At work on a Sunday. Ain't it fun.
Jay Lake on story development process and discovery writing.
Wired's summer sf/f reading list. And a personal geek out moment when I relized I have met almost half of those authors in the flesh. (Grokked from Tor.com)
Just goes to remember Wheaton's Law, "don't be a dick." Had a long conversation yesterday around the subtopic here, which maybe I should do a post about at some point. Basically, the 90s as a retrograde backlash to the 70s and 80s is rearing it's ugly head again as all those impressionable youngsters who were steeped in the misogynist hate music are now coming of age.
How come the Japanese know how to do Western Culture better than us westerners? That's a link to a new Disney Tokyo ride for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. (Grokked from Christine Purcell)
And, once our robot overlords arrive, no human will ever get the last slice of pizza ever again. That right there should inspire thousands of John Connors to join the cause. Robots can win at rock, paper, scissors, but can they win at rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock? (Grokked from Tor.com)
You know that whole, "tech the controversy", "give the kids the information and let them decide for themselves", and "kids are smart today, they can see the problems", blah blah, blahbitty blah blah? Yeah, apparently the GOP wants to curb those higher thinking skills as well. At least in Texas, which, as well all should know by now, is large enough to drive the entire country's educational debate. And the have the lowest HS graduation rate in the country (see link in article). Remember that Texas is the model child of the GOP, and one of the reasons why Rick Perry had a big shot to make it to President until he imploded on TV. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
But then, Louisiana is about to promote the concept that Nessie is real, and therefore Darwinism is not. Say, which party is in control of Louisiana? Oh, yeah, right. (Grokked from the Slactivist)
Clear Play, you won't even know what you've missed. You know, until your kids go to school the next day and ask the other kids what they missed. Seriously? It reminds me of the Friends episode where Phoebe finds out she really didn't know the end of Ol' Yeller. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Things Presidents and First Ladies are not allowed to do (when they're black). Although he forgot one, "Be to the Left of 'moderate conservative' philosophy." Just in case you've been "not seeing" the racism going on. (Grokked from Vince)
"The ideas were out there — fringe cranks on the left regularly trotted out bizarre theories about September 11 and shadowy Saudi influence, or whatever. But it stopped there, and it stopped there because responsible Democratic leaders refused to sanction it." And there's the big difference. Remember when John McCain corrected that little old lady about President Obama being a muslim? (Grokked from Jay Lake)
A round up of some conservative responses to the SCOTUS Obamacare ruling. Hint to other conservatives, this same exact thing will happen to you should you put a toe out of line (or do I need to look back two decades to find all the examples, maybe if you google, "shows themselves a RINO" you can find all the ammo you want as well). Is that the party you really want to belong to?
"Funny, isn’t it? How quickly those folks who claim to be the only true Americans, who declare their belief in the sacred institution of America, who claim to love the American system best of all, immediately turn their back on it and start talking about rebellion and secession and shooting their neighbors when they don’t get their way?" It's also funny how those same people who scream "State's rights" and "no Federal interference in our State" are those same people who elected Governors who are now about to do nothing to set up their State Exchanges (which was their idea to begin with, but I digress) which will then force the Federal Government to run the exchanges for them. Ummm…
Alligator Quotient: Ever been in a completely dark room, knowing there was no one else there, but feeling all claustrophobic from all the people there in spirit? Yeah, that's what it's like today.