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America's Most Surprising Six-Figure Jobs

By Jacquelyn Smith, Forbes Staff

We often associate hefty salaries with corner offices, lab coats and law degrees–but it turns out you can pull in a pretty penny working outside the financial, medical and legal fields. For instance, writers, home economics teachers, and film editors can score six-figure paychecks. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Author Services Part 3: Marketing And Promotion

By Suw Charman-Anderson, Contributor

Marketing. I suspect that’s the one word that makes most authors’ blood run cold. We’re not necessarily a gregarious bunch, us writers, and I would bet that most of us would happily pay someone else to do our marketing and promotion for us, if we could. But is it worth it? And what, out of all the things you could pay for,  should you pay for? …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Thor and Fringe Scribes to Write Trek 3?

A new pair of screenwriters are reportedly beaming aboard the tentatively titled Star Trek 3: Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz.

Their credits include the films Thor and X-Men: First Class and the TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Fringe, and Andromeda. Fringe is produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, while Andromeda was based on material from Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. The pair have also scripted Fox’s in-development reboot of The Fantastic Four.

According to Badass Digest, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are still involved in the sequel in a writing capacity and they “were instrumental in making the decision about going after Stentz and Miller. What (Orci & Kurtzman’s) day-to-day involvement moving forward will be I couldn’t say. Keep in mind this isn’t a done deal, so it’s possible that someone else could end up getting the gig. And there’s no guarantee they’re the final writers on the project. But as of right now it’s Stentz and Miller’s job to lose. And since Paramount wants this movie out in 2016 to mark the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, expect work to begin on it ASAP.”

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Movies

HUFFPOST HILL – World Learns ‘Royal Baby’ Isn’t A Line Of Velour Tracksuits

By The Huffington Post News Editors

People everywhere congratulated the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son, while Republicans vowed to rescue the child from Britain’s socialist health care system. The media’s coverage was a bit breathless, but thankfully the New York Post didn’t report the baby’s name as “Dick Gephardt.” And Mitch McConnell greeted his likely primary challenger by calling him “an East Coast con man” but stopped short of demanding he take his stagecoach full of elixirs back home. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, July 22nd, 2013:

GOP ESTABLISHMENT RALLYING AROUND ENZI – Beleaguered folk hero Mike Enzi is getting some help from the little guy: Koch Industries. Politico: “Sen. Mike Enzi’s fundraising efforts have gotten off to a sluggish start this year, but he’s received support from Republican establishment and heavyweight political action committees ahead of his primary fight against Liz Cheney. The Wyoming Republican received $7,500 from Koch Industries PAC, the committee affiliated with the company owned by megadonors Charles and David Koch, according to a POLITICO review of Enzi’s second quarter campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Other PACs affiliated with major politically active companies and trade associations who gave to Enzi between April and June include: Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Time Warner Cable, Pfizer and National Retail Federation. The three-term incumbent also received support from the leadership PACs of establishment Republicans such as Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sens. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.” [Politico]

CELEBS PROMOTING OBAMACARE – Oprah’s boldly going where the NFL wouldn’t dare. Sarah Kliff: “What do Oprah, Funny or Die and the Grammys have in common? All three, it turns out, have volunteered to promote Obamacare. Senior advisor Valerie Jarrett hosted a meeting Monday with a star-studded group of actors, musicians, writers and producers who have ‘expressed a personal interest in educating young people about the Affordable Care Act,’ according to a White House official.” [WashPost]

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Huffington Post

Richard Cohen: Being Afraid of Black People Isn't Racist

By Kevin Spak

Washington Post op-ed writer Richard Cohen sent some people searching for pitchforks today, with a column declaring that he “can understand why Zimmerman was suspicious and why he thought Martin was wearing a uniform we all recognize.” And apparently that opinion was going around among op-ed writers at major newspapers,… …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Newser – Home

SEO Is Not Dead And Will Never Die [Infographic]

By Joshua Steimle, Contributor

Neal Cabage is only the most recent writer to use the words “SEO is dead” in a headline. His article joins a long line of other articles and even a tongue-in-cheek website dedicated to topic; see here, here, here, and here. There are also many well-worded refutations of the idea that SEO is dead, of which Danny Sullivan’s 2009 post is a prime example. Most articles with that headline or a variation thereof are actually writers trying to stir up some controversy so they can then explain why SEO in fact is not dead. Whatever the reason, the phrase has become cliché, tired, and I say that with this post, let us never see the words “SEO” and “dead” in a headline ever again. Let’s move on. But first, this final explanation of why SEO is not dead, and will never die. SEO, an acronym for search engine optimization, is broadly defined as including any activity or set of activities designed to get business from the organic or natural search results in a search engine. If you change the title tag on your homepage in the hope it will cause your website to rank better on Google, you’re doing SEO. If you add a blog to your website because you heard Google likes content, and you blog every week because you hope this will get your website ranking higher for more terms, you’re doing SEO. If you convince a friend who works at a reputable online publication to write an article about your company and link to your company’s website, you’re doing SEO. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Big Buck Bunny

If you’ve never seen this video, it’s a must see.

