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

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Weekend Linkee-poo was killed by a cellular-phone explosion… the water was used to make baby lotion

Where have all the McGuffins gone?

So, I finally caught up on my Tor.com RSS feed.

"Accessing that shadowy territory really requires the physical act of writing. That’s what makes it so frightening and exhilarating. Sometimes, when you’re writing sentence by sentence, you’re not really sure what footprints you’re going to fall into, or what ghosts might appear." An interview with Karen Russell on writing. (Grokked from Tor.com)

I'll just leave this here for later. The updated D&D readings list. (Grokked from Tor.com)

Patrick Rothfuss bags on the lamentable state of fantasy. There's actually some pretty cool new stuff, but there are lots (and I mean lots) of books that are mostly Tolkien fanfic.

Bill Hader has an impressive list of 200 Essential Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See. Well, I'd say they were just good films to watch, but then I'm not Bill Hader. (Grokked from Tor.com)

Feynman on the internet. (Grokked from Tor.com)

"Rooting for an establishment candidate isn't ideal, but trying to get supporters to defeat Hagan is better than the alternative, Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund communications director Kevin Broughton told TPM." So much for the vaunted "we're going to change politics" idea. So, basically, can we all just now acknowledge that whatever the composition in those first weeks, the Tea Party is just the ultra-right wing of the GOP. "We will not wait several years to wake up and realize we’ve been duped." Won't get fooled again, huhn. Let me know how that works out for you.

"Since 2011, drought and heat waves contributed to $US 52 billion in economic losses in states from the Ohio River basin to the Pacific coast." What, me worry about climate change? "Yet as the (the Western Governors Association) forum kicks off this week in Norman, new challenges have emerged. With more people and more users, the tightening of water supplies cuts deeper than before. As the atmosphere accumulates more heat-trapping gases, future droughts will likely be even more severe. And austere budgets at the state and federal level have whittled climate monitoring and data collection systems, the core of any effective drought response, to the bone." Well, that's gotta suck. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)

There is now such a thing as an unemployment truther. You just can't make this shit up.

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