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If Soylent Green happened today I think the most outrage we'd see is people strongly recommending that the people-killing division and the people-processing division be split into separate companies to encourage competition and keep prices low.

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One for the writers among us: ‘Stingy Jack’ and the Origins of the Jack-o’-Lantern. snopes.com/articles/373299/sti

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As an author, you can make an effort to be open-minded and inclusive, and it's worth doing. But there will always be a swathe of people that you're not writing for. That you can't write for. You can't please everyone at the same time.

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We are living through a moment where all the cracks in the labor market are showing and people are starting to realize it's not just their job or their boss that's making them miserable, and there's a concerted effort not to explore any of this

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Reading about Harlan Elisson's I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream makes me realize once again just how good Michael Moorcock's End of Time setting is by way of contrast. Both have the same basic premise: a handful of people are all that's left of humanity After the End; tragedy ensues. But one is cynical and disgusting, the other is bittersweet and gentle.

What do you want *your* end of the world to be like?

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We don't speak the same today as we did in the past, whether that's 50 years ago, a century, or many centuries. There's a reason reading The Canterbury Tales in the original language is like reading a completely different language: cause it basically *is.*

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I honestly don't know why this needs to be said in 2021 when everyone has access to walls of knowledge from linguists, but here we are:

The English language constantly evolves, which means words are often adapted, changed, replaced, etc. all the time. This is normal.

Dear web browsers: please give me an easy way to copy the page title while in the middle of reading a long article.

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"To prove you aren't a robot, perform this tedious repetitive task without questioning or complaining."

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Now DuckDuckGo is bragging about having gone completely green. LOL, no, they haven't. They wouldn't exist without Bing, for one thing.

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"But... but... solar and wind!" they'd say. "They're growing so fast, soon they'll replace fossil fuels entirely!" I was pointing out how that was obviously not happening. So were actual experts. But people only listen to experts when they tell convenient, reassuring lies.

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Nearly ten years ago, my cyberpunk stories postulated a deep energy crisis crushing the global economy over the next few decades, on the backdrop of climate change. Readers thought it was too out there. I was going by alarm bells being rung at the time. eand.co/why-everything-is-sudd

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search.marginalia.nu/ I think I kind of love this search engine that optimizes for pages with lots of text? Like it feels *startlingly* like searching the web did twenty years ago.

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I'm having a book birthday the day after tomorrow. It already exists as a free ebook on my website but this is the actual paper book published by a real publisher with ISBN and all.

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Do not buy NFT made with my art.
Do not make NFT with my Creative-Commons artworks.
If you respect my art, remember and apply this.

Here is my article about what just happened: davidrevoy.com/article864/drea

#NFT #NFTCommunity

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