What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Monday, August 19, 2013

Linkee-poo has a 5 o'clock girl who waits for me

Some tips for writers on recognizing your brand and building your brand.

Twelve fictional libraries. Wait, they don't have the library on Sarpeidon or Memory Alpha? WTF? (Grokked from Tor.com)

Chuck Wendig has been crowd sourcing genre recommendations for a while now. Carol McKenzie went through the Urban Fantasy list to glean the top ten. Hmm, fancy that. Fifty percent of the recommendations are by writers who are female (actually more as Neil Gaiman appears twice). I wonder if all those anthology editors who created "best of" series that include 0-10% female writers will take notice? Eh, probably not.

Saul Bass and his design contribution to the movie poster. As a designer professor once told me, "Back in the day, when movies were concerned with beauty, Saul Bass created posters and title sequences that defined the genre." (Grokked from Tor.com)

Coyotes in NE Ohio. A documentary showing how these animals have returned and what their roll in the ecosystem is.

A smarter way to control TV. Except for the sign above that sign which shows that you might want to rethink that strategy. Time to reboot the store. (Pointed to by Dan)

An oil company lie about an oil spill and the potential side effects? Shocked, shocked I am… (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

"The problem there is that (Gary) Bauer would be, himself, contradicting most of the book of Genesis." Mr. Bauer recently gave a speech were he said the US was really close to "outlawing" the book of Genesis. Uh, yeah, Bob.

Jim Wright on the rise of simpletondom.

You may remember that link I had the other day to Fred Clarks post on how those that have actually resent those who don't have, he's not the only one who has come to that thought. "You can see it when tabloids whip up resentment against tube workers for paralysing London during contract disputes: the very fact that tube workers can paralyse London shows that their work is actually necessary, but this seems to be precisely what annoys people."

"A former Republican operative in Georgia who was diagnosed with cancer revealed last week that his medical struggles have made him a supporter of the new federal health care law known as 'Obamacare.'" This became pretty clear during the Obaamcare debates, people who don't use their insurance have a high level of satisfaction with it and don't understand any need to change. Those people who've actually had to use their insurance don't think the reforms go far enough. In this case, this GOP operative is going to be happy for the state exchanges and the removal of the "pre-existing condition" prohibition. Again, most conservatives don't like conservative policies when they're applied to them.

Wow, Ricky Santorum continues to dive into the deep end of whackaloon. "The likely presidential candidate said progressives focus on politics 'in everything they do and in every aspect of their life…. They live it, they are passionate, they are willing to do and say uncomfortable things in mixed company, they are willing to make the sacrifice with their business because they care enough.'" That would be so hilariously funny if I didn't think he meant it. Gee, Ricky, project much? At this point in my life I think I can count on one hand the number of times someone has just offered up to me that they're a liberal/Democrat/progressive. I've lost count on how many have told me their conservative/Republican/"right" without preamble.

More on how crazy the Cold War was, seven close calls during that time. Those weren't the only ones. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

I guess Whitehall has never heard of off-site or off-line backups. Seriously? UK Government destroys Guardian's hard-drives in an attempt to stop leaks from Snowden. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

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