What the eye has seen can not be unseen. Forewarned. The Jim Hines/John Scalzi pose off with voting opportunities. Thank the gods I have hard cider at home.
Picturing the Hobbit. An Irene Gallo post over at Tor.com. I love her posts, BTW. She has such a great eye. Also, I can't wait to see how Smaug looks in the movie. Jackson did a great job with the Balrog.
Of import to the link to Scalzi's blog in the last linkee-poo regarding working for free, the should I work for free flow chart. They're a little bit more generous than I am (or should I say, "have become in my crotchety old age"). (Grokked from commentator Daughter Number Three)
Kim Neville on tuning out your inner editor. Yeah. I've got that problem.
Matthew Cheney on the new (and old) Red Dawn. And yeah, I remember seeing the original in theater. Glad we aren't all paranoid racists or anything. I haven't wanted to see this movie form the first time I heard they were remaking it. Didn't we win the Cold War?
Ah, the fuck the worker parade continues. No, not about Michigan's "right to have benefits from something you didn't contribute to" law (talk about entitlements). This time it's my home state's Supreme Court being activist and redefining the restrictive workers compensation tort law to mean safety equipment is only that which is on a machine (um, guys, OSHA wants to have a word with you) and a work place can only be sued if they directly intended to harm workers. Um, I think that's called "assault" and if they accomplish it, "battery" and is already covered. But this time the onus is on the worker to prove the company intended to harm them directly. If you can't prove it all you get is worker's comp, disability (if you have it), and a 3 year struggle to get disability from Social Security. You know, those things our tax money pays for. Ohio, we're open for business. Accidentally poison your employees, get them electrocuted by supplying the wrong equipment, or have a vehicle operating outside its design limit crush them? No worries. Come on in and kill us. But hey, jobs!
The conservative amnesia around the Bush Administration continues unabated. This time, the newsletter for a Fox News anchor conveniently forgets they actually did have the meeting that they threw out as a straw man to show how enraged they were at MSNBC getting briefed by the President. Were conservatives all smoking dope during the 2000s, because their starting to affect the opinion of the Bush Administration as hippies have of the 60s. If you can remember it, you weren't there. Seriously, you all know Jon Stewart has a large video library and the rest of us have Google, right?(Grokked from Jay Lake)
Alligator Quotient: You know that monster in Cloverfield? Yeah, like that.