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Though I would hesitate to call this a "good news" article, it certainly does point out that despite the noisy reports of the daily news, there is a trend of improvement that is not just a few years, but decades long.
It’s a good time to be a pessimist. ISIS, Crimea, Donetsk, Gaza, Burma, Ebola, school shootings, campus rapes, wife-beating athletes, lethal cops—who can avoid the feeling that things fall apart, the center cannot hold? Last year Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before a Senate committee...
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Very nicely done and great makeup to get the characters looking right.
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Interesting idea from @MicahelSteeber of +9to5Mac.  I would still appreciate having a continuous widgets area on that larger screen for a very few items that would continuously update.

I have long had an argument with the Windows Live Tiles concept, particularly when applied to larger PC screens, because there just aren't that many information feeds that most people need to update continuously.  Most people would be hard-pressed to name more than 6 such items, let along more than a dozen. But a few would still be definitely useful.
At Apple’s special press event this past September, we witnessed the introduction of several new user interface paradigms, in the form of Apple Watch. Perhaps one of the most interesting was Apple ...
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Excellent alternate take on Krypton and Superman. Little did we know what was actually happening. #supers
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What the heck is this knife used for? You can see that it has some serious serrations to saw though something tough, but then why have that broad blade like it is intended to spread something soft?
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My preferred bagels are more chewy than crusty. Then nicely toast them and apply the schmear (a technical term of art) and they a great taste in the morning.
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And I'm perfectly willing to give one of my rare +1s for this. Like with so many crimes of this sort, it ultimately pulls the public together rather than apart.
The hostage situation in Sydney's busy city district has crossed over into day two, with the identity of the hostage taker revealed as Man Haron Monis. The..
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Hmm... The concept of a Peace Bubble, courtesy of the Pax Americana fits in well with what +David Brin has been saying about world wide development in the 20th and 21st century.
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You have to love the audacity of the advocates of Space Solar Power. It may well become the long-term solution for our energy needs, but the pace of change that is described in this article makes me think that it isn't going to be what we see in the near future.

If you can get through the engineering speak at the beginning, it sounds like it would be a perfectly logical and easy method to handle the growing energy needs of the world. It is when you start getting to the requirements for launches and the scale of mass that will be involved that you hit that boggle of incredulity.

Let me say that I want a world where launching 500,000 tons into orbit every year is both doable and becomes routine (as it would need to). By the time we reach that capability, we may have other solutions for the world's problems.
People have looked resource (and now climate change and global warming) disasters in the face so long that I am not entirely sure they are actually able to deal with something llike good news. It will be interesting to see how much flack I get for this article.
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Though this isn't much of a picture, for writers it is certainly an illuminating one. That graph represents the daily sales for this author's new book.

She is able to draw some interesting conclusions about the nature of Amazon's automated promotion tools and how they may work. Importantly, those promotion tools do a much better job at finding readers/purchasers for your book than what happens at other book platforms. In this example, the book sold at nearly a 10-1 ratio on Amazon compared to Barnes & Noble and other platforms. Amazon's overall portion of the market would suggest only a 3-1 ratio, so Amazon is doing something much better (for this book) than is taking place elsewhere.

If you are an independent writer, this is a worthwhile article to read to see what is happening behind the scenes as your book is selling at Amazon.
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To go a bit further with this, I wonder if Apple is doing similarly with their App Store (if not the iBooks store).
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5 Marketing Mistakes That Beginning Fiction Writers Make.

Just an excellent article about the basics of book marketing by James Kong at The Book Designer.

The points he makes can't be repeated enough. Too often new writers are focusing on the wrong things when promoting their books and become disappointed when things don't take off like they wish.

I can't think of a better two minute read for someone new to fiction publishing.
5 Marketing Mistakes That Beginning Fiction Writers Make by Jason Kong explains why connecting the proper readers with your fiction is part of being a writer, as much as the craft of storytelling itself.
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Though these days everyone views Nixon as a villain, it turns out that he was even worse than most people knew and an actual traitor to the US.
 
Nixon's newly revealed records show for certain that in 1968, as a presidential candidate, he ordered Anna Chennault, his liaison to the South Vietnam government, to persuade them refuse a cease-fire being brokered by President Lyndon Johnson.

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Richard Nixon was a traitor. The new release of extended versions of Nixon's papers now confirms this long-standing belief, usually dismissed as a "conspiracy theory" by Republican conservatives. Now it has been substantiated by none other than right-wing columnist George Will. Nixon's newly revealed records show for certain that in 1968, as a presidential candidate, he ordered Anna Chennault, his liaison to the South Vietnam government, to persu...
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