Polskie Radio 1

Mar. 26th, 2017 08:49 pm
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Posted by Greg

Polskie Radio is Poland's state-owned, publicly-funded, national radio broadcasting organization.  They went on the air in 1926 from their headquarters in Warsaw.

Polskie Radio 1 is heard nationally and airs information and Adult Contemporary music.  They also broadcast Matysiakowie, a radio drama which has been heard weekly without fail since its debut in 1956.
Polskie Radio Szczecin is one of 17 regional stations in the Polskie Radio organization.

FM BSSL

Mar. 26th, 2017 02:40 pm
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FM BSSL aka FM Brussel was on the air from 2000 until 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.  They broadcast from studios located on the campus of the Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema & Sound.

Lesson #3126 - Swill

Mar. 26th, 2017 10:30 am
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I tricked someone into ordering Lone Star for themselves last night. It is an utterly vile beer. But maybe you like it for its purpose alternative to taste. Anyway, hello from San Antonio. I haven't slept in 38 hours and am starting to go deliriously downhill.

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Posted by John Scalzi

I’m in a brand-new, very hipster hotel. I kinda love it, but I’m also very clearly not its primary demographic.

Hello, Austin! In just about 90 minutes from the typing of this sentence, you can see me at BookPeople at 3pm! There’s still time to get there! Drive! Safely!

Tomorrow: Houston, and a 7pm event at Brazos Bookstore. Come see me, please. I prefer not to be alone on tour dates.


The Collapsing Empire and Word Count

Mar. 26th, 2017 03:15 pm
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Been looking at the reviews (professional and otherwise) of The Collapsing Empire and I’m happy to say that by and large they’re pretty good. There are quibbles here and there, and from time to time someone bounces off it hard, but in both of those cases that’s fine, and to be expected, since no one novel works equally well for everyone.

There has been one recurring comment about the book, however, that I’ve found interesting, which is that a fair number of people seem to think that it’s short; that is, shorter than usual for a science fiction book, or maybe a book of mine.

Is it? Not really; it clocks in at about 90,000 words, which as it happens is about right in the middle for my novels (and a standard length for science fiction novels generally). The shortest novel of mine is Redshirts, which is about 55K words long (the codas add another 20K, which brings the entire book to 75k), and the longest is The Android’s Dream, which was about 115K. The Human Division, which is a collection of stories with a novel-like arc (we usually call it a novel to avoid sounding too precious about it) is my longest book of fiction, with 135k words. Most of the books in the Old Man’s War series clock in between 90k and 100k, and Fuzzy Nation and Lock In are both around 85k, if memory serves correctly. So, again, The Collapsing Empire is right around in the middle of my book lengths.

(This estimation does not count individually-published novellas like The God Engines or The Dispatcher, or my non-fiction books.)

I’m not entirely sure what makes people think The Collapsing Empire is short, but I have a couple guesses. One is that, like most books of mine, it’s heavy on dialogue and light on description, which makes it “read” faster than other books of the same length might be. The other reason may be that science fiction books, which anecdotally have tended to be shorter than fantasy books, are beginning to creep up in word count a bit. The Expanse books always strike me as pretty hefty, for example.

While I never say never, it’s nevertheless unlikely my books are going to get much heftier than the 90K-110k word range. For one thing, all my books are contracted to be in that range. Yes, there really is a contractual length for novels, and a writer is generally supposed to come with 10% of the contracted word count on either side. So when I start organizing my novels in my brain, that’s the target I’m usually aiming for. For another thing, my heavy-on-dialogue, light-on-description general style doesn’t really lend itself to hefty tomes. I could bulk up my books a bit by adding more description of what characters look like (I’m sort of notoriously skimpy on physical description) or other such stuff, but it doesn’t really interest me to do so as a writer, unless I think doing so is relevant to the plot.

(This isn’t a backhanded diss on writers who do a lot of description, by the way — some of them do it very well, and also a lot of readers really enjoy that sort of storytelling, including me from time to time. It’s just not generally the direction my brain goes, when it comes time to write.)

My only real concern with people feeling The Collapsing Empire is short is that people then feel cheated, like they didn’t get enough story out of this particular novel. The good news for me, at least in the reviews I’ve seen, is that people don’t feel cheated, they just want more, soon. Well, provided I don’t get sucked into a jet engine or have some other tragedy befall me, there will be more, I promise. Relatively soon! And probably about 90k to 100k words long.


Sunday Sweets Springs In

Mar. 26th, 2017 01:00 pm
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It's officially Spring!!

Which, I know, doesn't mean much when you're still buried in snow or already rockin' the flip-flops.
(GUILTY.)

