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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Apply

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Hope the socks and sandals don't make this NSFW for you.


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What the heck is "&udm=14"? A new search engine strips AI junk from Google results

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"&udm=14" is a URL parameter you can add to Google search result URLs that removes all the new AI and ad stuff. And udm14.com is a pseudo-search engine that redirects automatically to these simplified yet more substantial results for your query. — Read the rest

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Myth

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Sometimes I save a rant for 10 years and finally decide it's not a thinkpiece, it's a stupid joke.


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Wonderful new Windows feature records everything you ever do on your computer and feeds it to AI

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Microsoft would like you to use AI to record everything you ever do on your computer. This is definitely something you personally will benefit from, and will create no potential for privacy failure, present no target for bad actors, and offer no perverse incentives to corporations or government agencies with access to the device or the data you provide it. — Read the rest

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Repeat COVID-19 vaccinations elicit antibodies that neutralize variants, other viruses – Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

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New Novel: Finished!

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What is it called? When the Moon Hits Your Eye.

How long is it? About 92,000 words.

What’s it about? It’s about the moon turning to cheese.

No, really, what’s it about? I just told you.

Seriously? Yup.

How the hell do you keep getting away with this? Honestly, it’s a mystery to me too.

What kind of cheese? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

What else should we know about the novel? That it’s kinda not actually a novel.

What does that mean? Each chapter is a day in a lunar cycle. Some chapters feature recurring characters, some don’t. Some go off entirely on their own.

So it’s a short story collection? It’s sort of between a short story collection and a novel. Have you ever heard of the term “fix-up novel?”

Sure, it’s when a previously published series of short stories are collected together and interstitial material is added to provide connectivity and continuity. Like Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles. Wow, you nailed that definition perfectly. Yes. It’s like that.

So you wrote a fix-up novel? No.

But — I said it’s like that. These are all new stories, none of which have been published before. It’s not a fix-up, because there was nothing to fix up.

It’s not exactly a novel or a short story collection or a fix-up, so what the hell is it? The term I would use for it is “story cycle.” We’ll probably just end up calling it a novel for marketing purposes, because it’s novel length and people understand the term, but structurally it’s rather a bit different than than your usual novel.

Why did you do it that way? Because that’s what the book needed, and because I could.

So, you’ve written a structurally divergent story cycle about… cheese? Well, a moon made of cheese, but, yes.

You were dropped as a child, weren’t you? I mean, probably.

But: why cheese? Who doesn’t like cheese?

When do we get to see it? It’ll be out March 25, 2025.

Anything else you want us to know? Just that I really like it. There are bits in there that I think are some of the best writing I’ve done, and I think you will be surprised by the places this book goes.

Okay, but: Cheese? Yes. Cheese.

— JS

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