January 14th, 2019

gold star

Free and Cheap Meds

Publix is offering several important maintenance medications and antibiotics for FREE.  They have another program with a much longer list of drugs available at $7.50 for a 90-day supply.  If you live in their service area, you can get a sample of decent health care.

Every once in a while, some business does something that doesn't suck, and I like to pat them on the back for that.  \o/

The Dangers of Voice-Activated Technology

Here's a thoughtful post about the dangers of voice-activated technology.  Security-minded people know better than to carry a smartphone, buy a TV with spyware, or install a voice-activated system like Alexa.  The problem is, that does you fuckall good in a society where everyone else is buying that shit.  Unless you want to stop interacting with other people, stop going to their houses, and stop going out in public ... everything you say and do can be monitored and used against you.  That's a problem.

What really bothers me is that some people clearly read 1984 and thought, "Clearly people will resist being spied upon if they think of it as spying.  So how can we make them WANT to be spied upon and resist giving it up?"  And the sick fucks figured it out.  They wrapped the bugs in eyecandy and apps psychologically engineered to addict people to playing with them.  It works.  It's like hiding a pill in baloney so your idiot dog will swallow it.

Only this pill is poison.  >_<

What Writers Make

 ... is not much.  I'm not kidding when I say crowdfunding poetry is a lot more lucrative than conventional publishing was for me.  I'm making more money on poetry than most people are on books.  I note that the author advises people to keep their dayjob in an economy where, more and more often, the dayjob quits you  and writing is what you have to make any money at all.

Call for Themes

I've reached the end of scheduled themes for the Poetry Fishbowl project. It's time to brainstorm some new themes! These are a few that I've jotted down earlier, ones that I've thought up or people have suggested, to give you an idea what kind of stuff might be suitable:

* Sensory Modes
* Emotional Labor
* Trauma and Recovery
* Easterns as a Genre
* Twisted Tropes

What other themes would you like to see me write about? Suggest them in a comment below this post.

Later on I'll collect the suggestions and do some polling. The most popular topics will be added to the schedule for future fishbowls. I'm going to run the first large poll with checkboxes so you can express interest in as many themes as you like. I will then either pick from the most popular ones, or use that information to pull out the favorite themes for a smaller poll to select the ones which will appear in upcoming fishbowls.

You can also help by linking to this post so that more people will see it. Everyone is welcome to suggest themes. Everyone will also be able to vote for them later; prompters and donors will get extra votes. If you link to the call for themes, you can reveal a verse in any open perk poem:

"The Open Gyre"
"Growing Green, Growing Gold"
"Mysterious and Impermanent"
"Greater Than the Sum"
"Nascent Wisdom"
"A Lively Feast"
"Between the Normal and the Abnormal"
"Crossroads on the Hero's Hourney"