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Monthly Archive: April 2011

Apr 23 2011

Cantina Quote o’ the Week: Sydney J. Harris

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.  -Sydney J. Harris I know two things about Sydney J. Harris: the above quote, and that he ended up on Nixon’s shit-list Mark II.  Those are enough to make me like …

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Apr 22 2011

It’s the Apocalypse, Isn’t It?

Sorry, but under the circumstances, Los Links shall have to wait until tomorrow.  Allow me to ‘splain.  Or sum up.  After all, it’s the apocalypse, and we haven’t got much time. The Gnus among you are probably already aware of Chris Mooney and his history of, how to put it nicely, being an utter fucktard …

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Apr 21 2011

Wellsprings of Inspiration Part I: Novels and How-To

Glacial Till asking about how I became a blogger and Nicole asking about my long-term writing goals got me to thinking about inspiration. Inspiration doesn’t always come standard.  There are times when the magma chamber’s emptied, and there’s a dormant phase before the volcano’s ready to erupt again.  I’ve gotten used to those phases, resigned …

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Apr 20 2011

Liesegang Banding: Automatic Art

So this one day, on Twitter, Callan Bentley posted this:  The best Liesegang banding you will see today is here http://bit.ly/fgzbBO and here http://bit.ly/gFjQja. Had no earthly idea what Liesegang banding was, but if Callan says it’s the best, you know it’s something good.  So I clicked through.  Do it.  Go on. Amazing, isn’t it …

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Apr 19 2011

Goodbye, Our Sarah Jane

Elisabeth Sladen, the actress who played Doctor Who’s Sarah Jane Smith, died of cancer today.  Russell T. Davies gives a worthy tribute to her here.  All I’ve got is this clip from YouTube that doesn’t do her justice, and some fangirl memories. She was brilliant.  So very brilliant.  I’d never known her – my obsession …

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Apr 19 2011

Dana’s Dojo: Sensory Deprivation and How to Avoid It

Today in the Dojo: Using senses other than sight in writing. Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.      -Anton Chekhov I had a very strict routine when I left work in Tempe, AZ:  I punched out at lightning speed and race-walked through the parking lot to …

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Apr 18 2011

Watch This. It’s Terrifying and Important

This is how easy it is to steal an election: Programmer under oath admits computers rig elections. (h/t via Suzanne)

Apr 18 2011

People With No Understanding of Fantasy Probably Shouldn’t Review It

I have now, like every other fantasy fan with tits on the planet, read Ginia Bellafonte’s risible review of HBO’s adaptation of A Game of Thrones. I’ve spent most of the week now trying to determine which planet she’s from.  I’m still not sure.  It hasn’t got the same color sky as mine, and the …

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Apr 17 2011

My Cat Is Also a Doctor Who Fan

Fangirl She’s added hanging about with the Doctor Who DVDs to her usual rounds of sleeping on me, her paper, and the back of the couch.  Looks very smug about it, doesn’t she?

Apr 17 2011

Gather Round, Ye Aspiring Authors, For a Cautionary Tale

By now, you’ve all had a good laugh at Jacqueline Howett’s expense, right?  It’s been a few weeks since her flameout went viral.  If you missed it, go check out the comments on this review, wherein the self-published author with, shall we say, such unique grammar and spelling goes down in flames over a review …

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