This little flick was created and rendered on a Linux operating system using a very powerful program named “Blender”.   It’s a really nice video, suitable for and loved by all, kids to adult.  The number of people, artists and writers, audio technicians and all the rest that were needed to produce this video is incredible! 

Patton Oswalt's Hopes for Star Wars

Comedian Patton Oswalt has been very vocal in comedy routines about the mistakes made in the Star Wars prequels. Over the weekend, at his C2E2 Q&A, Oswalt shed light on how he feels about the next trilogy of films. He said: “I’m skeptical, but I’m hopeful, and here’s why: when Lucas did Star Wars, he absolutely hit the jackpot. He doubled down and a six and a five, they dealt him a 10, and then he said, he wisely said, ‘Hey, I’m going to walk away from the table. They’re comping my room, they’re comping my dinner, I’m good. I’ll just get some proposition player here to keep my streak going. And he just got gunslinger, unflappable writers and directors to come in and just deepen the saga. So, now that’s happening again.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Movies

Parks and Rec Star Wars Rant Explained

Recently, renowned geek, stand-up comedian and actor Patton Oswalt waxed nerdic in a lengthy filibuster scene on NBS’s Parks and Rec. His rant discussed a mixed Star Wars/Avengers universe, during 8 minutes of heightened improv that covered a lot of nerdy territory. At his C2E2 panel, he explained how the scene came about: “If you listen, Amy Poehler Is mic’d and so is Jon Glaser. They told me that they just needed me to talk for a minute in the background while Amy Poehler and John Glaser had this quick discussion.  What I didn’t know is that Amy and Aziz and the writers went, ‘Don’t yell cut and let’s see how long he’ll talk.

“I’m a huge fan of Parks and Rec and I was very excited to get booked, so I was very much like, ‘I really want to do a good job so badly,’ and I think they sort of sensed that and went, ‘Let’s see what he does!’ So that’s what I did. I just kept going, and in my mind I was… going to use The Fountain as a way to pull in Patrick McGoohan from The Prisoner somehow, but my mouth literally dried up.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Movies

The Economy Has Nothing To Do With The Stock Markets, Right?

By Jerry Bowyer, Contributor

One of the first financial guys I ever met told me confidently “the economy and the markets have nothing to do with one another.” Recently I was interviewing potential new writers for a financial newsletter which I’ve been asked to help launch, and one of them (a professor of economics) told me that “the financial markets and the economy are two different beasts entirely.” Where do people get such ideas?

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Barack Obama: George W. Bush Fan Or Foe?

By Peter Brown

Prior to being elected President, Barack Obama came across as a real outsider hoping to bring change to a failing system personified in one man: then-President of the United States George W. Bush. Indeed, much of the criticism leveled against Bush was valid. He and the Congress had started long and costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq at a time when America could ill afford to be spending such amounts, given the precarious state of its public finances. Bush had made compromises with treasured civil liberties by passing the invasive Patriot Act and indefinitely detaining suspects at Guantanamo Bay. Some of these suspects at Guantanamo Bay had been tortured by the American authorities. George W. Bush had been a combination of the worst traits of Republicans and Democrats; he had combined the aggressive militarism and nationalism of Republicans, hated by many people worldwide, with the free spending ways of the liberal Democrats, leading to the worst public finances this nation had ever seen (that is, before Barack Obama’s presidency). He gave Obama a mess that unfortunately has been further complicated by Obama instead of cleaned up. Indeed, while many admired George W. Bush’s personal decency, as far as policy was concerned, many began to see Bush’s policies for what they were: disasters.

Many of these things should be no mystery to anyone after Obama rightfully criticized Bush over and over again in the 2008 campaign. It has been noted by some writers that Obama’s policies have been very oddly a continuation of much of what Bush’s policies were while he was in office. Of course, there have been differences as one would hope to see between a “conservative” Republican and a far-left Democrat, but the similarities have been uncanny. Obama has continued Bush’s interventionist ways and has compiled a record of spending that matches his largess.

That is why it was no surprise to see Barack Obama get up and roundly praise the man whom he had routinely condemned to get elected. To see him chum around with the former Presidents both left and right showed what a sham his criticisms of Bush had been. Bush was transformed from the almost devilish figure he had been to Obama in his early days to a man of “compassion and generosity,” a real example (in Obama’s eyes) of what a leader should be. It is clear that Barack Obama has joined the “world’s most exclusive club” and has forgotten the very reasons why he wanted to be elected in the first place. It was also no surprise to see George W. Bush praised by Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton in addition to Obama. Maybe this “conservative” President, this “Reaganite,” is a little more to the left than we had assumed. Maybe our current President is a little more of an insider and a statist than he appeared to be in order to get elected to the world’s most powerful office. Food for thought, at least.

