Amazon.com rivals Wal-Mart as a store, Apple as a device maker, and IBM as a data services provider. It will rake in about $75 billion this year. For his book, Bloomberg Businessweek’s Brad Stone spoke to hundreds of current and former friends of founder Jeff Bezos. In the process, he discovered the poignant story of how Amazon became the Everything Store.
As a founder of PayPal, Elon Musk made $250 million in an Internet minute. But then he got bored. He wanted a bigger challenge. Much bigger. So he asked himself: What are the three largest, most important, most difficult challenges of our time? The answer: solar power, space travel, and electric cars. Then he tried to tackle all three at once.
Two years after starting my writing career in speculative fiction, last month I decided to see where a little branching out would take me. I read an article about science writing and decided that given my science background and my passion for writing, I’d check out the National Association of Science Writers Website. When I e-mailed their mailing list, I was overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of the people who responded. I received everything from advice from experienced professionals in the field to words of encouragement from others also in exploratory mode.
In ‘The Ragged Road’, the first of two advice columns on this blog, I’ll share what I know about the craft of writing. Why “The Ragged Road”? On my advice page, where I share some of the books and websites that helped me with my writing over the past two years, I describe the path I’ve taken as “full of potholes, ambiguous signage, and road-kill.” Achieving any success in writing is a tough slog, so you’ll need to get your Road Warrior on if you want to make it. So don your studded leather jacket, grab the keys to your Ford Falcon V8, put the Blue Heeler in the back seat, and watch this video to get you ready to take on whatever the writing road throws at you (skip to 1:00 to get to the vehicular action):
Showers are great for writers. They are a time for letting your mind wander along with your loufa, bar of soap, or other cleaning implement of choice. I roll out of bed every morning straight into the shower, and if you’re anything like me, this purgatory between sleep and wakefulness is fertile ground for the imagination. It’s when my mind really wanders.
Yesterday, The Daily posted “Partners in Slime‘,” an article interviewing two former Food Safety Inspection Service employees about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s continued purchases of low grade meat. But is this ‘soylent pink’, as microbiologist Carl Custer puts it, akin to pet food? According to The Daily, yes: