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Month: January 2006 (page 2 of 3)

Writing Advice from John Scalzi.

In case you were wondering what the life of a freelancer is like, here’s John Scalzi’s Utterly Useless Writing Advice. (Note that by “Utterly Useless” he actually means “Incredibly Long-Winded.”)

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Bound to Please, by Michael Dirda.

Bound to PleaseBound to Please, by Michael Dirda

What can I say? I haven’t felt this transformed by a collection of essays since I read Jeffrey Steingarten’s first book, The Man Who Ate Everything. Like Steingarten, Dirda has an infectious enthusiasm for his topic (for Dirda it’s literature, instead of food); an impressive, seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of his subject; and the ability to write naturally, easily, and even humorously.… Read the rest

Gore compares wiretapping of Americans to surveillance of King

Gore to Congress: “Uphold your oath of office and defend the Constitution. Stop going along to get along.

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Doomsday vault to avert world famine

If all agriculture is wiped out, all we have to do is make our way to Spitsbergen, Norway, and pick up some seeds: New Scientist News – Doomsday vault to avert world famine

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Early Man Was Hunted by Birds

Now are you afraid of birds? Researcher: Early Man Was Hunted by Birds – Yahoo! News

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Stardust returns.

map showing elevation of Stardust fireball at various locations“Stardust,” NASA’s comet dust-collecting satellite, will return to Earth Jan. 15. Its flight path will take it over northern CA and NV, but should be visible almost as far south as Las Vegas and as far north as Portland (though it will be pretty low in the sky at the northern and southern extremes).… Read the rest

Mistaken identity.

Today after preschool a mom I haven’t seen before is putting her son into her car. She greets Clara effusively as we walk by on the sidewalk: “Oh, hello, sweetheart! I had so much fun talking with your grandma last week!”… Read the rest

Wired News: Game Year in Review: 2010

Funny! Wired News: Game Year in Review: 2010

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Next time when I’m a baby.

Clara and Asha coverClara wanted to read her new book Clara and Asha before bedtime. As I’m bringing it over to the bed, she says, “Next time when I’m a baby, I don’t want you to name me Clara. I don’t like that name any more.… Read the rest

All the news.

Hypothesis: Over time, BoingBoing and The New York Times will gradually converge in style and coverage, until they are nearly indistinguishable.

I’m not as crazy as you may think. For this to happen, the Times would have to start acting more blog-like.… Read the rest

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