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

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Linkee-poo of all the trees that are in the wood, the holly bears the crown

"Because I used to be poor, overworked and overwhelmed. And I produced zero books during that time." On writing, the time, and some of the lies that are never fully explained. (Grokked from several people now)

Also, as a reminder, it ain't all tea and cakes, this writing gig. Also, just because those rich writers mentioned above felt they struggled when they had it easy, doesn't mean everyone with a struggle story is exaggerating or making it up out of whole cloth.

How I cured my impostor syndrome. Although it's about being a scientist, it's very relevant to writing. Yea, it seems like a writing meme today.

Just in time for Santa. Don't forget, kids, he moves fast. Remember to lead the target. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"Elf advocates have joined forces with environmentalists to urge the Icelandic Road and Coastal Commission and local authorities to abandon a highway project building a direct route from to the tip of the Alftanes peninsula, where the president has a home, to the Reykjavik suburb of Gardabaer. They fear disturbing elf habitat and claim the area is particularly important because it contains an elf church." Ah, Iceland. This reminds me of what feng shui is about when you think of "how would the dragon live here?" Turns out, if you think of how a dragon would live in your home or office, you create spaces that humans are quite comfortable in. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Real-time wind map of the Earth. 'Cause. (Grokked from

Sarah Palin continues to be the cheerleader that destroys everything they touch. She will do more to win the War on Xmas than the Festivus Pole ever could. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"But on December 16, the FDA issued a proposed rule that would require companies to provide 'more substantial data to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps' before selling these products. The move is in response to the mounting evidence that triclosan might not be as effective as manufacturers claim… triclosan soap products are useless when it comes to most seasonal infections: They target bacteria, not the viruses that cause colds and flus. And they don't work any better on bacteria than standard soap—which also gets rid of viruses." The problem with "anti-bacterial" soap. Normal soap is anti-bacterial and work much, much better than those anti-bacterial soaps and hand rubs (such as, those hand rubs don't work on C. diff.). They work well when you don't have access to water, but if you can, wash your hands with normal soaps (although not all soaps are made the same). (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

The Chinese are on the moon. Hey, congrats, welcome to the club… wait a second. This is why you need to really look at the stock images you buy. (Grokked from

What's eating Seattle. I mean, what's blocking Big Bertha which is drilling a tunnel under Seattle. (Grokked from Cherie Priest)

"Right-wing group The National Liberty Foundation, a Florida-based political collective associated with the conservative Tea Party, is posting anti-immigration propaganda from Bioshock Infinite, originally designed to satirize real-world conservative politics." I'm really hoping this is some kind of performance satire, but probably not. (Grokked from

Environmentalists arrested under terrorism charges to having too much glitter on their protest banner. Sigh. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

"That is the death of the American Dream in a single chart. It is harder for the poor to get into the middle class, and for the middle class to become wealthy, in America than in almost any other industrialized country. Our income distribution is the most unequal of any industrialized country, and at the highest level since 1928." Merry Xmas. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

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