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

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Linkee-poo waits for it

NPR releases the results of their 100 best SF/F poll. Lots o' good stuff there, Maynard. Glad to see most of my picks (8 out of 10, only Steven Brust's Vlad Taltos series and Glenn Cook's Black Company series didn't make it) made it to the final list. Also glad to see that I've read a lot of them, and had plans for the rest. Also glad to see in an unscientific sampling that Neil Gaiman was most often cited (although, other authors were placed there for their series of books). As I've said before, if you're not reading Neil, why the hell not? (Grokked from John Scalzi, which, congrats on making it)

The speech all (new) writers need to hear. (Grokked from Morgan Locke)

And, just when all hope is about to be extinguished, ticia42 shares what's in the back of her blank composition notebook. Mmmm, composition notebooks. (Singing) It's that time of year… T'was brillig, yes it was, my precious.

Chuck Wendig with what it's like being a writer. Oh my, yes. Hell, I'm not published yet, but I've been through all that and a bag of chips. Some of it is what it's like to be in the world, and some of it is the internal life. Especially the "weird shit goes through our head in a swiftly-moving, never-stopping stream" part. This is why writers often refer to the poor, long-suffering spouse/companion/cousin/pets. Sometimes the crazy just needs to get out, and Brid help whoever is within hearing distance. As with all Chuck Wendig stuff, would be NSFW if your read it out loud. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

As what comes as no surprise to many of us, the rich are different. Now with scientific/psychological studies. As with all psychological studies, we're talking about percentages, I'm sure the people you know aren't this way, YMMV, yadda yadda. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)

Oh, and you know how creationists like to point out, "You don't know it all, but I do" when they talk about "missing links" or "how did this come about"? One of their (lesser known) contentions is about how if life started out as single cell, how did we get complex animals. Well, we now have a strong clue. Yeast cells, when clumped together, process food more efficiently (and also share food, which is an important part of the next step, differentiation). I'm sure this will end up in the Dr. Banjo and Professor Farnsworth argument. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Subverting the subversionists using t-shirt subversion. Oh how I expect to see this copied in other venues. Who knew there was a use for that t-shirt ink that washes out the first time you wear it other than to part you from your money? (Pointed to by Dan)

Seeing how well it worked in Congress, other executives hold their breath until they get their way. Really, Delta will "fly the coop". Hey, good luck with that. Oh, and maybe we can change Atlanta Hartsfield into an airport people want to go through once they're gone.

Ah, I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning. It smells like victory. Just remember, Ames, Iowa, you ain't the boss of us.

Say, remember when conservatives were bashing President Obama for his stand on Green Energy, about how that couldn't produce any jobs? And I would be remise to mention the often repeated canard of "government spending can't create jobs" that's all the fashion with conservatives. Oh look, those conservatives were wrong. Fancy that. Don't worry, I'm sure they've been right about everything else. (Pointed to by Dan)

Tea Party congressman says the bank should have know he wouldn't be able to repay his loan. Really? I'm sorry, that's… I don't know if there's even a word for how duplicitous that is. Hey TP, proud of your accomplishments yet? Tell me again why I should pay attention to you when you nominate people like this?

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