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Thanks for the recommendation +Simons Mith!
I couldn't agree more ;)
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Dear Boris, I hope you weren't upset just to be winning; I hope you were also picturing the rest of your political career turning to ash ahead of you.
 
Do you know the moment in The Producers, when they realise that "Springtime for Hitler" is actually a hit? That. Embedded image. 4:36 AM - 24 Jun 2016. 4403 Retweets4163 Likes. Reply to @sturdyAlex. Replies. Marcus Markou. Jun 24. Marcus Markou @PapaSonsFilm. @sturdyAlex Ha ha!
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Author Earnings by Publisher Type, February 2014 - May 2016
 
Another, even more comprehensive, report from +Hugh Howey and Data Guy.

The good news: there are thousands of authors earning a living wage from writing, some of whom seldom or never appear on the bestseller lists. The bad news: this still represents a relatively small percentage of authors. But it appears that the advent of ebooks has grown the total market and made it possible for more people to make a living out of writing.

The other news: There are still reasons to pursue traditional publishing (either with the Big 5 or a small press), but, except for a very small number of authors, earning more money is no longer one of those reasons. This becomes clearer with every report they release.
Data in the publishing biz is hard to come by. Without widespread sharing of data by retailers, publishers, agents, and authors, we are all left like the blind to describe different parts of the same but seemingly disjointed elephant. Two years ago, AuthorEarnings released its first report on a ...
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Random Mission #139
Mission Type: Cultural exchange.
Mission Terrain: Holovid studio.
Mission Complication: Highly eccentric band/theatrical rider.
Mission Opposition: The Mos Eisley Light Operatic Society.
Special Hazard: Tatooine's largest fibreglass bantha.
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I can see the mission complication coming about because the PCs are in possesion of Tatooine's smallest fiberglass bantha....
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How Bloggers Make Money on Instagram

Making money, pretty much no matter how you make it, is almost always work.
Rule of thumb - with hundreds of thousands of followers, you could make $500-$5000 per post, but with millions it can become $20,000 to $100,000. But it probably won't - those are fashion/modelling-related figures.

But I snarfed this post because I thought it was interesting how much of a business those supposedly casual shots can become. With a few tens of thousands of followers, it's just a hobby. But when you get to hundreds of thousands, suddenly there's this temptation to make a living out of it, and then there's contracts and non-compete (and even non-mention-) agreements and all sorts. Ugh; all at once you have to start being careful about what you do and say and how you say it, for fear of offending some sponsoring brand.

Caveat vendor; seller beware.
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The Murdercopter Demands Sacrifices

I wonder if I could hire one of these today, for... oh, no particular reason. Still, perhaps it's better that I can't.
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Random Identity Generator

Because "I have nothing to hide" really isn't the same as "everything I do should be broadcast publicly."

http://www.fakenamegenerator.com

Saved in Pinned Posts because it's too important for Maths and Computing. I urge everyone to start using this, or services like it. And even if you don't, I urge you to say you do, and pass it on to your mates.


  #datapoisoningftw   #datapoisoning  
 
Because "I have nothing to hide" really isn't the same as "everything I do should be broadcast publicly."

I've had this post in mind for some time as I've seen more and more deeply personal data spread across the web. Ashley Madison is a perfect example of that and many people were shocked at just how many real identities were contained in the data, identities that then caused a great deal of grief for their owners.
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Online privacy is not necessarily about having something to hide, it's often about simply not wanting to share certain activities. If you consider that everything you do on the web might one day become public, you may well find there are classes of site you use where privacy is actually rather important.
Last week we got news of the Rosebutt data breach. This is a very particular class of site and like many others we've recently seen compromised, it's highly likely that members would have preferred to keep their identities secret. It doesn't matter if you don't agree with the lifestyle choice
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Motobushido!

And I didn't even know Motobushido was a thing. Sadly I couldn't make Oakland CA, but this is a game that definitely makes it onto my 'to play if you ever get a chance' list.

