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, October 6, 2014

Linkee-poo got no dirty little fingers, bloodshot eyes are gone

Finished my training time for the hospital. Worked and had class for about 92 hours in the past week, with a single span of 29 hours of non-stop work or driving (I had a few hours in there where I was scheduled to be anywhere, but not like I could take a nap without missing the next thing). Twenty-nine hours isn't my record (neither is 92 hours), IIRC it's falls to the number 3 place. But then, I'm also not in my late twenties anymore. And today brings the first day job/tech job conflict because they can't schedule a meeting this Thursday afternoon. I'm not entirely broken up about it (considering that it's not my project anyway, but they're trying to make it mine). This isn't to say we'll be back on a "normal" schedule (I don't think most of you were here when I did have a "normal" publishing schedule anyway). But hopefully it won't be weeks between posts. (starts laughing madly as he drives into that brave new world with one pedal to the floor and my arm out the window)

Need some resources for fairy tales? (Looks in Matt Staggs direction) Here's some. (Grokked from John Joseph Adams)

You know all those stories about submitting resumes with exactly the same qualifications on them, but with different names (ethnicity and sex) to see which ones would get a response? What if you did that with story submissions? (Grokked from M J Locke)

You know, you'd think that libertarians would be all for The Market™ solving problems of supply and demand, wouldn't you. You know, especially those politicians who have said that government shouldn't regulate businesses at all, including enforcing the Civil Rights Act. And they do, except when it comes to their own book sales. Then they're all, "maybe we should do something about it." And, amazingly, something happens for them. Apparently not all Hachette books are the same when it comes to Amazon. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

"When I first started writing, I wasn’t in it for the long haul. I don’t know if you can be, really… There’s an experimental phase, when you try something out… See if you’re at all good at it. See if it has any meaning to you. See if this is a thing to which you can devote yourself. Because not everything will be. And if it’s not for you, then it’s not only okay to quit but a good idea. This level of commitment is not for everyone." On not quoting writing. (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)

Have a story or poem about trickers or thieves? Cicada Magazine is looking for them and paying nicely (as these things go). Deadline at the end of the month. Wish I had my AI story ready, but doubt I could rewrite it in time. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)

"Back in 1971, a group of soviet scientists had the bright idea to light a massive natural gas fire in the middle of the Turkmeni desert. Forty-three years later, the blaze still burns." What could possibly go wrong? (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

We have always fought. In this case, women have always been programmers and good at math.

"A member of Colorado's state Board of Education argued that the fact that the United States voluntarily ended slavery proved 'American execptionalism' and this perspective should be taught to students in a recent Facebook post about the AP U.S. History curriculum." This is the same board that was challenging the new AP US History tests. This is someone elected to State Level politics. This is what is at stake here.

Jim Wright talks about the man with the gun over there, telling me I've got to beware. What Jim doesn't say, and what hasn't been in the discussion of ISIL/ISIS and Syria is proportion. Remember proportion? ISIL/ISI has killed some of our citizens. Is the appropriate response "Kill 'em all" or "we know where some of their leadership is, we know their training, support, and communication lines and facilities, we will deprive them of some of them." What the terrorists haven't learned is our people are insane. We will violate our laws, our principles, and breaks the foundations of our social contract only to satisfy out blood lust. And we won't rebel in a way they expect. In fact, we'll only rebel in that manner if we do nothing, or maybe attempt to provide everyone healthcare. All options in Syria with ISIL/ISIS are bad. Not a single way to victory.

Having lost the argument over how the CBO scores conservative ideals, the conservative run House and possibly conservatively run Senate want to change the rules on how the CBO scores bills by passing a law mandating the CBO do it their way. BTW, their way has never proven out.

Louisiana, Louisiana, they're trying to wash us away, they're trying to wash us away. "Two years ago, NOAA removed 31 bays and other features from the Buras charts. Some had been named by French explorers in the 1700s." There's this thing in conservation circles where the West criticizes the East by saying that the East shouldn't interfere with the planning of the West. Well, here's where we do get off telling the West what to do, we've already fucked up our environment. We know where we went wrong. We're trying to keep you all from making the same mistakes. Louisiana is about to join that club of having destroyed their own environment, once the realize what they've done, maybe they'll also start trying to educate others to keep from making their mistake. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

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