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

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Linkee-poo some nights says fuck it all and stares at the calendar, waiting for catastrophes

Charlie Stross' PSA about watching the news. And I have to agree. Speculation, rumor, and eyewitness interviews are not actual news, they're filler. Now, I am a news junkie (does it show much?), but much of what is passed off as news is just violence or sex wallpaper. It's people slowing down as the pass a bad wreck on the road, not so much because they're being safety conscious, but because they think they'll see something gory.

"The responsible thing to do here, the grown up rational adult thing, is to acknowledge that we don’t know anything. We will, eventually. But at the moment we don’t. And it’s going to take time before we do. And that is just the way it is." Jim Wright on that news frenzy and what it does to us.

In response to that Myke Cole article of just writing novels in your a novelist, Elizabeth Shack explains that writing shorts can help your novels. Like Elizabeth says, there's plenty to learn writing short stories that can translate to novels. I would add that short stories can also give you confidence as a writer. And that confidence comes in amazingly handy when writing novels.

Random Michelle K outlines the disadvantages of e-books and why consumers may balk at paying prices equivalent to physical copies. More perturbations or growing pains as books transfer to a digital presence.

Four reasons you didn't get that job. The main thing that sold my current day job on myself, besides my stellar qualifications (ahem!), was that I did a lot of research on the company. I knew our debt positions, I knew our previous recent history (acquisitions, major sales, new products), and I could take about it intelligently. It sucks that we're now back to the "I always wanted to work, uh, here" lines, especially given current business practices, but thems the cards been dealt. (Grokked from thc1972)

A calligrapher creates an illuminated Bible. And it only took him 12 years. And now yo know why the press is such a great thing. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

While it's due to many factors, such as lower usage and favorable environmental factors, the fact that for the last 3 month Portugal's mix of electricity generation included 70% from renewable sources. Also, it may have been hydro-electric that supplied most of that, but wind power wasn't too far behind.

Finding the elusive traces of dark matter. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Little Red Riding Hood or assault weapons, choose the one that was banned in schools. (Pointed to by John)

Building new kidneys. If you needed any more proof we're living in the future. If this holds up, it'll just be amazing and change the world (especially if they're able to transfer the tech to other organs). (Grokked from Jay Lake)


Random Michelle K said...

The sad thing is, I have really come to prefer reading eBooks. I just dislike paying full price for a restricted version.

Steve Buchheit said...

Hey Random Michelle K, I can see both sides of the issue. The major differences for the publishers would be seeing an increase in overall sales as the price decreases (to cover the amortization of the cost of the book). Without lowering the price, they won't see those who purchase in the secondary markets (used book stores) shift to the primary market. And until they see the increase in sales, they won't lower the price. Classic chicken or egg scenario.