Still, Spring means flowers and happy colors, so today, that's what you get. And you're gonna like it.

(By Suzanne Kleinsman, aka The Queen of Pops)

SHA-POW.

See? Happy cake.

 

(By Mutlu Gün Kurabiyecisi)

And BOOYA, sweet mini florals for an engagement cake!

 

Tell me you're not smiling, 'cuz I've got more.

(By Kiara's Cakes)

Like this! Something about that color combo equals instant eye candy for me.

 

Of course Spring is all about gettin' down and dirty, so brace yourself:

(By House of Cakes Dubai)

SO DIRTY. And gorgeous. And kinda cute, if you like snails.

 

Here comes another natural beauty who's all bark and lots of bites:

(By Sweetness)

Phenomenal Fondant Powers, look at these textures! This is one that must be bitten to be believed; I've never seen a better tree bark OR more delicate ruffles.

 

Speaking of double-takes, here's another one that fooled me:

(By McGreevey Cakes)

The pitcher is cake, if you can believe it - I'm still not sure I do! What I do know is I'm in love.

 

Here's a fun modern take in bright pinks and yellows:

(By Kakes By Karen)

It's so Springy, right? And look at that embroidery texture! Incredible!

 

Now my favorite color, with my favorite flowers:

(By Torta Nicoletta)

Orange + Poppies = Pure Jen Joy.

 

Or how about a wheel barrow bouquet?

(By Golumbevskaya Olesya)

That's all sugar paste work, with a cake barrow!

 

Let's wrap things up with one more bold and bright number - and I freely admit I'm playing favorites:

(By Lumipo)

MORE POPPIES! Woot woot! And how fun is that green "barn-wood"? (The topper is two hearts with a padlock and chain between them.) My favorite is the hand-painting, though, inspired by the art of Colleen Parker. So good.

Hope this made your Sunday a little more Springy, peeps, and a lot more happy!

*****

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The Ring-tailed Lemur habitat at Zoo Vienna Schönbrunn just got a lot livelier with the birth of twins on March 18.

Mom has her hands full nursing her two tiny babies, but she is doing well and gets extra help from other females in the group. Twins are not uncommon in Ring-tailed Lemurs. 

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PA_Kattas3 (1)Photo Credit: Schönbrunn Zoo/Norbert Potensky

For the first few days of life, the babies spent most of their time nursing or sleeping as they clung to mom’s belly.  Newborn Lemurs are born with the ability to grip mom’s fur tightly so they can hang on as she climbs through the trees. After a few weeks, the babies will climb onto mom’s back and start to view their surroundings.  By one month of age, the babies will start to nibble on fruits and vegetables.

Ring-tailed Lemurs are one of about 100 species of Lemurs, all of which are found only on the African island of Madagascar.  More than two thirds of the species are Endangered or Critically Endangered according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. 

A dramatic loss of forest habitat in Madagascar is blamed for the rapid decline in Lemur numbers.  More than 90% of Madagascar’s original forest cover has been lost, mainly due to the demand for lumber, firewood, and charcoal by a growing human population.



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Dungeon Builder We've demonstrated our love for brick-built gaming in the past, most notably with Munchkin Bricks and Guy Himber's brick-built Munchkin board. LEGO themselves are no stranger to gaming, with their own line of games released a few years ago. But the thing that recently caught my eye wasn't a regular set; it's a submission from their LEGO Ideas program. (We're no strangers to the program; Steve even wrote about the Ogre LEGO Ideas set a couple of years back!) So I wanted to share the Dungeon Builder project.

Fans of roleplaying games (like GURPS) know the dream of having fully realized locations and maps. Many an evening has been spent on detailed paper maps, miniatures, and dice . . . and we wouldn't have it any other way. But for those of us who want more of a 3-D feel, Quest Builder scratches that itch. The creator shows a variety of rooms with different themes, plus assorted monsters, that could represent a campaign in many fantasy RPG environments (Dungeon Fantasy, perhaps?). The rooms are modular and can create limitless combinations. It's actually reminiscent in style to our own Guy's Munchkin board, with its customized and ever-changing rooms. 

The project has already reached the necessary support to move to the review stage, but even if it doesn't end up on store shelves, it's a cool idea that may inspire some builders out there to make their own brick-dungeons! 

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Simon's Cat
You are a cat. Do cat things. Don't get caught. Blame everyone else. Match cards to cause mischief and pass the blame, but don't let Simon catch you!
 
Based on the sensational YouTube series - over 680 million views - and physical books by animator and illustrator Simon Tofield, Simon's Cat is a lighthearted, fast-paced card game for 3-6 players that's sure to get a lot of laughs. Get yours meow on Warehouse 23.

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