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

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Linkee-poo ends the semester

Jay Lake's cancer update. Fuck cancer.

The Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto Audi commercial. Hahahahaha. Only could have been better if it was Walter Koenig getting out of the car at the end. (Pointed to by Karl)

Chuck Wendig with some tips to maximize your word count. Use if they work for you.

And on the opposite end, Jason Sanford worries that writerly obsession with word count can be killing writing. I've seen this argument before. In some cases, I can totally see their point. On the other hand word count is the major metric writers can point to. You can see my tallies, which haven't changed in nearly a year, just to the right. But I also talk about the counts during rewrites and edits. It's little difficult to track those. I'm good with counts though (part of the designer thing). Also, some writers do qualify their metrics (however many good words today, lots of words but they'll all need to be rewritten). Also I think the rise of NaNoWriMo can be tied into this. Also, one of the major pieces of advice for writers is to turn off the internal editor and get the words out. Word count is a way to say, "I'm doing that."

The plot structure chart. Well, at least one of them.

Why the boob armor is a Bad Idea™. See, there is a whole science to the thing. But then people still believe fullers are "blood grooves" instead of a way to 1) use less steel (a very precious commodity) and 2) lighten the sword (important if you want to fight for more than a few minutes). There are also people who still believe in a fair fight a ninja would defeat a samurai (that's why they cheat), knights in plate would defeat archers in boiled leather (see Henry V), crossbows would defeat longbows (ibid), and cavalry were always better (not until the introduction of the stirrup by the Mongols, and then even before Mel Gibson as William Wallace there were ways to defeat cavalry with foot).

US Air Force measures potato cannon muzzle velocities. Because… well, why not? (Grokked form Jay Lake)

Adding monsters to thrift-store paintings. (Grokked from Dan)

Janiece's rules for life.

Shortening telomeres can affect gene expression. So, instead just the fuse to cell self-destruction, as they shorten (each time the cell divides) they can cause new genes to turn on. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Um, yeah, I'm sure the resemblance is entirely coincidental. (Pointed to by Dan)

And four more low lights from the NRA convention. But I'm sure all those speakers would have an answer for some guy cleaning his gun and firing off a test round killing a 10 year old. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Fred Clark has a good run down on why the Post Office is in such financial "trouble". Completely manufactured crisis perpetrated by those who have had much experience doing so (ie. conservatives in Congress).

Tobias Buckell shares a story about tracking hospital charges. It's crazy. Like I said, if you want to use the free market to control these things, health care offices will need to publish their prices like fast food places do.

"Yet even after so much disaster, it seems the woman who’s benefited most from Komen’s charity is still Nancy Brinker herself." Yea, they're not going to be getting any more money from me. Having breast cancer in the family, that's a hard decision, but it's looking like they're suffering from the "people thinking too highly of themselves for their own good." (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Yes, they are coming for your birth control. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

The Texas fertilizer plant that when KFB (ker-fucking-boom!) only carried $1 million in insurance. Say goodnite, Gracie. Yea, we don't need no stinking regulations or corporate oversight.

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