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I LOVE this trope.  "Realistic Diction is Unrealistic" because it is so true.  Everyone talks as if their lines are written for them! :D

Which is one reason when you DO speak well in real life people look at you funny.  Because it's not natural. :)
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So +Sandra Tayler and +Howard Tayler posted up an +Indiegogo campaign they submitted some stories for.  The project is to support a fellow writer who has some serious bills thanks to his mental illness issues.  This is a project worth checking out on several levels and I hope you all will give it a look.
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Huh.. +Bob Singer and +AmyBeth Inverness might have some interesting opinions on this.  Personally I'm interested in seeing, but not getting excited. 
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So I'm reading the preview sections of "The Martian" to see if I want to drop some money on the book (Probably will) when I get to a bit of specialist knowledge that breaks some of my enjoyment.  I enjoy hard Sci-Fi since it's closer to "real" for me, but thanks to my real life work with NASA when there's an obvious, to me, omission it really breaks things for me.

Do you guys have times like that when reading?  What do you do as a writer to avoid them?

In this case he complains about how hard it is to communicate directly with Earth from Mars.  Fair enough, but he completely ignores the fact that right now we already talk, not from the Mars surface to Earth directly, but via the satellites in orbit for the simple fact that it IS hard to talk directly.  This omission though is an easy one to make though and forgivable since +Bob Singer also didn't realize we did this and he's also worked in the space biz for several decades.  The differences between Deep Space and Local Space communications are quite striking and I'm pleased to have discovered some of the differences, even if it does cause me to go "URK" now and then with Hard Sci-Fi. :)
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+James Yee Truthfully?  You can't.  But one tidbit, I do have to say is that as a believer in technology, that some day we will resolve most of our technological issues, like the one described.  And truthfully, not knowing the full context, I would not have spent anytime writing about it unless it was pivotal to the story line.  My father is a hardcore SciFi reader (as in Asimov, and the like) and he won't read my stuff because I tend to focus more on character and story.  The physics and science is there, but try to limit the words to a paragraph of the workings of some tech that my characters are using.  Also, if I use current tech in my futures, as an example say the two wheeled riders that use gyros to hold them up.  I don't go into any detail of there workings. I expect for the reader just to accept that the tech already exist, which it does.  If they want to know more, they can Google it....
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You know... there's a LOT of money in this somewhere...  like weight watchers but like "Life MMO" or something.  You've got the WiFi Scale, Nike Fit/Pedometer thingie, all combined with apps/website/local franchises to get this all together. 

I mean it's basically weight watchers for gamers.  Hmm...  now THIS might be something to Kickstarter a "united system" not the piecemeal one he came up with...
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+Sandra Tayler has written a touching and powerful post about her marriage with +Howard Tayler and how his depression affects them both and how they're dealing with it.  A great read and one I think everyone should read even if you're not married. 
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"Hound" is a gorgeous-looking retelling of the Ireland's Cu Chulainn myths in graphic novel format. They have a week left to fund and aren't there yet. IMO, this is exactly the kind of project Kickstarter was founded to help succeed.
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Okay ladies what do you think?  Is this list accurate?  Do we men get all these advantages without even thinking of it?  Do you women actually have to contend with these thing or even think of them?

I'm curious how many stories/studies have been done by men pretending to be women online (not hard) to see what kind of reactions they get.  
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Over the course of the past two years I’ve had the opportunity to serve as producer on the Tropes vs Women in Video Games web series. During that time, I have been taken aback by the intense and...
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Eh, pros and cons both ways. When I built up a trading firm in Eve, I used a female avatar and did enough of a web identity sock puppet about it to have people vouching that I was an Inuit woman making a living as a back end systems programmer in Quebec, Canada. (Pro tip: I'm not any of those.) Through voice modifiers, webcam footage, etc, I was able to carry it on for over a year and a half before being questioned at all. Anyhow, point is, there were definite pros and cons to being believed to be a female in Eve among the player base. I was able to negotiate better term contracts, able to endure more trust, etc. The negatives were more so the attempts at emotionally targeting my perceived sex from guys I rejected advances from, corrected their spelling, basically any sort of trigger they had. Was not the default male behavior at all, was just the common behavior of men with women issues in Eve, who are insane.
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It's always fun to "what if" the future, but sometimes I just wonder what people are thinking.  Let's see:

1. Everwin.  A Lotto savings account?  Be it government or a casino I don't really see who would basically allow everyone to "win" in some way like this?  I mean I buy a $1 lotto ticket right now and like 75% of that goes to the government and only like 25% goes the payouts (probably more like 90% I haven't looked at the breakdown in a long time) I don't see any of these groups giving up a dime of that for the individuals.  Sorry, they're not "altruistic" or what have you.  

2.  If we're still talking about "Carbon Footprints" in 10 years I'll be surprised.  When was the last time you talked about the Ozone hole? 

That said I could see someone making it, but I don't think it'd do well. Between food printing and anti-meat I don't think 10 years is enough time for it to be more than a art project.

3.  Walk my Mile I can actually see happening.  Though probably not as fully as they imagine.  People being able to upload "experiences" of others lives I can totally see being done with a VR experience.  How common and likely in 10 years?  Eh... 

4.  MEGA NFL? Umm...  no.  It's still not even fully tested in online gaming let alone real life physical contests.  Pass.  Definitely not in 10 years. 
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In the future, video games will have their own Oscars and the nominees for 2024's awards will include games that let you print 3D food, gamify a mash-up of gambling and savings accounts, and earn...
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