Elizabeth Bear is wise on writing advice. Yesterday she had a number of tweets about how different people talk about writing depending on where they're coming from (novel writers vs writers who write books about writing) and who their audience is. Since I read them those words kinda stuck with me. Yeah, I agree. I've spent the last few years looking for self-help books/blogs on writing that talk about the things I hear my friends who write books talk about. Very, very few.
Make you're own Church Sign. (Grokked from John)
Tourists in Seward, Alaska, hounded a mountain goat into the ocean and kept it there while it died. I'm sure they didn't mean to, they just wanted to get close to it. But, damn people, learn to live in the world. While I didn't see too much of it in Alaska, when we went to Yellowstone there were a lot of people who were getting way to close to the wild life. Especially the elk and bison who, at the time, were in heat (including a woman in a wheelchair who's husband wheeled her close in to see a bison as that male bison was crowding a female - hint, the animal can run faster than you can). Don't mess with the animals. Who do you all think you are, Steve Irwin?
Just to help counter the whole "Black Lives Matters is anti-police" meme, "Members of the Wichita, Kan., police department spent Sunday afternoon eating and talking with people from the community, at a cookout that was planned with the local Black Lives Matter group."
A state by state breakdown by Facebook likes between Clinton and Trump supporters. Well, I guess that explains Adam Sandler. (Grokked form Fran Wilde)
Welcome to Cleveland, we'll wall the fucking city off for you.
"The Ohio chapter of the National Lawyer's Guild is warning downtown visitors and residents as well as activists about the use cell site simulators during the Republican National Convention." The ubiquitous Stingrays are out in force in downtown (and suburban) Cleveland.
"A Donald Trump supporter with a primetime speaking slot at the Republican national convention, who is billed as a small business owner employing more than 100,000 people, is actually a 'multi-level marketer' who does not employ anyone." Multi-level Marketer, in other words, means "I sell crap to people through the use of social networks so they feel obligated." Note, not all are this way. Also note, not all are thinly veiled pyramid-schemes, although this person makes a lot of their money from the commissions of they people they recruited. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)
The Chief of Police in Cleveland tried to get Gov. Kasich to suspend Open Carry for Cleveland while the RNC is in town. Kasich said he couldn't do it, because the law is the law. You know, unless it involves alcohol, then fuck all. "Bottoms up! Bars and restaurants across Greater Cleveland will stay open until 4 a.m. during the RNC, an hour and a half later than state liquor permits allow."
The Women for Trump event. Wow, look at all those chairs. Those lonely, empty chairs. Won't someone think of the chairs?
There was just so much from last night that it would be impossible to cover it all. So I'm just linking to some things that might had slipped by given the "only white-culture has done anything" statements and the plagiarism.
You know this internet thing just isn't working out for conservatives. The RNC opened up a live chart room for the convention, and then had to shut it down as the anti-semites in the party overran the conversation during former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle talked about the connection between the GOP and Israel. (Grokked from Kelli Link)
"There has been a lot of polling over the past few days in advance of the Republican National Convention, which got underway Monday in Cleveland. But it mostly confirmed the conclusion our election forecast models had arrived at late last week: Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 3 or 4 percentage points. That’s down from a lead of 6 or 7 percentage points a few weeks ago." Thanks, Nate Silver, for contributing to my nascent drinking habit. Lots of number and political wonkiness in that post for those that like it. "What’s relatively safe to say is that we’ll know a lot more in a month or so." As I've said before, polls are somewhat worthless right now, they don't become actual predictors until sometime in late August. (Grokked from John Scalzi)
A top Trump fundraiser resigns after the floor fight over the rules. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)