Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that we'd be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Weekend Linkee-poo heard you let that little friend of mine take off your party dress

Sorry so late with this one. We're approaching the last week of the summer session, so hopefully more regular posting after the 12th. If I survive. The two parts of me (the "I can't do that" and the "I'm invincible" sides) keep arguing about it. Mix in the thought that I don't know how I'm going to swing the fall and spring semester, and it's a lot of insecurity going around. But this is late do to sheer tiredness. I slept close to 15 hours last night.

Dr. Doyle with what flavor of stew do you have?

Marketing your book outside the normal routes. There's a few good ideas in there to magnify your voice.

How the typewriter change how we revise our work. (Grokked from Dr. Doyle)

Some 12,000 years ago, humans decorated graves with flowers. (sort of like how we do today, but to a greater extent). "'The emergence of Natufian cemeteries… may represent new and complex social organizations which could have included the establishment or strengthening of special interest groups, inheritance of corporate property, territorial ownerships, and aspects of social organization.'" (Grokked from Jay Lake)

That "free music" from JayZ that Samsung released on the 4th? There is no such thing as a free lunch. Samsung was just hoping you wouldn't notice how it was spyware. (Pointed to by Dan)

The epic superhero done in Native American Style. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Jim Wright with an open letter to the "idiot nation." It is truly sad when you realize the people you once admired have decided to go down the crazy path and there's nothing you can do to wave them off that glide path. I would say it's a part of the process of eating our ancestors (in the metaphorical sense, although at one time it was very literal) as we rise to the power positions, but that would be mistaking and misaligning the disease in our culture that is Fox News and conservative talk radio (and their various influences and spin-offs). And, yes, Bullshit Mountain (as Jon Stewart refers to them) is a cancer on our culture and it should be excised from the body politic and eradicated through educational chemotherapy. The good news is the cure is as simple as the truth. The bad news is the patient is more interested in debunked alternative therapies. We're approaching the point where the metastaticies are about to overwhelm any attempt at a cure beyond killing the patient.

"Listening to Cantor argue that he supports increased funding on medical research in part because of his ailing father reminded me of Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) arguing in support of marriage equality because of his gay son. And Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) changing his mind about Medicaid because of his own interactions with the program. Or any number of Republican policymakers changing their mind about federal disaster relief after it's their constituents who are hit with a brutal storm…As I argued in March, it seems the key to American social progress in the 21st century is simple: more conservatives having more life experiences." Life has a way of doing that. And it's very much the same advice given to bidding writers, "write, but also go out and experience things." Unfortunately, there's the well known liberal bias of reality. So people who experience reality often end up with liberal views because of that exposure. Note the correlation to the argument against having religious people engaging with the world (via home schooling, keeping within the community, not learning science or going to college). It's easy to hold certain views, until you see the actual application of those views (::raises hand here:: one of the reasons I'm no longer a conservative). (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Charlie Stross vocalizes the bad dream I've been having. Only because Charlie is smarter than I, he does it more justice than I could. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

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