Some of this is bad luck (Mr. Snarky got sick, I got sick, Petunia got sick), some of it is due to a scheduling coincidence that we saw coming but couldn't change, and some of it is due to the fact that I didn't fully appreciate how busy my new job would be at this time of year.
Anyhow, I'm burned out. I've got some time off work coming up, and I'm giving myself a vacation from as many of my other responsibilities and activities as possible. That doesn't mean I won't write anything more here until 2019 - I like to write and maybe I will write some of those posts I have half-written! But I am planning not to read as much news and other internet things, and so I don't think I'll write any more weekend reading posts.
I have pre-scheduled a bunch of Annorlunda posts and am giving myself permission not to do anything more on book promotion.This is not actually a particularly good time of year for my sales - although I think any of the Annorlunda books would make great gifts, I think people tend to gravitate towards longer books as gifts. One of the things I wanted to try again, though, was a post-Christmas "fill up your new e-reader" sale. Since I'm taking some time off, I set the sale up early. I'm running the sale only on my Gumroad store this year - it is too much work to coordinate a sale at all the other ebook vendors. The posts promoting it will go out after Christmas, but the promo code is active now: If you buy any of my books (or, for that matter, recorded classes) at my Gumroad store, enter the promo code FILLUP and get 50% off.
OK, with all that preamble out of the way, on to the links:
One of the things I'll be thinking about during my time off is the fact that when I'm 70, I want to be in the "regular exerciser for decades" group... and I think I need to make some priority changes to make sure that happens.
John B. Judis' article about the two economies is worth your time.
This Alexis Madrigal article about ChuChuTV and other YouTube channels aimed at toddlers and preschoolers is old, but I finally read it and it is really interesting.
This article about mammalian meat allergies is fascinating... and more than a little freaky.
Have you seen the article about the thesis advisor who hired mercenaries to rescue one of her students?
I found this Noah Smith thread about the immigration policies of Obama and Trump useful:
1/I would like to talk about the difference between Obama's immigration enforcement regime and Trump's. https://t.co/SoFbwgBZyP— Noah Smith (@Noahpinion) December 14, 2018
This is heartbreaking. Tech companies should do better.
An open letter to @Facebook, @Twitter, @Instagram and @Experian regarding algorithms and my son's birth: pic.twitter.com/o8SuLMuLNv— Gillian Brockell (@gbrockell) December 11, 2018
Isn't this gorgeous?
A bloody-nosed beetle made from pressed plants, most of which popped up in patches of my garden which I left to grow wild (it’s very handy when your art materials spring out of the ground) pic.twitter.com/8lUnMsu7Au— Helen Ahpornsiri (@HelenAhpornsiri) December 13, 2018
I don't have many links this week, so here's a song I've been really enjoying lately:
And of course, a bunny:
10th December 2018 pic.twitter.com/6jSQvKLuTN— Rabbit of the Day 🐰 (@RabbitoftheDay) December 10, 2018
I hope you all have a good weekend... and rest of 2018!