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

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Linkee-poo, and there's a creepy doll that always follows you, it's got a ruined eye that's always open

"So spare me your whining about the exceptions. They didn’t RULE. The rule was that, until shamefully recently, the track record of science fiction when it came to social justice stank to high heaven. A genre that claimed to be in advance of society was actually trailing far behind, on issues of race, gender, or anything that involved 'social justice.'" Eric Flint on the brouhaha. (Grokked from Jason Sanford)

Fantasy writers choose their favorite sword and sorcery stories. Which reminds me I've really been wanting to re-read Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories. Read them in high school, something like my freshman year. Don't remember much of them. (Grokked from Tor.com)

Collecting Shakespeare First Folios. "His name was Henry Folger and he was a successful businessman who worked his way to the top of Standard Oil. Folger managed to buy 82 first folios out of only a couple hundred that survived from the original 1623 printing."

Something new to me, Blank on Blank. Audio interviews that are then animated. Started from Ray Bradbury on Madmen, Writing, Driving and Flying. Also liked Gene Wilder on the Truth. (Ray Bradbury grokked from Tor.com)

ABC is relaunching the Muppet Show as a mockumentary. I'll be in my bunk (was that inappropriate?). (Grokked from Dan)

"Last year at this time, I was harping about the 'monster' El Niño that seemed to be brewing in the tropical Pacific Ocean. It didn’t pan out. But from the looks of the latest data, I was just one year too early." Queue the scary little girl pointing to a no-longer-possible-static-filled TV, "It's baaack." Say, did you notice we've already had our first tropical storm of the year… at the same time it was snowing in the Rockies? The Good News People™ part is that means Southern California will get more rain than normal, more than likely. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)

Third-person skiing. Or, you are the video game. Highly not recommended (although if you like poorly produced videos of idiots doing things that will possibly get them killed because they don't understand how the real world works, by all means, enjoy). The world isn't a video game. Theres plenty of data you can get from your own senses, that are very important to successful navigation in the real world, that you won't see this way. Also, video games are designed, everything is purposeful. The real world isn't. That that tree stump you're about to plow into that your own body is masking. (Grokked from Dan)

"A new study suggests that for children with attention disorders, hyperactive movements meant better performance on a task that requires concentration." Huhn. For those of you that have met me in person, you might have noticed that I am usually fidgeting. Except for when I'm deep inside my own head (like writing, etc). But even at those times I need distractions, like music (although the music can't have words or I focus too much on those words instead of my own). It's always helped me focus on what I'm doing (the music, or background noise, can calm parts of my brain that want to jump around and go look at the shiny).

Do better-paid workers equal better business? Shocked to find the answer is "Yes".

Here is a classic example on how racists don't understand their own racism. It isn't about the words you used, former Principal Gordeuk, it was what you were implying. It was your judgement, because that's where prejudice lays. Sometimes is can be the words, when they're pejoratives. However, in this case, it was your perception that "of course the Black people would want to leave and not listen to a speech." That's the racist part.

When it comes to the "In Retrospect About the Iraq War" question, John "the 'Stash" Bolton is the fifth dentist. Of course he is. He was advocating for war even before GW Bush was elected president as a Chairman of the Project the New American Century. So he's been an asshole for a long time, if he steps back from that position, his SuperPac would lose all it's meager funding. And John just isn't getting paid all that much for his speaking fees, or appearing on Fox, so he has to make money somewhere.

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