March 28th, 2011

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Monday Update 3-28-11

These are some posts from the later part of last week, in case you missed them:

Sunday Fic Meme: "Scars of Stone"
The Honeybee Problem: Human Stupidity
Artificial Colors in Foods
Nature Poetry News
The Wind Blows High
Loners vs. Leaders in Space Opera
Recipe: "Bison Stew"

Last week was another busy week for Torn World stuff, so I'm pulling those posts together:
Torn World News: "Forbidden Love" revised & submitted
Torn Tongue: Nouns Beginning with "H"
Torn World News: "Forbidden Love" is sponsored
Torn World Writing Update
Torn World: Amirel is now adoptable

Currently in front of the canon board at Torn World: "Clouds in the Morning," "Cutting Time," "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal," "One-Tick Literature," "On the Rocks," "Words Between Brothers," "One Toy for Three," "Lookbacks," "The Ties We Twine," "Forbidden Love," (fiction) and "The Sugar Mouse," "Shrine of the Stone Lions," "Steam Power," and "Cage of Hope"(poetry).  Drafted: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands" and "Like Ash Before the Wind" (fiction).  In revision at home: "Water Dance" and "Scars of Stone."  Currently writing: "From Dark to Bright" and "Raining Kittens" (fiction).

This controversial post is at 118 comments. Wow, that's a lot! People really feel strongly about this topic. I'm pleased that a majority of the conversation remained civil. Thank you for respecting each other's opinions.
The Right to Bear Arms ... On Campus


The epic poems "The Truth in the Tower" (a Fiorenza poem) and " Paper, Scissors, Stone" (a Monster House poem) are currently in microfunding.  "The Truth in the Tower" has 13 of 23 verses posted, and the next can be revealed for $1.  "Paper, Scissors, Stone" has 9 of 17 verses funded, and you can have the next one for $2.  One other epic is currently open for sponsorship. "A Periodic Table of Elementals" is ahead of production.  This is science fantasy.  Bear in mind that the April Poetry Fishbowl is approaching, so now is a good time to drop a couple bucks into an epic here before you fall in love with something new.
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Stop Yahoo from Closing MyBlogLog

Here's an example of a company taking over a useful service, mining it for information, and deciding to throw away the remains -- never mind that other people still want the service and put a lot of time into making it useful in the first place.  American doesn't care about consumers or users.  They are largely treated as fodder for the parasite companies.  This is not ethical behavior.  It also isn't sustainable.  It's very wasteful of resources.

In this case, there is an alternative.  BlogCatalog is willing to take over the MyBlogLog site and any expenses involved in restoring it or salvaging people's data for possible use on other blog networking sites.  I would like to see this happen because I have an account and followers there.  I'd like for those people to be able to keep following what I write.

Stop Yahoo from closing MyBlogLog.