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What You Needed to Know about Writing World War I

Seriously, watch this before you attempt to write anything set in WWI.

How to Write Science Fiction that Doesn’t Suck

The title says it all. From Military SF writer Rick Partlow.

How Your Body Beats Cancer Every Minute

From Kurzgesagt, and the Bill Gates foundation:

Terry Pratchett – Living with Alzheimer’s

In 2007, Terry Pratchett (and if you haven’t heard of Terry, you really have no business calling yourself a fantasy reader) was diagnosed with PCA, a form of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 59 years old at the time, making it an early onset dementia.

Choosing to battle it, he made a public announcement a few months later, and agreed to have a BBC camera crew follow him every day for a year to show how living with Alzheimer’s could be.

Here’s the first part of the documentary:

How to Train Astronauts for a Trip to Mars

So you’ve got a problem: you’re sending people on a year-long voyage with no gravity, and people don’t work well without gravity.

Simple solution: you spin up your space ship and create your own gravity. Problem solved.

Except that people haven’t evolved to live in a small, spinning frame of reference, and when you raise your arms, only to have them go sideways instead, motion sickness is the least of your worries…

Watch the lab training astronauts for precisely that:

Bai Terek – Altai Throat Singing and some Speed Folk, too

I love this stuff. Great background music for writing.

Skim to the 30 second mark to get past the intro.

Fish + Farming = Aquaponics – Cool, but is it Profitable?

Aquaponics is growing plants on water, and breeding fish beneath the water. It’s like your own custom ecosystem in miniature, and it takes a lot less resources than traditional agriculture, not to mention land.

Is it the future of farming? Maybe, but maybe not. Check out Matt’s video on it:

How to Easilly Lift a 10 Ton Ship 24 Meters into the Air

It’s simply cool!

Ebook Pirace – How it’s Good for Your Sales

Great article from Tim Grahl of on how we view piracy, especially ebook piracy, in the wrong way.

It’s summed up nicely in this quote by Tim O’Reilly is the founder of O’Reilly Media:

“The problem with writers isn’t piracy, it’s obscurity. It may be hard to monetize fame, but it is impossible to monetize obscurity.”

Read the entire thing here: Ebook Piracy = Sell More Books by Tim Grahl

You Need to See This Again

I’ve posted this before. But it still needs looking at.

Click on the image.

Then scroll, all the way down…

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