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I've fallen off the wagon of daily posts here. This week the main reason was my getting sick on Wednesday, which put the whole week in a tailspin. In any event, I shall try to do better.

Since they've accumulated, have some links:

1) My radio interview is up for a re-run. Visit The Author's Show.

2) An interesting two-part history of one of the most popular cartridges in history, the .38 special. Part 1 and Part 2.

3) Cora Buhlert on false memories.

4) Some pretty pictures: Equihen Plage: The Village of Inverted Boat Houses.
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I've been busy, so have some links:

1) I'm still giving away free e-copies of my book The Night Watch.

2) You can read an interview of me.

3) An interesting article: Why Nothing Works Anymore. Best opening line: "“No… it’s a magic potty,” my daughter used to lament, age 3 or so, before refusing to use a public restroom stall with an automatic-flush toilet."

4) VOICE
America’s military doesn’t need more money — what it needs is an engaged public to demand a genuine strategy
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5) Among other things: Mars Needs Lawyers.
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Like the label on the tin says.


1) A very stunning image of Daphnis, a tiny moon in Saturn's rings.

2) A very interesting article about why England left the European Union. From the article: " it doesn’t want to be just another member of a team."

3) Don't get you hopes up about this very pretty drawing of a flying car.
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I hang out a lot with other writers, and in that company the fact that I've written a few books is not particularly noteworthy. But this past week, two "regular people" (a co-worker and my personal trainer's wife) both became aware of my writing habit. They both then expressed surprise, thought it was a big deal, and in one case promised to Buy My Books. (Thanks!)

In order to ease into the new year, herewith are a few links of interest:

1) Heart attack, cardiac arrest, and heart failure are often used interchangeably, but they’re distinct entities.

2) This article based on a book argues that blacks became concentrated in urban areas due to white action in the form of "sundown towns." (Blacks passing through had to be out by sundown.) Although this obviously happened, I also suspect there was a lot of assimilation. There are many Americans who claim "Indian" blood, but that was really "black" blood.

3) Max Gladstone liked Rogue One, but thought it could be better.

4) This Giant Furry Dog Playing With A Kid Will Make Your Day.
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Have a couple of links:

1) My book The Mars Run is getting some press.

2) An evacuated island - The story of St. Kildas

3) The minimum wage is not just for kids:

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I apologize for the radio silence. Wednesday and Thursday I was taking a cybersecurity course, and had no time to blog. Today I had to get caught up a bit. Over the past weekend, I was at Windycon, where I was on a panel entitled "Where Did English Get That Word."

As is typical with panels, we digressed a bit and got on other languages, namely Spanish. If you've been to Spain, you'll note that people in the interior of the country seem to speak with a lisp. I told the audience the story I'd heard, namely that this was because a king of Spain had developed a lisp and his people imitated them. (It actually tied into English, as we were discussing how words associated with the common people developed negative connotations while words associated with nobility got positive connotations.)

Well, somebody in the audience jumped up and said "that story about the lisp is wrong!" She had lived for 18 years in Madrid and said that the cause of the "lisp" was just an artifact of language. I thanked her for her correction. When I got home, I did some googling and found out that she was right and I was wrong.

You learn something every day.
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In order not to be "all Trump, all the time" herewith are three links of interest.

A) Via the fascinating show Air Disasters I got the full story on Helios Airways Flight 522. This is the flight where, due to a cabin pressurization failure, all passengers and crew were killed. Of especial note is that one of the flight attendants attempted to save the plane but waited an extremely long amount of time before doing so.

B) Actor Mike Rowe, who's made a name for himself as the star of TV's Dirty Jobs reality show, has interesting thoughts on who should or should not vote.

C) I have to admit a personal preference for revolvers. Having said that, I found this article recommending that the USAF use revolvers as their service pistol interesting.
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It's Tuesday, so have some links:

A) My book The Mars Run is featured on eBookSoda. Please share the love.

B) In regards to Black Lives Matter, a great video: Tolerance is for cowards.

C) Point Roberts, USA - An American city stranded at the tip of a Canadian peninsula.

D) Barack Obama on 5 days that shaped his Presidency.
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So, in lieu of content, I refer you to this fascinating piece: So you think you can fake your own death?

There's a book idea or two in there...
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I'll be at a Rotary event all day tomorrow, so I expect no blogging. Herewith, have a few links to tide you over:

A) In Ye Goode Olde Dayes, cities used to be full of shit - literally.

B) Mary Robinette Kowal is taking applications for a writer's workshop and cruise. I did this last year, and it was well worth it.

C) So, there has been a reactionless space engine proposed and currently undergoing very limited testing. Herewith is a theoretical explanation of why the darned thing just might work. Presented without comment.

D) Found via the scientific method of "dinking around on the Internet" a long and interesting article suggesting that Britain during WWI and WWII played the USA like a piano to our detriment and Britain's gain. Again, presented without comment.

E) Ana Marie Cox kinda sympathizes with Ted Cruz. I see her point.
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Like the label on the tin says:

A) A very long but fascinating read on Obama's foreign policy.

B) Related to the above - there are reasons these terrorist attacks keep happening in Europe.

C) The breaking news story consumer handbook.

D) A piece of Britain: the shipping forecast.

E) My review of Jeff Duntemann's new novel Ten Gentle Opportunities. You should buy it today!

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The Internet version of cleaning out the break-room refrigerator at work.

A) The Rise of 'victimhood' culture. My immediate response was "paging the Sad Puppies - Sad Puppies, please pick up a white courtesy phone." Alas, this is truly Both Sides Do It. From Holly Messinger.

