People who should know better

| April 28, 2008

As the whole Cassie Edwards story pointed out, it is hard to be a plagiarist these days. Anyone with just a little suspicion can use the internet to correctly attribute just about anything, so it is a stupid, stupid, thing to do. The kind of thing you really only expect from people who never had […]

Latest videos I have found

| April 26, 2008

Mixed bag today. This one is from the Smart Bitches, and is entitled the “Engineers Guide to Cats.” Of course, that was nowhere near strange or disturbing enough to live up to some of the stuff I’ve posted before, so I will follow that up with some seriously WTF nightmare fuel. (From the Agony Booth) […]

We have a title!

| April 25, 2008

My existential title crisis is over! And and the winner is: *drumroll* Lilly’s Song Now we just need to decide if it’s “A Wolfbreed Novel” or “A Novel of the Wolfbreed”

Twinkle twinkle little star

| April 24, 2008

ADDENDUM: Charlie Stross gets in on the act. God do I love Scalzi’s posts sometimes. Before I get into details, I should point out the origin of this meme in the actions of one asshat extrordinaire, Deborah MacGillivray who engaged in gaming the Amazon.com review system, mobilizing internet stormtroopers to vote down and report negative […]

Why DRM sucks

| April 24, 2008

I am a writer, that means I make money off of my intellectual property. This does not mean I like digital rights management in any way, shape, or form. Here is an object lesson why. I don’t even blame Microsoft for giving the finger to all their former MSN Music customers, because tying rights to […]

The internet is a stupid place

| April 23, 2008

I just caught two rather synchronous internet implosions in rather quick succession. Both are object lessons in how the internet doesn’t care what you really meant. The one implosion happened from a post on Tess Gerritsen’s blog that inspired a incredulous response on the Dear Author blog. Which is sort of where it should have […]

The NY Times covers election issues of substance

| April 22, 2008

And then they cover this. (via Scalzi) You know, I’m enough of a geek to actually be interested in fonts in and of themselves. But tying them into campaign coverage gives me a hefty dose of WTF. And I give the irregular-weekly asshat award to Seymour Chwast who managed to turn font aesthetics into a […]

That’s one thing to call it

| April 19, 2008

“Irreconcilable editorial differences.“ That’s the word as Signet and Cassie Edwards part ways. Thanks to the Smart Bitches for the tip. (Or, if you’re the AP, the Smart B——)

First lines

| April 19, 2008

I wrote an earlier post about starting a story off, and today (via Lynn Viehl’s blog) I discovered the One Sentence website that “is about telling your story, briefly. Insignificant stories, everyday stories, or turning-point-in-your-life stories, boiled down to their bare essentials.” In other words, one sentence long short stories. The site is like literary […]

Google knows where you live

| April 18, 2008

Well, I might be behind the curve here, but I didn’t realize how deeply Google had been stepping up to contribute to ultimate universal omniscience. Last I paid attention to their “street view” feature it was still in beta, then today I was playing around with it and noticed they got most of Cleveland mapped […]