What if Kurzweil doesn't make it?
What if all the switches get stuck on destroy?
When the shuttle goes, we won't take it
When the final counter-measures are deployed
All we'll have is all this time

Friday, January 11, 2013

Linkee-poo keeps on rocking me, baby

Todd Wheeler resolves to write more (including blogging).

Going in that vein, Kristen Lamb talks about dedication, among other things. Something that is necessary for success at writing.

Nine tips about getting that sucky first draft out. Note to self: read a few more times so it sinks in.

Miranda Suri shares those rejections that break our little scriveners' hearts. For those just starting out, you'll get these as you get closer to publication. And they'll knock you down harder than you ever thought possible.

Submissions Grinder, another of those sites to replace Duotrope. This time to recreate the submission time and offer functionality.

Design(er) jargon bullshit. That pretty much describes it. Yes, in many meetings I have experienced eyeball rolling whiplash as other designers and account execs defecate all over conference room tables with this stuff. And fortunately I can say with all surety, while I can go deep into designspeek at times, after I left school I haven't committed many sins in this direction. (Pointed to by Dan)

The Thrilling Adventure Hour. An ol' timey radio show. Found via this NPR story. One of my more favorite memories after moving from New Jersey was sitting in my darkened bedroom in my grandparents house, listening to a radio with an illuminated dial as radio plays would come spilling out. It took a little work to bring in the station. I could only get it at night and it was AM so there was lots of atmospheric interference and phasing noises. So yeah, I'm definitely checking this out.

Some of that footage of the giant squid filmed in situ. Lots on how they did it, which is also cool. Also it seems it was only a 10' specimen. You know, a bare pip-squeak of a thing. They're so cute when they're small. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Because of your generosity, the world is now a weirder place that it was yesterday. That's Mary Robinette Kowal making good on her whimsy pledge to read beloved classics like they were phone sex. Oh myyyy. Next up, Jim Hines in purple and John Scalzi doing Dylan.

Pulsing chemo treatments may help to keep cancer cells from developing immunity or even becoming "addicted" to chemo drugs. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

The DYI Drone blog. From this Marketplace story.

Building a space gun. Or, launching things into orbit using a gun. With the various problems and some solutions. (Pointed to by Dan)

Oh, if only there were a "Good Guy with a Gun" in that school. Oh, wait, there was.

Take two. Oh, if only there were a "Good Guy with a Gun". Wait, the father who did the shooting was a correctional officer? Oh, if only his victim (his wife, BTW) had a gun and went around armed? Wait, she was always packing? Like when she went to one of her kids' soccer game with a side arm and a judge tried to revoke her permit? (Grokked from Jay Lake)

A couple of Portland gun owners decide to "educate" the local populace on how safe assault style weapons are by strapping on some and walking around. What could possibly go wrong? There was an article I read the other day about the "$1T Platinum Coin" idea and how if we did that we would look like a Banana Republic (the ones that don't sell pants). You know what else makes us look like a Banana Republic? People walking around with assault style weapons. Seriously, the stupid, it burns. You know what I think when I see someone who is exercising their "concealed carry" permit (yeah, they aren't so concealed carry if you know what I mean)? I immediately think of how to disarm them and safety the firearm. I have to stop myself. Hell when I see police officers using hand held speed guns (I believe their the infrared laser kind, they have to use a shooters crouch to aim them) on the highways my immediate thought is "active shooter" and I plot a course to run their ass down. (Grokked from Vince)

First Australia experiences larger fire storms and now interesting dust storms. It's almost like the climate is changing, or something. (Pointed to by John)

From the annals of, "Wait, We Really Did That Shit?" comes the tsunami bomb, or Project Seal. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Why do conservatives really think that the States should be were lots of things are controlled? Because States historically suck at making, enforcing, and following regulations. So it's like they're not there at all. In this case, the large backload of data to be entered in the National Instant Criminal Background Check database. When they even track the required data.

The zombie (house) title. What happens when a bank starts foreclosure and then decides it isn't worth their time. In many cases homeowners were sent notices of foreclosure sales and so they pack up and leave. But then the bank doesn't go through with the sale or the foreclosure leaving the property in the "homeowner's" name. So they're still liable for taxes, fines, upkeep, etc. Also many banks delay title transfer to keep from being liable for maintenance and upkeep (this was a problem many municipalities faced). Tell me again why these MFers shouldn't be more highly regulated? (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Tweet of my heart: @tnielsenhayden: If having more guns is supposed to keep us safe, how come the last batch of more guns didn't work, or the batch before that?

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