Archive for November, 2010

The Limitations of Knowledge, Part 2

Tweet [First off, don’t forget to participate in the Mad Men DVD giveaway.] Yesterday I posted about my personal experiences with the limitations of knowledge alone as a tool for self-improvement, when I let myself be a victim of a slick sales pitch, even though I already knew about every last one of the sales [...]

Mad Men DVD Giveaway Contest

Tweet I recently ended up with an extra copy of seasons 1 and 2 of Mad Men on DVD, so I decided to make a contest out of it and use the extra copies for a blog giveaway. Here’s the deal: take any article on this blog, or even the whole blog, and use it [...]

The Limitations of Knowledge, Part 1

Tweet I recently reread a book called The Power of Persuasion by Robert Levine. It’s not one of those books that sets out to teaches the reader to be persuasive, but rather it aims to teach the reader how to defend against tricks others use to persuade you. There was a section were a car [...]

3 World-Changing Books

Tweet So I’m plodding along on this novel project, and I’m pretty sure it will take 60 days and not 30, for reasons I’ll go into in a later post. But working on this reminded me of a great lesson I got in writing from a college writing class. The class was Experimental Fiction, and [...]

Topic Suggestion

Tweet On the right of the page you’ll notice a link for a topics suggestion page. I wanted to get a backlog of topics before I started diving into it, but now I’m going to start taking it much more seriously, so if you have anything you want me to write about, click the link [...]

Linkblogging, 11/08/2010

Tweet If you don’t have the balls to be hated, then you don’t deserve to be loved. Violent Acres Everyone has been playing nice-nice with each other. No one wants to accidentally offend anyone else. We’re all so open and accepting of everyone’s thoughts and feelings (Even the fucking dumb ones) and there are no [...]

This has to be a joke

Tweet I feel like this post, and this following post, where a woman dresses up her son in a shocking Halloween costume, simply must be a joke. But she seems to be playing it totally straight. And even scarier are the comments that follow. She’s has not only convinced herself her 5 year old son [...]

Novel Writing Month

Tweet November is National Novel Writing Month: National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30. My personal goal though is 200 pages. This what I was referring to in a recent post when [...]

I Didn’t Vote, And I Feel Fine About It

Tweet I miss George Carlin. Given the recent midterm elections, I found this clip especially appropriate. Related posts: Vote on Topic Suggestions

Mad Men – “The Summer Man”

Tweet There was a recent episode of Mad Men from this season called “The Summer Man,” and this quote from the Don Draper character was the highlight to me: People tell you who they are, but we ignore it because we want them to be who we want them to be. The older I get, [...]