Eleven things to know if you're dating a writer. Hahahaha, oh, wait… (Grokked from Mer Haskell)
Stephen King's top 20 rules for writers (restated from his On Writing. Not included in the rules, be definitely something you should pay attention to is, "King admits that he doesn’t think much about the opening line as he writes, in a first draft, at least. That perfectly crafted and inviting opening sentence is something that emerges in revision, which can be where the bulk of a writer’s work happens."
Mary Robinette Kowal gives a good definition of what cultural appropriation is like.
Writing Excuses is doing critiques of the members' stories. While somewhat a backdoor marketing piece for their anthology, still worth a listen (even if you haven't read the story). In case you've ever wondered how to give a critique, what you should probably focus on, you should give them a listen. Best line so far, "And the prose was serviceable." If that were to be said about your (and especially my) first draft, that's a high compliment.
So wants. I think I'll spend the money on vacation, though, but that's a nice ring. (Grokked from Tania)
"The post underscores the futility of relying on obscurity to prevent hacking attacks. Sadly, the approach, known as security through obscurity, underpins much of today's Internet of things offerings." Your light bulbs just got hacked. Just so I say it again, sometimes I don't adopt new technology for some good reasons. Plus, my light bulbs have a very serviceable on/off switch already, I don't need a cell phone for them, thanks. For the record, I do have (some) LED bulbs, but they're the basic dumb kind. For exactly this reason. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)
"Fineman reported that the retail sales for Clinton's book, Hard Choices, had 'plummeted another 50 percent in the third week -- down to 26,190 from 48,200 the week before and 85,900 the first week of publication.'" Okay, so are there any of my other fellow writer peeps out there who wouldn't kill someone to get those numbers? I guess her book is a failure in the way Stephen King, JK Rowling, Danielle Steel, and Richard Patterson are also failures at writing.
The problem with crowd sourcing? Crowds. It makes it easy for competitors to launch cyber strikes at each other. Like no one could see this one coming. (Grokked from Neil Gaiman)
Why we shouldn't let asshole workaholics define our future. That's a conversation with Larry Page, CEO of Google, on the coming robotic age where most of our jobs will disappear. So, CEO, totally misunderstands history (like how the industrial revolution enticed people off farms so it spurred innovation on farms to deal with less people, not the other way around, and don't get me started on the glaring errors in macroeconomics), but he's the one telling us it'll be all right. Just remember, when a pick-pocket tells you to relax, hold on to your wallet. Also, no, robots aren't all that good at doing some jobs (and aren't likely to get better). (Grokked from Matt Staggs)
Some questions you may want to ask when you visit proposed colleges. Some are specific to the UK, but still some interesting ways to look into the life of the University. Having been a university tour guide (I can walk backward and talk, a skill I've actually used in real life) and having a spouse who works as an adjunct faculty, I support this article. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)
As we're now experiencing another in the series of journalist who saw that the grass was greener over on the conservative side of reporting (coughFoxNewscough) and so is decrying the "liberal bias of the MSM", it bears to repeat that the conservative media (coughFoxNewscough) is not an independent voice and is tied to corporate (coughKochIndustriescough) interests. The word you're looking for after reading that article is "bootlickers". Remember the pillaring Dan Rather got for attending a party thrown by his daughter, and then left quickly once he realized it was a political fund raiser? Good times, good times. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)
And just in case you were wondering, the May Day SuperPAC did get its funding. (Grokked from Dan)
Repeat after me, she's keeping the baby and that's all that matters to the lunatic fringe. Again, Pro-Life is not about anti-abortion or morality or anything like that. It's about rolling back the sexual revolution and the societal changes that came with it. Of course the Conseravtive Representative form Louisiana is happy and supportive of his 17 year old daughter who is pregnant out of wedlock. If she were having an abortion, she'd just drop out of any chance of being seen by the public eye for a few months until it all blew over.
Remember that report early in the Obama Administration about ultra-right groups posing a terrorist threat to America. You know, the one that was pilloried by conservatives as over reactionary. Good times, good times. Seriously, these people do not know how to start a revolution, let alone fight one. For that we can thank movies, TV, and magazines like American Mercenary. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)
As my grandmother once told me, every day is kids' day. Look, fellow whiteys, it's our club. We don't need another one. You're just upset that we're letting everyone (well, sometimes and mostly) in. But then some of you were always looney, I couldn't expect better of you. I'm just upset that you seem to have multiplied.
Tweet of my heart: @janfromthebruce I love when people who paid 1,000 a yr tuition & bought a house for under $100,000 explain why teens shouldn't make $14/hr. #MinimumWage