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

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Weekend Linkee-poo was scared and fearing for its life

In Germany Amazon supposedly hired neo-Nazi guards to intimidate and control their mostly immigrant workforce. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

I'm not sure it's so much a publisher issue as it is a bad corporate policy issue to limit the amount of items that could be shipped to a store. Especially when the store tells you, "we've already sold them, I'm willing to pay you upfront and wave the return clause."

Chuck Wendig with 25 things on narrative POV. He explains the various schemes quickly and well.

If you can get away to a writers workshop quickly, Paradise Lost has a few seats still open. As an added bonus, Jay Lake will be there this year.

In case you thought I was a little overboard about my comment the other day regarding keeping human parts as trophies, here's some more. While those are mostly examples from the 1600s, it's not like this practice has disappeared. For example I give you Einstein's brain. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Cracked tries to figure out just what is going through those Russian minds as they watch the meteor streaking down and exploding. Just keep in mind, Russian winters are hard. It's not like Russians haven't seen their world end before. And Russians are of solid stock. So, yea, I'm sure it's all, "Oh look, the end of the world is streaking towards us. Again. I wonder if we'll have sugar for the coffee today?" (Grokked from David Kletcha)

And you may be wondering why there is so much dash cam footage of the meteor in Russia. It turns out that because of rampant corruption and terribly bad driving most Russian motorists have dash cams. I guess there is also a subculture that regularly posts crash videos and watches them. If you're faint of heart, I don't recommend watching that video.

That meteor in Russia you've probably heard about. With video.

Remember when I talked about the insanity of the Cold War mindset? How about this example, using abstract art as a propaganda weapon. Unfortunately the rifts it caused domestically are still with us, mostly because the CIA was more concerned with opposition to Stalin's realism than in actually promoting the concerts of abstract art. Although note that many of these artists are now considered American Masters. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"You simply cannot reason with unreasonable people, it’s really just that simple… Both rebuttals, or prebuttals whatever, were messages of despair, of depression, and hopelessness." Jim Wright is insightful on the current state of politics, the State of the Union, and the responses to some other speech, because they certainly weren't responses to the President's speech.

Why we can't have nice things. "Addressing scientists… UW-Madison science communication researcher Dominique Brossard reported the results of a study showing the tone of blog comments alone can influence the perception of risk posed by nanotechnology, the science of manipulating materials at the smallest scales." Also known as the Troll Factor. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Arctic hysteria, a variant of cabin fever. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

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