Because it's Friday the 13th, the nine legendary monsters of Xmas. Ah, the good, wholesome holiday filled with characters just waiting to kill children. I note that here because most holiday giving seasons (when St. Nick, aka Santa Claus, has already made his rounds and now is the time when the evil twin is active punishing the bad children). So our current tradition gives presents at the wrong time, has sanitized Santa's activities, and basically ignores the deeply pagan roots of the celebration. There's your War on Xmas. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)
Cooking with plot and theme. Dr. Doyle with yummy food and a little instruction on how to structure a story. Also, Dr. Doyle would like you to stretch and scare yourself.
Neil Gaiman on where your story ideas come from. Me, I buy them in bulk. They're cheaper that way. And they don't spoil, for the most part.
Jennifer Crusie with a new drinking game, guess the book/movie from it's one-star review.
Terri Windling on the place of home in our stories.
That ol' miracle, cannabis oil. Say, have I ever mentioned how the monks kept cannabis product alive in Europe during the Dark Ages or how there were many people claiming healing powers back in the times of Jesus? (Grokked from Matt Staggs)
"And now comes the time in this bluegrass program where Union rules require us to play a train song or a 'she wouldn't love me so I had to kill her' song." Only this time, the women come back. The musical equivalent of retelling the fairy tale.
Oh noes! Alert the right-to-life peoples, an 82 year old woman complains of abdominal pain, discovers she has a 40-year old fetus calcified in her abdomen. Doctors will remove it surgically. I wonder if they would count this as a late term, partial-birth abortion. It is, after all, basically the same procedure. In other news, no, the pregnancy process isn't exactly the way they show it on TV. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)
So there's this conjecture that all of the known universe is actually a holographic projection and we're living within some monstrously huge simulation. You may have heard of it. It's been on the Big Bang Theory once or twice (got Leonard laid once). Only, there's now mounting evidence that conjecture might actually be true. So, are we Zhuangzi dreaming we're the butterfly, or the butterfly dreaming we're Zhuangzi? And now you know why you haven't won the lottery. Time to hack reality like Cpt. Kirk on the Kobayashi Maru. (Grokked from Dan)
"Well, my friends, here’s your compelling argument: under the old system, rich investors didn’t get a piece of the action. Under this one, they most decidedly do." For the next time I hear an idiot conservative talking about how we should run government like a business or that privatization is the answer to all our woes. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)
So, where do we come from. And by we, I mean all complex life forms on Earth. I love science. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)
And you thought Men Who Stare at Goats was fiction. (Grokked form Dan)
There are just so many ways to play this story. I think I'll go with Speaker Boehner announces his retirement. He finally figured out that the crazy part of his caucus was hell bent on political suicide and they were going to take him with them. Glad you finally figured that part out, Mr. Boehner. You might have come to that conclusion about 4 years ago.
Jon Stewart "There's just so much crazy going on here." And the second half of that segment. The War on Christmas, with so much unexamined privilege and actual lack of knowledge of your own cultural heritage, it's amazing that these people don't realize the world isn't so brown.