F. Peter Brown is an Associate Editor

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Western Journalism

Trojan horse malware destroys delivery files to hide its tactics

Microsoft has discovered an unusually stealthy Trojan capable of deleting files it downloads in order to keep them away from forensics investigators and researchers.

The Trojan downloader, called Win32/Nemim.gen!A, is the latest example of how malware writers are using sophisticated techniques to protect their own trade secrets. The Trojan essentially makes downloaded component files irrecoverable, so they cannot be isolated and analyzed.

“During analysis of the downloader, we may not easily find any downloaded component files on the system,” Jonathan San Jose, a member of Microsoft’s Malware Protection Center, said in a blog post. “Even when using file recovery tools, we may see somewhat suspicious deleted file names but we may be unable to recover the correct content of the file.”

Microsoft managed to grab some components as they were being downloaded from a remote server. The malware’s two purposes was to infect executable files in removable drives, and to unleash a password stealer to snatch credentials from email accounts, Windows Messenger/Live Messenger, Gmail Notifier, Google Desktop, and Google Talk.,

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From: http://www.csoonline.com/article/731868/Microsoft_finds_Trojan_that_hides_files_to_evade_analysis#tk.rss_all

Daenerys Targaryen and the Classics

By Karl Smith, Contributor I have come to know and respect Matt Yglesias as one the most cogent economics writers on the web. His original insights are too numerous to list. I would embarrass myself in the attempt. Yet, on the economics of the Westeroi Crisis in general and the relative wealth of Houses Lannister and Tyrell, in particular, I fear he misses the mark. Yglesias writes: Imagine a scenario in which the Westerlands are out of food, and the Reach is out of gold. The Tyrells and their bannermen will need to curtail their consumption of luxury goods until they can manage to sell food for gold, but the austerity will be survivable if a bit unpleasant. The Lannisters, by contrast, are going to find that if they try to trade a whole big pile of gold for a whole big pile of food that the price of food will skyrocket. The illusion of Lannister wealthy is based on the idea that we can take the marginal price of an ounce of gold, then multiply that by the total quantity of the Lannister gold supply, and then conclude that the Lannisters are hyper-wealthy. In reality, any effort to mobilize all that metallic wealth will lead to inflation rather than the ability to mobilize vast quantities of real resources. Let set aside some hidden assumption about the stock of gold, the relative crop yield needed to feed the Westerlands and the availability of imports from Essos. By assumption Westeros has been struck by crisis. Unless the crisis was completely foreseeable – which brings to bear an entirely different set of issues – uncertainty is rising. The increase in uncertainty will raise liquidity demand, which in turn will raise the relative price of gold. Or, to put in terms more congruent with the Westeroi currency regime, crisis is deflationary. To see this follow the chain in Yglesias’s example: The Tyrells and their bannermen will need to curtail their consumption of luxury goods until they can manage to sell food for gold, but the austerity will be survivable if a bit unpleasant. And, during that period what will the merchants of luxury goods do? Facing declining demand they are likely to attempt to 1) Consumption smooth by borrowing 2) Increase their stock of liquid assets by cutting real inventory 3) Forgo investments in capital and maintenance 4) Take on no new apprentices 5) Slowly and reluctantly lower prices. (1) Will must be facilitated by borrowing  or selling real The first drives up the interest rate. The second drives down asset prices. Remember, however, in Westeros gold is money. The interest rate is simply a gold futures contract and asset prices are all denominated in gold. So, the effect of both actions is upward pressure on the relative price of gold, or again in Westeroi terms, deflation. (2) and (3) will decrease demand throughout the rest of the luxury goods supply chain, leading to further borrowing and selling of assets. (4) will have a chain of effects

From: http://www.forbes.com/sites/modeledbehavior/2013/04/19/daenerys-targaryen-and-the-classics/

Nigeria reporters face criminal charges for story

Two journalists at a Nigerian newspaper face criminal charges over a story they published on alleged plans by the nation’s presidency to disrupt opposition parties.

Azubuike Ishiekwene, the group managing director of the daily Abuja-based newspaper Leadership, told The Associated Press the journalists had been released on bail after a court appearance Tuesday. Ishiekwene said it wasn’t immediately clear what the actual charges against the two writers were.

Federal police spokesman Frank Mba did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The report claimed a leaked memo the newspaper obtained showed the administration of Nigeria‘s President Goodluck Jonathan wanted to put surveillance on opponents and possibly influence the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission. The presidency described the report as false.

From: http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/world/~3/QNowGurbXnw/

Now Hiring: Mobile Game Writers Wanted

Do you compulsively refresh the App Store? Do you ever contemplate deleting family photos from your phone or tablet to make room for one more game? Is game criticism in your blood? If so, pay attention!

IGN is looking for a few good men and women to help contribute freelance iOS and Android game coverage. Specifically we’re looking for reviewers, with occasional opportunities for news or feature content. Anyone interested should fill out this short form with their resume, writing samples and other key details. A few things to keep in mind:

  • A modern iOS or Android device is required.
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    From: http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/04/15/now-hiring-mobile-game-writers-wanted