B) Also from Ms. Messinger, some indie Westerns I'd like to watch.

C) A comment on free speech. Presented without endorsement.

D) Ever wonder why barber shops don't take credit cards? Wonder no more. Appropriate as I just got my hair cut this morning.

E) For management types: The Parable of the Monkeys -- The Persistence of Organizational Culture.

F) Sailors watch the birth of an island.
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I need to clean out some links, so here - now they're your problem!

A) This fascinating site promises to tell you how many people have your last name and where they live. According to the site, only 26 people in the world are named "Gerrib." I suspect that's actually high, as our name is an Anglicized version of an uncommon Lithuanian name.

B) Here's an interesting video about how difficult it is to drive a Model T. Hint - you have three pedals on the floor, none of which control the gas.

C) Of interest to those who've gone down to the sea: This massive, out-of-control cargo ship is about to crash into the coast of France.

D) A very powerful and simple explanation of how slate voting in awards is bad and how to fix it.
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So, I'm writing a mystery novel set in Central Illinois in the summer of 2008. Now, back in Ye Olde Dayes, if I wanted to know what the weather was like back then, I'd have to truck on down to a library. Now I just go to Weather Underground, put in a date and a location, and presto, I have all the data I need. If I want to know what my character was watching on TV, Wikipedia can give me the network broadcast grid. I have to say, I find life here in The Future (tm) wonderful!
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Blogging has been a bit sporadic due to Daye Jobbe things. Have a couple of links, moving from heavy to light.

A) One of my fellow Hadley Rille authors is wise about women characters.

B) The article above led to a very interesting link Ted Bundy's Success is a Failure of Feminism.

C) On a somewhat lighter note, true size maps. This site allows you to select a US state or country and drag it around the map. As you move relative to the equator, the entity selected gets "bigger" or "smaller" reflecting it's true size relative to other entities. Fascinating.

D) In honor of the reboot of Star Wars, Max Gladstone asks Galactic history or Galactic folk tale?

E) XKCD has thoughts on conspiracy theories. Paging Sad Puppies, Sad Puppies, please pick up the white courtesy phone for an important message.

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/conspiracy_theories.png
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Links, they go bad if you don't do something with them:

A) One of my writers' group members, Don Hunt, released a new book. Apparently I'm thanked in it, and so I bought it.

B) Harsh realities in the search for survivors of the wreck of the El Faro.

C) From WWII, a scarily-modern manual on how to make sure nothing gets done at work.

D) I'm not sure if this is a gag or legit: Selling irradiated seeds as "atomic gardens."
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As you may have heard, we bought a bank over the weekend. It's meant that I've spent an inordinate amount of time stuck in traffic on I-294 heading north of O'Hare to work at the new bank. Yippee. Have a couple of thoughts:

A) The epic inefficiency of secret police. Basically, if the police unit is a secret, how does anybody know to call them? Also, how do they find out about whatever it is they work on?

B) An interesting post on matters maritime: Why Should Captains Go Down With Their Ships?

C) This article bills itself as the real story behind the demise of the streetcar in America. General Motors contributed to it, but mostly it wasn't GM's fault.
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Sad News

First, Terry Prachett's Facebook page is announcing he just died. He was diagnosed with a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's in 2007, so this was not entirely unexpected. I have to admit, I've not read much if any of his stuff, but he was a fan favorite and a well-liked person.

Random Thoughts, Presented Randomly

A) trade-show attendees know the "booth babes" phenomenon - easy-on-the-eyes women hired to stand around a trade-show booth and suck in customers. This guy has empirical proof that babes do not convert to sales.

B) You can't win at publishing. Money quote:
Look, writing for money, particularly writing for a living is very hard.
It really is.
You know what else is hard to do for a living?
Everything.
Everything is hard.
You’re not entitled to this shit being any easier.
Writing is really no different than any other trade, craft, or profession. Anything you do for a living requires awareness and effort and consistency. Fiction just lacks the traditional markers. No one hires you to be a novelist at their novel writing company...


C) If you've been out to dinner at any casual dining restaurant recently, you've noticed that lobster tails are ubiquitous on the menu. Everybody's selling them, and I wondered why. Thanks to global warming, there's a glut of lobster on the market. When the article was written, lobster was going for $2 a pound. It's not clear if this year's hard winter will push prices up or down - the Maine shrimp season didn't happen, so more boats will be out lobstering.
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In honor of today's ice storm, have some links:

A) Cave-related link #1 - mysterious "terrorist" cave in Toronto just a man-cave.

B) Cave-related link #2 - what claims to be the largest cave in the world, with its own jungle, river and climate.

C) Building the first museum of slavery in the US.

D) An interesting story about being the daughter of a serial killer

E)
Assessing the health of independent bookstores - in the US, they are up 27% from 2007. Not clear is whether this is a "dead cat bounce" or a more permanent thing.

F) Why women love the movie 'Jupiter Ascending'.
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It's Friday, so let's ease on out the week with some links and pictures.

A) Here's an audio recording of one of my Capricon panels.

B) Helpful advice on how to survive a disaster. Basically, people freeze and don't react. The recommendation - think about what you'd do in an emergency.

C) A demonstration of the problems of banning guns - people will just make them at home.

D) A twitter rant about female characters. Tl;dr - Nothing needs changing about her. THE PLOT needs changing so that her coolness and strongness have an actual effect on things.

E) 9 American habits I lost when I moved to Germany - including fear of public nudity.

F) Finally, in the "one picture is worth a thousand words department:"

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