April 4th, 2011


[links] Link salad in the country of the corn

A review of Boondocks Fantasy, ed. Jean Rabe — With passing comments on my short story, "Jefferson's West".

An anti-college backlash? — Rethinking the value of higher education.

How Slavery Really Ended in America — A little Civil War history for you.

Simulating Medieval Warfare on SupercomputersThe Medieval Warfare on the Grid project is akin to applying the simulation game Sid Meier's Civilization to real questions of history. SCA meets 2001?

Blood Falls — Your cool weird science moment. Cool and weird on several levels. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Japan says it may take months to end radiation leaks

AC Grayling: 'How can you be a militant atheist? It's like sleeping furiously'In his new book, The Good Book: A Secular Bible, the philosopher sets out his manifesto for rational thought. He talks about why religion angers him, the power of philosophy – and his mane of hair. (Thanks to Scrivener's Error.)

Shades of grayPharyngula with a very eloquent, angry post about religion and the value of human life. (Via, among other places, [info]lt260.)

?otD: Corn on the cob or loose corn?

Writing time yesterday: 3.0 hours (2,300 words to finish a short story draft, extensive WRPA)
Body movement: 70 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (interrupted)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Betrayer, C.J. Cherryh


[personal] Customer service done right

I periodically rant here about customer service issues with various industries and companies. After all, who among us does not do so?

This time, I want to extend recognition and my gratitude to a company that is doing customer service right.

A couple of months ago, I ordered this "Chewie and Han" shirt from redbubble.com. (If you haven't seen the shirt, check it out. For persons of a certain age, the art is nigh irresistible.)

This past week I received an email from redbubble advising me that some shirts printed during the time my order was fulfilled have faded too fast, due to poor inking. I checked mine, and indeed after about half a dozen washings it was faded and flecked. As instructed, I responded to the email with a current photo of my shirt, and my order number, along with the comment that I probably wouldn't have bothered complaining.

Today redbubble informed me they were shipping me a replacement shirt, advising me regarding my old shirt:
"There's no need to return it to us - you can wear it while washing the car, at the gym, recycle it into awesome 80s-style headbands, or find a charitable home for it.

Again, thank you for giving us a chance to make this right."

So, color me impressed. Here's a big shout out to redbubble.com for being proactive and treating me properly.

Not to mention having awesome shirts.


[interviews] Yet another reader interview with me

Answering questions from the most recent reader interview of me [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]. In addition, a friend sent me a good set of interview questions that I believe I shall address in a separate post some time in the next few weeks.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

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That was fun. Feel free to ask follow-up questions in comments here. In a month or so, I'll probably post another call for new reader interview questions. My thanks to those who participated by asking this time.