At the approach of NaNoWriMo, story first, writing second.
James Alan Gardner on writing comedy.
Twenty-five scary stories to read for Halloween. (Grokked from Tor.com)
Lord of the Rings art done in the style of stained glass. Wow. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Reinventing the bike to include trunk space. Nice solution. (Grokked from Dan)
They have always fought. A 2,600 year old tomb with two skeletons, one with a lance and one with jewelry, pulls a gender switch on archeologists. The one with the lance was a woman, and a guy had the jewelry. This also points out a glaring knowledge hole when it comes to researchers (hint: this isn't the first or only time this has happened, sometimes the error of gender assignment has persisted for decades). (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)
How a magnet travels through a copper pipe. Very cool demonstration of diamagnetic effects. Also, damn that's a lot of copper. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
How do you create solar power at night? Store the solar heat as molten salts or ice. Just in case someone asks you, you now have an answer. Also, bet you won't hear about that loan guarantee at Fox News, even though the company name is very close to that other one they talk about incessantly. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)
Making the glass building be the solar cell array. Material sciences continue to grow and astound with their ability. Also note the last paragraph, "Solar power worldwide reached 100GW installed capacity last year for the first time, up from 71GW in 2011 and just 40GW in 2010…" And yet, here in the US there is considerable political opposition to implementation of solar and wind technologies. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Groundwater radiation levels spike at a holding well near the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Color me unsurprised. Say, have I mentioned the recent research into thyroid cancer around Three Mile Island? (Grokked from Matt Staggs)
"Everybody else is crazy, everybody else is selfish, and the rest of the government, the rest of government spending, is all waste and abuse… Except them." A story from S. Dakota about how much the ranchers there have lost in the freak blizzard and how most of them support the government shutdown, but are pissed that government isn't there to help them. Sort of like how Sen. Cruz had the insanity (as in documentable, verifiable and probably prosecutable) to go to the WWII Memorial and talk about how this shutdown and closure was all President Obama's meanness and now one had the either the brains or balls to tell him to go get stuffed. You might remember Sen. Cruz's non-fillabuster and his vote against any reasonable bill (ie. one that didn't include whackaloon ideology) to open the government. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
You might be hearing all this talk about how after the shutdown and the drubbing the GOP took for endorsing their lunatic fringe of their party that "the reality caucus" is back in charge and that they're going to learn from this mistake. Don't you believe it.
"America deserves a far better conservative party than this mewling insanity."
You know, it seems incredible to me that politicians still don't understand the simple rule that someone is always filming a video and the microphone is always hot.
Also that they're still learning that the internet never forgets. Words having meanings is older than dirt, but I'll give them a pass on not understanding that the rest of us understand what message they're sending to their followers. Never interrupt an enemy when they're making a mistake. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
"… American has enough immediate and deadly dangerous enemies without adding hobgoblins." Except when you want to raise funds and political capital, and then the lunies will start coming out of the walls. Over 50 years of fright tactics (mostly perpetrated by a particular side of the political spectrum). Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
That old saw about Obama's spending being out of control? Yea, it's as much a lie as the rest of the crap. And you can see it with this easy to understand graph of government spending increases during the past Presidential terms going back to Reagan. (Grokked from Jay Lake)