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

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Linkee-poo cuts out for lunch

Jay Lake is holding a caption contest for an ARC of Endurance. (Grokked, obviously, from Jay Lake)

On-set photography of historical films. A look behind the magic. (Pointed to by Dan)

John Murphy on the writing axiom, Kill Your Darlings. Having had to explain this a few times to other writers, but haven't really talked about it here, I figured this might be helpful. His waffling is something we all do (and, yes, it would be great to pull all the text up to the level of the Darlings, but that often isn't possible). This is a different concept than "The Price of Magic" (aka, Hoban Wash Must Die), where you may have to murder your darling literarily. I'll also point out that in Graphic Design, "extraneous Ornament" is also an anathema. (Grokked from Miranda Suri)

Some more pictures of Joplin. (Pointed to by Dan)

When the religious creationists try to use science to disprove the old earth theory. What do you get? A chronic case of face palm. (Pointed to by John who said, "Worth it for many reasons, but not least for the phrase 'bronze-age goat molesters'")

I just wanna say, "Bronze-Age Goat Molesters"? Yeah, that is soooo the name of my next band.

And here is another difference of science vs faith, when new data comes in even songs are updated to reflect the new data. That's a YouTube of the new They Might Be Giants update to "Why Does the Sun Shine." We go from "the Sun is a mass of incandescent gas" to "the Sun is a miasma of incandescent gas." And that's why we love TMBG! (pointed to by John)

And yet another in the long line of proofs of how "conservative" journalism is really propaganda. That story doesn't even touch on the internally generated "it looks like" or "sounds like" or "I suspect" or "ZOMG, Obama is going to take our Guns!" kind of reports. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

A new take on the old saying, "It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber." (Grokked from Jay Lake)

And why shouldn't you patent protect your Godly powers? (Pointed to by Dan)


vince said...

I really enjoy linkee-poo. And "bronze-age goat molesters"? Awesome!

Steve Buchheit said...

I'm glad Vince, because I had already added the "Duet with a Klingon" for tomorrow's linkee-poo.

Plus here, I should give a tip-o-the-hat to Jay Lake and his Link Salad. I did links before I read him continually, but I learned a lot from him once I did.

johnpmurphy said...

"it would be great to pull all the text up to the level of the Darlings, but that often isn't possible"

Oh sure -- or the opposite case, where pulling the text up to that level results in overwrought, hyper-dramatic prose. But sometimes it's only by the effort of trying to bring the rest of the text up to that level, that it's possible to see just how out of place it is.

Steve Buchheit said...

Hey John, thanks for stopping by. And true enough. Sometimes those Darlings are just draped in purple ruffles and dripping of Victorian, overwrought prose. In those case, you need to knife those babies before they start multiplying.