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My current working definition of maturity is:

While some people acquire it with age, some never do, and others have always had it. A child (be he 5, 15, or 50) acts in the moment. Either oblivious to or discounting any consequences. When the bill is due, he is surprised, and tries to shirk the cost. A grown-up may have exactly the same conduct, but she does it with her eyes open. Knowing what it might cost her, weighing that, choosing, and taking responsibility for her actions.
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I love discovering interesting words. Today's find: selcouth. Out of use by 1100. seldcūþ in Old English. Means unusual or strange. sel- from seldom. -couth we know only in uncouth. A current dictionary's couth is a back-formation from 1896 as an adjective, 1956 as a noun. The original cūþ meant familiar or known.

Where you may have seen it is in Ivanhoe (1814). I did, and forgot I did.

"A selcouth novelty," muttered the knight, "to advance to storm such a castle without pennon or banner displayed."
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Bill Patterson, best-known as Heinlein's biographer, died Monday night from a heart attack. He'd been barely breathing, barely sleeping for more than a week. The word spread quietly among his friends. But it can now be shared; the family has made the announcement.

There's a memorial photo album growing on Facebook and people are beginning to post tributes.

I knew Bill enough that I was told. Little enough to not have stories of my own about him, which I regret. But judging a man by his friends, he was extraordinary.

His second volume, Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue With His Century, Volume 2: The Man Who Learned Better, is coming out on June 3 from Tor. I'm glad he saw that done, even if the overall work remains unfinished.
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Tonight's episode of the crime drama Bones (on Fox at 8 PM), "The Cold in the Case," is about cryonics, and more technically accurate than any other show I've seen that dealt with it.
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Rejoice! And just in time for spring! When every Sunday you'll see—
Tom Lehrer is considered one of the most influential figures in comedy — despite a body of work consisting of just 37 pitch-black songs and a career that stopped abruptly when the countercult...
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Arithmetic is useful but as much about what mathematicians do as spelling is about what writers do.

Spelling is a skill. Writing and literature are about creativity, about different ways to see the world, about expressing and communicating what you've seen. Kids are exposed to writing and literature alongside spelling. As with our newest SFWA Grandmaster, Chip Delany, they can grow up to be brilliant writers who still can't spell. Or avid readers who can't write.

Arithmetic is a skill. Mathematics is about creativity, about different ways to see the world, about expressing and communicating what you've seen. Kids have to slog through the tedium of arithmetic. Then they learn the rest of the K-12 math curriculum as a set of skills. Most never are exposed to mathematics as beauty and fun.

But they could have been. Just as there are wonderful books you can love for a lifetime long before you're up for Delany or Dostoyevsky, most kids could have a blast exploring math. If they have adults in their lives who get it.
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This sounds like fun. I expect we'll see campaigns for Arrakis, Vulcan, Arisia, Tertius, Pern, Dorsai, Trantor, etc. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Do you want to help name an alien planet? Starting next year, space fans around the world will get the chance to vote on their favorite names for exoplanets and the planets' host stars.
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Confession: I have committed more than one of these sins.

Sin 1: Write a story set in the future or a fantasy world which you establish by leavening in garish ± cutesy slang and jargon.

Sin 1a: Make the terms resemble ours, e.g., 'frack' for 'fuck' or 'rels' for 'seconds'.

Sin 2: Write a story in the past, future, or a fantasy world in which people rely on short-lived current-day idiom. ("Groovy!" gushed Spock.)

Sin 3: Write a story set in the future in which half the characters lard their speech with references to past millennia and confuse the other half.

Sin 3a: Have the historical references amusingly wrong.

Sin 4: Have plant or animal species on another world be known by a prefix that inartfully suggests that they are reminiscent of but different from ours, e.g., neo-corn or pseudo-horse.

Sin 5: Forsooth and friends.

Any other writers' linguistic tics that exasperate you?
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I'm sure every science fiction writer is guilty of this at some point or another. :)
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This is an obvious (and good) idea. So why did it take them so long? Both were selected as astronaut candidates 18 years ago. And I'd think they'd get clearer data before Mark had had four spaceflights of his own.
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I applaud McDonald's for offering all Crimean employees jobs in non-invaded Ukraine at the same seniority and salary, covering their moving expenses, and kicking in three months' housing.
Russia's annexation of Crimea sees shutdown of fast-food chain and discontinuation of programme for drug users
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Wow! Way to go McDonald's
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Did you ever notice how many 'insults' presume you share the values of the insulter? That your reaction will be to be insulted, as opposed to (say) thinking "Yes, I am. Thank you for noticing!" or "I wish!"
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