Matt (f'ing) Wallace on publishing/submitting. YMMV.(Grokked from Chia Evers)
So, how's that "the next generation will embrace ebooks" thing going? Ninety-two percent of college students prefer paper books over ebooks (for anything longer than an article). That good, huh. Who'd a thunk it. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)
Marginalia. In case you didn't know (and didn't read your Umberto Eco). (Grokked from Steven Brust)
Fred Clark on recent events in his life (well, okay, in January), human worth, the supposed "Wisdom of the Market", and optimism. Mr. Clark, aka the Slactivist, is also running his own fund raiser. "What’s the best way to allocate the resource of this scrawny, brainy guy who has years of experience honing a useful craft? Let’s employ him as muscle. Brilliant." Well, I'm not exactly scrawny, but damn, that's exactly what I was thinking during my last job search. And it well and truly sucks to be in that position and has been the main impetus behind my own reboot. Hang in there, Fred.
XKCD on kerning. Bwahahahaha. (Grokked from Kelly Link)
"More than 40 years after her burial in an unmarked Philadelphia grave, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, gospel’s first superstar and its most celebrated crossover figure, is enjoying a burst of Internet celebrity." This year I think people have finally caught the hang of Black History Month. (Grokked from Patrick Nielsen Hayden)
"Scientist have spotted hills made of ice floating in a sea of frozen nitrogen in Pluto’s 'heart,' one of the dwarf planet’s must (sic) distinct regions because of its shape." The universe is stranger than you think. (Grokked from Christopher Moore)
RIP Moore's Law. We knew it was coming (and really hadn't been in good health for the last decade). (Grokked from John)
Five things to understand about people who have lost a child. (Grokked from Janiece)
"Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." Steven Brust rants about the nattering nabobs of negativism.
"The incinerated partial remains of at least 274 American troops were dumped in a Virginia landfill, according to government records…" :: staring slack-jawed :: "Changes in disposal policies came about after an in-depth review at Dover was ordered in 2008 by then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates." I should hope fucking so. I often metaphorically ask for heads to roll, this time it's not so metaphorically. (Grokked from Janiece)
When conservative candidates talk about changing the direction the country is going, understand that they want to reverse this. Note that GDP "slowed" to 0.7%, which isn't good.
"You had a surge of federal money for sterilizations, mainstream feminists calling for easier access to them, a fear that overpopulation would soon destroy the planet and the fear that poor women were burdening the country with children whom taxpayers would need to feed, clothe and educate." And they complain about funding Planned Parenthood. (Grokked from Janiece)
Tweet of my heart: @StevenBrust Ever notice how those who say the problem is people wanting too much stuff are people who can afford lots of stuff? #nocontext