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Simons Mith
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Happy Canaday!

(or Canadeh? if you prefer)

And for anyone who's wondering how Canada got its name in the first place, legend has it that all the letters of the alphabet were thrown into a bag, and the first one to be picked out was 'C', eh?, and the next was 'N', eh? and then the last letter was 'D', eh? and there you have it!

As the for the country's National Anthem, well, "A Canada" through "N Canada" were all dismal failures, but then one day a defrocked Mountie from Lard Heights, Alberta, called MacKenzie MacKenzie had a flash of inspiration while drinking maple syrup, and the rest is history.
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uh..no sh*t.
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Thought for the Day

Why is it that as soon as you say, 'Greetings, fellow creatures made of baryonic matter! I also am made of baryonic matter! What a fine planetary rotation period this is!' everyone gets so suspicious??
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Excellent, that's three caught out on G+ and one more on Facebook. (Yes, uncircler, I spotted you too.)
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And proof men only understand every third word.  Thus, "Ice cold beer".  :-b
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You know you're a writer when...
your idea of wedded bliss is finding a partner who loves books as much as you do.

That rings true.
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The Not So Final Draft

[I'm going to have an ebooky theme for the next few days...]

For me, the answer to this question would be 'As long as it takes to forget what I wrote', so yes, the more sweat went into it, the longer it will be before I can re-review it. I can't bring myself to reread Fragments from the Rim even now, even though that was published - god! - 20 years ago. [It was edited and polished endlessly at the time, so didn't really need putting aside, thank goodness.] But there is no way I would ever want to reread it again now it's printed - I'm officially sick of it, having worked on it for so long back then. Fortunately, it is published, and anyway it's a static snapshot of a set of ongoing, theoretically live documents, so I won't ever need to reread it. Phew.
 
As +Dyane Forde posted a similar experience a few days ago, I know I'm not alone in this at least.  How much time do you typically need away from your work before you can look at it with fresh eyes, to see it honestly as a reader would see it?
A few years ago, just before the birth of my son, I thought I had completed my first novel.  I sent out a few feelers to publishers, but I must confess I quickly became occupied by other things.  As my son got a bit older and...
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A simplified galaxy model

Each dot here is a star. I'm thinking I can use the same technique for my own purposes, but making each dot a [procedurally generated] sector. Interesting to note that the spiral arms are not fixed physical entities. They're more like ripples in a pond; the stars that make up each visible arm change over time.

via +Winchell Chung 
 
A (very) simplified galaxy model based on this very interesting article:
http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/0901/0901.3503.pdf

The spiral arms are not hard-coded. As borrowed from the article they emerge from a specific distribution of orbits for which the argument of the periapsis is a function of the semi major axis.
The bulge is created by progressively increasing the randomization on the orbital elements when approaching the center (notably on inclination and longitude of the ascending node).

Today's GPUs could display many more objects but in this case each dot is actually a detailed stellar system, for a total of 340,000 entities! So the number of systems (~2800) was adjusted to reach 1GB of RAM.
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I thought I should let you all know what's going on here in the Studio...Phil, Carol and I are getting ready for the San Diego Comicon, where we will be signing at scheduled hours (schedule to come) at the Studio Foglio booth in the Webcomics area. Our booth number is, as always, 1331.
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Some caveats about writing groups
 
If you read ONE article about how to make critique and writing groups work for you, read this one.

The truth-telling piece is so very important, and so difficult to accomplish.

http://janefriedman.com/2015/06/25/dangers-of-writing-groups/
Writing groups can cause fatal frustration, deep self-doubt, and sometimes years of wasted effort. Learn the most common dangers of writing groups, and find out how to improve your group to give yo...
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Hm
Impressively formulaic. Probably works for the same reasons that clickbait headlines work.
 
+Amanda Patterson writes: 'I’ve come up with this easy acronym to help you create a blurb. I call it SCOPE. Follow these five pointers and see if it works for you.'
#writingtips #amandapatterson  
Your blurb will be an important part of your marketing. It is vital to get a reader’s attention. To write a good blurb, you have to make it short. Cut out sub-plots. Add tension to make it...
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I can see I'm going to have to find the time to do a proper analysis. I'm sure a lot of writers think (or hope) that there's a formula like for tabloid headlines but I suspect that only works for certain types of book.

There's probably a PhD in it.
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DRM-free Indie books outsell DRM-encumbered ones 2:1

http://boingboing.net/2014/07/19/drm-free-indie-ebooks-outsell.html

via +Susan Stone
Author Earnings has published its latest eye-popping data-analysis of ebook sales and rankings on Amazon. Amid the general growth of indie books (indie authors now make more as a group than Big 5 a...
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By the way, in the July 2015 report, which of course is imminent, they're hoping to be able to determine whether the big five's holiday promotional activities are sufficient to keep up with the lower-key year-round promotion that indies tend to practice. http://authorearnings.com is the main site to monitor.
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Learning for free is the best way to go.
There are so many programming languages to choose from if you want to learn to code or continue your programming journey. This collection of free programming books introduces 24 languages, from C to Scheme.
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Great, Thanks.
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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
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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
Not quite 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 several weeks. 

Hangouts
No, sorry, I don't do hangouts with anyone. Just don't like 'em. Text communication is by far my most preferred channel.

Blocking policy
I cheerfully block and flag people who appear to be spammers. I block racists, bigots 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.
Bragging rights
I am pledged to use my evil mostly 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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42.23144, -50.955033
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