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  1. What made YOU laugh today/tonight ?

    Fantasy writer Patrick Rothfuss describing the ecosystem of a farm (chickens eat bugs, plants grow off the chicken poop, etc) and saying that's something Nikola Tesla would have come up with. ) Link to the interview:
  2. Boaty McBoatface

    Yes! To inspire their allies and sow confusion in the ranks of their enemies.
  3. Everyone post some favorite quotes!

    "Butterflies are self-propelled flowers." Robert A. Heinlein
  4. Thanks in advance! And no, writing won't go to my head anytime soon - it's only one of my many, many projects. Thanks! What about my author picture?
  5. The only thing anyone needs to know about "50 Shades of Grey" is that it started out as Twilight fanfiction. 'Nuff said...
  6. LOL - the title is a pun. Other potential future books: "50 shades of neigh" (about horses) and "50 shades of whey" (recipe book). I've spent months going over the most obscure sources you can think of to find material so well forgotten it was almost lost. Then I dusted it off and rescued it from oblivion by putting it into this anthology. (Anthology editors need love too!) Edited to add: why not a blog post? Because unfortunately that wouldn't reach as many people... My e-books get downloaded by thousands of people who have Kindles and want something interesting to read. The same people may not necessarily go to blogs for their reading material. It's all about the greater, better outreach.
  7. The giveaway is over - thanks! Goooood morning, everyone! I've recently finished working on my latest book, 50 shades of yay: great thinkers on happiness, and I thought I'd share it with my favorite bums, who can surely appreciate the importance of the topic. (Well, you guys and the rest of the Internet.) It's free to download today and tomorrow - and no, you don't need a Kindle to read it. As long as you have a device with a screen and Internet connection, you can read it on the Kindle app. Give it a shot, see what happens! If you like it, I'd very much appreciate some feedback - or a quick 5-star review. If you don't like it - well, it was free, wasn't it? Thanks in advance! "Happiness - what exactly is it and where I can get some? These two simple questions have remained unanswered despite all our efforts. Poets bicker about the definition of happiness, scientists try to determine how happiness works, and politicians promise all the happiness you can handle if you vote for them. The Declaration of Independence calls the pursuit of happiness one of the three unalienable rights, but how exactly do you go about pursuing it? This book collects 50 essays, poems, philosophical discourses, aphorisms and snarky comments from great thinkers of our past. They include famous names (Mark Twain, Socrates, Emily Dickinson, Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller and others), as well as some that you've probably never heard of. (Christina, Queen of Sweden, just might have been the wittiest 17th-century monarch.) The 50 perspectives on happiness collected in this volume range from goofy to serious, from optimistic to morbid. No matter what your philosophical disposition, this book is guaranteed to help you with your own, personal pursuit of happiness. It'll make you laugh, it'll make you think, it might even make you cry. The "50 shades of yay" can do all of that - and much, much more." Download link
  8. I love all the Nature references

    At some point in the future, humans will colonize space and live in environments so different from our own that they're impossible to imagine here and now... I often wonder what those space colonists would think of such nature metaphors, when they'd have to look up every other word and watch videos just to understand what mist is, or dew, or what's so special about hawks. (Or what birds are/were.) I do wonder how well these metaphors will hold up in space...
  9. Damn you body!

    Because entropy. As a biological unit, your body has only one objective: grow up to the point where it can reproduce, then stick around long enough to take care of the offspring. (And sometimes, not even that.) Everything beyond that is just a nice bonus. Once you pass that energetic phase of your life, your body begins the process of falling apart: reflexes aren't as fast, it takes you longer to recover, etc. If anything, we should all be grateful our bodies last as long as they do.
  10. Everyone post some favorite quotes!

    "There are two types of people in this world. Those who can extrapolate from missing data..."
  11. What are you listening to?

    The sound of cable "news" my roommate always runs in the background because he's afraid of silence.
  12. If you had only one day to live...

    I wouldn't try to cram as much as possible in one day, nor turn it into my own version of "the last lecture." I'd simply take everyone out for a great dinner and then have a nice get-together with stories and laughter and fun. The ancients were wrong about many things, but they were right on the money with "eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die."
  13. He Perfumed His Exhaust

    Here in America if you do something like that and you don't have money, you're called crazy. If you do have money, you're an eccentric. Ditto for redheads and people with auburn hair.
  14. Sunrise, Sunset, Night.

    Gorgeous... Where was that taken?