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

Monday, May 12, 2014

Linkee-poo's bloodshot eyes are gone, tell me I'm wrong

Ever have a book someone you know just loves, loves, loves. So you read it and find it's a boring grind? Here's some tips on how not to react. (Grokked from Neil Gaiman)

In this age of self-publishing, are editors still needed? If you know anything about this business, the answer is, "Yes." (Grokked from Tor.com)

I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? There's a great future in graphene.. Think about it. Will you think about it? (Grokked from Dan)

"Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), or the widespread population loss of honeybees, may have been caused by the use of neonicotinoids (a type of insecticide), according to a new study out of Harvard University." Oops. Why is this a problem? "Honeybees are essential to providing food for humans, as well as wild animals. They pollinate around one third of all crops consumed by humans and domestic animals." (Grokked from Dan)

Have you ever wondered just how pervasive racism is in our society. I mean, sure, there are idiots of the world like Sterling, or that Aunt or Uncle at Thanksgiving time. But I mean, just how deep the roots of it go? Take for example, the Ice Cream Truck song. Betcha didn't see that one coming, did ya. (Grokked from C.C. Findley)

Now that the draft is over, what's next? Well, for the players who got drafted, money problems. Also pointed to as a warning in case you win the lottery. It's always good to have a plan. (Grokked from John Scalzi - who also has some good advice on finances for writers)

Huhn, Kansas politicians actually like their wind power mandates and are suspicious of Koch Brothers' propaganda. Kansas. Wow, didn't expect that one. Say, Ohio legislature, are you reading this? We're going to make Kansas look progressive and forward thinking.

One of the problems with modern news. "'You don't need people's opinions on a fact,' (John Oliver) said." Yea, that. WARNING, there's a video of John Oliver's show on that link. Language is NSFW. Use headphones. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

And of point here, you may have heard people mentioning talking points memos on the various talking heads shows. Here's Eric Luntz's TPMs on climate control. This is how you structure a response and control public discourse. Here are the cogs that turn the wheels. And Eric Luntz was/is the guy behind the curtain. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

"The collapse of large parts of the ice sheet in West Antarctica appears to have begun and is almost certainly unstoppable, with global warming accelerating the pace of the disintegration, two groups of scientists reported Monday." Well, fuck. This is what's known as a "tipping point." The good news is that it'll take over 200-1000 years to completely collapse. The bad news is global climate change has a record of progressing faster than our estimates. (Grokked from John)

Of importance to those of us with "Wellness Programs" at work. How many steps are enough? That's an abstract to a paper looking at the 10,000 steps mantra (found the full paper here - PDF). It was a marketing ploy. That's not to say 10k steps isn't a bad goal, but I haven't achieved it yet with my "normal" routine (ie. not in clinicals). Although mowing my yard is about 5.2k steps by itself. I am not mowing my yard everyday. Here's a little more on that. For me, I work at a desk for the day thing. I'm lucky to top 2.5k steps by the time I drive home. I then try to get about another 2.5k after that. Why yes, my company is having a step challenge soon. Why do you ask?

Tweet of my heart: @MARIADAHVANA Writing Tip #1: take a great story & steal its spine. Break it's plot down into 1 sentence. Now change the characters. Now write. #unstuck

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