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Friday Link Pack 11/15/13

Before They Pass Away
It’s time to share a few interesting links I have found throughout the week. Some of these I mention on Twitter, if you’re not already following me there, please do! I’m always looking for new links if you have any suggestions, let me know.


As with last week I want to keep the focus on aid for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Please take a moment and donate what you can to the Red Cross disaster relief or find another relief charity of your choice. Any help you give goes a long way.


Google Gets Total Victory Over Authors Guild: Book Scanning Is Fair Use
I’m in the camp that believes this is a good copyright decision. Expect some bluster from big publishing.

The Common Core’s absurd new reading guidelines
Well… this is interesting, using Lexile scoring the Fed’s have deemed The Hunger Games as more “complex” than The Grapes of Wrath. Simple text ≠ simple content.

How Do You Spot a Good Editor and Avoid the Amateurs?
Publishing Perspectives offers some simple advice on how to find a good editor. If you’re an indie author this is very much worth the read.

Note: A lot of these articles are gleaned from the fantastic blog The Passive Voice. If you’re not a daily reader of PG then you should rectify that immediately.


Before They Pass Away
Photographer Jimmy Nelson turns his lens on some of the last remaining tribes on earth. The result is both beautiful and fascinating.

Danger Country
A surreal, sometimes bizarre, and always well written long form web comic from Levon Jihanian. You should be subscribing to this.


The Robots Are Here
Politico takes a look at the future of the worlds workforce as robots begin to replace more and more of our blue collar jobs. (Spoiler: Basically Asimov was right.)

The Weirdest and Fiercest Helmets from the Age of Armored Combat
Great list showing some of the stranger designs to ancient helmets. I think my favorite is the he Horned Helmet, Innsbruck, Austria. Thanks to Sky for the tip!

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

From Beyond
Published in The Fantasy Fan in June 1934, From Beyond follows a scientist as he explores an alternate reality.

Farewell Gif(s) of the Week:



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