And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Linkee-poo tells itself, this is not my beautiful house

Harry Connolly talks about his book series being cancelled. 1) that sucks and 2) that's business (which he pretty much says). Hmmm.

The ACLU pocket guide on what to do if you're stopped by the authorities. (Grokked from Teresa Nielsen Hayden)

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious. Virgin Galactic opens the first commercial spaceport. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

Paul Allen also doesn't believe the Singularity is near. The end is neigh! Wait. Why should you listen to him? Well, he's one of the Gods of the original Microsoft for one (insert joke about uploading consciousness into software giving new meaning to the "blue screen of death"). He is also a lover of science fiction for another. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Walking around in full armor. I'm sure most people will be more surprised at the "doing cartwheels" than the fact that it uses about 2.3 times the effort to walk in full suit of armor (but only 1.9 time more effort to run in it). Here's some more information (although the source writer is somewhat ill-informed as at Agincourt the French knights also had to contend with a low-ground field that had been rained on for 3 weeks, it was so muddy they couldn't use their horses, not to mention the fusillade of arrows from the English long-bowmen which were seeing their first major use in warfare - hint, they were deadly effective). (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Some data regarding the 47% (ie. the opposite of the 53%). Tell granny to caught up the dough. Also, let's make sure all those McJobs pay even less (because, you know, we couldn't raise the rate to keep up with inflation - on a federal level). As a side note, when I loaded the page, the Google ad directly across from the pie chart was for "US Tax Shield, America's top tax debt resolution experts." Genius!

And even more on who is a part of the 47%. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

And then there is the war on the middle-class in Ohio. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)


Dr. Phil (Physics) said...

I'm always interested in your links, but I really appreciated getting the one on Harry Connolly's series getting canceled. I'm pretty invested in my 29th century SF universe, but it encompasses only about 50% of my writing -- and surprisingly (or not) about 50% of my published works. So as I work on writing my 3rd novel and starting to shop them around, I know that (a) this stuff might never sell and (b) if it does, it might not continue.

As sad as it is for Mr. Connolly, he has a very good professional attitude about the business side of writing.

Dr. Phil

Steve Buchheit said...

Dr. Phil, yeah his take on it was excellent. For me, his musings on the why and wherefores though gave me pause. Hmm, people aren't buying Urban Fantasy with male protags written by me? Gulp.