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Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold

The dwarves of yore made mighty spells
While hammers fell like ringing bells
In places deep, where dark things sleep,
In hollow halls beneath the fells.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Linkee-poo, if you think of it, just wants to be a drum major

Several authors are sharing the numbers on their writing. Todd Wheeler shares his. Todd is mostly self-published at this point. Jim Hines shares his as well. He also has some interesting thoughts on having a more successful year, yet pulling in less. Kameron Hurley share her percentages (not so much raw numbers). But those are still informative. For those of you contemplating the writing world, please note at peril of the dreams of being famously wealthy and living like Patterson.

How to design a book cover for less than $50. Just some general thoughts besides, "Desktop Publishing wasn't so much a Revolution as it was just tearing down the walls." One, you get what you pay for. Two, it's easy to fall in love with your own work because it's yours, but it's like writing without editing through a writer's workshop. Finally there are some freelance "auction" sites out there were you could get some descent work through the world market for not a lot of money.

"Dawson (College) has betrayed a brilliant student to protect Skytech management." The student was creating an app to allow Dawson students access to their own student data and discovered a flaw in the system which would allow anyone to see any student's personal data. Being a good student he notified the appropriate people and was assured it would be fixed. A few days later he used a script-kiddies program to test the site's updates (if any had been made), which then supposedly blew right past security. Unfortunately the company was monitoring the site and saw his "breech." Which then led to a disciplinary meeting where he was thrown out of the college. Yeah, I'm sure it had nothing to do with embarrassing the software developers and the faculty. (Grokked from Steven Gould)

"What we saw was not just a limitation on abortion or reproductive rights, or even the deprivation of civil liberties, but the denial of pregnant woman of virtually every right." Gee, glad we're past that who sex inequality thing or they'd be arresting women who were pregnant to make sure they didn't force a miscarriage or get an abortion. Oh, wait… (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Tweet of my heart: @joe_hill: Via @mental_floss, charming pic of Teddy Roosevelt and cabinet recreating the Abbey Road cover: http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BBJY8bS…

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