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  1. Totem Figures Interview with Dr. Gabor Mate

    Gabor Mate is a Vancouver based doctor and the author of the books In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, When the Body Says…

    http://www.beamsandstruts.com/podcasts/item/884-gabors-totems

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  2. Writing Excuses 6.13: World Building Communications Technology | Writing Excuses

    Let’s talk commo! How does the ubiquity of communication tech affect your story? How far out of your own experience do you need to step in order to build a culture whose communications are believable?

    We talk about the Great Wall of China, Napoleon’s visual semaphore, the Brin P2P Plan, and cell-phones in the X-files. Our goal? To get you to think about how the people in your stories communicate with each other, and how those communications can fail whether you’re writing fantasy or science-fiction.

    Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson, narrated by Jonathan Davis.

    Errata: The Ringworld is not 93 million miles in diameter. That was the approximate radius. Also, Howard got the circumference wrong. If only we’d had instant access to some sort of database, some network of computational resources while we were recording this episode…

    Writing Prompt: Start with a fax machine, make it a 3d-printer/prototyper, and run from there…

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    http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/08/28/writing-excuses-6-13-world-building-communications-technology/

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  3. Writing Excuses 6.3: Professional Organizations | Writing Excuses

    As you may or may not know, Mary Robinette Kowal is currently the Vice President (a volunteer position) of SFWA, the Science-fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. And after killing two minutes talking about acronyms and the composition and pronunciation thereof, we start into the actual topic — professional organizations, why or why not to join them, and what they offer.

    We spend a lot of time talking about SFWA specifically, which is hopefully useful to anybody who might want to write genre fiction. We talk a little bit about the National Cartoonist’s Society (of which Howard is not a member), and about NASE (the National Association for the Self-Employed) to which Howard and Sandra do both belong.

    Mary then gives us some considerations for joining any professional service organization — personal reasons (what can the organization do for you specifically), and societal reasons (what additional clout can your participation in the organization generate.) Dan talks to us about the Horror Writers Association, a group with the awesome “horror.org” domain.

    If you’ve ever wondered what SFWA or other professional organizations have to offer, this ‘cast may be helpful.

    Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: Cryoburn, by Lois McMaster Bujold, narrated by Grover Gardner. This novel has been nominated for the Best Novel Hugo Award this year.

    Writing Prompt: Come up with a way for Howard to join SFWA. It must involve rappelling.

    Professional Organization Links of Note: SFWA, NCS, and NASE, the Horror Writers Association, and Webcomics.com.

    Mary’s Herculean Task: Get 952 science-fiction and fantasy authors to vote on the upcoming SFWA ballot.

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    http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/06/19/writing-excuses-6-3-professional-organizations/

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  4. Writing Excuses 7.54: Four Ways the Industry is Changing | Writing Excuses

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  5. Writing Excuses 9.9: What to do When Truth is Stranger than Fiction | Writing Excuses

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  6. Writing Excuses 9.4: Artificial Intelligence with Nancy Fulda | Writing Excuses

    Nancy Fulda, herself a lettered student of artificial intelligence, joins us to talk about writing artificial intelligence believably. We fire questions at her so that you don’t have to!

    We talk about what’s current, what’s coming, and what it is that we’re all expecting. We also cover some of the things that writers get wrong (at least insofar as they knock the cognoscenti out of the story.)

    Liner Notes: Here’s the article Howard mentioned, “Evolving a Conscious Machine,” from the June 1998 Discover. He got the details almost 100% wrong, but the gist of it was still there.

    Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:41 — 36.0MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSGo to the Internet and look up Bayesian learning, neural networks, and genetic algorithms. Yes, it’s more of a reading prompt.

    Rainbows End, by Vernor Vinge, narrated by Eric Conger

    (note: Howard got this wrong — no apostrophe at all! And yes, a lantern got hung upon that particular missing bit of punctuation.)

    http://www.writingexcuses.com/2014/01/26/writing-excuses-9-4-artifical-intellegence-with-nancy-fulda/

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  7. Writing Excuses 9.3: Character Perception vs. Narrative Perception with Nancy Fulda | Writing Excuses

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  8. Writing Excuses 9.2: Hard Science Fiction with Eric James Stone | Writing Excuses

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  9. Terry Lecture 1 - Thomas Jefferson: Ancient and Modern - Big Ideas - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    How did Thomas Jefferson accommodate science with his faith?

    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bigideas/thomas-jefferson3a-ancient-and-modern/4625602

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