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It's going to be 107 degrees where I am today. I have no air conditioner, and will be in a small semi-enclosed space all day. Shoot me now.

In other news, I was reading this article, and man, it surprised me just how closely this matched my experience. The only thing that this didn't include that I would've expected was that in my experience, powerful people overestimate other powerful people's competence and morals as well. ("They have to have been really competent to get into power in the first place! So it's inconceivable that they could've possibly made a mistake that big." <- actual sentiment expressed. I dotted a lot.)
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...You know, me and phones are made of AMAZING ADVENTURES.

By which I mean I may have just accidentally dialed the correct number when I totally meant to dial a completely different one. Which isn't really as bad as the time I asked my brother for his number, then went "...Wait, that's your number?" "...Yes?" "UH I think I've been giving out your phone as my own accidentally lately. Sorry about that!" Or the time I randomly dialed the wrong branch of my work. Or the time I accidentally dialed my own cell phone number and left myself a voicemail for someone else. My ability to mix up numbers that I know is amazing.

Also, this site skeeves me out to no end. HACKING YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHERS IS NOT OKAY JUST FYI
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You know, I stumbled across the newest David Weber the other day, and felt absolutely no urge to buy it. I've always figured it was all authors becoming too big for their breeches and refusing to edit their works of perfect genius after they have enough power that their publishers can't make them. But I do kind of wonder if, after a certain degree of success, some publishers just don't bother editing their best selling authors as much on the basis that they'll sell millions anyway, so let's save our editors' time and effort for series where they will improve sales. I'd guess it to be a mixture of both, honestly.

Huh. Come to think of it, it might just be because I'm tired, but I can't think of a single author who I've liked, who I thought continued to improve after becoming big. I'm not talking about decline, because although I've seen a lot of authorial declines that strike me as an ego-driven editor-free decline, David Weber's among them, it's also sometimes just...the fact that they've gotten incredibly stale on the series they're writing but the market demands more, or the fact that they're going senile, or the fact that they managed to strike one-hit wonder gold and will never be able to write another book that good again in their lives, and it seems unfair to judge on that. But continuing to improve despite the fact that your books are already selling like hotcakes would impress me a lot more, but I can't think of any.

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