REGIE HAMM: Government Cheese …

This guy is pretty good for a pianist.

Most political arguments can actually be broken down into two categories: those who want government fixes for everything, and those who want organic, private fixes. A lot of people believe that if the government isn’t doing something, it isn’t getting done. The minute the government tries to shut down a program, there are those who […]

via GOVERNMENT CHEESE … — Regie’s Blog

Dear Interweb Scandals, Stop Giving Me Homework

I’m really tired of having to look stuff up and find out how X was taken out of context or Y was just making a joke or being hyperbolic.

One of the worst parts of the Interwebs, is the endless outrage machine that decides which person should be tipped into the social media volcano for whatever the thought crime du jour is. Milo is just the most recent victim of the social media mob. It’s unjust and often completely inaccurate. On some level, we all know this is true. But I want to take a moment and discuss some of the hidden victims of the perpetual outrage machine. I’m talking of course about the bystanders who hear about the latest witch hunt and pause for a minute to ask if it’s real or BS?

You see, every time the mob starts baying for Paula Deen’s blood or demanding that I boycott and divest from the Khmer Rouge (turns out they were right about that one), I have to do the research and context gathering necessary to render an informed decision. I lose HOURS of my time finding out whether the bad-person did the bad-thing.

If we had a more functional media that were less ensorcelled by their biases and self-importance, I wouldn’t have to do this. Unfortunately, we don’t so I do.

What I will do is give you people a few thoughts on how to avoid becoming another horrid participant in the next “two minutes of hate” powered by Twitter.

  • If a story seems too good to be true, it usually is. I don’t remember who first said this, but I probably read it on Instapundit.com. When a story confirms all your worst suspicions about a person or group you oppose politically or otherwise, best to double check and wait for more information.
  • Context matters a ton. Always be willing to read the full transcript or watch the unedited video. If you don’t have time that day, don’t just share on Facebook with a self-righteous mini-rant.
  • Have a little empathy and understanding. We’ve all made bad jokes or said things in anger we wouldn’t like broadcast on the evening news.
  • Those who lead the two minutes of hate Twitter mobs are usually power hungry totalitarians. Scratch a SJW, find a Maoist.

Stay safe out there, legions of fans.

 

 

 

 

Heroic and Collective Journeys

William Lehman has a few choice words for Jeff Gomez. Plus, Pirates of the Caribbean  (minus the first one) is a MASSIVE suckfest.

*I’m working on a book that drops dead tomorrow, but now William has made me aware of this insanity, I’ll have to write my own post about it, probably tomorrow. Part of it being Mr. Gomez (I liked his relative, Wednesday’s father better) doesn’t get the Hero’s journey. And isn’t that bog standard? Another fricking […]

via The Collective Journey, or The Hero’s Journey? by William Lehman — According To Hoyt

Short Update: Zoltan, Wim Hof, etc.

Let’s see, I had the day off today with the royal Miller family because it’s President’s Day today. That’s thrown me off my normal schedule a bit, but I kept up with the Wim Hof “cold shower challenge” so I’ll count that as a win.

  • Zoltan: Second round of edits is coming along nicely (if slowly).
  • I’ve started reading Larry Correia’s Son of the Black Sword (so far so good, but then, what did you expect?).
  • I am alive and healthy (another win).

 

 

Cold Showers: Adding Another Habit to the Pile

I’m a big fan of adding good habits over time. Start with one achievable habit you can pick up today and add it to the routine. It could be something as simple as cleaning up the kitchen before bed or doing a few push-ups every morning. I advise starting with something easy for you. Once you’ve solidified the habit as part of your daily what-have-you, it doesn’t feel like effort to do it. You just do. That’s when this technique gets interesting.

Take the extra effort you expended on implementing your new habit of reading to your parakeet every night and choose a new habit to pick up. Over time, you’ll find that your general discipline improves in addition to all the direct benefits you get from your new habits.

What does this have to do with cold showers? Well, I’ve been hearing a lot about Wim Hof and his love of the cold.

And I figured it was time I tried the cold shower challenge:

There are all sorts of health benefits to the Scottish shower, but I’m mainly in it to suffer, endure, and build my willpower.

I’ll be in touch with results as I go.

Who’s with me?

 

We Are the Mutants: Light Grids and 1980s Futurism.

Even though they didn’t mention the holodeck of the USS Enterprise, it’s worth your time.

Of all the visual shorthand for a particular type of outmoded futurism, one of the most immediately recognizable—like the chrome lettering with which it is often paired—must be the light grid. Usually depicted as a network of glowing straight lines receding in perspective against a black background, occasionally with the outlines of mountains or the blush of dawn visible on the horizon…

via Vanishing Point: How the Light Grid Defined 1980s Futurism — We Are the Mutants

Cirsova: Heroic Fantasy & Sci-fi

I haven’t read any issues of this mag yet but no. 1 is in my reading pile. I’ll do a review once I’ve had time to crack into it. The cover art is pleasing to the eye though. They’ve got a kickstarter campaign you can donate to if you feel so inclined.

We’re offering Kindle editions of Cirsova #2 free from now until the end of our Kickstarter. While Cirsova #2 has been free on our website for some time, we understand that it may be more convenient to have it as an eBook. You can download it here: http://a.co/9wHX39I (note, this link will change in 5 […]

via Cirsova #2 Free eBook until end of Kickstarter + Stretch Goals — Cirsova

I Am The Voice That Cries in The Desert

From the good folks at MadGeniusClub:

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How many times do I have to say it?  If you’re going to write something, research it.

Sure if it’s historical or science and even if you are an expert on both or either, you’re going to make mistakes.  Partly you’re going to make mistakes because you’re human.  Even say, about Elizabethan England, where I know tons of things, there are things I don’t know, and I’ll come across it and go “Uh, they did WHAT?”

Or take when I was writing the Musketeers mysteries.  This mind you was when the internet was but a toddler, just learning to walk, and not able to say “Dada”.  I found nothing about how laundry was done in the time of the musketeers in Paris.  I needed that for Death of a Musketeer.  So I assumed it was done the same way it was done in the rest of Europe and put that…

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