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

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Linkee-poo, but every word You say today gets twisted round some other way, and they'll hurt You if they think You've lied

Cat Rambo on being an older female writer. Also applicable (as are these things) to older male writers in many aspects, only with the extra cultural garbage we saddle women with. Which is also good for males to see so we cut that shit out.

Carrie Patel have five things to tell you about writing your first novel.

Annalee Flower Horne on glamorizing depression.

Jim Hines with some Hugo thoughts. My take? It's so nice the Sad Puppies wanted to give WorldCon so much of their money to try and make some point, which they will ultimately lose.

Jim Wright just has a few questions when it comes to religious liberties.

The National Climate Change Viewer. For your edification. (Grokked from Phiala)

Glowing green space clouds (and greasy, grimy gopher guts). The clouds glow from the light of long dead quasars. Because space is neat. (Grokked from someone, sorry,lost the link - very busy with lots of interruptions so there's been a lot of that lately)

Filing in the missing piece of the renewable power puzzle. On trying to install batteries on the grid and the regulator hurdles. "SolarCity, another venture by Musk, already has a pilot program in California that puts batteries in people’s homes." (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

The internet makes us feel undeservedly smarter than we are. "Then… new questions were presented, and this time both groups were instructed not to search before rating their explanations. This time, even though neither group had actually searched for answers, the Internet group still rated their explanations significantly more highly than the control group." (Grokked from Dan)

"And the idea of shopping buttons placed just within our reach conjures an uneasy image of our homes as giant Skinner boxes, and of us as rats pressing pleasure levers until we pass out from exhaustion." A rumination on the Amazon Dash buttons. (Grokked form Brent Bowen)

So a Washington florist shop is fined $1000 for refusing to sell flowers for a same sex wedding, saying "same-sex weddings go against her Southern Baptist beliefs." I wonder if she has also refused to sell flowers for weddings where alcohol is served at the reception, because that's also against her Southern Baptist beliefs. And if not, they're going to lose their consumer action lawsuit.

"'I just think this is people who are chronically looking for ways to be upset about things instead of really looking at what it is,' (Wisconsin Governor and potential presidential candidate) Walker said during an interview with Milwaukee-based radio host Charlie Sykes on Wednesday." Well, he's since some good measure of success in the primaries, and doomed his chances in the general.

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