Blood Moon 2014

nasa moon shot-photo.htmphoto by NASA

Imagine if the moon is that close to us and which we can travel to in one day.

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Why I Don’t Listen to Critics Anymore

Publicity photo of the comedy team Cheech & Chong.
My critics have gotten worse. Two of them replied to me in forums and I discovered that both of them were criticising so that they could manipulate me. I learned too that critics don’t admit their own mistakes—even blatant ones. Wise counselors don’t criticize. They suggest with tact. I now presume that critics are always destructive. So stay away from me if you are one.

Why Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count
‘There is nothing more frightening than the moment we expose our ideas to the world. Author and vulnerability researcher Brené Brown shows us how to deal with the critics and our own self-doubt by refusing to “armor up” and shut ourselves off. “Not caring what people think,” she says, “is its own kind of hustle.”

‘Instead we must “reserve a seat” for the critics and our own self-doubt. “Tell them, I see you, I hear you, but I’m going to do this anyway.”…’

The ‘Present Moment’ Lasts for 15 Seconds
My theory is: The future is always just one second away. Do you think this study refutes that?

Study reveals fascinating details of perception
You might be seeing this on a 15-second delay: study
‘Our eyes are continuously bombarded by visual information – millions of colours, shapes and ever-changing motion – yet seeing never feels like work.

‘Researchers have discovered one reason: Our brains perform automatic visual smoothing over time. A new study has found that our visual perception of things is influenced by what we saw up to 15 seconds ago. This helps create a stable environment, despite sacrificing some accuracy.

‘It also means that what you see around you – that cup of coffee, the face of your co-worker, your computer screen – may be a time-averaged composite of now and the past.

‘”What you are seeing at the present moment is not a fresh snapshot of the world but rather an average of what you’ve seen in the past 10 to 15 seconds,” said study author Jason Fischer, a neuroscientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology…’
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Even casually smoking marijuana can change your brain, study says

Baloney. How can you believe this when:
‘“This study raises a strong challenge to the idea that casual marijuana use isn’t associated with bad consequences,”…’
‘The study did not look at the behavior of the pot smokers, only their brains. What effect, if any, Wednesday’s findings will have on future legislation remains unclear.’
I personally know some casual pot smokers who are self-disciplined. They are decent and productive citizens who don’t cause trouble.

‘The days when people thought only heavy Cheech-and-Chong pot smokers suffered cognitive consequences may be over. A study in The Journal of Neuroscience says even casual marijuana smokers showed significant abnormalities in two vital brain regions important in motivation and emotion.

‘“Some of these people only used marijuana to get high once or twice a week,” said co-author Hans Breiter, quoted in Northwestern University’s Science Newsline. Breiter hailed the study as the first to analyze the effects of light marijuana use. “People think a little recreational use shouldn’t cause a problem, if someone is doing OK with work or school,” he said. “Our data directly says this is not the case.”…’

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Definition of Literature these 3 definitions:
writings having excellence of form or expression and expressing ideas of permanent or universal interest

Collins English Dictionary
written material such as poetry, novels, essays, etc, esp works of imagination characterized by excellence of style and expression and by themes of general or enduring interest

oxford dictionaries
Written works, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit

Noticed that what the three agreed on is ‘excellence (superiority) of form, style, and expression’?
So when an editor says that our work is NOT literature, he/she is just being courteous and is really saying that our work is not excellent (superior) in form, style, and expression.

3 Things You Need to Do Before You Publish
I replied to a LinkedIn Group chat where a member has this question:
‘What confuses me is…how and why they (publisher/editor) have confined Literature into three neat little boxes of poetry, prose and drama…’
The editor also told her that her submission is NOT literature! As I see it, the mistake she made was she chose the wrong publisher—a poor inexperienced publisher.

‘With the content explosion occurring online right now, what you produce can’t just be great, it has to be epic content — the right information, placed in the right publication to target the right audience at the right time.

‘This is why, in the pursuit of readers, content marketers must realize that publishers are key to the equation, and that getting the attention of the best publishers requires tailored, high-quality content that is relevant to the needs of their audiences.

‘So how can marketers increase their chances of publishing content on the sites that attract their target audiences? Do your research — starting in these three areas:…’

Plaintiff Sued NBCUniversal Too Late and Lost
The Epic ‘Ghost Hunters‘ Legal Battle
‘After more than seven years of litigation, including at one point a bad setback that NBCUniversal attempted to bring to the Supreme Court’s attention, the entertainment giant has finally beaten a lawsuit that claimed it had stolen the idea behind the hit Syfy reality show Ghost Hunters. This week, a California appeals court ordered a lower court to grant the studio summary judgment because the plaintiffs hadn’t brought their claims in a timely fashion…’

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Anger Issues

Originally posted on Plato on-line:

technorati-angrykids Guns. Sex. Serious brain damage
‘These are just a few words being tossed into this summary to entice you to watch in as our heroes recount their most anger-filled client anecdotes.

