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

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Linkee-poo is getting set for another week

Alex Haist on converting the fight or flight approach to writing to a sideways approach. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

A good primer on character descriptions.

"The new research, carried out at Emory University in the US, found that reading a good book may cause heightened connectivity in the brain and neurological changes that persist in a similar way to muscle memory." More fMRI studies. (Grokked from Cat Rambo)

A reversal on the "Iron Maiden used bit-torrent data to plan convert venues" story I linked to earlier. Also note, this piece is also poorly done. There's a lot of post hoc going on and a lot of assumptions that Musicmetric is the only place people can get analysis of bit-torrent streams. (Grokked from Matt Staggs, I think)

Children's books and workplace segregation. You have to be carefully taught. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

American internal checkpoints where government agents can ask you, "Papers, please." Hey, Tea Party, you're always screaming about the Constitution and your rights being tamped, here's a really great cause for you. It's very libertarian. Yea, I don't think they will either. (Grokked from Will Wheaton)

Body language gender and power. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

The reprinted six harsh truths that will make you a better person. Or not. I agree with the central premise, which is a harder restatement of "and in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make." Also, "People quit because it takes too long to see results, because they can't figure out that the process is the result." Pretty good writing advice if I ever heard it. (Grokked from someone, sorry, lost the link)

Just remember that you're standing on a planet that is evolving…" Only this one is about time. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Nine important things that happened in 2013 that nobody is talking about. Well, some people are. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Tracking temporary worker safety. Think there's a reason for the heavy pushback? Probably the same reason for the shift to temporary workers.

An accidental map of the doldrums. Plotting the travels of all ships on the oceans. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

The blog is dead. Long live the blog. Johns Scalzi on the recent declaration on the death of the blog.

They're more like guidelines. How the rash of "threatening clowns" in England goes against the code of clowning. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"As the old lawyer’s line says, if the facts are on your side, pound the facts; if the law is on your side, pound the law; if neither are on your side, pound the table." The humor test. Also offered as a pre-buttal, name calling isn't humor, it's peevishness. (Grokked from Patrick Nielsen Hayden)

The soldier who asked the Republican Presidential candidates about Don't Ask Don't Tell. Let's see, it's been how long now, and it looks like the military is still holding together. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

You know that theory that solar activity has more influence over climate change than our recent man made interference? Yea, so much for that idea. See, that's the difference between science and ideology. Science actually tries to verify the scientist's ideas. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

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