[Recreated post; original link was deleted. Please don't do that, guys, it's very bad practice.]

via +Sophie Lagace [BTW her post is still extant, it's just been turned into an empty husk thanks to the inattention of the people she was linking to.]
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Creative Costumes of Still-Practiced Pagan Rituals of Europe

http://www.charlesfreger.com/portfolio/wilder-mann/

[H/T to +Ole Olson but I'm linking to the artist's original portfolio rather than going via BoredPanda.]

I admit I really dunno which of my collections to put it in...

#Tribal #Europe #Costumes #Nature

For two years, French photographer Charles Fréger has been traveling throughout 19 European countries and trying to capture the spirit of what he calls “tribal Europe” in his “Wilder Mann” series. What he found was a huge array of pagan rituals, mainly related to the winter solstice and spring renewal, focusing on the common myth of the “wild man.”

It appears that the tradition of men dressing up as wild animals and monsters, which dates back to neolithic times and shamanism, is still very alive nowadays. The mythological figure of a “wild man” represents the complicated relationship humans have with nature and life and death cycles. His series explores the different interpretations of such figures – while some cultures depict him as covered in flowers or straws, others possess the features of bears, goats, or horned and hairy beasts.
WILDER MANN - 2010-2011 charles_freger_wilder_mann_2010-2011_0071_laufr · charles_freger_wilder_mann_2010-2011_0072_smert · charles_freger_wilder_mann_2010-2011_0073_certi · charles_freger_wilder_mann_2010-2011_0074_certi · charles_freger_wilder_mann_2010-2011_0074_zezengorri ...
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Awful lot of racists have started crawling out from under their stones. Fuck 'em.

Not that I'm likely to get very many opportunities to screw them over, but when I do I'll take them.
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Funny how the racists pop up when "nationalism" rears its ugly head...
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Well, duh! We all know how easy it is to accidentally mislay a real cellphone, and imaginary cellphones are invisible! You'd never find it again in a million years if you didn't put it away immediately.
 
FYI:
When Stephen Colbert mimes a cellphone for a joke, he puts it back in his pocket when he's done.
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Dinosaurs, the terrible lizards

4 minute video: http://fixyt.com/watch?v=InPHe6xJ8EY
That pterodactyl shows some grit though.
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Education
  • The prestigious Cruella de Vil College of Evil in Stoke Poges
    System Administration
  • University of Neasden
    Maniacal Engineering
  • Shepparton College of Hair Design and Beauty
    Moths, Psychics, Chemiserie
Basic Information
Gender
Mayonnaise
Looking for
Friends, A relationship, Networking
Birthday
January 1, 1890
Other names
104879277024913363852, a_liar, not simon.smith@cableinet.co.uk
Story
Tagline
As we journey through life, discarding baggage along the way, we should keep an iron grip, to the very end, on the capacity for silliness. It preserves the soul from desiccation. - Humphrey Lyttelton
Introduction
I may not be as colorful as my avatar, but I do have better posture.

What to expect in my stream
I like to keep my feed as eclectic as I can, but certain posting trends are emerging. If Google+ ever gives us effective filtering tools, I'll try to be conscientious about tagging things into categories so that you can filter out the stuff you're not interested in. I don't categorically guarantee to keep what I post safe for work, but so far it mostly has been.

Sciency and computery stuff
I'm a sucker for sciency things, especially in areas I don't know much about. Maths, physics, astronomy, cryptography, computer programming, chemistry, geology, and anything else that comes my way. I'm interested in raytracing and CGI in general, computer art, fractals and cellular automata.

Pictures
This includes sci-fi and astronomy, cyberpunk, steampunk, fantasy, fine art, CGI, sculpture, and scenes of natural earthly beauty. Beautiful animals, plants, fungi, minerals, machines. Especially if they're _strange_ and beautiful. Beautiful women - or men, if I happen to chance across them. This seems only fair to me. :-) Silly pictures and memes too, sometimes.

