Where no man has gone before
You know, I am really sick and tired of science fiction stories set in the far-off future which still portray childbirth as a sweaty woman screaming in pain.
In all this time, at the very least somebody will have invented better analgesics which won't risk the newborn.
This is a universe which has transporter technology, for frink's sake! Given it's ability to lock onto individual lifeforms, the applications seem obvious once a fetus is viable.
It's sloppy worldbuilding, and feels like the guys in charge couldn't be bothered to expend the slightest effort in extrapolating about girly stuff.
[I seem to recall a similar point made regarding the attitudes towards artificial uteri in David Weber's Honorverse as compared with Lois Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga.]
A few weeks ago, NPR brought a credit-card expert in for some Q&A.
And I learned something new, worth knowing by anybody planning a trip to Canada:
Credit card companies have almost universally charged 3 percent on transactions that were made outside the United States in another currency.
They've recently changed their policy so that any transaction made in another country -- even if it's made in dollars -- also incurs that same charge.
Capital One is actually the only major credit card company that doesn't have a surcharge, and most of the credit unions only charge a 1 percent fee.
More on this from Consumerist.
The user from Nantucket?
Given all the talk of writing requirements in the form of user stories, I started wondering about other narrative forms.
How about limericks, or haiku, or even zen koans?
So I tried writing a few of my requirements as limericks.
Not sure I can share them, since they are about ongoing projects, but they worked disturbingly well, and the rhyme makes them more memorable than prose.
Maybe I can write this technique up and get it published for next April 1st...
Twist and Shout
This morning, I successfully put my hair up into a French twist, and it stayed up the entire workday.
For me, that's a major triumph.