What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Friday, May 9, 2014

Linkee-poo let me light your candle 'cause, momma, I'm sure hard to handle now

WW I slang for German munitions. For your world building edification. (Grokked from Eric VanNewkirk)

The LA Times Graphic/game of how to be a writer. Just a hint, nobody does it the same way. (Grokked from Tor.com)

Amazon is changing it's game. Instead of pulling all the buy buttons from a publisher, they're now just delaying shipping. It's not a good strategy as this one reflects on the Amazon experience. Hint to Amazon, people, in general, really don't care about the publisher. They just want their book. (Grokked from Saladin Ahmed)

You can take my snark when you pry it out of my cold, dead hands. Is snark overdone? In a hipster way, yes. But that's not the real snark. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Kurt Vonnegut's reply to an invite to appear at a school. "Do art, and do it for the rest of your lives… You have experienced becoming… and you have made your soul grow." Gods I miss that guy. (Grokked from Tor.com)

Have you ever wondered what a fireworks display looks like from the inside? Sure you have. Somebody flew a drone through them so you won't have to. (Grokked from Dan)

It looks like this summer we're (the collective we, as in a public discussion) going to have a conversation about food and what we eat. So, to help you get started, "People selling diets or exercise programs will latch on to true things that help them sell their product; they'll also latch onto false ones. Just look at Dr. Oz: plenty of what he's pushing is true, but lots of it isn't, or is misleading. Which is which? I don't know that he cares. He just needs a steady stream of things to endorse." Why is there so much confusion over nutrition and fitness. Because there's hellalotta money at stake. As an FYI, I haven't seen much discussion over the role of government in this issue (except from a "they're making us label our food this way"), but most of this is the direct result of the Nixon Administration. Make sure you read it all, including how to evaluated claims being made (hint, "until process is complete, assume bullshit"). (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)

Sure, you've heard about Kent State, but have you heard about Jackson State? (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Nine maps that show how climate change is already affecting the US. The take away from the report this week, climate change is not "will it happen" but now "how long will we wait to try and stop its progression, here's what we've lost already". (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

"The soon-to-be-formed select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks will have 7 Republican members and 5 Democratic members…" You know it's gotta be bad if you have to hedge your bets on a hand select committee.

"'Tomorrow, President Obama is going to do interviews with meteorologists all across the country about a new climate change report,' (Dana Perino, co-host of Fox News' "The Five") said. 'I hope they ask him about Benghazi.'" You all do know there's pharmaceuticals to help everybody at Fox News get past this, right?

Completely unrelated, did you know May is Mental Health Awareness Month?

In case you had forgotten about it, Wall Street banks continue to pillage our economy. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

"The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that pot farmers in the Sinaloa region have stopped planting due to a massive drop in wholesale prices, from $100 per kilo down to only $25. One farmer is quoted as saying: 'It’s not worth it anymore. I wish the Americans would stop with this legalization.'" Good thing heroin is on the rise. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

Tweet of my heart: @MarkTwainTweets The most outrageous lies that can be invented will find believers if a man only tells them with all his might. (ed. I believe this is the Fox News broadcast mantra)

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