The personal wiki software, Voodoo Pad. Not free, but if you're in need of a personal encyclopedia builder (in this case to download all those notes for your next masterpiece so they're no longer taking up mind space) it sounds cool.
"Most important of all, you must not let critiques paralyze you." Catherine Shaffer explains what happens after the critique, or more on how to fold a critique into the work in progress. Also, I'll point out here that critiques are just one person's opinions (how important an opinion is in my mind is dependent on how close that critiquer is to a sale). If one says one thing that nobody else comments on, that's one thing. If everybody makes the same comment, you might want to look at that pretty hard.
Jay Lake wants your jokes. All you joke are belong to us?
Dr Phil, a friend, takes some photos of Jim Hines at his book reading, as well as some other friends. BTW, if you have a chance to go to one of Jim's readings, do go. Jim's a hoot (and if you're a writer and want to see how readings are done, Jim is a good person to learn from).
You may have missed the CDC warning about drug resistant gonorrhea they had lately. Seems that in the US the clap has developed resistance to all but two similar antibiotics. And now one of them is showing weakness in response. In other countries, gonorrhea has become completely resistant. Scientific warning not valid if you don't believe in evolution or complete sex-ed programs.
Severed hands found in ancient Egyptian palace. While they believe this is evidence of the practice of "taking hands" (which the article describes as barbaric, but it wasn't all that long ago ears, scalps, and other body parts were commonly exchanged for martial payment), frankly I think it's an example of the stiffest cover charge to get in we've seen yet. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)
Go figure, people who travel think they TSA is doing a good job. (Pointed to by John)
While I wouldn't really wish this to happen to anybody, there's a part of me that hopes Bryan Fischer follows through with his latest insanity. That is, kidnapping children into an "underground railroad" to get them away from "same sex couple" parents. Because if he did, he'd go to jail. And that's a laudable goal if you ask me. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Jon Stewart on voter ID laws. "Next up, leash laws for unicorns."
Tea Party activist Jerome Corsi gets jiggy with the crazy. Saying Obama married his Pakistani roommate (male) in college. Not that there's anything wrong with that. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)
"Recent polling data from swing states demonstrates (the growing divides between Obama and Romney). Obama loses badly among white men, but in the states where he has been able to keep a lead, he has done so because support from white women offsets that deficit… Romney, meanwhile, needs to boost his support among white voters by reminding them of their anxieties about Obama's presidency." This isn't the first time I've heard that reasoning, and the thought seems to be picking up momentum. I don't like what that means for this election. See the other trend of thought about this election is that Romney needs to win as much of the conservative, evangelical vote that he can (including get out the vote pushes). Given Romney's lack of concern over the fall out of his stances and speeches and his (and his side's) willingness to lie, that's a flame looking for the powder keg that's right in front of it. If you think it's been nasty so far, I don't think you've seen anything yet. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Alligator Quotient: I'm ignoring them today.