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If you are in the UK and eligible to vote please make sure you are registered! If you know others who might not have registered (just moved house, just got old enough to vote etc) please remind them, and help them register if necessary.
Deadline is tomorrow for council elections, and 7th May for EU elections. And of course given the current political situation we might have a general election, too...
In which Microsoft lives up to its "be evil" company motto: https://boingboing.net/2019/04/02/burning-libraries.html
Brush your teeth, save your brain? https://www.newscientist.com/article/2191814-we-may-finally-know-what-causes-alzheimers-and-how-to-stop-it/
Shiloh Walker lays out a plan of action to deal with people who are republishing identical books under new names and copyright details, and tricking readers: https://www.shilohwalker.com/website/2019/02/hot-takes-copyright-fakes-how-we-fix-this/
Readers deserve books advertised as new to actually be new.
Also, (more wisdom via Spike Trotman) NEVER, EVER sign away lifetime IP rights! That's the most important thing you have as a creator!
If you want to make money from your work, great! Put it on prints, merch! License it! Etc!
But there's really nothing that's worth complete, total, *lifetime* control of your work! Because once you've signed your IP rights away, that's IT.
Ellen Wright's latest podcast features Miz Cracker talking about gender, sexuality, and drag performance. https://hereslookingatyousite.wordpress.com/
Kilby Blades has an interesting angle on the plagiarism and ghostwriting issue: https://www.kilbyblades.com/blog/2019/2/19/everyones-missing-the-point-on-the-cristiane-serruya-story
It's another case of algorithms shaping what gets bought, and not necessarily to the benefit of readers or writers. A ghostwriting boom doesn't help you pick a book knowing what the author's style will be, and the current Amazon algorithm favours speed over quality.
I suspect Courtney Milan is about to make a plagiarist very sorry:
It's not clear yet how many other romance authors have been affected.
Scared Silicon Valley billionaire:
Look, you're just not grasping the scale of the AI threat. What if an AI one day is built that decides to harvest large chunks of the Earth's biosphere in order to make some numbers in a financial engine go up slightly? What would we all do then?
Climate change and species loss researchers:
Really? That's a thing that could happen? And people might not believe the predictions? Do go on.
Well OBVIOUSLY I don't mean it's happening NOW
I'm doing #FizzFreeFebruary. In my case, that's a lot like normal February.
I draw this back in July (2018), but never finished the background as you can see...
For Retar I use a photo of my dog's face + a photo by "Woxys" (Deviantart) as reference (they have really nice photographs of animals!! )
working to your limit isn't endlessly sustainable and I've only been able to keep up the pace this long because I've been careful to get enough sleep and stick strictly to my break timers, annnd my partner happens to also be in crunch mode this month so my outside obligations have been managable.
it's cool i've been able to get stuff done that i need to but webcomics glorifies overworking too much; this fucking sucks and i would have burnt out ages ago if i did this all the time lmao
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