Google Glass is making a life changing difference for the disabled (link)

I love tech.

Researchers are working hard to harness the hands-free nature of Google Glass to improve the lives of those with compromised mobility, vision and hearing.

Glass has an expected on-sale date sometime in 2014. As a product still in its infancy, it recalls the iPhone’s early days as a smartphone with promise and woefully few apps. But while Glass’ full potential will be determined down the road, it already has distinguished itself as a potentially life-changing tool for the disabled.

Researchers in a range of disciplines are looking into ways to leverage Glass’ inherent advantage over the smartphone — its hands-free nature — to help those who navigate life with compromised mobility, vision and hearing. There’s even work being done to assist those with autism, using facial recognition software to help identify the emotions of others.

Perhaps not since the invention of text-to-voice and other speech-recognition software has a tech invention had such potential to help the disabled.

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Recently linked to by SFSignal (as 40 Superhero Cliches and Tropes)

Nova Genesis World versus A List of 40 Superhero Cliches and Tropes was recently linked to by SFSignal SF/F/H Link Post for 2013-10-16Wiki version
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On February 3rd, 1947 a supernova wavefront changed everything. A previously unknown galactic civilization intervened saving the majority of life of Earth. In the wake of the Galactics’ intervention, people started to develop powers declaring themselves superheroes and supervillains. Thirty seven years later Michael Gurick watches his superhero father die, and vowed to revenge by Dispensing Justice.

Rook’s Gambit – A review of The Red Rook at (link)

A review of The Red Rook by Scott Slemmons on

Verdict: Thumbs up. Much like the first book, there are a lot of excellently drawn characters and dialogue, and a wonderful plot. Penny is an excellent protagonist — probably a better one than Michael was in the first book, ’cause Penny has a lot more common sense and charisma than Michael did.
—Scott Slemmons, Rook’s Gambit

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The Death of Publishing (The Business Rusch) (link)

The Business Rusch: The Death of Publishing


Once again Kristine Kathryn Rusch cuts through the nonsense and gives you the raw advice you need to help make your decision between traditional and indie / self publishing. I think it is particularly worth paying attention to her comments on the changes in publishing-author contracts and non-compete clauses.

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What it Means When Someone Tries to Tell You THE Rules of Good Writing (link)

by Charlie Jane Anders

There’s only one rule for how to write a story, and that’s: “Write a good story.” Apart from that, anything goes, as long as you can pull it off. (And some things are harder to pull off than others.) But sometimes, people will try and teach you ironclad rules of fiction writing. Like, avoid an omniscient narrator, or introduce your main character on the first page.



Great advice about how to view writing advice cast in the form of writing rules.

  1. These are rules that work for this person, and they might work for you, too. (What I like to call the “What works for me” statement presented in the form of a rule.)
  2. This person is writing in a particular genre where these things are accepted conventions.
  3. This person knows that some writers can break these rules and prosper — but has decided that you’re not one of those writers.

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