And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Linkee-poo, if I could dig down deep in my heart, feelings would flood on the page, would it satisfy ya, would it slide on by ya, would ya think the boy's insane?

Keyboard shortcuts for novelists. (Grokked from phiala)

Jim Hines kicks the day job to the curb. You go, Jim. For aspiring writers waiting for the dream, please note the main instigating event. Most of the people I know who are writing full time have a similar circumstance.

Living with a highly creative person. In case you ever wondered why I write, it's because my wife said I should inflict my humor on people other than just her. It's a little stereotypical (not all creatives are alike). (Grokked from Dozelle Young)

So, ever complained about how your computer is haunted or possessed? There's an app for that. Well, at least some helpful Wiccan practitioners. "Though tech problems are not the only ones Talley tackles, she is routinely called upon to debug people’s tech woes with spiritual energy." I used to joke about dancing naked in the light of the full moon and my chicken-bone necklace back in the days of SCSI interfaces (oh you kids, you don't know the fun we had in the early days of computing). Maybe I had something going there. (Grokked from Dan)

For every moment you think there are shining examples of the better angels of our nature, such as people going out to protect the nests of endangered sea turtles, there's stories like this that bring me back to earth. "A 72-year-old Marine veteran who volunteered to protect a sea turtle nest got beaten and shot in the butt for his troubles."

We're boned. Yep, climate scientists are growing tired of sugar coating it to try and convince certain people among us to actually do something about climate change. So now the government report concludes that even if we froze carbon outputs, the seas will continue to rise for centuries. That means when they talk about the tipping point, they're now talking in the past tense. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

June of 2015 was the warmest June on record and will possibly lead us to another warmest year on record. For the record, 2014 was also the warmest year on record at the time. Nothing to worry about here. I'm sure Sen. Inhofe is saving up some snowballs in his freezer to help us all out. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

Shit just got serious. Ashley Madison, a "dating" site for married people (I would guess mostly men) looking for affairs is hacked. They're also holding the data for ransom (asking the sites run by the parent company to be taken down… dudes, seriously selling yourselves short here). On the positive side, I now expect lawmakers will finally get serious about cyber security and holding companies accountable. (Grokked from Dan)

Fresca quietly takes control of the 18-34 demographic in a series of night time raids. Oh, Onion, never leave us. (Grokked from Brandie Tarvin)

A Muslim cemetery is going in Farmersville, Tx. And the locals are none too happy about it. Thinking it'll draw that radical islamic thing they've all been worried about. Reminds me of a Robin Williams routine, "WTF asshole, he's dead?!" And I'm sure even if they didn't uses vaults in their burials, any chance of ground contaminate is overwhelmed by the large amounts of bullshit being discussed behind closed doors down there.

"Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general and the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, was 'one of the South's first civil rights leaders,' a GOP state representative from Tennessee wrote in an op-ed published Thursday." I just don't have the spoons for this political season.

More on how Fox News is actually a propaganda/disinformation campaign being waged for the benefit of conservative politics. (Grokked from Justine Larbeliester)

Scott Walker explains his wife's position on same-sex marriage. Of course, it's his. I'm starting to change my mind of wanting Trump to advance toward the nomination and now think it would be great fun for Walker to be there. Although his assholiness is a little more subtle and not a lot of people will get it. Seriously, Scottie? How about, "My wife's position is her own, and she will make a clarifying statement if and when she's ready." I'm sure he doesn't order for her at restaurants or anything.

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