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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Linkee-poo says it's your birthday, it's my birthday too

Ann Leckie on omniscient POV. One POV to rule them all, one POV to bind them, one POV to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. That's a response to how she talks about limited 3rd and a commentary on it's preponderance in SF/F. But limited 3rd is the same advice as "verbs in past tense." There are great examples that break those rules, but much of what you'll read fits into those categories. This is sort of why here in the US we like to read text with serifs (although that's changing) whereas in Europe they like sans serif. Why? It's nothing more than how they've been trained to read and what they read the most of. (Grokked from Cat Rambo)

Mary Robinette Kowal announce the next Writing Excuses Workshop/Cruise.

Rampant Islamaphobia, it's not just for mosques or no-fly-lists. In this case several communities are opposing Muslim cemeteries.

A robot joins an ad agency as an art/creative director. Well, it's about as useful as most ADs I've worked under, which "Its one arm is being programmed to write out briefs in Japanese calligraphy – typical of a creative director to write out directions and leave the rest of the work to younger employees, he says." Copy to fit. Note that it doesn't come up with a creative solution, it's just aggregating aspects of winning campaigns. If you can't do that as a first year junior designer you might need to rethink your career choices.

You know the Right-to-Life people try to portray themselves as reasonable? In Oklahoma they're about to pass a law that makes it illegal to renew the license of a doctor who performs an abortion. No, these people are not reasonable and they are waging a war against women.

And the Bundy's legal defense boils down to, "Well, actually…" Sigh. It's one thing to use that argument style on Twitter, Facebook or blogs, but I have a feeling in Federal Court that'll lead to a pretty quick spike by the prosecution. Although it may lead to leniency, after all we try to accommodate for the mentally challenged.

"Apparently about a third of Americans are sleep-deprived. And their employers are probably paying for it, in the form of mistakes, productivity loss, accidents and increased health insurance costs." I so have all the feels for this.

So how's that new "proof of citizenship required to vote" initiative going? Seems like everything is going according to plan (which means "badly").

Remember that 107-year-old grandma who danced with the Obamas? Apparently she's unable to get a replacement photo ID that would allow her to travel (and in some places, vote). (Grokked from TPM)

And former Sen. Jim Webb places himself off the list of VP potentials. Yes, ignorance and racism aren't really confined to one party, it's just a preponderance.

So, Tom Delay (among others) thinks the court should be lenient on Denny Hastert because "he's a good guy." You know, except for those times he sexually abused boys in his charge (note here there are more allegations than the several people who he has paid hush money to, like setting up a chair to watch the boys shower and pee). You remember Tom Delay, he's the former House GOP Leader who was found guilty of money laundering to avoid campaign finance rules (later his conviction was overturned by the Texas Supreme Court, that bastion of non-partisan legal jurisprudence). Ah, the company you keep.

Dr. Carson says, "Let us not disgrace Harriet Tubman by symbolically linking her with a nearly bankrupt instrument of slavery and debt." Just how mind-fucked do you need to be to think these thoughts?

Opps. So, after publicly declaring that Cruz should take Indiana and Kasich will take New Mexico and Oregon, in Oregon the state sent out a pamphlet for voters that "includes Kasich's name among the 2016 GOP hopefuls in the table of contents but notes he chose not to submit a statement." And these people want to run our country. That's just fucking brilliant.

Tweet of my heart: @DelilahSDawson Querying writers, a reminder: No matter how great your query and story, that literary agent is gonna Google you. So don't be a shitlord.

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