"On any given afternoon outside of the cheerful, modern white building, parents congregate to wait for their kids. Chit-chat includes the typical fodder like play dates and birthdays, or who was cast in the school play. But occasionally the topic of illness arises — which is where things can take a turn towards the atypical. You might, for instance, hear about “chicken pox parties,” where healthy kids come over to sick kids’ houses to catch the disease."
— Vaccine deniers: inside the dumb, dangerous new fad | The Verge (via thisistheverge)
"What would be the consequences if a large internet corporation such as Google were to buy the entire publishing industry?"
Google Books. Literally. (via millionsmillions)
Interesting that it’s a Google thought experiment. Why couldn’t Amazon be the company to easily buy majority stakes in corporate publishers?
Several weeks ago, I purchased a Sony RX100 to bring on my honeymoon—where I was disappointed to notice a dark spot on the sensor. After getting back, I filed a return claim with Amazon. I printed out the new shipping label to put it in the mail—
But Amazon’s already sent me a new camera. It’ll get here tomorrow. Even before I’ve mailed the old one back.
That’s customer service. Well done, Amazon.
"Writing for free has value but you have to have to be able to see that value and ensure that it’s not a meaningless risk: anyone who asks you to work for them and promises exposure is whistling lies through their asshole. As I have said before, if you’re going to be exposed, expose yourself: control the message and the release. When in doubt: don’t write for free."
— Yes, Virginia, You Can Be A Paid Writer, Too « terribleminds: chuck wendig (via rebeccaschinsky)