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Disagreeable English
word: literally
Isn’t it a shame when we misuse ‘literally’ when the word is about words we use!?
Disagreeable for figuratively (or similar words)
‘The misuse of literally, which in these examples means “actually; in fact; exactly,” occasions more mirth than does the misuse of many other words. That several contemporary dictionaries, including Merriam-Webster and Macmillan and Oxford, now note that literally means “figuratively” should annoy all of us who still value…

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Waiving ‘Moral Rights’ as an Author

Originally posted on Plato on-line: Nature Publishing Group Requires Faculty Authors to Waive ‘Moral Rights’
‘Faculty authors who contract to write for the publisher of Nature, Scientific American, and many other journals should know that they could be signing away more than just the economic rights to their work, according to the director of the Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communication at Duke University.

‘Kevin Smith, the Duke official, said he stumbled across a clause in the Nature Publishing Group’s license agreement last week that states that authors waive or agree not to assert “any and all moral rights they may now or in the future hold” related to their work. In the context of scholarly publishing, “moral rights” include the right of the author always to have his or her name associated with the work and the right to have the integrity of the work protected such that it is not changed in a…

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The Cruel Misinterpretation of Virginia Woolf’s Suicide Letter

Portrait of Virginia Woolf by George Charles B...

Portrait of Virginia Woolf by George Charles Beresford Deutsch: Die zwanzigjährige Virginia Woolf, fotografiert von George Charles Beresford (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Could anything be interpreted more maliciously?
by Maria Popova
‘On April 27, a month after Woolf’s death, The Sunday Times ran the following self-righteous evisceration by a Mrs. Kathleen Hicks, wife of the Bishop of Lincoln:

“Sir, — I read in your issue of Sunday last that the coroner at the inquest on Mrs. Virginia Woolf said that she was “undoubtedly much more sensitive than most people to the general beastliness of things happening in the world to-day.” What right has anyone to make such an assertion?

If he really said this, he belittles those who are hiding their agony of mind, suffering bravely and carrying on unselfishly for the sake of others. Many people, possibly even more “sensitive,” have lost their all and seen appalling happenings, yet they take their part nobly in this fight for God against the devil.

Where are our ideals of love and faith? And what shall we all be if we listen to and sympathize with this sort of “I cannot carry on?”…’

Is Colbert Just Another Racist Clown?
Out-of-context joke sparks Twitter campaign to cancel Colbert
‘Guess which part of that @ColbertReport tweeted out that angered Twitter users? That’s right, out of context, “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.” (Hashtagging “Asian” was a great touch, don’t you think? Just to prove that there was a real Social Media Professional at work on racially objectionable tweets.)

‘Twitter user and freelance writer Suey Park’s response:
The Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals has decided to call for #CancelColbert. Trend it.
— @suey_park…’

Art of the Essay and Narrative Nonfiction vs. Poetry and Short Stories
Annie Dillard
‘…Comparing the extinction of the essay with the shrinking of other literary forms — including a particularly ungenerous but, perhaps, tragically accurate account of poetry’s role in the literary ecosystem — Dillard presages the rise of the narrative essay:

“Poetry seems to have priced itself out of a job; sadly, it often handles few materials of significance and addresses a tiny audience. Literary fiction is scarcely published; it’s getting to be like conceptual art — all the unknown writer can do is tell people about his work, and all they can say is, “good idea.” The short story is to some extent going the way of poetry, willfully limiting its subject matter to such narrow surfaces that it cannot address the things that most engage our hearts and minds. So the narrative essay may become the genre of choice for writers devoted to significant literature.”

‘She goes on to explore just what makes the narrative essay such a winsome genre over short fiction and poetry:…’

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How Equal are Journalists and Bloggers?

Originally posted on Plato on-line:

Whom should I ask?
In the unverified digital world, are journalists and bloggers equal?
One thing I’m sure of: bloggers are mostly their own editors. And that means more freedom
‘…Journalists will attempt to use primary sources for information whereas bloggers “typically” may rely on secondary, or already published sources. The problem here is that as self-identified journalists have made the transition from daily print to continuous 24/7 online news, they themselves have had to learn what it actually means to report and comment on news in a digital world. Here, it is not clear that the journalists have had any particular advantage over bloggers. They have had to learn new skills and the news organisations they work for have had to adapt to new ways of collecting and reporting news. In fact, given that a blogger’s natural medium is digital, the advantage in many cases could be said to rest with the bloggers…’

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