Sunday, March 31, 2013

March Writing Round Up

Your business has a blog--now what?

Five Web Comics you should be reading right now

Let me tell you about Homestuck

Thursday, March 28, 2013

GBE2 Blog On Prompt 97: Baby Cheetah

This is for GBE2 Prompt 97: Very, Very Small

First I would like to say that the cheetah is not mine. Let’s get that out of the way right now. Also, yes, the baby cheetah has a leash on. The information on YouTube is that this is an orphaned cub that was taken in by the friends of the person who posted the video. The reason why I’m posting this disclaimer is slightly tongue in cheek. 

Someone I follow on Tumblr posted this video, and for some reason many of the responses seemed to indicate that he a) owned the cheetah cub in question b) he was horribly mean for having it on a leash. Pointing out that he did not in fact live in Africa, but instead Minnesota was not very effective, so he started claiming that the cheetah was his assistance animal, and a number of other increasingly implausible things. 

More recently, someone took the pains to inform him that the cheetah is not a cat, it’s a cheetah. I have a great deal to say about the type of person who delights in correcting other people even though the other person was not in fact incorrect. That however will have to wait for another post. Because the real focus of this article is the tiny and adorable squeakiness of the baby cheetah, with a side trip down "The Tumblr Zone." 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

GBE2 Blog On Prompt 96: In Which I Like Disturbing Relationships

This is for GBE2 Prompt 96: Romance

I do not really like the romance genre. This is mostly because I am not a big fan of the various tropes that you find in romance novels, and a lot of time there are glaring inaccuracies that throw me right out of the story. Also, there are certain specific things that I like, and those things that I like are not, in my experience, things that can be found in your average mainstream romance novel. (The things that have come close to my preferences with in the romance genre are often problematic for other reasons.)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Let’s Talk About Evil

I’ve been following the Steubenville rape case and the aftermath. With this case, we have a lot to be horrified and disgusted about. We have a town obsessed with image and it’s football team, we have a lot of media sympathy for the wrong party, and we have a victim who is receiving death threats. It’s a clear example of rape culture in action, and the entire thing can only be called evil, while at the same time I’m not sure I can call it evil.

This is mostly because I think that when you say someone or something is “evil” you are removing that someone or something from the norms that created it in a way that is different from simply calling something criminal, illegal or unethical; it’s as if you’re pretending that the something that occurred was supernatural and beyond the norm in its malevolence. “Evil” is a metaphysical concept.     

Monday, March 18, 2013

Moderino: Tell The Reader Why

While showing, rather than telling, is an excellent technique when it comes to moments of action, drama and emotion, there are times when telling is a far more useful and efficient approach to take.
Tell The Reader Why

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

GBE2 Blog On Prompt 95: Storage Tips

This is for GBE2 Prompt 95: In the Freezer

Have a few freezer tips.

If you live alone and like to cook for yourself, it can be kind of annoying because nothing you want to cook will be in easy individual servings. So what you do is, get a bunch of freezer bags of various sizes and divide your groceries up into convenient meal-sized portions. This will make it easier to just take as much as you need out of what you plan on cooking.

You can save a space in your freezer by storing homemade chili, soups and sauces in freezer bags. (Make sure they are not hot when you put the bags in the freezer.)

Frozen vegetables like asparagus or sugar snap peas do not need a very long cooking time. In fact, if you are not careful, it is easy to over cook them.

Make your meals for the week as much ahead of time as you can, and store them in the freezer. (Or you can always make enough for leftovers and store the rest for another time.)

Make sure to label whatever you stick in the freezer if it is otherwise hard to tell what it is.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Article: Tumblr Usability Pet Peeves

Tumblr is a kind of hybrid between social media micro-blogging platforms like Twitter or Facebook and a more traditional blogging platform such as Blogger or WordPress. Depending on the purpose of your blog, this is either the best or worst of both worlds. That is to say, it is a great site for sharing pictures, quotes or articles, a somewhat mediocre blogging platform for writing, and a substandard medium for having conversations.

The following are a few usability pet peeves.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Black vs. Gay

This was an amazingly powerful performance. (Found this on Tumblr where a few rebloggers made mention of Tumblr "social justice warriors" who have a tendency to play "oppression Olympics" at the cost of their message. The performance of course has a much better resolution than most of the arguments I've encountered.) I'd really love to have a transcript though, it was a little hard to make out some of what they were saying.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Article: Your Business has a Blog--now what?

The website for your business is up and running, you are starting to get traffic to your site, and you are making use of social media to promote your business. You know that some businesses have blogs, so you decide to create a blog for your business. You create a couple posts that are not very much different from the posts you write (or have written for you) on your Facebook, Twitter or Google+ accounts. This means that you do not get very many visitors to your blog and eventually you give up on updating it. 

This is something that is easy to avoid.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Sorry (Not Sorry)

There is a type of bully that pretends to be the victim if you argue with them. You may or may not have encountered a situation like this: someone insults you or makes a rude comment. You protest, but this leads to further argument because the other person is deliberately needling you. Suddenly, because you are angry, you are at fault! The person who was attacking you claims that you are now attacking them and you are the one who is being a bully! They will make you apologize to them, and you won’t really want to but you’ll have to because you’re supposed apologize when you’ve offended someone!