Daily Archives: January 7, 2014

Torture Is An Abomination

The Rise and Rise of Television Torture

But this prevalence of torture that you see in otherwise very comparable shows is not limited to [the TV series] Fringe. It is everywhere in American entertainment now.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.


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New Contender: Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

I am really liking the look of this one.


Look at that screen compared to seven-inch!

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Writers: Just Write, Period.

What I thought I wanted versus what I really wanted

My biggest mistake was not choosing to write the stories that fascinate me the most either emotionally or intellectually.

Just write.

It’s not your job to wonder if your work can be sold.

There are people called marketers who do that job.

And what if you’re self-publishing?

Your job is still just to write.

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The Oldest Human Impulse

The Smartest Book About Our Digital Age Was Published in 1929

Ortega’s brilliant insight came in understanding that the battle between ‘up’ and ‘down’ could be as important in spurring social and cultural change as the conflict between ‘left’ and ‘right’. This is not an economic distinction in Ortega’s mind. The new conflict, he insists, is not between “hierarchically superior and inferior classes…. upper classes or lower classes.” A millionaire could be a member of the masses, according to Ortega’s surprising schema. And a pauper might represent the elite.

The key driver of change, as Ortega sees it, comes from a shocking attitude characteristic of the modern age — or, at least, Ortega was shocked. Put simply, the masses hate experts. If forced to choose between the advice of the learned and the vague impressions of other people just like themselves, the masses invariably turn to the latter. The upper elite still try to pronounce judgments and lead, but fewer and fewer of those down below pay attention.

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The Weather Is On Bath Salts


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January 7, 2014 · 7:08 am