Saturday reads and eyeball meat

Recently I went to a cat show in Burlington Vermont. The set. Also check out Willa’s set.

Here’s new stuff that’s going on in the world of text:

via ‘looking busy for a living

…I’ve noticed a fascinating phenomenon among the dozens of professionals I know who’ve been laid off, downsized or fired in recent months: their new job is to look busy, for the sake of their employed friends and prospective employers. They’re always running to meetings, constantly working on proposals, and forever developing new projects.

They’re online 24 hours a day, updating their Facebook profiles and IM-ing each other and Twittering away about their plans. They’re devoting every ounce of energy to figuring out what’s next as they race around the city having lunch, darting into Apple stores or standing on street corners with their iPhones, checking their dwindling supply of emails.

I call it Social Notworking. It’s a trend that pits the unemployed—the outofworkaholics who won’t stop until they get back in the game—against their former colleagues, often younger, who still have their jobs. It’s Generation Y versus the “Why Me?” Generation, and it’s going to get worse as New York’s once-vibrant, once-fully employed professional world keeps shrinking.

Son of Nixon regarding the book Cheney must inevitably write:

Cheney’s only real problem as an author seeking redemption and reputation will also be similar to Nixon’s. It is a Wizard of Oz problem, for he dare not pull back the curtain to fully reveal himself, because he is much more interesting, if not awesome, when hiding. In addition, he must be careful not reveal illegal behavior, for the statute of limitations for war crimes runs eight years, and I doubt Cheney truly wants to test his belief that when the vice president does it, it is not illegal.

Not a ‘read’ but a good look: Visual Dyslexia

Collection of visuals and experience from all areas of live that visually explain feeling, thinking, seeing, hearing and understanding of a dyslexic mind to a non-dyslexic and vice versa. Suitable comments of any format are invited, spelling mistakes are expected and appreciated.

Tv Tropes — a site worth exploring if you’ve ever sat in front of a TV.

What is this about?: This wiki is a catalog of the tricks of the trade for writing fiction. We dip into the cauldron of story, whistle up a hearty spoonful and splosh it in front of you to devour to your heart’s content.

Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations. On the whole, tropes are not clichés. The word clichéd means “stereotyped and trite”. In other words, dull and uninteresting. We are not looking for dull and uninteresting entries. We are here to recognize tropes and play with them, not to make fun of them.

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