Musical stuff
I love posting examples of high talent, and I also love especially unusual or entertaining pieces. It'll be a science-themed version of Bohemian Rhapsody one day, the Muppets the next, and then Mongolian throat-singing the day after, if that's what I find. Familiar pieces on unfamiliar instruments; unfamiliar works by familiar artists. One Song to the Tune of Another.

Silliness and satire
Silly images; daft cartoons; serious articles on improbable subjects. Improbable articles on serious subjects, especially if the silliness hides a worthwhile serious point. I have many comedy heroes, from Monty Python and Spike Milligan to Bill Bailey and Tom Lehrer. Expect some overlap with the other categories.

Worthy stuff like women's rights and LGBT issues
This is rarer, but if I come across something that deserves resharing I will reshare it. I'm privileged in all sorts of ways, so if I can help by spreading the word about some abuse suffered by a minority I may pass it on.

Politics and philosophy
Not so much of this, but not necessarily none at all. Just because I post something, especially something objectionable, doesn't necessarily mean I agree with it. But remember: objectionable speech is the only kind of speech that needs protecting. If we overlook that, we cede victory to the tyrants before any 'debate' has even started.

Post frequency
About one post per day, on average. Sometimes little flurries of a few posts on a single day. Image flurries usually have 50-60 posts, and happen every week or two.

Where I post
Mostly in collections and as comments. I do make the occasional stray post of my own that I haven't decided how to categorise yet. I post system-specific RPG material in communities only - at present that's just Star Wars D6 content, which I post here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/109192465386999311385
Other RPGs, such as EarthDawn, Golden Heroes, RuneQuest, Feng Shui or whatever, if I started posting about them I'd join a suitable community first. General RPG stuff has mostly been in the GM tips or map-making communities I follow, but may also be cross-posted, because there might sometimes be overlaps with my writing and/or mathematical interests.

How to contact me
First, I don't do hangouts with anyone. Just don't like 'em. Text communication is by far my most preferred channel. On G+, probably the best way to contact me privately is to create a post shared just with me, and for public contact just +mention me in a post.

Blocking policy
I cheerfully block and flag people who appear to be spammers. I block racists, bigots, sexists and the barely-literate, and if your posts lead me back to your website, and your website fires popups at me, I'll block you and your entire domain. I also block the perpetrators of clickbait. Web site writers take note: web sites are ten thousand a penny. I don't have to visit the same site twice in my lifetime if I don't want to, so I have a merciless one-strike policy. One popup, one auto-playing video, one sliding pane, or any other piece of modern HTML gimmickry and you're banned forever more, and good riddance.

Deletion and locking policy
My general motivation for deleting, moving or locking content is housekeeping rather than censorship of any kind. If I delete a post it's usually within minutes of creation, often where I've made a setup mistake; then I'll redo the post properly. Long-standing posts may be removed if all the content vanishes and I can't recreate it - no point keeping a blank post. Posts which are in some way sensitive may have their viewership restricted as I deem appropriate. (Happens about once a year.) Junk and worthless comments may be silently deleted and their owners blocked. Comments or resharing may be turned off if an old thread starts to attract off-topic attention. Everything else is likely to stay even if it's embarrassing or contentious.
Bragging rights
I am pledged to use my evil somewhat for good!
Work
Occupation
Terrorist. (Reason here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-declares-all-atheists-are-terrorists-in-new-law-to-crack-down-on-political-dissidents-9228389.html)
Skills
Technical writing, editing, proofreading, book layout and typesetting, ebooks, training and mentoring, computer system administration, HTML and CSS, hardware, software and network technical support.
Employment
  • Aurora Metro Publications
    2009 - present
  • The Open Emuversity
    Technical Author (contract), 2011
  • Lead
    Technical Author (contract), 2008
  • PowerGen Italia
    System Administrator, 1998 - 2004
  • Hair Fare
    Technical Writer (contract), 2006
  • Orbital Mind Control Lasers Inc.
    Field Testing, 2002
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