @FrankConniff: Sally Ride's partner won't get fed benefits because committed relationships that last 27 years are a danger to society.

Alligator Quotient: Dancing in fits and starts, like a jerky hokey-pokey mixed with musical chairs.

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