Jim Hines' 2016 Novelist Income Survey first report. "There were a total of 386 responses. Five of these were duplicates and were removed, leaving data from 381 individual novelists." Jim breaks it down and does a wonderful job highlighting meaningful categories and stats (note, pay attention more to the median than the average because there are a few authors in his dataset who are blowing out the top numbers - this btw is why I don't like the current SEC rule for determining the executive pay ratio which is better than nothing but slightly weighted in the CEO's favor). And here I'll just confess my admiration for Jim (because I know he reads these, hi, Jim). Not only is he a super hoopy frood of a guy, a fantastic (and funny) author, but also has been doing yeoman service for years on this issue. Thanks, Jim.
Apple has an Easter Egg of the LEGO Batman movie. (Grokked from Dan)
Soon you can tie the hitch at the Las Vegas Taco Bell. Might as well start off with heart burn. (Grokked from Dan)
"Two Republican members of Congress sent a formal letter Tuesday to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of the Inspector General, expressing concern that 'approximately a dozen career EPA officials' are using the encrypted messaging app Signal to covertly plan strategy and may be running afoul of the Freedom of Information Act." Which, yes, might be a problem. Especially for future transparency. And it's hilarious because… (Grokked from Dan)
"Specifically, multiple reports indicate that Republican operatives and White House staffers are using the end-to-end encrypted messaging app Confide, which touts disappearing messages and anti-screenshot features, to chat privately without a trace."
""Federal anti-poverty programs primarily help the GOP's base… Republicans want to shrink government. But their core voters benefit from assistance, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the most. See the problem is that those people don't believe they're on government assistance. The GOP has spent decades telling their base that it's those other people, you know the ones, who are sucking off the system. And the GOP knows they're not takers, they just need a little help (when they're even self-conscious enough to know they're on government supplied benefits), so they obviously aren't the ones who will be affected. (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)
Tweet of my heart: @DesiJed Call me crazy but I think possible treason should be investigated as thoroughly as a blow job. (Grokked from Laura J Mixon)
Double dip: @electrolemon imagine if you got a job and you wouldn't stop tweeting about whoever didn't get the job and every day the news was "local man sucks at job" (Grokked from leon)