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

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Linkee-poo won't be your Yoko Ono

Have you been pwned? (Grokked from John)

Cats and Death book binding. Some of my favorite napery. (Grokked from Mary Robinette Kowal)

The Smithsonian launches a Kickstarter campaign to restore, conserve, and preserve Neil Armstrong's space suit that walked on the Moon. Because they didn't have the funding to do it themselves. (Grokked from John)

"The British Library puts 1,000,000 images into the public domain." w00t! OMG. I'll, uh, I'll be in my bunk. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

The best affordable fan? Maybe. Now I just wish someone would publish the best affordable carpet shampooer.

Please wait while your car updates. Hackers remotely hijack a Jeep by using the onboard computer. If this isn't in your cyberpunk, you've just been outdated. (Grokked from John)

Fifteen questions that push the limits of human stupidity. Oh, darling, humans are much more stupid than that. Only 15? You aren't trying hard enough. (Grokked from Catherine Asaro)

Cheaper solar panels which pay-back faster (from 2 years to a few months). Not ready for prime time, and I think the comparison between an individual's exposure to lead versus the environmental damage of gold mining is a bit specious, but interesting. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

June Fourth (and now my blog is banned in China, if it already wasn't). "Memory is dangerous in a country that was built to function on national amnesia." The past is edited to make it more sanitary. In this case, the Chinese government has been quite successful in erasing the Tiananmen Square student protests, which ended in a massacre of those students (I can still recall the audio only reports of that night when the Chinese troops were ordered to clear the Square). Sometimes it is a strategic defense, especially for a country built on conformity and compliance. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)

Sometimes it doesn't take a repressive government attempting to quell dissent. Sometimes we'd rather just forget what makes us uncomfortable and doesn't fit within the narrative of ourselves and our culture. In case you think China is the only place that has this happens. Many people in the US forget those images of people jumping from the burning World Trade Center, in my experience especially those who vowed to "Never Forget."

You keep using that word. I doona think it mean what you think it means. "Hero" is now the shibboleth of the GOP. In the tree-fort clubhouse they can wiser to each other, "We're all heroes, you know."

Think with your .22 you're ready for the apocalypse or to engage your Second Amendment Option? You're just a fuckin' punter compared to this guy. Now, he's ready.

Tweet of my heart: @KameronHurley And, honestly, if you don't HOPE that your NEXT book will be THE BOOK, however unlikely, you will not have the stamina for this biz.

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