Abd el-Kader ~ Worthwhile Longform Essay

From the Rany on the Royals blog. Rany writes well on the humanity of his ancestor; Abd el-Kader and the Massacre of Damascus.

Google Wave’s Bye-bye ~ What Killed Wave?

Wave may be Google’s most valuable failed application to date because of Wave’s team robust reimagining and robust use of HTML 5. No doubt, we will see elements of Wave’s development put to good use in other applications, and as a springboard for new ideas.

Bravo! Encore!

Wave is the latest social networking failure from Google. Prior to Wave, Google was stung with backlash from Google Buzz; a semi-blog like addition to Gmail which cause an uproar because Google presumed everyone on Gmail users’s contact list was fair game to everyone on Gmail users’s contact list.

But Google was in the right place with Gmail as the heart of a social network, both because of the vast Gmail user base, which affords instant large numbers needed for a successful social network, and because most people’s entire network is in their email contacts.

The common thread among Google’s social networking failures is user-controlled groups.

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8 Rules for Writing Fiction ~ Kurt Vonnegut

  1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
  2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
  3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
  4. Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.
  5. Start as close to the end as possible.
  6. Be a sadist. Now matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them — in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
  7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
  8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

Vonnegut, Kurt Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons 1999.

Finish Your Novel in 4 Simple Steps

There is no such thing as great writing, only great editing. Short, effective article on how to move quickly to the editing phase.

Finish Your Novel in 4 Simple Steps.

Time to Get Classy

  1. Get your favorite drink.
  2. Open this in a new tab.
  3. Open this in a second tab.
  4. Open this in a third tab, and expand video to full screen.

America learns a new word: GOOOOOOAAAAL!

A physicist, engineer and a statistician are out hunting.

A physicist, engineer and a statistician are out hunting. Suddenly, a deer appears 50 yards away.

The physicist does some basic ballistic calculations, assuming a vacuum, lifts his rifle to a specific angle, and shoots. The bullet lands 5 yards short.

The engineer adds a fudge factor for air resistance, lifts his rifle slightly higher, and shoots. The bullet lands 5 yards long.

The statistician yells “We got him!”

Improbable Deniability

“Some things, however, are true no matter how hard you might try to block them out, and a lie is always a lie, no matter how prettily told. Some doors, once they’re opened, can never be closed again, just as some trust, once it’s been lost, can never be won back.” ~Alice Hoffman

TEDTalks: Simon Sinek ~ How great leaders inspire action

I Got It (What You Need) ~ Galactic and Lyrics Born

I’ve been trying to figure out he lyrics for this awesome funk song. Can you help me?

You got to step [out | up ] on the corner, man. You know I got what you need, baby.

[something] Oh!

[Chorus]

You want it? Baby, I got it.
You need it? Baby, come get it.

You want it? Baby, I got whatchya need, watchya need, watchya need, watchya need?

[Repeat Chorus]
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