September 29th, 2008

bald man thinking

links for a monday morning

- Ricky Gervais Isn't Laughing (from Newsweek). Eight things that annoy Ricky Gervais (of "The Office" and "Extras"), and it reads like he talks. I have to agree with several of these.

- Dictionary of Carny, Circus, Sideshow & Vaudeville Lingo. "Alfalfa", "rubber cows" and a "clem". I think I might have to write a story set in a circus.

- Growing Vertical: Skyscraper Farming. Making a farm that goes up, not out. Interesting stuff, great for world building.

- A New Age of Exploration: From Earth to Mars. A lecture from an MIT prof on how humans can withstand space missions. 53 minutes long, so I haven't watched the whole thing, but I think it's a must-see.

- Falcon 1 - Flight 4 - September 28, 2008. SpaceX makes orbit (full video with Elon Musk statement here). The view looking back at Earth is Teh Awesome!

Bonus Political Link:

- Saturday Night Live: Palin/Couric interview. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are wonderful. The funny (scary) thing about this is how much of it is directly taken from what *really* happened.
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[writing] it's just a Big "No" Parade around here

I got a "no" from F&SF today, and I realized that it seems like I've received a lot of "no"s in the last week.

I counted and it's six in the last six days, and eleven in two weeks.

On the one hand, that's good. Because it means I'm submitting stories.

On the other hand, OUCH!

Of course, it's right at the end of the month when I have two stories to submit somewhere by tomorrow so it's going to be hard to find time to turn the stories around. But turn them around I must! Otherwise, my end of the month metrics will look terrible.

Because while not submitting guarantees you'll never receive a "no", it also guarantees you'll never receive a "yes".

And I want that "yes". So, back out they go! Do you hear that, stories? Don't unpack just yet...
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[writing, politics] a whole bunch of good reading, from salon.com

I'm not sure how many of these salon.com articles are free to all (I'm a donor so I have full access), but whatever is available is well worth reading.

- Glenn Greenwald on how the bailout follows the principles for how our government functions and the (ever-changing) elite consensus over the financial collapse. There's a lot to read in the Greenwald articles, but also a lot of useful and interesting information.

- Rebecca Traister on the Sarah Palin pity party. Traiser isn't going to play that game. A nice quote:

She boldly tries to pass off incuriosity and lassitude as regular-people qualities, thereby doing a disservice to all those Americans who also work two jobs and do not come from families that hand out passports and backpacking trips, yet still manage to pick up a paper and read about their government and seek out experience and knowledge.

"...boldly tries to pass off incuriousity and lassitude as regular-people qualities..." Hmmm, that reminds me of someone.

- Cary Tennis's "Since You Asked" column answers a letter that states "I get distracted by the Internet when I try to write". Cary goes on a bit, as he often does, but it's insightful for writers as he talks about fear and challenge and getting past it.

The summary (quoting Baudelaire): "Get Writing!"

And since I'm noodling around rather than writing, I will take that advice.
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tweets for the day

(Posted here for reference. At twitter, I'm also "jeffsoesbe")

  • 00:03 bedtime #
  • 10:05 @gregvaneekhout Rain? Rain? Oh yes - when water falls from the sky, like magic! I remember rain...barely. #
  • 10:05 @markmonlux Cracklin Oat Bran - wow. I used to *love* that cereal. I didn't know it was still around! #
  • 10:08 @DianePatterson "the stock purchase plan price" - Good point - I know my company's price is falling. Hopefully, it will come back #
  • 10:08 organizing how the work week will go, already feeling hungry #
  • 11:44 project un-fat is off to a rousing start with no snacking between breakfast and lunch. Of course, it's always off to a rousing start... #
  • 11:45 it's off to mom's for lunch - we're having posole and jalapeno cornbread! #
  • 13:56 figuring out where these software bugs come from, anyway? #
  • 16:10 wishing I had an orange, or an apple, or a peach. #
  • 16:59 so I had pretzels! more caloric, but low in fat. #
  • 21:10 in the last week, it's more submission "no"s than I can shake a stick at! #
  • 22:40 farting around on the Intertubes instead of doing writing work. And I have a headache. #
  • 22:52 @jelundberg Wrong to just give everyone A's? Of course not! In fact, it would be very *American* of you! :-) #
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