The Guardian discusses writing being an elitist profession.
It always has been, although the comparitive degree traditional publishing and self-publishing are has changed in recent years.
Folks, I’m seeing a lot of people recommend setting xpinstall.signatures.required to false to fix the Firefox extensions issue.
⚠️ DO NOT DO THIS! ⚠️
It disables signature checking on extensions which means that you open yourself up to malicious extensions if you install any new ones or if you have auto updates on.
Or go the officially recommended (but less private) route: https://mastodon.ar.al/@aral/102039553570119536
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/
+ climate strike
The #schoolstrike4climate was well attended by one of my local schools. It was very hopeful to see so many young people with banners and a passion to change things.
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
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