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I love the ship designs in "Bodacious Space Pirates." The anime itself is like a roomful of #scifi geeks were dared to write a girls' adventure show. (Never mind the name.)
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Yeah, I read a review by +Erica Friedman  that convinced me to give it a shot! I do think the title is a hindrance to the series. :/
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I was just looking up PLOS ONE for my co-worker, and saw this. A good fit for somebody. Many more jobs here: http://www.plos.org/about/jobs/
flag : miscategorized prohibited spam best of. Posted: 2013-04-17, 2:18PM PDT. Publications Assistant, PLOS ONE (financial district). PLOS is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization with a mis...
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Any suggestions on how to do a more thorough, realistic cost of living comparison than the generic one that most sites give you?

For example, most have a standard number for groceries that isn't accurate at ALL for me. They always claim groceries cost more in the SF Bay Area than where I used to live, but it's not true for the way I shop. (Produce at the farmer's market, cereal at Trader Joe's, etc.: a lot of the staples I buy are cheaper in California, where they're produced, than in the South, and a lot of the organic/Asian/etc. items I buy are cheaper in California, where they're standard/there's competition/etc., than in the South, where they may be specialty/luxury/local monopoly items.)
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I won't read a book that's all world-building (I have to have great characters, and I hate a badly-done infodump), and I've enjoyed books that skimped on it. But for all that, I love it and I sometimes don't think it gets its due these days. (For that matter, that's some of the appeal of "clutterporn" in things like the Harry Potter films. Well-done clutter gives the viewer a sense of the world beyond the scene's edges.)

I can do without it in comic books, movies, and TV series (obviously, or I wouldn't be able to deal with Doctor Who--1-3 new civilizations a week, sometimes!) because they're generally so bad at it. But even then, I enjoy those telling details.

It's tempting to start just by writing a ton of world-building. It's equally common to be warned off of that, but if it's what's compelling to you, why not start there? You can always move it, work it in, or even cut it later (or rather, save it in a different file!). 

Oddly, what I'm working on at the moment is all dialogue and action. Heh.
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(Bonus oni. I guess it's a new year's thing.)
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The Background. It occurred to us one bourbon-seasoned afternoon in March that Kissing and Adventure make really excellent partners—you know, in stories. And we thought to ourselves how grand it would...
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Just caught a bit of "Doctor in the House" on BBC Radio 4, and then read up on this fellow's life:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Robertson_Justice
Wow. Reminds me of that that ... webcomic? can't remember about living several different lives. Lumberjack, miner, politician, actor...
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I ran across a piece of sf art that I liked and followed it to this artist's account:
http://tylercreatesworlds.deviantart.com/gallery/

His favorites by other DA artists look good, though I haven't had time to go past the first page yet:
http://tylercreatesworlds.deviantart.com/favourites/ (It's DA, so don't be shocked if there's an R or X-rated favorite somewhere in there.)

Don't know if you can see large-size images without an account, but I hope so. :)
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This happens to me, and I'm not even a professional. (It's one aspect of my professional life. It's not something I was specifically trained to do, nor is it the primary aspect.) Recently, I saw in passing some term from another language meaning "leaving things unread," with the implication that you don't want to spoil something. I do that; I think out of a fear that it won't be as good as I'd hoped. I had a couple of serious letdowns last year and the year before! But the copy-editing infestation in my brain, along with the tendency to analyze things from a sociological point of view, is also an issue. That's definitely part of why I put off reading a couple of friends' works way, way too long in the past few months. (At least now that I'm older, I know one doesn't HAVE TO mention errors that slipped through, unless an upcoming reprint is announced or feedback is solicited! It's good to grow...)

Anyway, it's a good piece. Hat-tip to languagehat, oddly enough.

"There is a danger to copy-editing. You start to read in a different way. You start to see the sentence as machinery. You focus on the gears and levers that connect words to one another; you hunt for the wayward semicolon, the unintentionally ambiguous phrase, the clunky repeated word. You even hope they appear, so you can kill them. You see them when they’re not even there, because you relish slashing your pen across the paper. It gets a little twisted.

As with any kind of technical knowledge or specialization, it is possible to take copy-editing too far, to be ruled by it, to not quite be able to shut it off when it ought to be shut off."
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I've worked hard to stop doing that--to try to be sympathetic to the authors and editors, knowing that mistakes can always slip through--instead of feeling superior because I caught the mistake. I think that finding an error in a resume I'd sent out, despite having proofread it at least a dozen times, helped cure me of the "gotcha" mentality. Not to mention, of course, all that I've learned about language and language errors and "errors".

Sadly, like most people who've struggled to reform themselves, it's easy to transfer my wrath to the people who still play "gotcha" with errors in print. I have to remind myself that they haven't studied what I studied, and I should have as much patience with them as with those who make mistakes in print.
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7 minutes of Rube Goldberg fun from Pythagoras Switch (Adult Version -- I don't know, I guess they're more complex or something than the usual ones). I find these strangely relaxing/meditative.
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yes it is! 
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More than 48,000 Americans will be murdered with guns during President Obama's term. Demand a plan.
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Done.
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Watched Galaxy Quest again. Other than the usual Hollywood problems, it's a great movie.
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It certainly is.
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Currently, I teach ESL at an intensive English program.  I have a master's degree in English with a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) option, and I speak some Japanese and a little Mandarin Chinese. I'm a pretty well-rounded geek, thoroughly eclectic, and seriously interested in almost everything. 

After some time away from fiction writing, I'm returning to it and getting serious about it. I'm also working on academic and non-academic nonfiction writing.

Some of my favorite things include walking at Coyote Hills Regional Park, a good pencil sketch coming together, finding great new restaurants, Doctor Who (unashamedly), Studio Ghibli films, NorCal car trips, and when the stars align so that an actual science fiction movie is released.
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