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How to steal like an artist…

The question every young writer asks is: "What should I write?"

And the cliched answer is, "Write what you know."

This advice always leads to terrible stories in which nothing interesting happens.

The best advice is not to write what you know, it's write what you *like*.

Write the kind of story you like best.

We make art because we like art.

All fiction, in fact, is fan fiction.

The best way to find the work you should be doing is to think about the work you want to see done that isn't being done, and then go do it.

Draw the art you want to see, make the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read.

How To Steal Like An Artist (And 9 Other Things Nobody Told Me) by Austin Kleon

Future of books

The Future of Books by James Warner

2080: A Golden Age of Informational Fluidity.

For the benefit of those people at future-of-publishing panels—there's always one, for some reason—who insist it's really not about the text but the smell of the book, books will by this time be available exclusively as lines of fragrances. Subsequently, humans will modify themselves into a species with a powerful olfactory sense, able to read underwater by decoding strings of pheronomes. Aroma-bibliography will triumph, as vast epics are composed for newly developed scent receptors, transforming the rising seas into a giant bath of community-assisted transmedia content. Also around this time, the oral literature of dolphins will be deciphered and will turn out, inexplicably, to be all about vampires.

Google maps geocoder

Found a batch geocoder for Google maps a couple of weeks ago. It's pretty simple, and returns accuracy and status codes to help weed out the addresses you might need to check by hand. (Yay for not having to write one's own geocoding interface for Google!)

References: API docs for the status codes and address accuracy