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, January 5, 2016

Linkee-poo, a time when the corn is all into the barn, the old cow's breath so frosty white

Having difficulty generating story ideas? If only there was a helpful website that could auto-generate them. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

Robert J Bennet's advice to aspiring writers looking to make a living off writing. Short answer, don't quit the day job.

Turns out, when people are drunk or in a rush, they tend to favor strict hierarchical thinking. While the report goes on to talk about how this is somewhat a reference to childhood (where we have "parental authority"), I'm gonna call bullshit on that. See humans are animals, and animals have hierarchies. This is most often talked about in "alpha" and "beta" members of the community, but that's also a great oversimplification. Each animal within any community knows their place and relative position to every other animal in that community. There is no "leader" and "group", there is a #1, #2, #3, and so on. And we can see it mostly in predatory animals, but it also exists in prey and herd animals (seriously, if you've worked with cows, you've seen this). And (I hate to break this to you all) we're herd and prey animals (this view of humans being "the top predator" is a falsehood because one, there isn't such a thing, and two, our biology proclaims it pretty loudly). So our brains have evolved to accept inegalitarian systems. Or, as stated in the movie The American President "Democracy is hard. You really have to want it." Also note, this is the real reason behind Donald Trump's numbers in the polls. Our brains for the most part are wired to see him as a successful strong person (no matter what the reality). That's appealing. I would go on to say that it's mostly from people who are drunk, but that would be unkind (and not necessarily truthful).

Yea, there's no problem here, no need for regulation. Philadelphia newsletter company forces employees to clock out when taking small breaks, like to go to the bathroom. I'm sure the free market will correct for that.

Big history? You mean, science class taught as history? Okay, I get it.

Yes, Virginia, being forgetful is a part of the natural aging process.

To make the news of the coming year more interesting, try these word substitutions from XKCD. They're probably more truthful anyway. (Grokked from Dan)

Gene Roddenberry's words finally recovered from his floppy disks. What those words are, however, we don't know. Yet. Part of the problem of the modern historian. See, the letters and journals of the pre-digital era still work. Getting the emails and e-journals of the digital era may need to be both recovered from disused media and converted into new file formats. It's an archivist's nightmare. (Grokked from John)

And in the world of synchronicity, NPR had a story about this problem (the transient nature of our records).

Boy, I wish the government would leave the Bundys alone. I mean, shit, they're costing us a fortune in benefits they receive from the government.

Tweet of my heart: @ClaireRousseau Wait, wait. Hasbro said no Rey in Star Wars Monopoly to avoid spoilers? What's the spoiler? That she's the main character? #WheresRey

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