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 12, 2015

Linkee-poo said can't you see that this old boy has been lonely

Character creation and novel writing. (Grokked from Mrs Tadd)

"If these are the sort of truths that discourage you, yes, you should probably give up now. Because you are going to hit far more roadblocks and hurdles once you have that first novel published, and more again with the second. It does not, in truth, get any easier." Kameron Hurley on the truths about writing, publishing, being a writer and giving up (spoiler, no, she's not giving up). Most of you are going to give up. Hell. I spent most of this summer wrestling with that question. But I know, deep in the chambers of my little, black heart, I will never give up. I will be writing something. Even if it's just links on this blog.

And, because Kameron Hurley has a new book out, she's blogging everywhere. Like here where she talks about writing your passion, even if it seems unpublishable. And the long road to publishing and the amount of dead bodies littering the short road.

Ten SF/F writing "rules" (well, tropes) that io9 would like us to break. (Grokked from Tor.com)

This is why fandom is so great, Star Trek, the New Voyages. (Grokked form Mrs. Tadd)

The Tomb at Amphipolis was built by Alexander and dedicated to Hephaestion, his "general" (COUGHloverCOUGH). Nu uh, say other archeologists. (Grokked from Mrs. Tadd)

"The Klementinum library, a beautiful example of Baroque architecture, was first opened in 1722 as part of the Jesuit university, and houses over 20,000 books. It was voted as one of the most beautiful and majestic libraries in the world by (Bored Panda) readers! Wow. (Grokked from Tor.com)

A most awesome blue screen of death. (Grokked from Dan)

The Space-X Dragon crewed capsule. I think someone watched a little too much STNG if you ask me. (Grokked from Tor.com)

Radiolab's Smile My Ass episode. On Allen Funt, the rise of Candid Camera, and how social media has made us all a part of the experiment.

"House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) addressed his recent comments about the Benghazi committee again on Wednesday, urging people to 'stop playing politics.'" You know, for a complete asshole he's kinda cute when he's naive. Dude, seriously, the best option at this point is to resign the position and STFU. Anything else and you just continue to label yourself as a part of the "vast right-wing conspiracy" against the Clintons.

At the break between conservative and libertarian, Ohio Judge (and Ohio is a "conservative" state) allows private company to survey other people's private land for a gas pipeline. So, you have the rights to your land, except when I company wants it. Tie in the debate over seizing property for the public good and this becomes a very interesting reveal into the conservative mind.

"(F)ormer Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke tells us… he 'lost patience with Republicans' susceptibility to the know-nothing-ism of the far right.'" Gee, GOP economic and budget views are not based in reality or data? Who knew? (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

"Most judges take the position that they are not going to re-victimize the person." Except in this case, the judge jails the victim of domestic abuse for not testifying against the perpetrator. Because that will work so well and send the proper message to other victims.

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